It’s Tee Time in the Brainerd Lakes Area

8 Reasons to Love Loons
March 14, 2019
Paddling the Brainerd Lakes Area
June 24, 2019


Ahhh…spring. The best reward after a long, cold winter. And what a winter it was.  As a summer tourism destination, The Lakes Area is starting to buzz with excitement now that spring is (finally) here. Our area golf courses are one of the first activities to wake from winter’s slumber. Maintenance crews are busy getting the courses ready for the prime summer season, which means it’s time for you to dust off your clubs and hit the links.


Area Courses in Great Condition

Golf pros have reported that courses are in great shape this early in the season. The above average snow pack we had provided a warm insulated blanket that protected the turf from extreme temperatures. “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 they are rolling great.”

“After a crummy fall and a particularly long winter, the excitement of golfers in the Brainerd Lakes Area to get out to the course this spring is as high as I can remember in my 15 years at Madden’s,” said Glenn Hagberg, Head PGA Pro at Madden’s on Gull Lake. “While winter was long, the blanket of snow was the perfect scenario for a golf course. All 63 holes at Madden’s have woken up this spring with zero damage from winter. Everything is in wonderful condition.”

“Both championship courses and the Par 3 Legacy Walk came through the winter very well,” said Tim Johnson, Head PGA Professional at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. “Our golf course Superintendent, Matt McKinnon, has rolled and cut the greens already. We’re expecting a great season and optimistic about a warm spring.”


Brainerd Lakes Area Course Opening Dates

Breezy Point Resort Courses

  • Deacon’s: Opening May 2
  • Whitebirch: Opened April 20
  • Traditional: Opened last week of April

Grand View Lodge

  • The Pines: Opened April 24
  • The Preserve: Opening May 1

The Legacy Courses at Cragun’s

  • Bobby’s: Opened April 20
  • Dutch: Opened April 20

Madden’s Resort

  • The Classic: Opening April 26
  • Pine Beach East: Opening April 26
  • Pine Beach West: Opened April 21
  • The Social: Opening April 26

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

  • Jack’s 18: Opening April 26

Crosswoods Golf Course

  • All 27 holes now open

Cuyuna Rolling Hills Golf Course

  • Opened April 21

Emily Greens

  • Opened April 17

Whitefish Golf Club

  • Opening April 24


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’ websites for the latest deals and to book your tee time.