Breezy Point Resort - Deacon's Lodge

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4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
Conditions
5.0
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
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9 out of 9 reviews
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5.0
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4.7
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4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6964
Slope 128
Rating 73.8
Type Resort
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Breezy Point - Deacons
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Palmer 72 6964 yards 73.8 128
King 72 6541 yards 71.9 124
Deacon 72 6067 yards 69.8 119
Lodge 72 5364 yards 71.0 121
Winnie 72 4766 yards 67.6 114
Scorecard for Deacons Lodge Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Palmer M: 74.1/143 444 540 188 419 433 115 432 374 543 3488 373 196 340 450 534 452 375 200 535 3455 6943
King M: 72.3/140 415 520 164 399 415 108 412 338 533 3304 357 183 320 422 512 427 362 174 525 3282 6586
Combo M: 71.6/133 W: 78.0/137 399 520 164 354 415 108 385 338 533 3216 329 183 320 380 512 413 362 174 525 3198 6414
Deacon M: 70.0/130 W: 75.9/134 399 462 144 354 400 91 385 326 480 3041 329 176 295 380 475 413 343 144 495 3050 6091
Lodge M: 66.7/113 W: 71.9/125 369 455 128 281 370 86 317 290 459 2755 282 145 252 326 412 329 322 133 408 2609 5364
Winnie W: 68.5/118 340 405 107 261 313 81 296 271 401 2475 243 132 232 294 385 305 246 108 346 2291 4766
Handicap 3 5 13 9 7 17 1 15 11 14 12 18 4 8 2 16 6 10
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 3 5 17 9 11 15 7 13 1 8 18 16 4 10 2 14 12 6

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Penncross Bent Grass
Greens Penncross Bent Grass
Golf Season April - October
Architect Arnold Palmer (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro 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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4.9
9

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 2
Dinner 1
Watching the Game 1
Course Challenges Include:
Forced Carries 2
Undulating Greens 2
Water Hazards 2
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 2
A Weekend Splurge 2
Advanced Golfers 2
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 2
Worth the Drive 2
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Great day of golf at Deacons!!!

Perfect conditions and friendly staff proved to help the enjoyment and scoring at this premier golf destination. If you visit the Brainerd Lakes area and play one round of golf... play Deacons Lodge!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Minnesota Trip

We were staying at Breezy Point Resort so we decided to splurge and play here. Price varies on what time you play. We paid $80 for a tee time after 2pm. The course was beautiful. 5 sets of tees so you can play anywhere from 7000 yds down to 4500 from the reds. I played the gold tees. I can see where it would really be tough from the black/blue tees. Lots of crooked lies and large undulating greens. Wide fairways but if you miss it's in the woods or the tall grass. It's advertised as the only Public Arnold Palmer design in the US so had to play it once. My only complaint was the pace of play. The starter told us that there was a 5-some in front of us but they were keeping a good pace. Well, the front 9 was fine but the back was terrible! With just the 2 of us we played a different course on Tuesday in 3:17 and on Deacon's it took us 4:35. I don't expect to pay that kind of money and get stuck behind 5 people. They were doing a lot of drinking and spending time looking for balls! That was the only negative. The course wasn't busy so if we could have played through we would have been fine.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Morning glory at Deacon's Lodge

I dreaded that 5:30 a.m. alarm until I started driving from Brainerd to Deacon's Lodge 45 minutes north. The sunrise through the trees and the mists rising above the lakes painted a lasting memory of the beauty of northern Minnesota's lake country. The round of golf was even better. I had forgotten how wonderful being the first group of the day can be. Off at 7:10 a.m., my foursome got pure conditions from start to finish. No divots on the tee boxes. Rolled greens as fast as I've played in a long time. Beautiful light for photography. The round felt like a backwoods adventure. The course is a shot-maker's delight. I love the contrast between the sixth hole - a delicate wedge on a 118-yard par 3 - to the seventh - a brutal par 4 with a 200-yard carry to the fairway. Playing from the right tee boxes is critical. We played the whites, where 6,000 yards sounds short until the harrowing approach shots over wetland gobble one ball after another. I had a plane to catch, otherwise I would have ended the morning in style with a drink and lunch at Palmer's Grille in the log-cabin clubhouse.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Minnesota's finest

One of the better courses I think in Minn. It had a great layout, it was wide open when I played, greens were soft. One of my favorite rounds of golf, had a blast! It would be even better in the fall when the leaves turn!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 50 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Gorgeous Northwoods Course

What is there to say in reviewing a course that consistently ranks among the top courses in Minnesota and that has been rated among the top 100 public courses in the country by national golf publications? Perhaps just that in the case of Deacon's Lodge, the reality of the course is totally equal to the hype. The course is downright gorgeous, a true Northwoods Minnesota gem set among lakes and trees, so that every hole could be a cover illustration for a golf magazine. The fairways are firm and pristine, rolling, sloping, and undulating. You may not find a level lie during your entire round. The greens are generally large, moderately fast, with significant undulations and subtle breaks. Six sets of tees (including a combo) range from 6,943 yards to 4,766 yards. The course plays long, so you should swallow your pride and play from an appropriate length for your game. For the first time player, the starting hole is a true pleasure for the eye. Sweeping majestically from left to right, the 399 yard (from the white tees) par 4 requires a forced carry tee shot to reach the fairway. When you see what the sloped fairway does to your ball, you'll be better prepared for the holes to come. Almost every review of this course that I've read singles out the par 3 17th as one of the best holes on the course and notes that it was one of Arnold Palmer's personal favorite designs. While I agree that 17 is a beautiful hole, I think the deceptively short (91 yards from the white tees!) par 3 6th deserves some notice. The uphill shot to a slanted green protected on the front left by a complex of bunkers has to be precise, long enough to carry to the putting surface but not so long that it runs off the back or left. I could go on describing holes on this gem of a course, but probably the best thing for a prospective golfer to do is to check out the course tour on their website. The pictures and descriptions should convince you that this course is worth making the trip to play it.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Used cart

Challenging & scenic

Generally enjoyable course but challenging. Greens were quick without being severe. Layout has some "unique" holes. Touches of Pine Valley, Pinehurst and Scotland scattered about, while still retaining the scenic beauty of Minnesota. Staff was helpful and friendly. Lunch in the grill was quite good with excellent service.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

1 of my fav No. MN courses

D.L. is an Arnold Palmer design and would be considered a high end course. I paid $100 + tax to play. The overall facilities are excellent incl the practice area. The course itself is challenging but not impossibly difficult. The fairways are generously wide but there is a good chance you won't find your ball if you miss them. It gets more difficult as you approach the greens with deep bunkers, marsh and other hazards surrounding the greens. There are some fantastic views and the course condition is excellent. Greens are fast with a fair amount of slope. Worth the experience if your budget allows.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

#2 Course in Minnesota

Regardless of which national publication's list you trust, I've played their respective Best in States---all of them---and while I personally feel The Wilderness is MN's best course, I have felt for the past 8 years that Deacon's Lodge is 2nd best. I love the courses at GR and MoGL, but this is Arnold Palmer's best design in America, and is neck and neck with Tralee in Ireland for his best global design. It obviously helps that the superintendent is excellent, that Mark Neva and his crew know how to run a golf facility and that Dave and his entire team at Breezy are among the best in the business… it makes this course a shoe-in for Top 100 in America… (and yet everyone seems to be missing the boat). Trust me, if you haven't played this course… do so and soon. It was in fantastic shape in June, and I'm playing it again tomorrow! A MUST PLAY for anyone visiting Brainerd.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Best in Brainerd

Brainerd is known for many good golf courses but Deacon's Lodge is head and shoulders above them all. This is apparent from the 1st tee box where you must land on what is essentially an island fairway and still having a long iron that must carry wetlands to the green. I didn't play well on this day but it didn't both me as this course was so much fun to play. I'd rank this in my top 3 public courses in MN trailing only behind The Wilderness & The Quarry.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent

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