Paul Bunyan, because he could do his work so quickly, had a great deal of extra time on his hands. Being a creative sort of guy, he would make up ways to entertain himself. One of his efforts resulted in what he called golfing.
Read the rest of Paul's golfing story here.
People are flocking in from all over the state and beyond, often on short stays, less than a week. They come to play golf, and the area surrounding Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway provides a wide spectrum of golf courses - from the most upscale and challenging to the less humbling par three layouts, even unique pitch and putt, with much in-between.
What's in store for golfers here? Dramatic courses, new clubhouses, and avid membership groups. Ample woods and waters mixed with hills providing elevation changes are part of the reason this area is beginning to be known as a golf destination. With such a variety of breathtakingly beautiful courses - your biggest problem will be deciding which one to try first!
Breezy Point Traditional
9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point
Course Information: 18 holes, Yardage: 5192
Rating: 62.9, Slope: 114, Course par: 68
Course Description: shot makers course, rewarding accuracy over distance. Soft spike shoes required. Twilight and special early and late season rates.
Breezy Point Whitebirch
9252 Breezy Point Dr, Breezy Point
Course Information: 18 holes, Yardage: 6730
Rating: 72.2, Slope: 132, Course Par: 72
Course Description: First championship course in the area; lush fairways, huge undulating greens, lots of bunkers, trees, and water. Driving range with pitching & putting green. Twilight and special early and late season rates.
9348 Arnold Palmer Dr., Breezy Point
Course Information: 18 holes, Yardage: 6964
Rating: 73.1, Slope: 134, Course Par: 72
Course Description: Designed by Arnold Palmer. 500 acres of forest & three wilderness lakes; features rolling terrain, lush wetlands, and "Pine Valley" style waste bunkering throughout. Wide bent grass fairways, large greens and huge tees (five sets).
Crosswoods Golf Course
35878 Cty Rd 3, Crosslake (1/2 mile N of Reed's Market on Cty Rd 3)
Course Information: 18 holes, Yardage: 6,100
Rating: 67.0, Slope: 117, Course Par: 71
Course Description: Exceptional golf at an affordable price. 18 beautiful greens and lush rolling fairways carve through native woods in a secluded setting.
Whistling Wolf Mini Golf
35878 County Road 3, Crosslake
Eighteen-hole mini-golf course located in a scenic, wooded setting. Featuring Minnesota wildlife, chainsaw sculpture animals, and authentic sounds of the Minnesota wilderness.
Wildwedge Golf & Mini Golf
32792 Paul BUnyan Trail Dr, Pequot Lakes (Hwy 371 & Cty Rd 16, next to AmericInn)
Course Information: 9 holes, Par 3; holes from 75-170 yards
Course Description: Scenic par three course has holes ranging from 75 to 175 yards, complete with water hazards and sand traps. Kids love the tee boxes —duck decoys, with a different species for each hole. Kids tees vary from 50 to 100 yards and are marked with rubber duckies. The course uses "artificial grass" tee boxes (not a rubber mat). New picnic shelter for parties and events. Full-sized driving range. Lessons available.
Bump N' Putt Family Fun Mini golf (near the Byway)
29107 Hwy 371, Pequot Lakes (2 miles south of Pequot Lakes on Hwy 371)
Mini golf, water wars, pedal carts, basketball shoot, children's play farm and playmaze, and roller racers.
Lakes Area Pro Golf Park
8906 Cty Rd 16, Pequot Lakes
Pitch & Putt 9 hole. Par 27
The Preserve (off the Byway)
5506 Preserve Blvd, Pequot Lakes
Course Information: 18 holes, Yardage: 6601
Rating: 71.3, Slope: 135, Course Par: 72
Course Description: 240 acres; rolling hills, 36 bunkers and 40 acres of wetland; grass greens, tees and fairways. Multiple tees, plus 11 elevated tee shots and 75 feet of change in elevation.
Whitefish Golf Club
7883 Cty Rd 16, Pequot Lakes
Course Information: 18 holes, Yardage: 6,460
Rating: 71.2, Slope: 130, Course Par: 72
Course Description: Best-kept secret in Minnesota. A true northwoods golfing experience. Heavily wooded and well manicured grounds combined with affordable rates make this a “must-play” on anyone's list. Call for rates and special packages.
Irish Hills Golf Course
37400 Piney Ridge Ln, Pine River
Course Information: 18 holes; Yardage: 6600; Course Par: 72
Course Description: Located on 100 acres, the course offers rolling hills and fairways lined with stately pine and birch trees, and an occasional water hazard. Club rental and instructions available.
Pine River County Club (off the Byway)
2370 28th Ave SW, Pine River (Hwy 371 N to Cty Rd 2, then W 1 mile)
Course information: 9 holes; Yardage: 3,406; Course Par: 36
Course Description: Club house with pro shop, driving range, putting green; Partner course with Black Bear Golf (Backus) – (218) 587-8800