Pokegama Golf Course is relatively short (6,426 yards from the tips), and with six sets of tees and two additional combo tees is a family-friendly track that attracts golfers of all skill levels. The course is set on generally flat terrain, although a few holes do have some gently rolling stretches and slight elevation changes. Tree coverage is sparse and mainly serves to provide separation (and protection!) between adjacent fairways. Fairways are generously wide, and the rough is short enough that it doesn’t cover the entire ball. Our foursome was able to recover every ball that strayed from the fairway without much difficulty. The greens were surprisingly fast, with most of them having a pronounced back to front slope. The course is enjoyable to play, but there really aren’t any of the truly memorable or spectacularly scenic holes that one might expect to find on a northern Minnesota course. The opening hole is a fairly easy 348 yard (from the white tees) par 4, straight and with no bunkers or hazards in sight. The tee shot on the second hole, a 372 yard par 4 requires about a 160 yard carry over a water hazard, which shouldn’t be a problem for most. One of the prettiest holes on the course is the par 3 17th, 141 yards to a green surrounded by three bunkers and with a large tree protecting the right front. If the pin is on the right side of the green, you must carry the tree and avoid the bunker in order to attack the pin. Otherwise, go for the center of the green and take a two putt par. Our foursome found the most difficult hole to be the par 4 14th, 398 yards from the white tees with a slight dogleg to the left. Once you reach your ball after your tee shot, you’ll see a green that slopes severely to the left, with a bunker and lateral hazard on the left. Rather than chancing a hybrid or long iron, two of our foursome chose to lay up in order to have a wedge into the green. The other two opted to hit toward the right side of the green. The first choice turned out to be correct, as the latter left the golfers with a chip from a downhill lie to a green that sloped away from them. Good-bye ball! Our foursome had a pleasant time playing this course, and we all scored well enough to enjoy our post-round beverages. We would be happy to play it again when we’re in the area.