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Golden Eagle Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.1

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Fifty Lakes, MN
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Date Last Played: September 21, 2008

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Golden Eagle Golf Club Review

Golden Eagle is a beautiful, heavily wooded, rather remote golf course tucked in the Northern Minnesota lake country. It's a great change from the typical Texas track. You can't beat it if you catch it in Indian Summer with the changing colors of the hardwood leaves. The layout is unusual and fun. Your round starts with par 5s on 1,2 and 5. Par 37 front and 35 back nine.
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,745 73.3 140
Blue 6,359 71.5 135
White 5,898 69.3 131
Red 5,097 70.5 125

Course Information

Greens Type:
bent
Greens Condition
8.8
Greens Difficulty
8.7
GPS:
No
Walkable:
no
Beware of water on 11 holes and the 35 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.1 out of 10
Beauty:
9.5
Difficulty:
9.0
Variety:
9.3
Fun to Play:
9.5
Value:
8.2
Condition:
8.9
Front Nine Rating:
9.0
Back Nine Rating:
9.1
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$42.00 to $67.00

Bruce McIntosh and his staff have done a super job of hosting our large group of Americans and Irish for our tourney on visits in '04 and '08. The experience is well worth the beautiful drive through the Minnesota Northwoods.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.