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Stoneridge Golf Club - Region 2 - Metro
Reviewed by:  Scott Solei - Vadnais Heights MN, Scott shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  Always worth paying a little extra to play this course. Forces you to really think your way around the track. Just have to mention, the second a reviewer compares this layout to Loggers Trail, all credibility is lost.
Conditions: One of the best conditioned public courses available in the east metro.
Scenery: If you're looking for woods and wetland scenery, you won't find it here. But, it is a very picturesque links style course. I like the views very much.
Layout: True, it does take the driver out of your hands on a number of holes, but what good course doesn't. That sort of thinking man's course is what appeals to me about it.
Services: Service was good, no complaints there.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

 
Stoneridge Golf Club - Region 2 - Metro
Reviewed by:  Mark McCorkel - Woodbury MN. Mark shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  Stoneridge is an instant favorite for most everyone who plays here! It's one of the top courses in the whole metro and easily the most unique! A lot of courses in the metro say they are a links golf course, but Stoneridge is the only true links course in the metro! You can see the 1st 9 holes from the 1st tee, however, the course is laid out in a style that they don't interfere with one another. In peak season, it's one of the best looking golf courses you will play. Right away, you forget that you are in the cities next to the highway. The course is my favorite golf course to play in the metro and it's a treat every time I go. Their new resturant, Danny's, is incredible too!
Conditions: Stonerige is usually very prestine and in imaculat condition. This year has been rough of the greens, as is the case everywhere. When they are on, they are some of the best greens in the cities! The bent grass fairways are always perfect!
Scenery: The course stays true to a traditional links style golf course! The front 9 has all of 3-4 trees that are in play! Sand traps everywhere and big greens make for a picture perfect golf course!
Layout: Gorgeous. The layout is one of the best you could ask for! Right away you are tempted with a reachable down hill par 4. playing from the middle tees will make you use just about every club in the bag off the tee to avoid trouble, whereas playing the tips will make you be accurate and long on a lot of the holes to have a chance to make par.
Services: The staff is as friendly as it gets! They treat their guests like they are members.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Stoneridge Golf Club - Region 2 - Metro
Reviewed by:  Sam Colton - North Oaks MN. Sam shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  You guys are kidding yourself if you don't think this is one of the best courses in the state. An easy top 10. However, it lacks the exclusive feel of a White Bear Yacht Club, Somerset, or Spring Hill and isn't as good of course as Hazeltine or Troy Burne. Yet, it still has plenty to offer. It is a shot-makers course and good decision making is a must.
Conditions: Conditions have improved exponentially since open. Watch out for serious improvements on some of Minnesota's already elite greens due to their new greenkeeper.
I agree that the rocks in the sand are a serious problem and reflect poorly on the club as a whole, but they are doing as much as possible to improve that for 2008.
Scenery: I-94 comes into play if you have a "Caddyshack" slice on TWO holes, but you can't see or hear it. Anyone who tells you differently is lying to you.
Layout: Gorgeous. The barn on the Par 5 11th Hole adds to the character of the course because a high fade over the colossal barn is the best shot to play and can set up eagle opportunity for the hot sticks. The back nine in general is just beautiful. The front is almost a little cramped, but gives off a see-all feel and makes the course seem much more wide open than it actually is.
Services: Top-notch. Eddie Wynn, the assistant pro, is one of the most talented golfers in the state and can dissect a swing like a surgeon.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  5 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Stoneridge Golf Club - Region 2 - Metro
Reviewed by:  Topher - Mpls, MN. Jack shoots scratch
Review Summary:  My guess is by all the negative reviews is that everyone played bad, let the "traffic" get into their heads, and are just simply "glass is half empty" people. Let's be real, this course is no Troy Burne, Spring Hill, or Giant's ridge...but they layout is decent and the course is in great shape all the time
Conditions:  I played the final day of the year and it was teriffic!
Scenery: Great looking golf holes, and besides the dreaded I-94 that you don't even see, I loved every bit...
Layout: Great layout, challenging holes, great green speed, and solid all-around
Services: This could've been a bit better, but what do I expect the final day of the season??
Course Rating
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1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 5 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Tim Elliott - Minnetonka, MN. Tim is a scratch golfer.
Review Summary:  Very average at best...Way to noisy as it backs up to I94...Holes are short and not very scenic...there are much much better options on the East side of the Metro area
Conditions:  Poor in Mid summer....Fairways have burnt spots.
Scenery:  Terrible unless you like looking at I94
Layout: Very basic...
Services: Didn't see any
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 2 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by:  Jay Tellman - Stillwater, MN. Jay shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  I agree with the guy above, who would build a golf course basically on a freeway? WOW the noise. I say drive 5 minutes to any other course in Stillwater or better yet Troy Burne.
Conditions:  Decent but aren't all golf courses today?
Scenery:  I94 is nothing special to look at.
Layout: 8 holes on one side and 10 on the other? I don't get it?
Services: Decent but the food in the dining room was nothing special
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 1 Star
Value Rating: 2 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  2 Stars
Balls Lost: 3-5

Reviewed by:  Jason Topp - Minnetonka, MN. Jason shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  Five Stars. I strongly disagree with the other 2 reviews. Stoneridge offers outstanding strategic options missing from nearly all other public courses in the area. It is in excellent condition and will challenge anyone to play well.
Conditions:  Usually very good. Plays firm and fast unless over watered. Ragged bunkers contain some rocks but the sand is great to play out of.
Scenery:  Good. Back nine is in a former quarry and has some wonderful dramatic routing around 30-40 quarry banks. Freeway is hidden behind mounds.
Layout: Choices everywhere. Do you hug the right side to try and drive the first green or play safe and settle for a blind pitch. So you try and carry the bunker on 3 for the best angle to the green or play short or left. Par fives are generally short with an ability to reach in 2. Par 3's are better than average. Great cliff-side number 14. Wonderful punchbowl #16. Par fours vary greatly in length. Course was wise to return to clubhouse at number 8 as the first 8 holes are squeezed a bit as it is.
Services: Service is usually good. Have gotten inconsistent and in my view inconsiderate treatment for replays when the course is empty.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by:  Michael White - Shoreview, MN. Michael shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  This is a challenging and beautiful track. No houses back up to it, just great golf. Greens are fast and pure. No gimmicky holes. Hole #11 is a hoot- there's a barn you need to drive it past! This is a bit of a spendy course, but if you can find a deal, well worth it.
Conditions:  Top notch every time I have played here, whether mid-summer or early November. Always nice and green and closely mowed. The only complaint I would have is regarding some huge bunkers that should play as waste areas. There are some large rocks in there, be careful of your clubs!
Scenery:  Not the most scenic course, but no housing developments at all. So nice! Unique setup in that the front side and back side are kind of separated by two valleys. Lots of up and down, but it is walkable if you are in decent to good shape.
Layout: A lot of variety in the holes. Short to medium par 5's with risk/reward. Par fours are all different. #5 is a tough one. 450 yard par 4. Par 3's all have different character. #7 is a challenge. Most variety of holes I have played, much like Troy Burne.
Services: Pro shop is friendly and beverage carts make it around fairly frequently. It is apparent they are going for the "Upscale" experience.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2

Reviewed by:  Gavin Rosedale - St. Paul, MN. Gavin shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary:  Good course. Challenging to all levels of players.
Conditions:  It was in great shape every time I have played it. The greens are decently fast and the fairways are all bent grass so the lies don't get better than that.
Scenery:  Scenery......... I am there to play golf not to look at the birds and the bees. As long as there are no houses around I don't really care. As for I-94.. It is not as bad as some people have said it is. If you are thinking about the noise on the road then maybe you should re-evaluate your strategy while playing golf. The noise is really consistent so it does not matter.
Layout: The layout is pretty good. Lots of elevation changes and well placed bunkers. the Par 5's are all reachable in two for the average long hitters.
Services: I didn't notice anything horribly wrong with their service either.
Course Rating
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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

Reviewed by:  Jason Wobbrock - Maplewood, MN. Jason shoots in the 70s.
Review Summary:  Definitely room for improvement here. If I had a nickel for all of the horror stories I've heard about damaged clubs from various sized boulders in the bunkers I could almost afford the 'Play 18...Pay for 9' rate.
Conditions:  It almost pains me to say that the course is fairly well groomed. Difficult to get past the fact that there are giant rocks where people are required to play the ball as it lies.
Scenery:  If it makes sense to have a barn on a golf course, the scenery is second to none. Some of the homes that line the last few holes are extraordinary to look at. Mind you....maybe 3% of the general population could actually afford these homes.
Layout: Unique in that it gets away from the traditional 9 holes per side. Not too many gimmicks which is somewhat refreshing.
Services: Excellent...if you consider being approached twice in one hole by the same beverage cart girl that served you less than ten minutes ago??????
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Value Rating: 1 Star
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Tim Gustafson - Jacksonville, FL. Tim is a scratch golfer.
Review Summary: Average at best. Reminded me of a pricier Loggers Trail Golf Course (Stillwater). For the price, there are many tracks I'd rather play.
Conditions:  For this late in the season (end of Aug) the fairways and green were in great shape.
Scenery:  Being that it's located next to interstate 94 (although protected) the noise level took away from the surrounding hills, ponds, clubhouse etc.
Layout: Difficult track, beautiful rolling hills. Tough greens.
Services: For 100 bucks you would think they could fill up the ball washers up with water, over half of them were empty. GPS on the carts would have been nice (especially for the price). The ranger was extremely pushy for not having anyone behind us. He appeared to be on a power trip. The fact that the clubhouse was between holes 8 and 9 is a little weird (why not put it between holes 9 & 10).
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  John Geurkink - Hudson, WI. John shoots in the 80s.
Review Summary: Has it become fashionable to bash a golf course just for the sake of bashing? Or, does it make your membership dues easier to pay if you degrade a public course? I am not a "good" golfer based on my handicap, but I enjoy playing a lot of different courses in the area, such as: Troy Burne, White Eagle, Prestwick, Hudson Country Club, and ones outside the area including - The Wilds, Stonebrooke, The Legends, and even Olympic Hills, Mendakota, Dellwood, and Hazeltine. Every course has its own personality, but to trash Stone Ridge is ridiculous. You also must never have eaten there either - or have no taste buds - because the food is excellent.
Conditions:  Good. However, they host a number of corporate events so the conditions can vary based on the exact day of play.
Scenery:  So what if you can't afford to live on the course? Does that take away from the architectural appeal of the homes that adjoin the course?
Layout: Nice use of the available terrain.
Services: The starter was a great guy, who went out of his way to be friendly.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Value Rating: 3 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 3 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Todd Miller - Stillwater, MN Todd is a scratch golfer
Review Summary: I agree with most of you, there are a TON of better courses minutes away and just like I prefer people not talking in my backswing, I prefer not to have cars zipping by me at 75 MPH
Conditions:  Not bad...Nothing like Troy Burne though..sorry
Scenery:  1-2 scenic holes, the rest is pretty basic
Layout: If you don't play from the tips it is a pretty easy course
Services: Acceptable
Course Rating
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Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Value Rating: 2 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 1 Star
Putting:  3 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Sue - St.Paul, MN Sue is a scratch golfer
Review Summary: I disagree with Tim Elliott's assessment of the course. The Company I work for has had three golf tournaments there and the pictures I have of the scenery is beautiful. Barns in the background and never one picture (out of almost 100) of I94. The services were great, food was outstanding, and our members gave rave reviews about the quality of the course itself. Many of our members have golfed a lifetime and feel Stoneridge is one of the better courses in the area.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 5 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  1 Star
Balls Lost: 1-2
 

 
Reviewed by:  Jack Thibault - Minnetonka, MN Jack shoots in the 90s
Review Summary: This is an excellent track. I would agree that I94 is not exactly what you would want in a course, but I would say it certainly was not a distraction. Well kept greens and fairways with lots of bunkers.
Conditions:  Greens were generally large and fast but were fair. Fairways are some of the nicest in the area.
Scenery:  Scenery was good, freeway not a distraction. I like the fact that there was not tract building going around the course.
Layout: The course has no tricked up holes and do force you into choosing your club. The terrain was rolling, but was not so intimidating as to be unfriendly.
Services: Service was excellent. We had lunch after our round and found the food to be good. Prices were reasonable. The man at the pro shop was friendly and efficient.
Course Rating
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 1-5 Stars (5 stars being the highest)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Value Rating: 4 Stars
Overall Difficulty: 4 Stars
Putting:  4 Stars
Balls Lost: 1-2
 
 
 
 
 













 

 

 
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