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“Outstanding course!”

Deacon's Lodge Golf Course
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Owner description: Designed by Arnold Palmer and ranked as one of the top ten new public courses by Golf Magazine.
minnesota
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding course!”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Considering MN had no rain, they've watered this, kept it groomed meticulously all summer. Each hole offered a stunning view, along with challenges and obstacles. One of MN's finest courses. Just hope new managment, which is the neighboring Breezy Point Resort keeps it affordable, and in the same great shape.

Visited August 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“challenging, but fair”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

great design with all of the feel of a northern yet in the top shape you would expect of a high end resort

Visited December 2012
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“The Best Brainerd Golf Course”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

Deacon's Lodge is a serious yet fun test of golf. You have to keep it in play off the tee, but the course has much more generous fairways than most north woods courses. Deacon's was expertly designed, making it extremely challenging from the tips yet imminently playable from the combo or white tees. Believe it or not, the course record is 62 from the tips. A local golf shop professional holds the record. The greens are better in 2013 than they ever have been. They are undulating but not overly severe. I find it much more enjoyable than the Classic at Madden's, whose greens are too small, severe, and fast for resort play. There also is too much water in play at the Classic. Arnold Palmer's team got it right at Deacon's. It's a shame though that Deacon's doesn't get more play. Hopefully, Breezy will figure out how to market the best course in the area.

Visited July 2013
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Owatonna, Minnesota
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256 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

One of the most beautiful, but oh, so challenging course in the Brainerd Lakes Area. You have to either bring your absolute best game and their still may be blood on the cart or just have fun and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The restaurant/pro shop is equally as beautiful.

Visited August 2012
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Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews
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“You'd better bring your A game!”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

This course is absolutely beautiful, but, if you are not a good golfer, it will eat you alive! The fairways are immaculate and could pass for greens on many courses, the greens are fast and undulating and, in many cases, very hard to hit and stay on. Every hole has elevation changes and most have waste areas to carry. Once you get off the tee box, and you have a choice of 5, you will have a tough time finding a flat lie.
If you are looking for a challenge, this is it. The toughest course I have ever played. It beat me up like a biker gang. And I want to go back!

Visited September 2012
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