You don’t need to travel all the way to Scotland, England, Ireland, Mexico, or Australia for a premier golf vacation. You can find beautifully-designed championship golf courses that test your full range of skills, provide unforgettable scenery, and offer reasonable green fees right here in good old North America.
WHITEBIRCH COURSE AT BREEZY POINT RESORT
There are over 6,700 yards of lush fairways and large, fast greens for golfers of all skill levels at Whitebirch, the first Championship golf course layout in the Brainerd lakes area. Add trees, sand and water and you have what many consider the best value in lakes area championship golf. The course rating from the back tees is 72.2, with a slope rating of 132.
Minnesotans are offered an all-inclusive play-and-stay package at Breezy Point Resort, with deluxe lodging at the Breezy Inn, unlimited golf on both Whitebirch and The Traditional golf courses, and all-inclusive food and beverage privileges. The Package includes Meals in the Marina Dining Room, beverages in the Marina Lounge, and Dining Room, and from the beverage cart.
Midweek rates for the three-day, two-night package are $289 through September 16; $269 after. Weekend rates are $339 through September 16; $289 after. Rates are per person at double occupancy. A 15 percent resort service charge and 6.5 percent state sales tax are not included. All inclusive package food and beverage privileges are valid at 5 p.m. the day you check in until noon of the day you check out. You are welcome to play golf starting at noon the day of your arrival.
When asked for insider tips about this spectacular course, Mark Johnson, director of golf at Breezy Point, commented, “The landing areas are wide on most par fours and fives. The no. 7 and 15 are both par fives, and the no. 16 is a tight par four. You might want to consider something other than a driver. Keep the ball below the pin and you’ll have an opportunity to post a good score.”
9525 BREEZY POINT DRIVE
BREEZY POINT, MN 56472
FOREST RIDGES GOLF COURSE
Golf amidst a landscape of brilliant reds, oranges, yellows and greens at the tree-lined Forest Ridges Golf Course at Lakewoods Resort, a first-class resort located in Cable, Wisconsin. The First Fall Golf Special is $79 per person on weekdays, $89 per person on weekends, one night of lodging, unlimited golf, and breakfast daily.
The Second Fall Golf Special is $99 per person on weekdays, $109 per person on weekends, one night of lodging, unlimited golf, complimentary golf balls, unlimited driving range use, and breakfast and dinner daily. All packages are a two night minimum, double occupancy, with a 15 percent service charge and sales tax not included.
Weekdays are from noon on Sunday through Thursday. Weekends are from Friday through noon on Sunday. The Cable area of northwest Wisconsin is in the midst of the Chequamegon National Forest, a recreational paradise.
21540 COUNTY ROAD M
CABLE, WI 54821
WHITEWATER GOLF CLUB
Nestled between the soothing Kaministiquia River and the tranquil Rosslyn Oxbow Wetland, Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada has handcrafted a 27-hole championship layout that captures the incredible beauty of the majestic river valley.
The 550-acre Whitewater property is a dramatic collage of topographical features rarely found on one site. The river valley creates dramatic plateaus, steep cliffs, ravines, and magnificent wetlands, creeks and ponds. The dense boreal forest and its mountain range backdrop reveal signature trees that have been artfully introduced into the design.
Fall stay-and-play packages are available at nearby Valhalla Inn, Mink Mountain Resort, and Best Western Nor’wester Resort Hotel Days Inn.
665 HEWISTON STREET
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO
Open for play in late 2007/early 2008, the Wilderness Club’s 18-hole, Nick Faldo championship designed par-72 golf course will be one of the top courses in America due to its unique topography, location, and playability.
“For architects, this place is a ten out of ten,” Nick Faldo says of his first Rocky Mountain Course, located in beautiful Eureka, Montana. “To be able to walk into a mature forest like this that’s set on top of a sand-based soil is pretty unique. This is an absolutely fabulous project to be involved with.”
Barry Cole, president of Wilderness Development, is equally excited about The Wilderness Club.
“The fact that we have a course in a beautiful wilderness area, surrounded by a 360-degree view of huge mountains, on sand-based soil is incredible. You don’t find that anywhere in the Rocky Mountains,” he says.
“Faldo was so impressed, he was comparing it to the links-land courses he’s played in Scotland, where golf originated. The soil base, along with the rugged topography, is really going to create a course unlike any other.”
Wilderness Club property includes 272 homesites and 47 luxury cabins spread out over 545 acres at an elevation of 2,500 feet. The centerpiece is the golf course, overlooking Wilderness Lake.
525 RAILWAY STREET
WHITEFISH, MONTANA 59937