Golf in the Wild North is, well, wild. Wild North Golf is a group of courses in northeastern Minnesota that cooperatively promote great golf with a north woods backdrop.
Superior National at Lutsen is a unique golf experience. Golfers at this course in the hills above Lake Superior may see moose, hawks, eagles, and even bear. One group of golfers was treated to a spellbinding show by an osprey, which held the air for several seconds before dropping to the surface of a pond to snare its prey.
This golf course is always dramatic, especially with Lake Superior vistas looming over treetops. Particularly dramatic is the Canyon #6, par-3. It's a severe elevation drop from tee to green, and if your shot falls short, your ball plummets into the Poplar River and is ferried one mile to Lake Superior. The River, Mountain and Canyon nines at Superior National are each superior golf experiences.
In 2009 Superior National was voted #1 as Minnesota’s Best Municipal Golf Course and in 2010 was named Minnesota’s #1 Resort Course by Golf Minnesota. Besides golf, recreation options include an Alpine Slide, a scenic Mountain Tram ride, hiking, and horseback riding. Championship golf and these wilderness treats keep golfers coming back.
The Silver Bay Golf Course was built in 1959 by the Reserve Mining Company and has matured into a fine 9-hole course, and a worth primer for Superior National. The golf course opened to the public in 1983 and remains a public facility.
The golf course is a well maintained, regulation par 36 that measures 3,173 yards from the back tees. Surrounded by heavily forested hills, and laid out across the East Branch of the Beaver River, the course offers both natural beauty as well as a challenge to golfers.
Driving inland from the North Shore to the Iron Range along the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway, hone in on the roadside wetlands and shrubbery where moose linger in the early morning and evening.
This beautiful nine-hole course borders the Superior National Forest and is adjacent to the Partridge River. Deer and wildlife are commonly observed. New bunkers have been added and a signature hole offers water hazards and scenic beauty. The course is located a half-mile east of town off the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway.
The Legend & The Quarry at Giants Ridge
Giants Ridge has long been considered one of Minnesota’s premier golf resorts. National golf publications have perennially placed The Legend and The Quarry near or at the top of their lists. In 2009-2010 reviews and rankings by Golf Digest, The Quarry ranked #1 and The Legend ranked #3 in “The Best Public Golf Courses in Minnesota.”
On a national level, The Quarry ranked #20 and The Legend #72 in “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” by Golf Digest for ’09-‘10. Giants Ridge is the only two-course resort in Minnesota with both offerings ranked in America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest. Both of these courses were designed by noted golf Texas golf architect Jeffrey Brauer.
At Giants Ridge, guests experience extraordinary connections to nature and recreation in a true Minnesota north woods setting.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay is part the vacation experience at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. Set atop high granite ridges, The Wilderness offers spectacular panoramic views from the shores of magnificent Lake Vermilion. Wrapped around picturesque Minnesota woodlands of white and red pines, thick evergreens and dramatic rock outcroppings, the challenging course is as visually stimulating as it is enjoyable to play.
The Wilderness has received prominent recognition. Golf Magazine named The Wilderness one of the "Best New Courses to Play." Travel & Leisure Golf recognized The Wilderness as a "2004 Best New Public/Resort Course." And more recently, Golf Week listed The Wilderness to its Top 40 list.
Also designed by Jeffery Brauer, The Wilderness measures 7,000+ yards from the back tees and is a long hitter's dream, while also catering to golfers of all skill levels by with four additional sets of tees. In addition, all carts at The Wilderness come equipped with a GPS system.
The Virginia Municipal Golf Course’s beautiful log clubhouse and remodeled 18-hole course has mature pine trees, water hazards and sand traps in play. Three new hole designs and a new driving range are now open on this hilly course with tree-lined fairways. Adding to the challenge are five water hazards that come into play on seven holes. The log clubhouse features complete pro shop, rental clubs and a full-service restaurant and bar.
The Eveleth Municipal Golf Course is one of the Iron Range's most scenic. The nine-hole course plays around beautiful St. Mary's Lake and has mature Norway pines lining plush fairways. Eveleth is rated one of the top nine-hole courses in the area, where rental clubs are available for visitors and if you’re lucky, you’ll see and hear the loons on St. Mary’s Lake.