Minnesota Golf Course in the Annandale Area
Copyright 2006 Dana Buttenhoff Minnesota golf courses come in a wide variety, from 9-hole mom and pop operations to 54-hole resort complexes. In this series of articles we discuss them all. Today we highlight the Annandale area, which is located in “the Heart of the Lakes” just 45 minutes west of the Twin Cities on State Highway 55 or 25 minutes southeast of St. Cloud off State Highway 24. The area has 26 lakes within a 10-mile radius as well as three golf courses. Annandale also boasts one of the largest and best July 4th celebrations in Wright County.
To get more information about the city of Annandale and a calendar of upcoming events visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.annandalechamber.org The golf courses in the area are: Albion Ridges (320)-963-5500 www.albionridges.com Southbrook Golf Club (320)-274-2341 or 1-(877)-292-9630 www.
southbrookgolf.com Whispering Pines Golf Course (320)-274-8721. Albion Ridges: Albion Ridges is located southeast of the city of Annandale on Wright County Road #105 in Albion Township. This facility has three separate 9-hole courses and an 18-hole round is made up of a rotation of the courses to allow the grounds staff to perform their tasks and let the golfers enjoy their round of golf. The courses are Rock Ridge, which extends along the east side of the course and the water eventually drains into Rock Lake on the eastern edge of Albion Township. The “Rock Nine” plays 3,237 yards from the black tee markers. Granite Ridge is located on the western edge of the course and the water from this nine eventually drains into Granite Lake on Albion’s western border. The “Granite Nine” plays 3,318 yards from the black tee markers. Rock Ridge and Granite Ridge made up the original 18-hole course on opening day in the fall of 1991. In the spring of 2000 the addition of Boulder Marsh to the golf course on property that was purchased directly north across County Road 105.
A tunnel under the road links the property to the rest of the golf course. The name of this 9-hole course comes from the marsh that runs through the middle of the course as well as the many boulders that were found on the property during construction. A unique use of these boulders on each hole as a point of reference as to where the player should aim their tee shot. If you aim for the boulder in the distance and hit your tee shot straight you will be in fine shape for your second shot. The name Boulder Marsh is also in honor of the previous owner of the property Fred Marsh who spent his life farming this rocky, marshy piece of property. The history of the golf course and names of each nine were provided by the owners of the golf course Dennis and JoAnn Olson. The “Boulder Nine” plays 3,312 yards from the black tee boxes. The course rating and slope indexes of the different combinations are as follows from the black, farthest back, tee markers. The combination of Rock and Granite has a course rating of 71.1 with a slope index of 132.
The combination of Granite and Boulder has a course rating of 71.5 and a slope index of 136. The combination of Boulder and Rock has a course rating of 71.1 and a slope index of 131. The layout at Albion Ridges is fairly wide open so you may get a false sense of security the first time you play here. What you need to keep in mind is that looks can be deceiving and the rough is very thick. Getting a good shot from the rough is very difficult. The greens are very undulating, but roll very true. You must be sure of your read before you putt or risk the chance of being farther away on you second putt than you were on your first putt. The weekend rate at Albion Ridges is $30.
00 for 18-holes and a riding cart is $22.00 for 2 people. Southbrook Golf Club: Southbrook Golf Club was established in 1997 on the western edge of the city of Annandale. Southbrook is an 18-hole facility that plays 6,525 yards from the back tee markers. The course rating is 71.0 and has a slope index of 116. Upon first examination this looks to be a fairly innocent golf course, but it can rear up and bite you if you do not pick your target properly and execute. There is trouble on all 18-holes. There is the opportunity to find out of bounds, water hazards or sand traps and any combination of the afore mentioned on every hole of this golf course.
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