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Jobs, kids, yard work, softball, picnics...there are a host of summertime reasons why we may not always have time for a full round of golf. The solution: Applewood Hills Golf Course in Stillwater, Minnesota, an 18 hole, par-62 executive course that is like almost no other in the Twin Cities. Located just off of Highway 36 at Manning Avenue, Applewood Hills provides a serene, rural setting for a leisurely round of golf on a short but challenging course.
For most golfers, the phrase "executive course" evokes a yawning, defeated response usually accompanied by one of the aforementioned reasons why a full round is untenable. Not so with Applewood Hills. This course is a destination, not a last resort. A beautiful rolling course, lined with blooming apple trees on nearly every fairway, Applewood Hills provides a distinctive golf experience for the beginner and the seasoned golfer alike.
Although Applewood Hills is an executive course, do not leave your driver at home. You will almost certainly need it for the handful of fairways that measure 350 yards or longer. The course layout is relatively imaginative with fairways of varied lengths and shapes, which allows most golfers to play every club in their bag. Even the par-3 holes, which vary in length from 90 to 220 yards, challenge the golfer and provide a demanding "tune-up" for the irons. The greens are likewise varied, from the frustrating "postage-stamp" greens to those that sprawl with entertaining contours. The course is well managed with lush green fairways and ankle-length rough. The only meaningful complaint about this course is a few dead spots on the greens around the curtain. However, even these few dead spots paled in comparison to the overall golf experience.
Applewood Hills is a very walkable course and, at just over $20 per round, very affordable as well. The course also offers league play for men, women, seniors and juniors and twilight rates and enticing internet offers for free or discounted golf. Whether you are short on time, interested in focusing on your short game, or just looking for a break from the menu of your standard courses, Applewood Hills is a great destination.