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Brookview Golf Course is in the heart of Golden Valley and because of its location, is one of the busiest courses in the Twin Cities. Just off of Highway 55, it has an irons-only driving range, a par-3 course and 18-holes of urban golf.
Well-used with more than 40,000 round yearly, the course has a large staff to keep the course in good condition and even late in the season it still looked good. Although the course doesn't have many bunkers or man-made hazards, there are just enough water and woods obstacles to make the course more challenging than it appears. The clubhouse is comfortable with a lot of windows and a nice grill that serves both breakfast and lunch fare. The pricing is reasonable and the service is quick. Golden Valley city rules don't allow for more than beer and wine and another thing to consider is that the course is smoke free.
The course itself is walkable with some elevation changes. Many of the holes are pretty flat, but water and swampy areas do come into play with certain holes requiring a layup. One weakness that often is found at similar courses is signage and Brookview can use a little help here. Directional signage to point you to the next hole and distance markers are sometimes hard to see. If you've played the course before it shouldn't be a big problem, but if it is your first time then you might pulling out the wrong club or making the wrong turn. The course has just enough challenge for hackers so don't be surprised by the loss of a few balls during your round.
For a city course Brookview holds up well. It doesn't have the cache' of fancier courses, but it provide enough risk/reward that an average player has chances to score well. For those in the city, Brookview is priced reasonably for a weekend round, and you don't have an hour of driving time to get there. If you want to warm up your driver, the range's lawyers won't let you do that because you might bean someone driving along Highway 55. If you want the 19th hole, the Brookview Grill is nice, but there are a number of nice watering holes nearby that are a more fitting end to you day.