Until recently, golf was a rich white guys’ sport. But that’s changing, with many courses developing accessible youth programs, hosting affordable evens, and making what was once a private club a public one.
Golf isn’t for everyone. In fact, one local group would rather have a public sex forest (they make a good argument, honestly). But if you’ve ever been golf-curious, now’s a great time to explore what local courses have to offer.
Baker National Golf Course and Driving Range
This 210-acre area features a driving range, 9-hole executive course, and 18-hole national championship course. Also cool: This course is part of The First Tee, a program that provides affordable and accessible golf opportunities for youth. 2935 Parkview Dr., Medina, 763-694-7670; threeriversparks.org.
Birnamwood Public Golf Course
A 9-hole, par 27 public course. 12424 Parkwood Dr., Burnsville; 952-641-1370; burnsville.org.
Bluff Creek Golf Course
A 6,650 yard 18-hole course and driving range. 1025 Creekwood St., Chaska; 952-445-5685; bluffcreek.com.
Braemar Golf Course and Dome
Featuring an 18-hole championship course, an academy 9-hole, par-3 course, a pro shop, driving range, practice putting green, and indoor golf dome. 6364 John Harris Dr., Edina, 952-903-5750; braemargolf.com.
Brightwood Hills Golf Course
A 1,538 yard, par-30 executive course. 1975 Silver Lake Rd., New Brighton; 651-638-2150; ci.new-brighton.mn.us.
Brookland Golf Park
A 20-acre executive course. 8232 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park; 763-488-6497; brooklandgolfpark.org.
Brookview Golf Course and Recreation Area
There’s an 18-hole regulation course here as well as a 9-hole par 3, a driving range and teaching area, lawn bowling, and a golf shop. 200 Brookview Pkwy. (Hwy. 55 and Winnetka Ave.), Golden Valley; 763-512-2300; brookviewgolf.com.
Bunker Hills Golf Course
There’s an 18-hole championship course, a 9-hole executive course, large clubhouse, driving range, and golf simulators. What more could you want? 12800 Bunker Prairie Rd. (Hwy. 242 and Foley Blvd.), Coon Rapids, 763-755-4141; bunkerhillsgolf.com.
Castlewood Golf Course
A 9-hole, par-36 regulation course. 7050 Scandia Trail (3 miles east of I-35 on Hwy. 97), Forest Lake; 651-464-6233; castlewood.golf.
Cedarholm Golf Course
Featuring 9-hole, par-3 public course and pro shop. 2323 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville, 651-633-8337; ci.roseville.mn.us.
Cleary Lake Golf Course
This 9-hole course also boasts a driving range. Off 185th St. on Cty. Rd. 27, Prior Lake, 763-694-7777; threeriversparks.org.
Columbia Golf Club
This 18-hole public course measures 6,371 yards, and features a driving range and clubhouse. 3300 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-230-6520.; minneapolisparks.org/golf.
Como Golf Course
This 18-hole, par-70 public golf course is right by Como Zoo, and boasts a practice green and a Cozy’s Pub. 1431 N. Lexington Pkwy., St. Paul; 651-488-9673; golfstpaul.org.
Dahlgreen Golf Club
This 18-hole course also has a driving range, club house, and pro shop. 6940 Dahlgren Rd. (Cty. Rd. 43 and Dalgren Rd.), Chaska; 952-448-7463; dahlgreen.com.
Daytona Golf Club
There’s an 18-hole course, driving range, and pro shop here. 14730 Lawndale Ln., Dayton; 763-427-6110; daytonagolfclub.com.
Dwan Golf Club
This is an 18-hole, par-68 public course. 3301 W. 110th St., Bloomington; 952-563-8702; bloomingtonmn.gov.
Eagle Lake Regional Park
This youth-oriented course boasts a 9-hole, par-31 Eagle Course; nine-hole, lighted, par 27 pitch-and-putt Birdie Course; a 40-station, lighted, natural-turf practice range; and practice/lesson areas. 11000 Cty. Rd. 10, Plymouth, 763-694-7695; threeriversparks.org.
Eagle Valley Golf Club
This 18-hole par -2 municipal golf course is laid out over 225 acres, with a driving range and a clubhouse. 2600 Double Eagle Ln., Woodbury; 651-714-3750; eaglevalleygc.com.
Edinburgh USA Golf Course and Country Club
This 18-hole public course includes practice facilities, a restaurant, pro shop, and a large clubhouse, and, according to its website, this is a “thinking person’s course.” 8700 Edinbrook Crossing, Brooklyn Park; 763-315-8550; edinburgh usa.org.
Fort Snelling Golf Club
This 49-acre, 9-hole, par-35 course features a practice range and disc golf. 5701 Leavenworth Ave., St. Paul; 612-430-6523; minneapolisparks.org/golf.
Francis A. Gross National Golf Club
Enjoy a 150-acre, 18-hole course with a driving range and clubhouse. 2201 St. Anthony Blvd., Minneapolis, 612-430-6523; minneapolisparks.org/golf.
Gem Lake Hills Golf Course
Two 9-hole courses, featuring a par 3 course and an executive par 30 course. 4039 Scheuneman Rd., White Bear Lake; 651-429-8715; gemlakehillsgolf.com.
Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center
This casual spot has a 9-hole recreational course and practice center. 14350 Cty. Rd. 62, Minnetonka, 763-694-7824; threeriversparks.org.
Goodrich Golf Course
This 18-hole, par-70 course features lots of water features, and is set in the rolling hills of Maplewood. 1820 N. Van Dyke St., Maplewood; 651-748-2525; parks.co.ramsey.mn.us.
Hiawatha Golf Club
This 140-acre, 18-hole, par-73 course is in the heart of south Minneapolis, running alongside Lake Hiawatha. There’s also a pro-shop and a driving range. 4553 Longfellow Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-230-6525; minneapolisparks.org/golf.
Highland National Golf Range
This 18-hole, par-72 municipal course has a Snoopy shaped bunker on the 15th hole dedicated to Charles Schulz, who learned to play golf here. Wholesome! The Highland Park nine-hole golf course is right across the street. 1403 Montreal Ave., St. Paul, 651-695-3774; golfstpaul.org.
Hyland Greens Golf Course
The driving range has a 30,000-square-foot bentgrass tee, a short-game area with a bunker, and a practice putting green as well as a 9-hole, par-3 course for all skill levels. 10100 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington; 763-694-1180; threeriversparks.org.
Inver Wood Golf Course
Featuring an 18-hole championship course and 9-hole executive course. 1850 E. 70th St., Inver Grove Heights, 651-457-3667; inverwood.org.
Island Lake Golf and Training Center
This spot has a 9-hole course, clubhouse, training facilities, and driving range. 1000 Red Fox Rd., Shoreview; 651-787-0383; islandlakegolf.com.
The Loop at Chaska
Formerly known as Chaska Par 30 Golf Course, this renovated space features a 9-hole, par 30 course designed with disability accessibility in mind. 1207 Hazeltine Blvd., Chaska; 952-448-7454; chaskatowncourse.com/chaska-par-30.
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
Two 18-hole courses, The Signature and Crossroads, and a 9-hole executive course with extensive amenities and a clubhouse. 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake; 763-755-2140; majesticoaksgolfclub.com.
Manitou Ridge Golf Course
18-hole, par 71 municipal course. 3200 N. McKnight Rd., White Bear Lake; 651-777-2987; manitouridge.com.
The Meadows at Mystic Lake Golf Course
An award-winning, 18-hole course adjacent to Mystic Lake Casino, with a practice facility and a pro shop. 2400 Mystic Lake Dr., Prior Lake, 952-233-5533; mysticlakegolf.com.
Meadowbrook Golf Club
This 18-hole championship course is approaching 100 years. There’s also a full food and beverage service and a golf shop. 201 Meadowbrook Rd., Hopkins; 612-230-6526; minneapolisparks.org/golf.
Mendota Heights Par 3 Golf Course
A 9-hole, par-3 course. 1695 Dodd Rd., Mendota Heights; 651-454-9822; mendotaheightsmn.gov.
North Oaks Golf Club
Featuring an 18-hole course with practice range and clubhouse. 54 E. Oaks Rd., North Oaks; 651-484-8585; northoaksgolfclub.com.
Parkers Lake Golf Center
A full-length outdoor driving range and clubhouse. 1050 Vicksburg Ln. N., Plymouth; 763-475-4668; threeriversparks.org.
Phalen Golf Course
This 18-hole par-70 public course has a clubhouse. 1615 Phalen Dr., St. Paul; 651-778-0413; golfstpaul.org.
River Oaks Municipal Golf Course
This 18-hole, par-71 municipal course also has a golf shop. 11099 S. Hwy. 61, Cottage Grove; 651-438-2121; riveroaksmunigolf.com.
Rush Creek Golf Club
Here you’ll find an 18-hole championship course and 9-hole par-3 course, with a golf shop and driving range. 7801 Cty. Rd. 101; Maple Grove, 763-494-8844; rushcreek.com.
Southern Hills Golf Club
An 18-hole, par-71 course measuring over 6,300 yards. 18950 Chippendale Ave., Farmington; 651-463-4653; southernhillsgolfcourse.com.
Stonebrooke Golf Course
There’s an 18-hole championship course, 9-hole par-30 course, driving range, large clubhouse, and extensive amenities. 2693 S. County Rd. 79, Shakopee; 952-496-3171; stonebrooke.com.
Sundance Golf Banquet Bowl
This 18-hole course has a modified par 31 back 9, and a sports bar and grill on site. 15240 113th Ave. N., Dayton; 763-420-4700; sundanceentertainment.com.
Theodore Wirth Golf Club
This 280-acre, 18-hole, par-72 course, has a pro shop, a restaurant, on-course drink services, and a fireplace room. Whew! 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy. N., Minneapolis; 763-522-4584; minneapolisparks.org.
Valleywood Golf Course and Park
This 190-acre, 18-hole, par-71 course also has a clubhouse and driving range. 4851 McAndrews Rd., Apple Valley; 952-953-2323; ci.apple-valley.mn.us.
The Wilds Golf Club
This high-rated, 18-hole championship course has a clubhouse, locker rooms, sports bar, and golf shop. 3151 Wilds Ridge, Prior Lake; 952-445-3500; golfthewilds.com.
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