The Wilds Golf Club

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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7012 yards
Slope 154
Rating 74.4
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Weiskopf 72 7012 yards 74.4 154
Championship 72 6449 yards 71.9 147
Wilds 72 5978 yards 69.7 144
Wilds (W) 72 5978 yards 75.7 144
Forward 72 5118 yards 70.9 134
Scorecard for The Wilds Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Weiskopf M: 74.3/150 406 517 170 340 478 460 174 540 378 3463 433 224 528 165 487 378 330 560 444 3549 7012
Purple M: 71.8/144 362 484 152 292 429 384 167 529 353 3152 410 180 500 156 453 355 295 527 421 3297 6449
Green M: 69.6/140 W: 75.2/137 337 451 148 286 400 363 159 518 329 2991 381 160 456 137 433 324 255 461 380 2987 5978
Orange M: 65.5/131 W: 70.3/127 317 401 103 237 370 324 148 372 277 2549 285 134 391 129 369 299 202 415 345 2569 5118
Handicap 9 5 17 15 1 3 13 11 7 6 10 14 16 4 12 18 8 2
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 15 11 17 13 5 1 3 9 7 8 14 4 12 10 16 18 2 6

Course Details

Year Built 1995
Golf Season Open: 4/01 Closed: 11/01
Architect Tom Weiskopf (1995) Jay Morrish (1995)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $16
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed Soft spikes only
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

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Handicap 15-19
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Used cart

Time for some customer service training

Loved the course. My problem was with the staff. They were rude, didn't really understand golf, made mistakes checking us out, sent the ranger out to tell us to pick up the pace when the closest foursome to us was two holes back. I personally hate playing behind slow players but correct me if I'm wrong, pace of play is only an issue if you are making someone wait. The restaurant service was no better. They had one lady handling the entire room and she could not keep up and messed up several of the bills. One bill for two drinks and a burger came in at $200. How do you miss that? I think the staff needs some serious customer service training. As much as I enjoyed playing the course, I would never go back. Many other equally good options out there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

It's pretty and exhilarating, but like a pretty girl- hard to understand and infuriating

This course is incredibly hard. There's no way to say it more simply. It can border on unfair, when you're seeing straight tee shots end up at the bottom of a ravine or in a grass bunker- but if you're hitting the greens and they're receptive, it will be a memorable golf round. It's really the most fun i've had struggling to shoot in the 80's as a three handicap.

I don't think you'd want to walk this course. It's long and with the trouble and length between tees it would be arduous. Spend the extra money (it's already a splurge) and cart. There were a lot of golfers out there, and it's a tough slog, so it doesn't have great pace of play, even on a weekday. Prepare to be frustrated, but want to play it again right away. Some of the homes on the course will make you question life decisions.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Challengin Course, Good Value

The Wilds Golf Club is one of the more difficult courses in the Twin Cities metro area. From the back (Black) tees, the course is 7,012 yards long, and plays to a 74.3 rating and 150 slope. That's right- 150! For purposes of comparison the corresponding numbers for the TPC Twin Cities course are 7,164, 75.7, and148. The course scorecard provides recommendations on the appropriate tees for golfers to play based on their handicap and driver distance. I played the forward men's tees (5,978 yards, 69.6, 140) and was glad I didn't play the longer tees. Unlike many newer golf courses that are set among housing developments that were formerly cornfields, The Wilds is built on rolling, treed terrain, with significant elevation changes throughout. The houses are there, but they are sufficiently set back from the course so that going out of bounds into someone's back yard requires a really wicked hook or slice. One negative aspect of the elevation changes on the course is that there are many blind shots from the tee. The golf carts are not equipped with GPS, so if you are not familiar with course, you might have to drive forward to see what you'll be hitting into from the tee. Of course, this will also be required when you are hitting from the fairway up to an elevated green. The rolling terrain means that you won't find many level lies even when you are in the fairway. The greens are large, many of them with at least two distinct levels and lots of undulations. Straight and level putts will be hard to find. On the sixteenth green, one member of our group was putting from the front of the green to the pin which was in the back of the green, at least seventy feet away and on a sort of shelf. The putt went part of the way up to the shelf, to about six feet from the cup, and then rolled back about twenty feet. Opportunities to lose strokes abound on the course. There are forced carries, water, woods, and bunkers. Lots of bunkers, both in the fairway and surrounding the greens. And most of them are deeper than you'll find at most Twin Cities courses. If all this sounds as though I didn't enjoy the round, think again. I really loved the course. It may be challenging, but it's also fun and a beautiful layout. The view from the 14th tee is really special. It takes some effort to take your eyes off the scenery in the distance and focus on where to aim your drive. At the standard rate, The Wilds is one of the pricier courses in the Twin Cities, $77 walking and $93 with a cart. However, they do have special rates after 12 on weekends and for seniors that bring the price down to $60 or $66 riding. At that rate, this course is a real golf value. Try it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Crown Jewel of Minnesota Daily Fee Golf

Back when upscale daily fee courses were just getting started in the Twin Cities (1995), The Wilds Golf Club was pretty much the only game in town. From those early days, the course has aged well. If you are a fan, at all, of Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish designs, you will truly love this course. Over 150 feet in elevation change (most pronounced on numbers 9 and 14) keeps you present, or at least it should. Conditions are always superlative. Make sure to let the ego relax, as well. Choose the wrong tee based upon a swelled chest and be prepared to be taken down a peg or two. Lastly, the staff at The Wilds has always been brilliant, a reflection of the club's PGA Professional and General Manager, Shad Gordon. He's been there from close to day one and the course is his baby.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

One of the best in the Cities

I consider this my home course, as I play league here and only live a few minutes away. By far the best manicured greens that I have played since moving to MN a few years ago. The staff is fantastic and always accommodating. The food is better than just regular bar food, and would recommend anyone grabbing a meal here after their round. The layout of the course is top notch, lots of elevation changes, undulating greens, and well kept fairways. Make sure you are on your game, as this course wil penaize you for spraying the driver. The greens will always be fast, and I do mean fast. Make sure you put in som time on the practice green to get a feel for em. The practice facility is nice and large enough to accomodate a bunch of golfers. My only complaint is the sand traps at this course. For how nice the rest of the course is, the sand traps are sub par. They are not fluffy and some of them look like they are never taken care of. Hopefully they will address this issue sometime soon. Though maybe I should just stay out of the bunkers and I would have no issues. Make sure you play this course, as you will not be disappointed.

Ryan

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