BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE Minneapolis 2010 - Hidden Greens Golf Course
14176 210th St. E.
Hastings, MN 55033
While it's true that a few courses may be nicer to play than Hidden Greens—including the Legends Golf Club (Prior Lake), Rush Creek (Maple Grove), and StoneRidge (Stillwater)—none of them can present the sweet swing of value that this Hastings gem offers. A round at any of those other public tracks can cost at least $95 with a cart, but the peak greens fee at Hidden is a mere $41. Want to stretch your legs and skip the cart? That's only $27. Just 30 miles from the State Capitol, this 35-year-old treasure, designed by Midwest-course sage Joel Goldstrand, is a true family-owned find for players looking for a round long on peace and short on urban clutter. The course was constructed on a (still active) game refuge, so wildlife sightings complement Goldstrand's signature natural undulations. Playing at 6,200 yards from the tips, Hidden's tree-lined fairways envelop ample landing areas off the tees and greens both large and fair. The 291-yard No. 8 is a peach of a par 4, presenting a winding creek that punishes inaccuracy on your drive and/or approach. The lengthy par 4 (413 yards) at No. 16 will blow your visor back with risk-reward, as a considerable pond and big-daddy tee guard the green for your second shot. After a round, grab a refreshment on the new patio and let your battered ego be soothed by the surrounding flora and fauna.