|Hawk Creek Country Club
(Region 4 - West Central)
TJ Perry - St. Paul, MN. TJ shoots in the 80's.
An excellent 9-hole course that offers wide, well-manicured fairways and
manageable rough allows golfers at any skill level to have an
affordable, enjoyable experience. Decent overall length, great use of
natural water hazards and some tricky greens make this a course that
will provide enough of a challenge to keep better golfers from losing
While the last three holes are beautiful, largely cut out of century old
forest, the first six have grown up beautifully over the last few years.
Most of the trees that once left dog-legs open to big swingers looking
to cut the corner have begun reaching maturity and have really tightened
up some of the (previously) easier par-4's. Additionally, the added tree
cover serves to cut down on the amount of wind that often whips through
the flatlands of western Minnesota, leaving a much more enjoyable
experience for walkers or just those looking to enjoy some friendly
conversation out on the links.
The only downside to this Joel Goldstrand designed course is that the
greens are generally left a bit long, creating a slow putting surface
that makes getting in some practice on the putting green a must before
you head out to the first tee.
Conditions are usually great. The rough occasionally gets a bit long in
spots and I would prefer the greens mowed a bit shorter, but overall the
conditions are generally excellent, with the fairways kept ever
scenery is good. Elevated tees on holes 4 and 6 allow you to look out
over most of the course. As the trees and shrubbery have matured it has
added a lot to the first six holes. The final three holes are absolutely
fantastic, offering fully developed woodland backdrops and running along
the length of a winding and weaving Hawk Creek.
The lay-out is simple without being boring. The
course offers moderate length, and a good variety of different types of
hole designs. Hole number six is a long par-5 unlike any hole I've seen
before, requiring a double cross of the river from an elevated tee back
down to a green guarded left and behind by water. The women's tees are
given a generous jump, making this an excellent scoring course for those
inclined to play from the front markers.
The course website provides a fairly accurate hole by hole description.
The customer service is great. The staff is always cheerful, friendly, and
more than willing to go the extra mile to help make sure you have a
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