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Eagle Creek Golf Course has the setting of a private country club. Overlooking Willmar Lake in Willmar, Minnesota, it is very beautiful and quite impressive. Some road construction (hopefully temporary) mars the view, but it still has the atmosphere of a private and expensive club.
The golf pro is really nice and very accommodating. He explained that there would be no beverage cart because much of his help has returned to college when we were there in the late fall, but there are water coolers all along the course. Prices for both the private and group lessons are very reasonable. The pro shop has a lot of merchandise that is well displayed and reasonably priced. The restaurant is huge and nice, and many golfers and non-golfers were there enjoying the Sunday brunch.
The restaurant also advertised daily specials and happy hour items, and there is a banquet room that can fit up to 200 people. The course itself is top-notch. Each tee box offers four different markers so golfers of any level will find their proper challenge. The tees are in good condition, and each one has benches and ball washers. Some of the holes are quite intimidating with the many water hazards and trees. The trees come into play more often than the water, but that may have been just us (hackers for sure). The cart paths are well marked and there are some fancy bridges and turnarounds on some holes. There are also many signs with time warnings to keep the pace. The play was a little slow, but we still finished within four hours.
This is a course that is a little harder than it looks, so playing it on a regular basis would help. Staff told us that most of the golfers are members, and the golfers we talked with were very friendly and helpful. If we lived closer, we would definitely play it again.