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A championship golf course located in the western suburbs, Baker National Golf Club offers an interesting challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Nestled within the confines of the Baker Park Reserve, this course gives the player a feeling of playing a course in northern Minnesota. Owned and operated by the Three Rivers Park District, Baker National has been extremely popular to western suburban golfers and others who have made the drive to Medina.
The yardage from the tips is about 6,800 yards. The first hole has an interesting feature ; a red barn located just to the right of the green. If the second or third shot are hit correctly, the player will avoid hitting this building. The barn is in good shape but it appears to have been painted over time just because it has been hit by misguided golf shots.
Hole #6 is a very picturesque hole overlooking Lake Independence. Many times while golfing, players will see boats on this lake with people fishing for different fish species. Again, the feeling is northern Minnesota but the reality is that the location is suburban Twin Cities.
The golf course has many mature trees, wetlands and is extremely sensitive to the environment. Woods are thick and because of the wet spring and summer, mosquitoes have invaded these areas. It is recommended that the player be accurate as some of the roughs are thick and water comes into play on many of the holes, both the front and back nines. The course presents a well maintained and groomed layout. The greens play fast with some of them undulating with tricky pin placements.
Beverage cart service is available and the clubhouse has the basic food and beverage needed. The pro shop offers an extensive line of golf equipment and apparel and typically runs sales near the end of the season so deals can be found.
Right nearby is the Baker Park campground and swimming beach and park offering patrons to not only enjoy golf but to have picnics, camp, play on an extensive playground area and swim in Lake Independence.
Baker is walkable but a cart is recommended particularly on the front 9 with its hills. Pace of play is important as well. Signage throughout the course is good. Each hole is decorated with a boulder monument sign surrounded by concrete pavers and decorative rock. Although the course is not equipped with a GPS system, distance markers are evident down the sides of each fairway and on sprinkler heads and additional markers.
Baker is definitely a great golf course and should be played over and over again.