Tom Lehman’s Bucket List of Minnesota Golf Courses

By Explore Minnesota

In my many years of golfing around the world, I know my home state of Minnesota has some of the best courses anywhere. With fantastic places to play in every corner of the state, golfing in Minnesota has variety, with diverse terrain that makes every course feel fresh and exciting.

I have played many unique courses in Minnesota, but I still have a few on my golf “bucket list” that I would love to take a swing at.

Giants Ridge, Biwabik

The Quarry at Giants Ridge golf course_Peter Wong
The Quarry at Giants Ridge / Photo by Peter Wong

I’ve heard the best things about the courses at Giants Ridge on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Giants Ridge is known for its great courses set amidst beautiful scenery. Both courses, The Legend and The Quarry, are ranked among the best in the state, and The Quarry is ranked among the top courses nationally!

The Jewel Golf Club, Lake City

Fellow pro golfer Hale Irwin designed The Jewel, and I’ve heard it’s earned the name. The Jewel was designed for different levels of play, so anybody can test their skills, and it’s located within the beautiful Mississippi River bluff country.

Worthington Country Club

Worthington Country Club has well-manicured greens, gorgeous views and is known for its high-quality golfing experience. Many talented golfers have played here, and I would like to experience it and know I have played on the same hallowed grounds as them.

Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, Morton

Dacotah Ridge Golf CourseThe State Amateur was held at Dacotah Ridge in Morton a few years back, and I would absolutely love to try out the course. It features vast prairies and skylines, and the great golf conditions are well known around the area.

Austin Country Club

I was born in Austin, Minn., before being raised in Alexandria, and have yet to play a round at the revered Austin Country Club. I’ve heard it has challenging holes and is one of the best courses in southern Minnesota. The club is private, but a nearby public course that's worthy of a stop (and easy on the wallet) is Meadows Green Golf Course. I’m definitely ready to make a trip back.

What Minnesota golf courses are on your bucket list? You can find more on this website and plan your golf getaway. I hope to see you out on the links!