Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Fifty Lakes, MN
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.
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.
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!
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.