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Enjoy a stroll in the woods? Grab your clubs and head South on Hwy. 61 to Bellwood Oaks south of Hastings, Minnesota. Watch for the next intersection south of 180th Street, turn left, and follow the road to the end of the pavement. You'll be greeted in the modest clubhouse by the friendly and welcoming staff. Plan to arrive a little early, test your stroke on the practice green or, if you need a warm-up, stop over at the 8-station driving range along the road. You can make your reservation online up to 8 days prior.
When you're ready, take your group to the first hole, decide on one of the four tee boxes, and enjoy a course with plenty of fairway landing space running through groves of mature, stately oak trees. Not that you won't be able to find trouble on a course with sixteen fairway bunkers and another eighteen guarding the greens. In addition, you'll also have to avoid the water hazards along holes # 3, 10 and 14. And did we mention the oaks, those tall solid bastions that just dare you to try and force your slightly off-center drive over, around the edge, or through their strong, waiting arms. Just remember what your Mom cautioned stay on the straight and narrow, don't try to cut corners to get ahead, and you'll be both successful and want to return over and over again, perhaps playing from an even more challenging distance next time.
For some reason, we especially enjoyed #11, a very pretty hole with a sharp dogleg right about 235 yards from the tee, leading to an unguarded green. If only we had made better use of the left side of the fairway, and been able to skirt the thick trees along the right. Well, maybe next time.
Check the website for more information on the course layout, directions, rates, packages and special offers, tee time booking, league and membership information, newsletters, and a photo galley featuring each hole on the course. If you're in the market for professional assistance with your game, LPGA pro Letitia Ziler can assist with individual or group instruction, lesson plans, and club fitting. Newbies may want to investigate the ~Learn to Golf' program.
Knock wood, or not - we know you'll enjoy Bellwood Oaks!