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Managed by Grand View Lodge, The Preserve is a difficult, pricey and very beautiful golf course a hacker can play without becoming embarrassed or overly frustrated. Like Deacon's Lodge, The Preserve is in the Brainerd Lakes area in Nisswa, Minnesota.
In the case of The Preserve, information is key. Feel free to seek out the assistant professionals for advice; they'll point out difficult spots and help select the correct tees for your level of play. The GPS provided in the carts leaves no mystery as to the layout, best route and detailed distances on each hole. The hard-surfaced cart paths make it nearly impossible to get lost. And golfers can get a good idea of what's in store just by standing on the clubhouse deck and looking down at several of the well-manicured and environmentally conscious golf holes. The practice facilities are immaculate and indicative of the speed and contour of the difficult greens you will encounter.
The fairways are cut out of the woods and meander around water. However, they are often wide and with the information on the GPS screen, golfers should be able to stay safe. The greens are very fast and difficult to read, but that only adds to the fun. The environment is beautiful and protected; The Preserve is a member of The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Fellow players at The Preserve take care to fill divots and repair ball and spike marks on the green. The golf course is designed and presented in such a way that you want to protect it for the next group.
Hackers who want to experience what a well-designed, well-maintained and difficult championship-level course is all about should try The Preserve. The expense can be justified by the sheer joy of playing a course that looks like those you see on television on Sunday afternoons. If you have a few extra dollars in your wallet and are looking for great golf then vist The Preserve.