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Ahhh…spring! It brings the return of some of our favorite things: chatter of birds, warm, sunny days, and the return of golf! The Lakes Area is starting to buzz with excitement of the early golf season. 
 
Maintenance crews are already busy prepping area golf courses, and some are already open, which means it’s time for you come to the Brainerd Lakes Area and hit the links. 
 


Area Courses in Great Condition

 
Golf pros have reported that courses are in great shape.
 
“The mild temps and good snow cover was the perfect scenario,” said Glenn Hagberg, Head PGA Pro at Madden’s on Gull Lake.
 
“Crosswoods [in Crosslake] came out of winter in fantastic condition.” said Mike Stone, owner of Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake. “We now have all 27 holes open. We’ve mowed the greens, and we’re looking forward to an awesome 2021 season.”
 
“With spring coming early, we’re about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and ready to hit the ground running,” said Mark Neva, PGA Pro and Deacon’s Lodge Manager.
 
“The front 9 of the Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course is 98 years old this summer. The course overall is in the best shape it’s ever been in,” said Terry Thompson, owner.
 
“We were a little unsure how the courses would fair with the lack of snow, but course conditions are great. We just need some rain and heat, to green things up and get the grass growing,” Jack Wawro, Golf Pro at Grand View Lodge. 


Brainerd Lakes Area Course Opening Dates

  • Whitebirch: Opening April 14
  • Deacon’s: Opening April 23
  • Traditional: Opening April 23
  • The Pines: Opening April 9
  • The Preserve: Opening April 16
  • Bobby’s: Opened April 2
  • Dutch: Opened April 2
  • The Legacy Courses are getting ready to build 9 additional golf holes—more details coming soon!
  • Pine Beach West: April 2
  • The Airport Driving Range is now open Friday–Sundays, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
  • The Classic: Opening April 30
  • Pine Beach East: Opening April 30
  • The Social: Opening April 30
Emily Greens: Opened March 26
Crosswoods Golf Course: All 27 holes open 
Golden Eagle Golf Club: Opening April 8
Whitefish Golf Club: Opening April 9
Northwood Hills Golf Course: Opening April 15 (weather permitting)
Fiddlestix RV & Golf Resort: Opening April 19
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge: Jack’s 18 and Alec’s 9: Opening April 22
Wildwedge Par 3 course: Opening in a few weeks
 


Spring Specials and Upgrades

Spring is a great time to work the kinks out of your golf game, enjoy less course traffic, and get the best pricing. Check out the golf courses’ and resorts’ websites for the latest deals and to book your tee time. Almost all area courses and lodging properties offer stay-and-play packages and/or early season reduced green fees.

“Spring golf is an exciting time to play and get away for an early season buddy’s trip. Spring packages are often advantageous, and the courses will be in peak condition early this year,” said Glenn Hagberg, Head Golf Pro at Madden’s on Gull Lake.