Hidden Greens Course Reviews

Reviewed by: Nicky Backspin - Watertown, MN. Nicky shoots in the 70s.
Review Summary: Scenic, classic style golf course. Great price helps to offset the poor layout.
Conditions: Average fairway conditions, inconsistent green speeds. Mnay greens are 'hidden' and because of that receive little sun. Those greens are extremely slow while the exposed greens are of decent speed. Beware of this before putting.
The tee-boxes were in good shape and the rough was very playable.
Scenery: The scenery was very good. No houses and lots of wilderness to look at. Beats a city course hands down.
Layout: This is where this course loses me. Many poor-positioned trees. If you are 10 feet left or right of center fairway on many holes, you have no reasonable shot at the green. There is even a hole or two where dead center penalizes you.
Some will say this encourages 'shotmaking', that's nonsense. It encourages you not to come back. Few golfers like to have nice, straight drives go to waste.
If you like punching 5 irons under tree limbs to the green while you are in the fairway, then this course if for you.

There are certain spots that are fair, needing a fade or draw to the green. That's ok. But hitting slices and hooks to a green is not ok.

A few less trees and a few more bunkers would be nice. I remember one fairway bunker. The course's defense is trees, trees, trees.
Services: Here is where Hidden Greens excels. Great customer service. Very nice people to go along with a very nice greens fee.
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting: 3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by: Brian Thompson - Maplewood, MN. Mitch shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary: I golf a lot of courses in the metro area, and year after year this is my favorite course. It is as beautiful as it is demanding. It requires extremely accurate iron shots and course management is a must from the tee boxes. Big hitters beware; long drives don't spell success on this tree lined course. Hidden Greens is very appropriately named.
Conditions: The greens are year in and year out some of the most flawless putting
services I play on. Not the fastest greens, but they always roll true. The grounds crew does a fantastic job of keeping the clutter off the ground. With the amount of trees on this course lost balls in the rough could be frustrating, but the tree lines are always clean and fairways are always perfect.
Scenery: CAN NOT BE BEAT!! In the Midwest this course stands alone for it's forested beauty. You would have to drive to a Northern course to find a close second.
Layout: It is a thinking man's course. Every shot has a risk reward angle to it and blindly hitting long drives will result in disaster.
Services: I'm never thirsty.
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting: 4 Stars
Balls Lost: 3-5