Emerald Greens Golf Club - Gold Course

3.5921000000 3.6 stars from 5 (21)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6585 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 71.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6585 yards 71.6 127
White 72 6361 yards 70.6 126
Gold 72 5603 yards 67.1 119
Red (W) 72 5004 yards 69.0 117

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 21 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
13
3 stars:
4
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

20 out of 21 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city  

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"Rolling Back Nine Makes This Course"


5Mike113's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Emerald Greens Golf Course comprises two 18-hole tracks named Silver and Gold. This review covers only the Silver course, which is a bit of a par 73 beast at 7,163 yards from the back tees and a 74.2 rating. Three other sets of tees are at 6,792, 5,953 and 5,184 yards. Like its companion course, the Gold, this track is partly set on boring flat terrain with half-grown trees lining the fairways and partly on more rolling and visually appealing ground. The rough is relatively short, making it unlikely that you’ll lose any balls that stray from the fairway. There are some “natural grassy areas,” but these are set quite a bit off the fairways, so they shouldn’t be a problem. The greens are really smooth and in great condition, rolling moderately fast and true. The first four holes of the front nine are set on the more rolling part of the course. The dogleg left 347 yard (from the middle tees) par 4 2nd requires a long drive from an elevated tee box. Interestingly, the course discourages trying to cut too much off the corner by placing OB stakes between this hole and the adjacent hole. There are also some fairway bunkers along the inside corner. A good drive in the fairway should leave a short iron to an elevated green protected by a large bunker on the right and a grassy slope on the left. Holes 5 through 12 are flat, mostly straight and boring, except for the par 3 6th with its island green surrounded by water. The last four holes are what really makes this course a treat to play. The par 3 15th requires a shot from an elevated tee between (or over) trees set like goal posts protecting a wide but not very deep green. This is followed by a 632 yard (from the back tees, but only 576 from the middle tees!) par 5 that curls around to the right almost like a large capital C. Again, OB stakes prevent long hitters from playing into the adjacent fairway. Making the hole play even longer is the fact that the second and third shots are uphill. Par is a really good score on this hole. The 17th is a 503 yard (from the middle tees) par 5 that doglegs uphill to the left. The fairway is the fun here, as it undulates like a mini roller coaster. You’re almost guaranteed to have either an uphill or downhill lie on your second and third shots. The finishing hole is a 404 yard par 4 with a fairway that splits at about 180 yards from the tee into a high side on the left and a low side on the right. The hole has a slight curve to the right, but there is water on the right which makes taking the low road a bit risky. There is also a water hazard about 40 yards in front of the green, so if your lie won’t let the approach shot carry this hazard a layup is the wise choice. Par is a good score on your last hole of this round. Emerald Greens is about a half hour drive from the Twin Cities, but the Silver course is well worth the drive.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice, Wide Open Course"


5Mike113's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Emerald Greens Golf Course comprises two 18-hole tracks named Silver and Gold. This review covers only the Gold course. The first impression one gets when driving into the course property is that the terrain is as flat and uninteresting as the surrounding corn and bean fields. This turns out to be only partly true, as the driveway serves as a sort of dividing point between the flat fairways on the north and a few more gently rolling fairways on the south. The north fairways are sparsely lined with trees that are not yet very tall, as the course is only 17 years old. The rough is cut fairly low so losing a ball is not likely except in a few areas left as more “natural” prairie grass, but reaching these would require being quite a bit off the fairway. The greens are very well kept and very smooth, with no severe contours, and moderately fast. Most of the front nine is flat and boring, except for the 5th hole, a par 3 with a peninsula-type green surrounded by water on the left, and the 6th hole, a 210 yard par 3 with a pond to the left of the green ready to catch shots are pulled. The back nine provides a great deal more interest, especially the 15th, a slight dogleg left 413 yard par 4. Your drive from an elevated tee box must be long and right in order to have a good view of the elevated green. A tree guards the left side of the green, so a drive on the left side of the fairway will require a long high draw to reach the green. The 17th is a dogleg left 429 yard par 4. A bunker protects the inside corner of the dogleg and another fairway bunker on the opposite side of the fairway will catch a drive that goes straight instead of drawing into the fairway. Reaching the severely elevated green will probably require taking two more clubs than the straight line yardage. The course is not overly long, only 6,585 yards from the tips and with three additional set of tees going down to 5,004 yards. This, along with the wide open and mostly flat layout, makes the course a good choice for beginners, seniors, and walkers. No frills, but a decent course for the money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fall golf"


dssquires's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I like playing this course in the fall because there aren't as many leaves to deal with. The course was in amazing shape for late October. Greens were in great shape. Unfortunately some golfers must not feel the need to repair ball marks this time of year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Surprised"


swannyrivers's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was pleasantly surprised at how good this course was. Always thought it was the golf course in the cornfield. Wrong! I will definitely play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"one of my favorites"


Nick6283105's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love the layout, the course is kept in good condition and the greens are consistent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good Value, Basic Golf Course"


u000002094168's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/27/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

36 hole golf course located about 20 minutes south of downtown St. Paul. Easy access. Clubhouse facilities include an extremely small pro shop/check in area. Full service bar with grill food available. Course was in good shape. Greens had been punched recently (as to be expected here in Minnesota in September) and were very uneven . At the mercy of the "bumps" all day long. Rough was a bit wiry and challenging. Fairways, for the most part, were in decent shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Perfect Greens"


Scott1215790's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Flew in from Texas for a break from the heat and played this course with a buddy. It is a links style course but has some trees. Had a ton of fun but the best part was definitely putting on those greens! Such a true roll I started believing I could make any length putt there. I will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Basic course"


MNChubbyGuy's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course is always in great shape. A pretty straight forward course with not much trouble. The staff could be more aware of the patrons checking in.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course. Poor staff"


u966681670's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Waited over 10 minutes to check in while staff sold drinks. This made me late to tee. Had to start on 2 and play first tee last. I like the course but staff needs much work.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful flowers and great pace"


millenres's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After having lost about 18 balls on another course to woods and water, this is a refreshing course. Played with the same ball the entire round. As a woman golfer, I got a lot of yardage breaks on nearly all holes. I think it would be challenging for white T golfers because I generally got at least 100 yards on each hole. It's beautiful scenery, open play and most holes are pretty straightforward. It's a nice course that we finished in under 4 hours, only had to wait on last two holes. Definitely would go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent golf course"


u572815350's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not the toughest course but an excellent course. I will definitely plat here again. Well kept and fun.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable day on a moderately challenging course."


cgaller's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Emerald Greens is always in good condition. It is a pleasure to play without any gimmicky holes. Moderate elevation changes through parts of the course, others pretty flat with some water hazards. It is a very good course to work on your game - holes are straight forward so you can plan your shots. four tee levels with enough separation to make the course adaptable to golfers with varying handicaps. Very walkable course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good Deal"


dfromcv's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Silver course is more challenging but somewhat busier. Good overall experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun to play--fair"


Brad8942997's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Somewhat open course with challenges including a few blind shots and quite a few bunkers. GPS on the cart would have been nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a good time"


cowboy12's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I were looking for a place to play a quick round of golf. We found a great deal on Golf Now and we were off to Emerald Greens in Hastings. The course was in good shape and we hit the links right away, just the two of us. The weather was great, the staff was very courteous and we had fun in just a little over three hours and 15 minutes. Any time you play Emerald Greens, it's always a good time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"New Golfer"


stuberjeremy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I'm a new golfer. Really only been golfing since last year. I've played less than 25 rounds in my life. I really enjoyed the course. The staff was friendly. The course is well maintained. I enjoyed it a lot. I will look for deals to play this course. I played the Silver one and think the Gold course is even better so I will play that one next time. I really like this course and will be back! The only negative was when the older pair behind us shot into our position. The ball landed less than 10 feet behind us and I almost complained. We let them play through but I thought that was rude...hopefully they are not the typical player at this course. It's also not the courses fault.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great playable course"


Ryan9998798's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you like to go to a course that is fair and your not going to lose a lot of balls if your not having a good day, this is the course for you.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"wide open"


twilfond's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very playable, even if your driver is a little scattered.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is in great shape."


uTEIG7491TE's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not many blind shots, fairly level front 9, back is a little more hilly and scenic. Good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pace of PLay"


Rex4937008's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pace of play was really great, finished in under 4 hours as a threesome.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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