The Refuge Course Reviews

Reviewed by: Mike White - Shoreview, MN. Mike shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary: Beautiful course. Relaxing. Feels like a Brainerd resort course. Well manicured greens and fairways, and white powder sand from Ohio in the bunkers. Fair course in that there are no blind shots, but challenging from the back tees (Slope 145)
Conditions: Greens are always fast and in great shape. Fairways are well watered and soft and green.
Scenery: This course was built on land that was formerly a game farm. Abundant wetlands, trees everywhere. No cars, and very few houses come into view. Lots of bridges built over the wetlands make it feel like a nature walk while you golf.
Layout: A thinker's course. Some tight tree lined fairways. Some long carries over water from the Championship tees, fair for "Up" tees with less carry needed.

Driver not always the best choice of the tee for long hitters. Will make
you use the majority of the clubs in your bag.
Services: Friendly and knowledgeable Head Pro. Staff is friendly and go out of their way to make this feel "upscale" even though the green fees are quite reasonable. New clubhouse set to be completed Late Summer '04 looks spectacular.
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting: 3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2