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Great golf courses both liberate and challenge even the best golfers. And since the first 18-hole course in the U.S. opened in Chicago in 1893, the sport has become a part of the entire culture of the Midwest. We’ve compiled our Top Resorts featuring some of the greatest golf courses in the Midwest. Players of all skill levels are guaranteed to find a course they enjoy. Let’s play golf!
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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.


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

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

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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!


Otsego Club and Resort

Gaylord, Michigan

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Otsego Club and Resort is a year-round destination for the active traveler! Golf enthusiasts stay here year after year to enjoy an incredible experience out on the greens, combined with luxury accommodations and an assortment of modern amenities to ensure your vacation is one to remember. Home to 36 championship holes of Michigan golf, Otsego offers The Classic, designed by William H. Diddel, and The Tribute, which was designed by Rick Robbins and PGA Tour Professional Gary Koch. These beautiful courses wind through over 1,000 acres in the Sturgeon River Valley, inspiring and challenging players of all ages. When you're not out on the links, enjoy the comfort of your own home-away-from-home with Otsego's luxury lodges and chalets. With jacuzzi tubs, wireless internet access and flat-screen LCD television, it's everything you need for a luxurious stay. Plus, Otsego offers five onsite dining options to satisfy your hunger in-between games!


696 M-32 East Main Street P.O. Box 556 Gaylord, MI 49734

Fun facts

Don Vanderveen, senior writer at Michigan Golf, says, "The Tribute gets overshadowed but it's one of Michigan's "OH WOW!" courses. It's as nice a course as you'll find in the state."

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Otsego Club and Resort offers golf packages to choose from to make your Missouri golf vacation much more stress-free! These packages include a game onsite and lodging at the resort!


Garland Lodge and Resort

Lewiston, Michigan

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With four distinct 18-hole courses spread across the resort grounds, you're sure to find a course that fits your skill level the next time you plan at golf trip to the #3 pick on our list of Top Midwest Golf Resorts - Garland Lodge and Resort. Located in Lewiston, Michigan, the resort has been called Northern Michigan's "Best Kept Secret".

The Monarch course at Garland is often referred to as the "King of Michigan Golf Courses" and measures 7,145 yards from the back tees. The Back Nine offers picturesque view while arguably being the most difficult group of holes in Northern Michigan. If you're looking for a layout with a little less length, Swampfire offers a true shot maker's course. You can plan on using every club in your bag as you navigate trees, bunkers, and water on 16 of 18 holes. At 6,854 yards from the tips, this is the second-longest course at the resort. The Reflections course represents a unique setup with a combination of six par 5's, par 4's, and par 3's. Your course management skills will be key to recording a low score. The Fountains Course is for members only, but is certainly worth playing if your have the opportunity!


4700 North Red Oak Road Lewiston, MI 49756


If you can find a member that will let you join them in a round, try the Fountains Course. Your drive to the first hole will take you across the longest single span log bridge in the world and back again later in the round to play holes 14-18.

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Garland Lodge and Resort offers four on-site dining options that are perfect for a post-round drink or meal: The Tamarack Dining Room Antlers Bar & Grill Bunkers/Tiki Bar Garland Coffee Shop

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Set amongst 400 acres of natural splendor in Alexandria, Minnesota, Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center'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!


2100 Arrowwood Lane, Alexandria, MN 56308


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

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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.


Grand View Lodge

Nisswa, Minnesota

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Grand View Lodge offers both comfortable lodging and exceptional golf, all in the backdrop of the stunning Minnesota Wilderness. Featuring three distinct courses, all levels of player are welcome, from wide-eyed initiate to savvy veteran.

Each course bring a new and unique take on classic Minnesota golf. The Pines is a true “player’s course,”. It snakes its way through the nearby forest, serving as a difficult challenge for even the most experienced golfer. The Preserve is best known for its scenic elevated tees and its tour speed greens. It went through a million dollar renovation last year, so as to even further raise the quality of play. Finally, the Garden is a beginner-friendly course. Set along the main historic grounds, this course is perfect for family and friends alike. So what are you waiting for? If you love golf, you’ll love Grand View Lodge!


23521 Nokomis Avenue, Nisswa, Minnesota 56468


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Fun facts

Starting in 1457, golf was banned throughout Scotland by the nation’s Parliament, which believed it interfered with residents’ military training.


Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge

Deerwood, Minnesota

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Designed by the famous Joel Goldstrand all the way back in 1921, Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge's golf course is not just a great golfing experience- it's a veritable trip through history!

If you hear a *plop* after you tee off at Ruttger's Bay, don't worry- its happened countless times over the years. The plop we refer to is, of course, your ball landing in a water hazard, something the 18 holes use as their foremost feature. Spread out over a hundred acres, you'll find unique and interesting dynamics and challenges on each hole. Just make sure you have plenty of extra balls on hand, though! If you need a break from golf, there are plenty of other ways to spend your time at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge. Rent a fishing boat and cast a line, or visit some of the stores onsite full of apparel to help you cherish your time at Ruttgers!


25039 Tame Fish Lake Road Deerwood, MN 56444

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In the area, after a round of 18, there are opportunities to take a dip in the lake, or explore the area with a bike ride!

Getting there

Just a couple hours of the highway from the Twin Cities, Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge is easily accessible no matter where you're coming from!


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!


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


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!

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


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 #8 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!


12500 Crystal Mountain Dr. Thompsonville, Michigan 49683

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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!

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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!


The Ridge Hotel

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.


Geneva Ridge Resort W4240 State Road 50 Lake Geneva WI 53147


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

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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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


37584 Otis Lane Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55721


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!

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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!


Thumper Pond Golf Course & Resort

Ottertail, Minnesota

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Carved through 90,000 red pine trees and featuring beautiful fairways and rolling greens, the golf course at Thumper Pond Resort is the perfect place to enjoy a Minnesota golf vacation. The Eric Niskanen-designed, 18-hole course is ideal for both experts and beginners of all ages and offers stunning views of the surrounding Central Minnesota location that's sure to take your breath away as you play. Plus, the resort also offers a 350-yard practice range, a short game area and two putting greens for your convenience. If it's your first time on the greens, or you're looking for a little freshener, they offer onsite lessons that can help you make the most of your golf experience! After a nice day out on the course, settle in for a delicious meal at the Willy T’s Tavern & Grill, which specializes in home-inspired favorites including house-roasted, hand-carved meats, sandwiches, pizzas and much more.


300 Thumper Lodge Road, Ottertail, MN 56571

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From fishing and boating at local Ottertail lakes to exploring the resort's own 250 beautiful acres on a refreshing hike, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy in-between all your rounds of golf!

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Thumper Pond features 78 spacious suites that are equipped with modern touches for your convenience! Enjoy the comforts of a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, 27-inch color television with cable, free high-speed internet and more!