KARE 11 reporter Scott Seroka (who is a pretty darn good player), blogged about his recent trip to The Prairie Club. It is worth a read. I really liked the lead:
“Before I play a course for the first time, I always visit it’s website. Usually there’s a stunning or magnificent picture followed by superlatives and hyperbole. In my mind, the pictures and the words rarely match the experience.
I found this to be the case for The Prairie Club, a 2-course complex in the middle of Nowhere, Nebraska. The pictures and words couldn’t begin to match the experience. Photos and prose cannot do it justice. Pure golf may be overused, but there’s no other way to say it. The fact that I got to share it with my father made the trip even better.”
I have yet to make it to The Prairie Club, the 36-hole complex in Valentine, Nebraska, but I’ve heard good things about it. Obviously it isn’t Sand Hills, but there is a public access system here and it has gotten decent reviews. It seems like it would be a good place to go for a quick two or three day trip.
I admit to being very much a homebody when it comes to golf. When I made the decision to join a club, I did it knowing that doesn’t leave an abundance of cash money to spend on wild golf trips to exotic locales. I certainly do some golf travel, but I haven’t made a Bandon Dunes trip or a trip to Scotland or something like that. Most of my trips have been me in the car or as part of a separate vacation or work trip.
According to Google Maps, it’s 488 miles from Golden Valley, Minn., to Valentine, Neb. That’s a long trip, but certainly doable.
The other place I’d like to go at some point is Marquette, Mich., to play Greywalls and the Heritage course at Marquette Golf Club. The courses on the south shore of Lake Superior are 381 miles away. There’s also a course at a casino in the UP called Sweetgrass that is supposed to be solid.
I’ve obviously played in Brainerd and Biwabik in Minnesota and I’ve done the Harvester/Tournament Club of Iowa combo, but what other good public complexes (or really good courses close to each other) am I missing within a reasonable drive of MSP? Any personal favorites?