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NOTE: Deacon's Lodge, previously managed by Grand View Lodge, was purchased last year by Whitebirch, Inc., the parent company of Breezy Point Resort.
"If you are a hacker and are playing Deacon's Lodge Golf Course in Breezy Point, Minnesota, for the first time, you are not going to be a particularly happy camper." That's what I was told anyway. But I am a hacker. It was my first time. And I loved it! This championship course offers no hints to help you navigate the many forced carries, risk/reward holes, doglegs and hazards unless you add $4 to the already high green fee and buy a course book. (Which you should do anyway. It's a great book and great souvenir.)
There are no signs on tee boxes or hints on the scorecard to tell you how much you can cut off or what club you need to hit a fairway without driving through it. (Yeah, and there's not even a pro at each hole to hit your tee shot for you. Nuts!) Standing on most of the tee boxes still does not give you a good sense of distances or undulations in the fairway. (But it will provide you with glimpses of uncompromised northwoods beauty, serene lakescapes, and a sense of peace that you'll never find on the subway in New York, or any cubicle in America.)
Deacon's is beautiful and the staff is hospitable and friendly. The practice facilities are ample and well groomed, and the sand and putting green replicate what you find on the course. The vistas are beautiful and the course takes care to keep the environment safe and natural. Trees, water, sand and wildly rolling fairways all blend in well in this north woods atmosphere. Add to that a clean and well-equipped clubhouse and cafe, and you could have a great day at Deacon's