Grand View Lodge - The Pines - Lakes/Woods
|White (W)||72||6185 yards||76.1||143|
|Gold (W)||72||5702 yards||73.5||136|
|Red (W)||72||5256 yards||70.3||131|
|Purple (W)||72||3973 yards||64.6||117|
|Green M: 74.2/140||420||462||406||569||356||495||165||425||218||3516||533||440||174||397||189||345||400||448||541||3467||6983|
|Blue M: 72.2/137||400||420||372||522||344||467||153||389||210||3277||525||417||159||365||171||328||358||426||500||3249||6526|
|White M: 70.6/134 W: 76.1/143||382||394||345||502||320||442||145||375||194||3099||515||395||134||348||152||316||347||389||490||3086||6185|
|Gold M: 68.4/130 W: 73.5/136||357||351||325||437||320||420||131||340||145||2826||500||343||134||348||152||316||306||333||444||2876||5702|
|Red M: 65.9/125 W: 70.3/131||288||320||275||430||291||371||126||300||139||2540||390||338||110||300||139||271||301||328||439||2616||5156|
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Great Tournament Track or just for friendly play
Played in Minnesota Net Team Championship
What a great place to hold this event.
Great holes that have potential to make my all time great holes Lakes Number 5 and 7
5 is short downhill dogleg right over water.
7 is 155 yard par 3 over water with big boulders surrounding the green and water
Great elevation changes and greens have great Sunday hole locations.
Nice Pro Shop and Food and Beverage
Gimmicky holes, but fun to play
First off, we come here every year as part of a guys "Ryder Cup weekend". This year was no different, except for the weather. Thunderstorms started at 2am, and didn't let up until we were through 9 holes and yet we were told to play away as our tee times were not going to be pushed back due to weather. Keep in mind, I noted there were thunderstorms, with a lot of lightning and we were told to play. This did not sit well with myself or my group and I understand we had this event planned several months in advance, but putting our lives on the line to keep our tee times is not something I ever plan to do again. We played cart path only, which slowed the pace of play down a ton, and the pro shop sent out twosomes in between our group at the turn, for whatever reason (twice - we played 36 holes this day). This is my first "bad" experience with the GVL group, so I'm not going to hold it over their heads too much, but I felt like they could've handled the day's weather and our play much better. We were thankful to not only live another day (a large birch tree fell during the storms across the cartpath near the clubhouse) but also to get all of our rounds in at this course. The course is always in immaculate condition, and this weekend was no different. I'm not a fan of hitting irons off the tee on Par 5's but if that's your thing, this course has that in spades as many of the holes are less than driver (there's also a Par 3 where you could hit driver off the tee if you're not very long)
Grand View Lodge (The Pines) - The Brainerd O.G. Still Delivers
The Good: The Pines, a 27-hole resort course affiliated with Grand View Lodge about 15 minutes north of Brainerd, is a solid Joel Goldstrand design that many consider the modern Godfather of the Brainerd golf boom. I played the Woods/Marsh combo, which is widely considered the best two-nine routing on the course. The Woods is the more scenic of the two nines, with two beautiful short, downhill Par 3’s and an eye-popping closing Par 5 9th with a pond (and wooden eagle nests) by the green. The Marsh nine is more sporty, with several downhill drives leading to uphill, tough approaches. Excellent short Par 4’s. Very good fairway and course conditions, as well as some of the most challenging, undulating greens in the Brainerd area. Nice, accommodating staff will ensure you have a nice, leisurely walk in the park. Freddy’s Grille is a decent little restraint inside the eclectic clubhouse. Nice GPS on the carts is a good touch!
The Bad: There are WAY too many blind tee shots for my liking. I tend to enjoy courses that are more of a “right in front of you” type of design. The greens are well-conditioned, but many are so undulating that they are almost unplayable. Overpriced at $110 peak season compared to other courses in the area. The bug life and flies on the course are unbearable.
The Verdict: The Pines may be the Brainerd O.G., but it’s been passed by the newer, modern courses during the late 90’s resort golf explosion. A fun, interesting course if you don’t mind several blind tee shots and a two-foot breaking putt on anything over 10-feet away.
Best Hole(s): The Par-4 6th is a beautiful, short Par 4 that has the most expansive view on the Woods nine and requires a precise short-iron approach to one of the longest greens on property. The Par-4 4th hole on the Marsh nine is one of my favorites in all of a Brainerd. A downhill precise drive is required to attack this hidden green from the tee box. A mesmerizing approach to a well-guarded green with a pond right awaiting errant wedges.
Classic Northern Minnesota Course
The Pines at Grand View Lodge includes three nine-hole tracks named Lakes, Woods, and Marsh. We played Lakes and Woods, so this review is limited to those nines. I should start by noting that there weren't any real lakes evident on the course, but there were woods all over, and there were probably more oaks than pines. That's about the only thing we found to object to on this course. The fairways were adequately wide, gently rolling, and in great condition. And, of course, they were lined with trees. So many trees that in order to speed up play the course has adopted a local rule that a ball lost in the woods is to be played as a ball lost in a lateral hazard. Take a one stroke penalty, but don't go back to the original spot and hit another ball. Although we didn't really get a feeling of great elevation changes, the rolling terrain results in several blind tee shots. Happily, the GPS provided on the electric carts shows the position of the carts in the group ahead, including yardage to each cart so you won't tee off until they are out of range. The greens were fast, but not excessively so. They were mostly large and slightly undulating. You can play a run-up shot to many of the greens. Having played a spectacular northern Minnesota course the day before, I wasn't really overwhelmed by the Pines. However, the course really is a very attractive track and stands on its own with several truly memorable holes. Two of these are among the shortest holes on the course. The par 3 7th hole on the Lakes nine plays to 148 yards from the white tees. There is water all along the left side from just in front of the tee all the way to the side of the long narrow green, and a steep hill borders the green on the right. A bailout to the right may hit a grassy part of the hill and run down to the green, setting up a birdie putt. However, part of the hillside is lined with timbers so if your ball happens to hit these there is no telling where your ball may end up. On the same nine, the 320 yard (from the white tees) par 4 5th is a little gem. You have a blind tee shot over a ridge and it's all downhill past the ridge. A water hazard lies at the bottom of the hill only about 220 yards away. Because of the elevation change your ball will go much farther, so a long iron or hybrid is all you should need to lay up to wedge distance to the green that is nicely sloped from back to front. On the Woods nine, the par 5 9th with water on the front left of the green is a visually appealing hole, but my favorite on this nine was the par 4 7th that plays 347 yards from the white tees. A deep ravine requiring a 180 yard carry covers the right half of what should be fairway, leaving only a narrow strip of fairway on the left. One member of our group failed to carry the ravine by only about three yards, which left him with a steep uphill lie and a precarious stance. Happily, he managed to make contact with the ball and not lose his balance. On the approach shot, you're faced with the big ravine's little brother protecting the right front of the green and a bunker just short of the green. It's probably better to be long than short, but if you're too long you'll have some work to get down in two. This was the first time I'd played this course, but next time I'm in the Brainerd Lakes area, it will definitely be on the agenda.