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The Traditional is a great name for this 5192-yard resort course because it's steeped in tradition. Located within the Breezy Point Resort complex, which is basically most of Breezy Point, Minnesota, its name really tells the story.
The land was first acquired in 1921 by millionaire publicist Wilfred Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett, the flamboyant owner of Fawcett Publishing and creator of the famous Captain Billy's Whiz Bang magazine. Through his many contacts in the publishing and motion picture industry, Breezy Point soon became a mecca for the rich and famous during the Roaring 20s era, drawing such stars as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Tom Mix and Jack Dempsey. It's a great respite after playing Whitebirch or neighboring Deacon's Lodge. Short and easy to navigate, the Traditional is fun for hackers, beginners and shot- makers alike.
Like other older courses, The Traditional has hosted some Minnesota golfing luminaries like Patti Berg and Les Bolstad. Walter Hagen called it one of the elite courses of its day.
Priced higher than similar courses, but less than the premier courses in the area, the Traditional is easy to walk and rarely calls for a driver off the tee. The course lacks some of the typical amenities found at its sister course, like more than two tee boxes, better practice areas and a club pro. It's pretty straight- forward, although the narrow fairways may cause you to hear that charming sound of your ball caroming off a dozen trees--which is part of the fun.
Breezy Point is a huge, multi-faceted and full-service resort, which offers its guest a cornucopia of activities to enjoy. The Traditional is one of those ame- nities and proves to be a fun way to kill a few hours up north, especially at $36 for a weekend round. Remember it's an older-style resort course, but it's a great course to hone your skills before taking on one of the bigger dogs.