Established back in 1932, the original course at Brooks Golf was augmented by an additional 9-hole layout (Scot’s Links) in 1995 so golfers can now choose to play a round on a combination of the Mounds, Val Brooks and Scot’s Links nines.
A club well known for its environmental focus and Audubon International membership, Brooks Golf almost became extinct in 2019, after the 230-acre property was put up for sale. Fortunately, it was purchased for $3 million then presented to the Conservation Foundation of Dickinson County, a non-profit organization, which awarded Brooks Management a 10-year lease to operate the facility as a 27-hole golf complex.
Brooks Golf has three very distinct nines, allowing golfers to enjoy a parkland, wetland or links-like playing experience. The Val Brooks circuit is parkland in style, featuring tree-lined fairways, while the Mounds nine offers risk/reward opportunities with water hazards in play on most of the holes. The newer White loop brings in wide open fairways with prairie grasses and strategically-placed bunkers.
Brooks Golf Club is a quaint 27-hole property that is old fashioned in the way it plays. Of the 18 holes highlighted here, trees line most of the fairways and there’s a premium on ball striking and putting. I especially liked the Val Brooks nine, as the routing opens with two solid, straightforward par fours that are anything but subtle. There’s a feel to this section of the course that perhaps the routing has been untouched since its inception in the 1930s. My favorite hole on the Mounds nine is the par four third, which features a forced water hazard carry that also extends to the right. There are trees hanging on either side, so the player will be forced to knock one straight, if even with a mid-iron. In a state that is filled with awesome public courses, Brooks is overshadowed because of its small scale. There is nothing flashy about this place, but that’s also just fine for most golfers. Brooks won’t blow you away, but at its very core it is decent, classic parkland golf.