When you're traveling the Midwest up north of the Twin Cities you'll have your choice of many lush and heavily wooded rural courses. A real hidden gem is the Siren National course in Wisconsin just off Highway 70 about 20 miles from the St. Croix River and the Minnesota border and 2 hours north of Minneapolis/St.Paul.
Since opening in 2000 Siren National has survived a major tornado, a drought and financial struggles. But now under local Siren businessmen's ownership headed by Mark Kamish the course is in great shape and planning to build a new clubhouse with much improved visability and redesign some holes strategic to the new clubhouse.
The course is walkable for the hearty. Siren National is loaded with assorted hardwoods and softwoods that provide beautiful Fall colors in late-Sept/October. You'll experience continued elevation changes from your first tee shot to your final climb back to the doughnut shaped practice green beneath the currently modest clubhouse.
Some notable holes include the #3 par 3 over with the green hanging above the wall of boulders shown in this photo. The hole plays 187 from the blue tees. Long left is safe. Short is death.
The front nine plays to a par 37 with three fun par 5s. The back nine is a par 35 starting with some exciting doglegs and scary greens on holes 10 and 11.
If you like to avoid sandtraps you'll like the fact that Siren National currently only has four of these...but all definitely come in to play.
Another plus for Siren National in my opinion is that it is value priced and has that Wisconsin small town charm.
When in the Upper Midwest Northwoods be sure to experience Siren National.
Sam Sherstad Writer, Recreation Travel Reviews
Rates: $28.00 to $32.00
Siren National is "Wisconsin friendly". Mark Kamish, Dave Edaburn and team do a fine job of welcoming the traveling golfer with their hometown hospitality. Enjoy a bratwurst and beer after your venture in the hills and hardwoods.
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.