1 . Honey Creek Resort

Moravia, Iowa

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The first of our top ten Midwest Golf Resorts is a charming Iowa getaway on Rathbun Lake. Honey Creek Resort provides a 7000 yard golf paradise, with five sets of tees, golf carts with state of the art GPS, and all the personal service you could ever want.

The Preserve at Honey Creek is the perfect combination of natural landscape and carefully plotted golf course. The courses are designed to provide an enjoyable experience for golfers of every skill level. Golfers can also take advantage of PGA instruction available to help improve their skills. Honey Creek also offers exciting golf packages that will include everything you could need on your golf getaway. The Traditional Golf Package includes limitless golf, the use of one of the resorts golf carts, comfortable accommodation, and use of the resorts services. There is also a couples package available that will turn a weekend of golf into a romantic getaway for you and your loved one. This Midwest golf resort has everything you could want and more. With beautiful greens, convenient packages, and thoughtful service, it's not hard to see why we rate it one of our top ten.

Getting there

From Interstate 35 (south of Des Moines): Take Hwy 34/Exit 33 and turn east. Turn south on Highway 5 near Albia. Turn west at Moravia (right) onto County Road J18. Drive 5.4 miles and look for the park entrance on the south (left) side of the road. From Hwy 92 (Indianola and Knoxville): Merge onto Hwy 5 near Knoxville. South of Albia, turn west (right) at Moravia onto County Road J18. Drive 5.4 miles and look for the park entrance on the south (left) side of the road. From Interstate 80 (Iowa City): Take Hwy 218/Exit 239 south from Iowa City. Turn west (right) onto Hwy 34. Turn south on Highway 5 near Albia. Turn west (right) at Moravia onto County Road J18. Drive 5.4 miles and look for the park entrance on the south (left) side of the road.

Fun facts

Rathbun Lake is the second largest lake in Iowa. The area is home to Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, songbirds and other wildlife.

Related Onsite Offerings

With the traditional golf package at this outstanding resort, you'll also get complimentary passes to the water park.

2 . Cragun's Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minnesota

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Voted one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest, Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake features three distinct courses. Known as the Legacy Courses, all three stand out amongst many outstanding courses on the Brainerd Golf Trail, voted one of the “World’s Top Golf Destinations.”

Designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Legacy Courses include Dutch Legacy, Bobby’s Legacy and the Reversible 9. The unique 45 holes can all be played out of the beautiful Legacy Clubhouse which features a sports bar, restaurant and pro shop. The Pro Shop provides the latest gear and club carts equipped with Pro Link GPS, displaying each hole’s layout, distance & more. Golf Digest rated Dutch Legacy at five stars, making it one of only 24 five-star public courses in 2009. Named after its designer, Bobby’s Legacy offers split fairways, multiple tees and shorter holes with longer pars making it a shot-maker’s dream course. The unique Reversible 9 changes direction daily. With lake vista backdrops and its beauty as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary Course, the immaculate Legacy Courses belong in our Top 10. Consistently praised by Golf Digest, the Legacy Courses at Cragun’s Resort define excellence in Midwest golf.

Related activities

Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake features a Ladies Night of golfing, offered weekly.

Related Onsite Offerings

At Cragun’s Resort, you’ll want to spend at least a little time out on beautiful Gull Lake. Cragun’s Resort can completely outfit you for a fun fishing trip!

Address

Cragun’s Resort & Hotel on Gull Lake, 11000 Craguns Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401

3 . Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Galena, Illinois

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Nationally lauded, our No. 3 pick offers 63 rewarding holes over four championship golf courses. With cascading hills merging into immaculate courses, the Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa sets the standard for world-class golf in the Midwest.

Golf is the sport of choice at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa, recently voted into the 2010 Golfweek’s “Best Courses You Can Play.” Each course - The North, The South, The East and the spectacular The General - boasts its own clubhouse complete with pro shop, restaurant or snack shop. All except The East (which caters nine holes) feature 18 remarkable holes. As one of the top golf resorts in the country, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa created Club 63, allowing avid golfers to feel like pros. Golf all 63 holes in one stay to join. With its unique blend of plush fairways and wooded valleys, golfers of every skill level come out to play. Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa is the Midwest’s premier golf destination – Golf Digest has consistently named The General among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” Set amongst captivating rolling hills and Lake Galena, Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa tops our list at No. 3.

Address

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, IL 61036

Fun facts

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa features daily hot air balloon rides, leaving right from the resort!

Related Onsite Offerings

After an exhilarating afternoon on the greens, treat yourself to one of Eagle Ridge Resort’s nine dining options – a snack bar at your course or the exquisite Woodlands Restaurant and Lounge.

4 . Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center

Alexandria, Minnesota

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Our No. 4 pick belongs to the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. Set amongst 400 acres of natural splendor in Alexandria, Minnesota, the resort’s crowning jewel is the Atikwa Golf Course, one of the finest semi-private courses in the Midwest.

One of the many exceptional courses on the Brainerd Golf Trail, the Atikwa Golf Course recently underwent renovations. The course emerged designed with wetland preservation in mind, taking advantage of the natural and undisturbed beauty of Alexandria. The aesthetic design of the 18-hole course focuses on the scenic lake view, wooded hills and open prairie. Open to both guests of Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center as well as club members, avid golfers love to play the 18 challenging but rewarding holes. Experience the natural grandeur of the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center and golf at one of Minnesota’s premier semi-private courses. Tee times are required, so make sure to call ahead of time!

Address

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, 2100 Arrowwood Lane, Alexandria, MN 56308

Highlights

Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center features a 38,000-sq.-ft. indoor waterpark with three four-story slides, a 500-gallon splash bucket and more!

Related Onsite Offerings

Arrowwood Resort has recently added an executive putting course, right on the shores of Lake Darling. This course features 18 putting greens with real bent grass.

5 . Devils Head Resort & Convention Center

Merrimac, Wisconsin

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Found on a 1200-acre nature preserve in Sauk County, Wisconsin, Devils Head Resort and Convention Center features 36 scenic golf holes. Consistently named the "Midwestern Summer Getaway of Choice," this resort is one of our favorite golf destinations.

Devils Head Resort and Convention Center offers avid golfers two championship 18-hole courses designed by Art Johnson. Time and again, both courses are included in the Top 25 Wisconsin Golf Course ratings. The shorter of the two, The Glacier Golf Course, presents a maze of elevation changes, narrow fairways, rock outcroppings and challenging water hazards. The Prairie Glen Golf Course, a wild ride through 18-holes of diverse scenery including island greens and Scottish links, is the newest championship course at Devils Head. Wildlife sightings are an exciting part of this golf adventure! Plan your next golf vacation to beautiful Sauk County, wildly considered a "Favorite Wisconsin Summer Vacation Destination". Course rates and tee time requests are available online for guest convenience.

Address

Devil’s Head Resort & Convention Center, S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561

Highlights

The Devil’s Den Bar at Devil’s Head Resort is a cozy place to spend the evening. It features a full bar with a wide selection of beers, a cozy fireplace and televisions.

Related Onsite Offerings

Devil’s Head Resort offers miles of challenging single-track mountain biking trails, an outdoor pool and 2 tennis courts!

6 . French Lick Resort

French Lick, Indiana

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Voted the ‘Most Underrated Golf Resort in the Midwest’ by Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine, the French Lick Resort provides truly bountiful golf experiences. Situated in the picturesque Indiana landscape, this resort is famous for - among many other things - its three championship golf courses.

Set amongst cascading hills and designed by world famous architects Pete Dye, Donald Ross and Tom Bendelow, the French Lick Resort features 45 challenging yet relaxing holes. Recently selected as the host for the 2010 PGA Professionals National Championship, the new Pete Dye Course is widely considered the architect’s best inland course. The legendary Donald Ross Course, originally conceived in 1917, has hosted many regional and national championships including the 1924 PGA Championship. With its length of 7,000 yards, the length plus the original Par 70 challenges even the best golfers. The Valley Links, a 9-hole conversion of the original 18-hole Tom Bendelow Valley Links, features a championship tee length of nearly 3,500 yards. The Valley Links offers a family golf course program designed specifically for kids and beginners by cutting the yardage in half. Come play at French Lick’s renowned courses and experience the nation’s most challenging, yet satisfying golf game. Book your tee times online!

Related Onsite Offerings

French Lick Resort offers a variety of golf packages to make your Indiana golf vacation hassle-free.

Highlights

French Lick Resort features a 51,000-sq.-ft. Vegas-style casino with over 1,300 state-of-the-art slot machines, 41 table games and much more!

Address

French Lick Resort, 8670 West State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432

7 . Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa

Thompsonville, Michigan

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Envision the panoramic vistas of the beautiful northern Michigan scenery, the stately forests and intricate designs of a luxurious golf experience. Our #7 resort takes you right to this majestic destination for an exception getaway. Crystal Mountain Resort presents an incredible golf retreat full of challenges and relaxation that you won't find anywhere else.

Your outstanding golf vacation at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa features 36 holes of Northwoods golf, a 10-acre practice center, and golf instruction supervised by PGA Professional Brad Dean. Crystal's two distinct 18-hole golf courses have both received four-star ratings from Golf Digest magazine, ensuring that you experience only the best. Their recently renovated courses will challenge both experts and beginners with its beautiful greens and tree lined fairways. Crystal's Golf School is a GOLF Magazine Top 25 Golf School that offers over 100 golf schools, clinics, and programs for every level of golfer. Lead by PGA and LPGA Professionals, it is your premier Michigan golf destination!

Related Onsite Offerings

Whether you're planning an outing with the buddies or colleagues, Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa offers great discounted rates and preferred tee times for groups of 12 or more!

Related activities

Nothing is more relaxing after a day on the greens than a replenishing massage or soak in the hot tub. Crystal Spa is the perfect place to melt away all those kinks!

Address

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr. Thompsonville, Michigan 49683

8 . Sugar Lake Lodge

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

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Over 6,000 yards of beautiful rolling terrain, water, and bunkers welcome you to an unforgettable Minnesota golf experience.

At Sugar Lake Lodge, you'll discover a refreshing lakeside setting on the shores of Sugar Lake. The inspiring location makes way for the lodge's 18-hole championship course called Sugarbrooke. Professionally designed by Minnesota golf architect Joel Goldstrand, the course is carved into the surrounding forests of pristine maple and oak trees. Sugarbrooke is a par-71 course that winds its way across 6,534 yards of challenging play. Its signature 18th hole presents its namesake, the beautiful winding brooke that guards the greens. Whether you're here with the family and are spending a day on the greens, or if you're planning a getaway with a whole group, Sugar Lake Lodge makes it easy to enjoy the best of their incredible course. With an incredible stay and play package and golf group rates, you'll be sure to easily plan your trip. And when you're not out on the course, Sugar Lake Lodge offers a variety of great activities to enjoy onsite - from swimming and boating at the lake to dining at Otis's Grill & Bar which overlooks Sugarbrooke's 18th hole!

Address

37584 Otis Lane Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55721

Highlights

Sugar Lake Lodge offers a range of golf specials such as"2 for 1 Golf After 5pm" and "Holiday Weekend" specials. Inquire today and find the best time to hit the greens!

Related Onsite Offerings

When you need a break from the links, grab a complimentary canoe or kayak and explore Sugar Lake. Or, head to a mini-dock and spend an afternoon fishing. There's plenty to do!

9 . Geneva Ridge Resort & Geneva National Golf Course

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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At number nine on our list is Geneva Ridge Resort. This beautifully maintained Wisconsin resort is the a great choice for a fun filled family vacation- On and off the greens!

You certainly don’t need to worry about having enough opportunities to golf. Geneva Ridge Resort is managed by Geneva National Golf Club, so you can be sure that the three championship courses will be everything you hope. Designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Lee Trevino, these courses offer a natural golf wonderland. Bent grass fairways and wooded areas enhance the naturally sloping terrain. Stay & Play packages offer a complete golf experience that’s sure to please. When you’re not on the greens – we know it will be hard to stay away – there’s plenty more to enjoy as well. The comfortable suites will provide you with the perfect place for a good night’s sleep and all the lounging you care to do. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to the Lakeview Grille and enjoy any of their delicious menu options. There’s also a full service spa and salon and a fitness center to take advantage of during your stay.

Address

Geneva Ridge Resort W4240 State Road 50 Lake Geneva WI 53147

Highlights

Geneva Ridge Resort offers all the pampering you could want at their full service spa and salon! Consider one of the customizable packages!

Related Onsite Offerings

Geneva Ridge Resort offers over 16,000 square feet of excellent professional meeting space. Plan your next business retreat here, and take advantage of state of the art audio visual equipment, along with everything else the resort has to offer.

10 . Thousand Hills Golf Resort

Branson, Missouri

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Thousand Hills Golf Resort's course is known as Branson's most popular golf course for good reason. This 18-hole gem was rated 4-Stars by Golf Digest Magazine in 2009 and was voted Best of the Ozarks for Branson Golf Courses by the readers of the Springfield News-Leade.

A large reason for the course's popularity is its ability to cater to all golf skill levels. Three separate sets of tees ensure that everyone from novices to professionals enjoys a challenging and fair round of golf. As you journey through this 18-hole masterpiece, your surroundings shift from beautiful hardwood forests to unique rock formations to shimmering Ozark streams. Maneuver your way through the rolling fairways, sprawling sand bunkers, and meandering waterways of this par-64 paradise. Just as the course caters to a diverse range of golfers, the lodging options accommodate a diverse range of vacationers. Branson cabins and rental condos range from romantic suites for couples to five-bedroom town homes perfect for large families and groups. Make a splash in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, soak in the soothing Jacuzzi tubs, and keep fit in the fully equipped fitness center. Swing by Thousand Hills Golf Resort, your fairway fantasy!

Address

245 South Wildwood Drive, Branson, MO 65616

Extra Stops

Outdoor adventurers don't need to travel far to find fun. The resort is just five minutes from Lake Taneycomo and within 10 minutes of Table Rock Lake, where you'll experience the complete Branson and Ozarks outdoors experience.

Highlights

Find all the golf equipment you need onsite. Rent GPS-equipped golf carts or head to the largest pro shop in Branson, offering shoes, shirts, equipment, gifts, and souvenirs.

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