The Detroit Lakes area offers an inviting selection of golf courses for every level of play ranging from par threes to tournament courses.
The strong golf tradition in Detroit Lakes is rooted at Detroit Country Club, where the venerable Pine to Palm resort tournament held its 79thcompetition in August on the two courses there. The Pine to Palm is the third stop, after the Resorters in Alexandria and the Birchmont in Bemidji, of the circuit that draws players from throughout the United States.
Detroit Country Club’s par 64 Lakeview course was designed by the late Don Herfort, and the par 71 Pine to Palm is a bit more difficult with small greens and topsy-turvy fairways on scenic Lake Sallie.
Detroit Lakes’ Ironman Golf Course is a short nine-hole (all par threes!) in a lovely setting on two lakes, with an 18-hole putting course that doubles the fun.
Forest Hills Golf & RV Resort is a one-of-a-kind in Minnesota. The Forest Hills course has tight, tree-lined fairways but at 5,025 yards, the par 72, 18-hole course is perfect for family golf. The resort also features “extreme” miniature golf, a sports bar, and a recreation center with an indoor pool and gym.
Wildflower at Fair Hills Resort is a links design situated in a landscape of tall grass prairies, rolling hills and woods framed by Pelican Lake. With more than 90 feet in elevation changes, the course offers spectacular views and pesky lies, and was designed by Minnesota native and former PGA Tour player Joel Goldstrand. True to its moniker, wildflowers line the fairways, and Fair Hills Resort also has an executive 9-hole that is open to the public.