Loggers Trail Golf Club
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|Blue M: 71.6/130||326||523||160||395||368||190||334||440||542||3278||475||430||341||141||330||428||481||223||422||3271||6549|
|White M: 69.0/118 W: 74.0/127||305||490||150||379||303||167||312||354||528||2988||440||406||270||135||306||387||450||188||358||2940||5928|
|Gold M: 66.6/114 W: 71.2/120||251||480||105||304||260||167||295||334||455||2651||423||356||270||110||300||362||415||178||345||2759||5410|
|Red W: 70.6/120||241||472||105||304||260||152||291||301||455||2581||423||356||237||85||287||387||412||173||327||2687||5268|
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This will be added to my favorites....
This course is really nice. Conditions were as good as I have seen in MN.. The greens were tricky but fair. Just a beautiful course and we will be back.
Great shape with all the rain
I found the course to be in very good condition. Some of the water hazards are a little over full but still the course was in great condition. Fairways are excellent. Greens were fast and quick if that can be done. Once again I have not seen this course in this good of condition in many years. Go out and play.
Cool course, needs some love. Tough to play and no room for error. I’d play it again.
The entire staff at Loggers Trail are extremely friendly. From check in to grabbing food and beverages at the turn, you always felt welcome. There was always a ranger on the course to make sure pace of play was fast. Great experience all around.
Great Course for Linksesque Feel
This course is a fun one. It can be tough at holes and narrow but has great holes and always is in good condition.
The course is always well maintained really enjoy playing here.
While the course was above average, the carts were above average, the layout was above average, the person that checked me in was awesome. Very friendly and welcoming. I would play the course again.
Love this course
This is one of my favorite courses. Challenging and beautiful.
Always enjoy this course.
Fairways have improved to last year status.
Greens quick and in great shape.
Nice course and good value. Clubhouse isn’t much. Don’t plan on eating after your round.
A very fun course. Wide open fairways with a combination of links and wooded style holes. Challenging, but plenty of places to bail out. The course was in great condition with perfect fairways and greens. I love this course and can't say enough good things about it.
Have always liked Loggers. The course is always in good condition and the greens roll very nice. The degree of difficulty is there, but not like a really hard course.
Like most courses around the metro this year, this course sustained quite a bit if damage of over the winter, mostly in the fairways though. Greens ran fast and true with a good amount of slope. Many wide fairways make this a fair setup. My only complaint would be what I consider some gimmicky features. For example, I couldn't help but start laughing to see the pin placement on one hole once I got up to the green... there was my ball 12 ft from the hole but may as well have been a mile away because they put it directly behind a 4 ft wide 1ft tall mogul on the back side of the green (which sloped to the back as well) so if you missed the hole you were off the back. Pretty ridiculous.
That said, it was a fun course in good shape that I would definitely recommend and will play again.
Great course, I like how long it plays definitely come back again.
Beautiful, fun, and unique, but some key flaws
Logger’s Trail is one of my favorites in the TC metro and several years ago would have gotten 4-5 stars; however, its flaws have become increasingly apparent in recent years and in the start to this season. It was built on a gorgeous piece of land with rolling terrain and sandy soil well suited for a golf course. Mounds were created to give holes visual definition and provide challenges to golfers veering off the fairways. There is a great mix of truly challenging holes (e.g., #4, #6, #17), risk-reward holes (#9, #11, #16), and legitimate birdie holes (#10, #14). Better players with their ‘A’ game can truly go low here, but if you’re not sharp or make mistakes in the wrong places and with certain pin locations, you can make some big numbers.
The bentgrass fairways and greens are typically excellent, though the greens have not been as smooth and true in the last couple of years as they were several years ago. The tee boxes could use improvement, especially re-grading, and have been beat up early this season (with the harsh winter and early spring, they lost large portions of their tee boxes). The course made some updates to the bunker complexes, including re-sodding and new sand. The new sand, however, is downright awful. It doesn’t seem properly suited for golf course bunkers. It is so soft and lacks any kind of firm base to the point where it is unplayable. When digging into a bunker yesterday, my feet went a couple of inches down to a black plastic matting. Perhaps it will improve with time, but if you’re playing in any kind of serious round at Logger’s this year, I’d spend some time beforehand getting used to the sand and the lack of a firm base. The club does not react as it should in a properly cared for or maintained bunker with normal golf course sand.
The big disappointment in the architecture of Logger’s Trail is in the green designs. About half of the greens are too small and/or too narrow – their design strikes me as amateurish given the space/terrain that exists to work with. This includes the greens on #1, #4, #5, #7 (especially), #12, #16, and #17 (especially). There was ample space to make these greens larger and still keep them challenging. As they stand, these greens are visually deceptive in an unfair way and demand excessive precision.
I will give Logger’s Trail credit in that they have actively marketed the course, meaning that the tee sheet tends to fill up on nice days. This will also ensure it isn’t at risk of closing. However, any time it’s multiple groups of foursomes back to back, pace of play tends to struggle (4:15 or longer) and I can’t recall ever seeing a ranger on the course.
Logger’s had planned on building an expanded permanent clubhouse (I believe with an event space) but opted to keep the smaller, temporary-looking structure. This is fine, but don’t expect anything fancy or anything beyond basic food and drink (beer and mixed drinks).
J2theG, we appreciate you leaving a review. We don't agree with everything you mentioned, but it was certainly well thought out. We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.