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Highland National - Region 2 - Metro
Reviewed by:  Mitch Waters - Minneapolis, MN. Mitch shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  Tough but fair, tight but not tricky. The course has multiple tees for all skill levels. A great test of golf in the middle of St. Paul.
Conditions:  For a week after the grand opening the conditions where good, by June 1st it should be in great shape.
Scenery:  The course is surrounded by a nice older neighborhood of St Paul.  On the course are plenty of mature trees and small water areas.  The club house has the look of a small Irish castle.
Layout: It is a classic par 72 layout. Make sure to use and extra stick since most of the greens are elevated. You can see every green from the hitting area and there are plenty of risk reward decisions to make.
Services:  Everyone is very friendly. Nice counter service area. Really, really frosted mugs for an after round cold one.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Star
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by:  Jack Thibault - Minnetonka, MN. Mitch shoots in the 90s.
Review Summary:  I played in a best ball tournament at Highland National and was the first time I had played the course. I liked the course and being in the city most of the time did not feel like it. Holes were fair, but you could get in trouble if you looked for it. The elevated greens were a challenge and you will have to use an extra club on most holes.
Conditions:  Played in early August and the course was in very good condition. The tee boxes were good, level and well maintained. The greens were challenging as they were large and sloping. The only complaint I would have is that the fairways were not in the greatest of conditions, with somewhat barren areas on a several of the holes. I think that by next year that should be resolved.
Scenery:  You were able to get a feeling of countryside while still being in the city. One par three was slightly strange because to the left of the fairway were two large water towers, which caused a little issue for depth perception since they overpowered the surroundings; but fun nonetheless.
Layout: The layout of the course was good and I thought they did a good job with the track; considering they were landlocked when they did the redesign.
Services:  The service could not have been better. Friendly people in the club house. Did not visit the pro shop.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Star
Overall Difficulty: 2 Stars
Putting:  2 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by:  Larry McMahon, St. Paul, MN. Larry shoots in the 90s.
Review Summary:  Expected more with all the hype it got. The word "National" has no place here.
Conditions:  Average
Scenery:  The new layout has improved the scenery.
Layout: Not impressed. Sure it's better than the old course, but that's not saying much...
Services:  Played in a tournament. Not much opportunity to measure that.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Star
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 
 













 

 

 
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