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If you are convinced that you have experienced the best and most beautiful Minnesota golf after playing The Preserve, Deacon's Lodge and similar premier courses on the Brainerd Golf Trail, you may have a surprise in store because it only gets better. Bobby's Legacy at Cragun's Resort brings you to the upper tier of the golf hierarchy in this storied area. This Robert Trent Jones design is awe-inspiring in the way it looks, the way it plays and the way it makes you feel. Golf Digest made no mistake when they bestowed their rare 5-star rating to Bobby's.
You are greeted to this resort course by a beautiful clubhouse that is staffed by a crew that does everything they can to make your day enjoyable. The carts are newer and equipped with state-of-the art GPS. The clubhouse is massive, well stocked and hospitable, and boasts a large deck that overlooks some pretty spectacular landscape. Don't be dissuaded by the Mercedes, Porsches and Jaguars in the parking lot-the folks at Cragun's are equal-opportunity pleasers.
The golf course itself is intimidating at first glance. It is impeccably groomed, long and fraught with hazards of every nature. But it is also very playable if you have selected the appropriate set of tees from the five that are available. Everything is in front of you and the GPS takes a lot of the guesswork out of navigating each hole. If you use the extensive putting, chipping and driving areas, you will already have a great feel for the course. The greens are fast and contoured and a pleasure to play. Tee boxes are flat, even and ample for any game. The one criticism we have of Bobby's Legacy is that it is hard to concentrate on; it's difficult to get too serious about your game when you are surrounded by such natural and man-made beauty. Certified by the Audubon society, highly rated by Golf Digest and intelligently designed and managed, Bobby's is worth the high price you pay even if you can only afford to do it once.