The 18-hole Preserve course at Grand View Lodge is the shortest layout at this impressive 45-hole golf complex. The guest accommodations date back to 1919 but golf took another seventy years to arrive, when the first 36 holes opened for play in 1990.
In The American Golf Resort Guide, author Daniel Wexler describes the Preserve course as “the shortest and lowest-rated of the resort’s courses, with the outward half led by the 492-yard wetlands-flanked 6th and the 438-yard 5th, an awkward test where longer hitters must lay up, then face a wetlands carry to a two-tiered green.
Coming in, the highlights lie in three stronger par fours (the 424-yard 10th , the 440-yard 11th and 412-yard dogleg right 15th) while a pair of shortish par fives, the 473-yard 16th and 519-yard 18th, provide late scoring opportunities.”
Played it during the Minnesota Golf Association Team Net Championship. The is a great track. It presents shot value, requires you play position golf on certain holes. You have to play golf on all shots. Great Pars 3- Routing is great. Has a some great dog-legs, elevation changes and penalty areas in play. Very memorable. Great Par 5 to start and Par 5 to finish. Short Par 4 on back that invites a go for it, but after laying up is no easy par. Almost every hole is memorably and greens rolled excellent speed.
One of the best in the Brainerd area of golf courses. Always in good condition with good sized contoured greens. Elevation changes and going in and out of tree lined fairways makes for an enjoyable day.