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Blackberry Ridge Golf Club - Region 4 - West Central
Reviewed by:  Tim Ruopsa - Rochester, MN. Tim shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  Course was fun and played very fair. My son is a member and he is very familiar with course conditions having been on a greens keeping crew in Ponte Vedra Beach at a private course next to the Stadium course in Sawgrass called Plantation. We love fast greens and the scenic conditons. Lots of doglegs and different looks from the various tee boxes.
Conditions:  Excellent greens and fairways. Ball played true all the time. Requires some good ball striking ability and short game finess. Will return 2 or 3 times again this year.
Scenery:  Enjoyed the mix of trees, farmland and "marsh-like"
areas as well as the water locations.
Layout: Loved the innovative tee situation on 17. Neat idea Joel came up with.
Services: Excellent..asked for picture with my son and I and even that was done with great care. Food great as well. May consider for reception in the future.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Star
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Blackberry Ridge Golf Club - Region 4 - West Central
Reviewed by:  Kirk Klemz - ST. Cloud, MN. Kirk shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  This course has a $1M clubhouse, with a $.25 course. For the the $32 green fee, don't' bother! The tee boxes are small and uneven, more of a hazard than a sand trap! Most of the rough is untamed peat bog and the scent that blows in from the surrounding farms.... (fresh country air)! To top it off, the course layout is terrible! The front nine ends (8) par 5 (9) par 3.....then the backside starts (10) par 5 (11) par 3 (12) par 5! #12's tee boxes point to #13's fairway, and you are supposed to tee off at about a 30 degree angle to the tee marker! This course design is terrible with room to mature! I felt as if I were playing in what remained to be a cornfield!
Conditions:  Greens are very firm! I have hit onto parking lots that let the ball check more than these! The amount of sand under the greens has turned into a cement patio! If you can get the ball to check on any shot, good luck!
Scenery:  Farms and peat bog!
Layout: See the latter part of the overall review!
Services:
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Value Rating: 1 Star
Overall Difficulty: 2 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by:  Wade Noyes - Saint Cloud, MN. Wade shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  I really like this course! Very challenging, even for the better golfers. A little on the expensive side for the area.
Conditions:  Only 5 years old, this course could be in better condition as the greens are a little wasted!
Scenery:  
Layout: Some holes are in the trees and others are in the open, but either way the course proves a challenge!
Services: Excellent service and great food make this a regular spot of mine!
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Star
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Brian Wieber - Saint Cloud, MN. Brian shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  I feel the first review of this course is way off. This is probably the most challenging track within a 50 mile radius of St. Cloud. As far as the rough being (peat bog) this guy has no clue. It sounds to me like Kirk doesn't know what a peat bog is. Maybe he is talking about Sartell Golf Club. I work at a golf course and talk to a number of people in the golf business and most are impressed with this course. Understand that since this course was built the weather has been less than ideal. The bent grass greens and target fairways are not the easiest to care for. I think this course gives the best variety for layouts from open links style to tight holes cut into the woods. I highly recommend this to any golfer looking for a real challenge. The golfers that I have talked to that said they didn't like the course is because they said it was too tough.
Conditions:  This course is in excellent condition considering the weather they have had this year (cold, wet spring and lately hot dry summer). A few greens have been patched, but over all they are rolling nicely.
Scenery:  I've seen extensive wildlife from red headed woodpeckers to wild turkey's and deer. The landscape is Wooded hills and Wetlands.
Layout:
Services: The course has excellent facilities and service. The food is outstanding.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Star
Overall Difficulty: 5 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 6-8
 

 
Reviewed by:  W O Noyes - Saint Cloud, MN. W O shoots in the 70s.
Review Summary:  I play Blackberry at least once a week. Becoming a member here has made me a better golfer!
Conditions:  Greens roll slower than I like but I still prefer this course over The Fairways or Oak Hill!
Scenery:  From deep woods to flat wetlands you might just hop across the path of a few deer!.
Layout: Measures almost 7,000 yards with well bunkered greens and a few signature trees! Blackberry can play very difficult from the tips or in the wind.
Services: The service is what keeps me coming back!
Course Rating
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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Star
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Philip Royce - Saint Cloud, MN. Philip shoots in the 90s.
Review Summary:  Located in Sartell, in Stearns County, Blackberry Ridge is the nicest, albeit toughest golf course in the Central Minnesota area. A real challenge, and a beautiful course.
Conditions:  After a tough winter the course in rounding into shape very nicely. The mixture of woodland, farm, and links style golf is unmatched anywhere. The rough is definitely punitive (I guess Kirk from the above review doesn't like it). The greens are quick with subtle breaks. This course earns its 142 rating from the white tees, with well place bunkers, trees, and hazards.
Scenery:  The scenery is Central Minnesota farmland, with no houses on the course or adjoining the fairways. There is an immense variety of wildlife visible on the course and immediate vicinity, including: eagles, wild turkeys, geese, ducks, swans, cranes, herons, many smaller birds (including cardinals, orioles, red white and black woodpeckers, yellow swifts, and more), deer, fox, rabbits, etc. No bears or wolves.
Layout: The front nine starts in the woods and then opens into a mix of trees and open grass. Number eight is a long par 5 that is open from the tee and then goes into a narrow alley of trees. Number nine is a difficult par three surrounded by trees and protected by a large bunker. The back nine is a couple of strokes easier than the front and opens into a links style course for most of the holes. It is absolutely gorgeous.
Services: Service is good, laid back, and friendly.
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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Star
Overall Difficulty: 5 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Keith Clepper - New Hope, MN. Keith shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  My favorite course in the St. Cloud area. I play here extensively in the summer months and have always been pleased with the family owned atmosphere and service orientated staff. I love the course layout with tree lined fairways, native grasses, and wetlands this course is just simply beautiful. The course will challenge any golfer with 5 different tee boxes. If you like tough go back to the Tips, course takes on a totally different dimension
Conditions:  The course conditions have improved every year. 2005 golf season was the best so far and I anticipate this course being in even better condition in 2006. The greens are now starting to quicken (course is on it's 6th year) and the every year the superintendent has improved surrounding aesthetics to the course.
Scenery:  Scenery is not a problem on this course, the beauty of Minnesota is very apparent when you play here. Wildlife is often seen on the course and the holes are nicely designed to take advantage of the scenic beauty and the lay of the land.
Layout: Course layout is challenging. Club selection is imperative when playing this course. When the wind kicks up the course can play deceivingly tough. I generally use all the clubs in my bag when I play here. The finishing holes here 16, 17, and 18 are my favorites with a nod of acknowledgement to 10.
Services: The service is one of the many reasons I play this course 20-25 times a summer.
Course Ratings
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Star
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 
 
 

 

 

 













 

 

 
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