Best Public Golf Course - 2012
Willingers Golf Club
Playing golf in Northfield may sound as convenient as playing in Dubai, but in reality the town isn't all that far away. Nor is it north (at least from the Cities). Point the golf cart south and in about 40 miles from the state Capitol on I-35 you'll reach one of the state's true golfing gems. Gill Design has crafted some of Minnesota's most lauded courses, and Willingers is no exception — especially from a cost point of view. Routed through 60 acres of marshlands and 40 acres of forest, the peaceful challenge can be strolled for as little as $30 on a weekday morning. Ranked as the No. 17 "Best in State" by Golf Digest and recognized by Golf Magazine as one of America's "50 Great Courses for Less Than $50," Willingers features a back nine that is especially engaging, as rolling terrain winds toward a beastly par-5 home hole.