Grand View Lodge - The Pines - Lakes/Woods

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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6983
Slope 143
Rating 73.8
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 6983 yards 73.8 143
Blue 72 6526 yards 72.0 139
White 72 6185 yards 70.5 136
White (W) 72 6185 yards 76.0 140
Gold 72 5702 yards 68.7 132
Gold (W) 72 5702 yards 73.7 135
Red (W) 72 5256 yards 70.4 128
Scorecard for Lakes/Woods
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Green M: 73.8/143 402 454 406 547 356 475 152 410 212 3414 533 433 174 397 189 345 400 448 541 3460 6874
Blue M: 72.0/139 390 416 350 515 344 465 148 388 206 3222 525 417 159 365 171 328 358 426 500 3249 6471
White M: 70.5/136 W: 76.0/140 380 390 330 496 320 460 130 366 194 3066 515 395 134 348 152 316 347 389 490 3086 6152
Gold M: 68.7/132 W: 73.7/135 370 352 330 417 320 430 130 360 180 2889 500 338 134 348 152 316 301 328 439 2856 5745
Red W: 70.4/128 286 352 274 417 291 370 100 297 131 2518 390 338 110 300 139 271 301 328 439 2616 5134
Handicap 9 1 15 3 7 17 13 5 11 10 2 16 4 8 18 14 6 12
Par 4 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 3 36 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 9 1 11 5 3 17 15 7 13 12 4 18 8 16 14 6 2 10

Course Details

Year Built 1990
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 10/15
Architect Joel Goldstrand

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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Classic Northern Minnesota Course

The Pines at Grand View Lodge includes three nine-hole tracks named Lakes, Woods, and Marsh. We played Lakes and Woods, so this review is limited to those nines. I should start by noting that there weren't any real lakes evident on the course, but there were woods all over, and there were probably more oaks than pines. That's about the only thing we found to object to on this course. The fairways were adequately wide, gently rolling, and in great condition. And, of course, they were lined with trees. So many trees that in order to speed up play the course has adopted a local rule that a ball lost in the woods is to be played as a ball lost in a lateral hazard. Take a one stroke penalty, but don't go back to the original spot and hit another ball. Although we didn't really get a feeling of great elevation changes, the rolling terrain results in several blind tee shots. Happily, the GPS provided on the electric carts shows the position of the carts in the group ahead, including yardage to each cart so you won't tee off until they are out of range. The greens were fast, but not excessively so. They were mostly large and slightly undulating. You can play a run-up shot to many of the greens. Having played a spectacular northern Minnesota course the day before, I wasn't really overwhelmed by the Pines. However, the course really is a very attractive track and stands on its own with several truly memorable holes. Two of these are among the shortest holes on the course. The par 3 7th hole on the Lakes nine plays to 148 yards from the white tees. There is water all along the left side from just in front of the tee all the way to the side of the long narrow green, and a steep hill borders the green on the right. A bailout to the right may hit a grassy part of the hill and run down to the green, setting up a birdie putt. However, part of the hillside is lined with timbers so if your ball happens to hit these there is no telling where your ball may end up. On the same nine, the 320 yard (from the white tees) par 4 5th is a little gem. You have a blind tee shot over a ridge and it's all downhill past the ridge. A water hazard lies at the bottom of the hill only about 220 yards away. Because of the elevation change your ball will go much farther, so a long iron or hybrid is all you should need to lay up to wedge distance to the green that is nicely sloped from back to front. On the Woods nine, the par 5 9th with water on the front left of the green is a visually appealing hole, but my favorite on this nine was the par 4 7th that plays 347 yards from the white tees. A deep ravine requiring a 180 yard carry covers the right half of what should be fairway, leaving only a narrow strip of fairway on the left. One member of our group failed to carry the ravine by only about three yards, which left him with a steep uphill lie and a precarious stance. Happily, he managed to make contact with the ball and not lose his balance. On the approach shot, you're faced with the big ravine's little brother protecting the right front of the green and a bunker just short of the green. It's probably better to be long than short, but if you're too long you'll have some work to get down in two. This was the first time I'd played this course, but next time I'm in the Brainerd Lakes area, it will definitely be on the agenda.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent

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