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This Owatonna, Minnesota, municipal track has strong visual appeal and Brooktree Golf Course provides a golf experience that accommodates many skill levels. First-time patrons should take note of the stream and bridge just to the left of the parking lot and tuck it away for later reference.
The clubhouse is small but well maintained. There is a compact but adequate pro shop and a diner-style grill area with a friendly staff available to provide a burger, sandwich or hot dog. A spacious dining room provides ample seat- ing for leagues and larger groups. Brooktree has no driving range, however, and practice facilities are limited to two small but well-maintained practice greens. Access to the front nine, which is a more recent addition to the facility, is remotely located from the clubhouse and is accessible roughly 150 yards up a hill and through the woods. This is a minor hindrance for walkers, but generally the course is walker-friendly.
This course has two distinct identities. The hacker-friendly front nine has wide fairways and even wider roughs. The typical 20-handicapper can spray the ball liberally and, as long as a healthy distance is maintained, he or she wouldn't be in too much trouble. The bluegrass fairways and roughs combine to create that perfect combination of lush green and firmness that provide for extra roll from a less-than-perfectly-struck shot. The sizable bunkers are made of dark, hard-packed sand that offer little resistance in slowing the ball. The front nine greens are large, well-maintained and roll surprisingly true, especially for a municipal course.
On the back nine, however, the course begins to test the average golfer. Tight- er fairways, smaller greens, more frequent out-of-bounds, thicker tree lines, blind shots and of course the aforementioned stream weaves like a ribbon throughout the entire back nine. The saving grace here is that at a distance of just under 3000 yards, this nine can be quite scorable, especially for short/straight hitters.