The Classic at Madden’s: Minnesota Value

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The Classic at Madden’s is an exceptional layout and great value resort.  Midwest golf continues to be cost effective way to play great courses in the summer.  The resort and courses is also not all that busy.  In 8 rounds over the last 4 years it has never been slow,  or even had many other golfers on it,  and our rounds have consistently been prime time Friday and Weekend rounds.  Speed of play is about how fast you can play.

The highly ranked Classic course is the gem of the Maddens Resort that also includes the charming Pine Beach East and West courses.   The West course is well under 6000 yards but the small sloping greens and narrow rolling fairways make it and incredibly fun short course.  The East is longer, and more challenging,  but lacks exceptional layout of The Classic and charm of Pine Beach West.

We played the courses with 4 players and stayed at the resort,  $440 post tax got us 2 nights quad occupancy in the large Wilson bay suites, 2 rounds at the Classic, and unlimited play at Pine Beach East and Pine Beach west.  Without a package Green Fees at The Classic Range from $80-$120.  The packages provide the best bang for the buck.






Giants Ridge Summer Deal – $125 for 36 holes at a Golf Digest Top 20 Golf Course

Minnesota continues to deliver stellar golf value.  Giants Ridge is off the beaten path,  but the value is very high.  This summer they have lots of deals if you are looking for multiple rounds or multiple night stays.  (When you go all of the way there,  that is likely the case!)

Current Summer deals:

  • $125 for 36 holes in June or August  ($140 weekends)
  • $173 for 36 holes + on course accommodation

Accolades for Giants Ridge:

  • The Quarry at Giants Ridge is ranked is the 20th ranked public course in America by Golf Digest (2010),
  • The Legend at Giants Ridge is ranked #72

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