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When we visited Balmoral Golf Course in Battle Lake, Minnesota, it was a fine day for golfing-had we been in Scotland (perhaps on the Balmoral Estate with the Queen). But here in Minnesota, the blustery day kept the temperatures around the mid 50s, and there was a continuous light mist. Other than that, Balmoral proved to be a great course.
Balmoral Golf Course is located south of Ottertail on Highway 78, on the southeast corner of Ottertail Lake. It is a quaint, old course that is well kept, has lots of mature trees, has enough challenge to keep things interesting and yet is a course you can score on. What we liked best about Balmoral is that it is an easily walkable course: about 6100 yards from the white tees, with short walks from the green to the next tee. The course is also very scenic; along with the trees, there are rolling hills and a few ponds. Don't fear those ponds, however--there are no forced carries, but the ponds will make you think twice about cutting a corner.
This course's playability is great. Fairways are wide, most with at least a little dogleg. Rolling hills don't have too much side slope. Greens are large and generally well sloped, but they putted very true. The fairways were in good condition and the rough was not too deep. While there are quite a few trees, rarely did an errant shot put us in jail; there's almost always a clear shot back to the fairway.
The staff is friendly and efficient. The clubhouse has a small grill as well as sandwiches and chips; the bar offers pop as well as beer and some mixed drinks. Prices were very reasonable for food and beverage. Tee times are avail- able by phone or online, and we'd guess that you could even do a walk-on in the middle of the week, unless a league is in process. At times we had to wait for golfers ahead of us, but not so much as to be truly annoying. In truth, Balmoral Golf Course is a great course that you should play whenever you're in the Ottertail area.