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If you're looking for great golf, check out Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona, Minnesota. But if you're looking for great service, go elsewhere. We visited the course on three different occasions and were greeted each time with the same cold, unwelcoming demeanor. But don't let that keep you from coming here. The borderline rude behavior indoors is no indication of what awaits you outdoors.
Cedar Valley is a golfing marvel. This phenomenal 27-hole course has three very different nine-hole courses, each providing three sets of patriotic tees, so you could play here daily for years and never tire of the variety. Trouts Run, the first nine, tees off and drops off from the clubhouse, and continues to provide an array of fun in holes 2, 3 and 4. The fairways and bunkers are well kept, but the greens are a little rough in low areas. This nine is the simplest and easiest; it is the kindest to walkers and caters far more to accuracy than distance from the tee. The 2nd nine, Treasure Island, has the beauty of fool's gold. This nine will pillage your golf balls and make you walk the plank on 18. With no two holes alike, every hole is an adventure worthy of a Robert Louis Stevenson book. The elevation changes and hole contours are dramatic. Pars can be had, but so can 10s. This nine is neither for the faint of heart nor for those without a cart. Cedar Valley's 3rd nine, the Green Monster, is the newest, and it's a beast. You'll need to get out the big sticks now. Water comes into play on the first five holes. Hole 6 is one of a kind: You hit a downhill shot over a mountain in the middle of the fairway. Got that? Using your driver on #8 is ill-advised, and #9 makes you want to play 27 more. The practice facilities are basic but adequate. The clubhouse has a restaurant and patio from which you can eat reasonably priced good food and watch the golfers find water on the adjacent island green. Green fees are a little high, but the course is stunning and fun, and that's what you should care about the most.