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One of the four Wendell Pittinger golf operations, Oak Marsh is located north of the Inwood Avenue/Radio Drive exit on I-94, in the city of Oakdale, Minnesota. Turn north onto Inwood Avenue, head across the expressway, and drive three blocks north, turning left onto Oak Marsh Road, which leads you to the course.
Oak Marsh is a first class operation, offering an enjoyable course experience featuring large greens, thirty-one traps, and twelve water hazards, along with marsh areas and some trees. In addition you'll find a full service golf shop, friendly staff and a comfortable grill operation, serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and, of course, your favorite beverages. PGA members Steve Willock and Daryl Smoliak provide instructional support with options for individual and small group lessons, and clinics for groups up to ten. Off the course, Oak Marsh's clubhouse offers full services, with seating for up to 300, for banquet, receptions meetings and special events.
At 6184 yards, Oak Marsh is a shorter layout, utilizing the bountiful presence of marsh and wetlands as distractions and barriers. The turf is relatively soft, particularly in periods of heavy rain. Sand traps are prominent as guardians of the large greens, while the trees on this course, opened in 1996, are yet to achieve their full capacity to impact play.
The course layout offers six par-3 holes, four par-5's, and only two true doglegs. The resulting experience is a hacker-friendly course, with open landing areas, favorable to a consistent player with general skills. Four sets of bent-grass tees team up with well-maintained fairway areas, and large, easy to read greens. Additional help is provided by the GPS systems available on each cart.
League play options are available for seniors, men, and ladies. Juniors can benefit from instruction and play programs, tournaments and free golf after 2pm on Sundays, when accompanied by a paying adult.
Get an early overview of the course by visiting the "virtual tour" link on the 'Golf/Course Info' page of the website. A photo, aerial sketch, and tips for playing each hole at Oak Marsh are provided. Another interesting piece of information on the website is the Oak Marsh Awards Card, a free program which offers a ten per cent rebate during each season on fees, range and merchandise purchases, as well as access to a free birthday round.