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Located in Perham, Minnesota, home of Barrel O' Fun Potato Chips, a Bongards' Creameries plant and Kenny's Candy Company (better watch your weight here), Perham Lakeside Golf Club is a sprawling 27-hole facility located north of town. Established in 1946 as a 9-hole course, it was expanded in 2000 to three distinct nines: Pine, Oak and Maple.
Designed by Joel Goldstrand, this course borders Little Pine Lake and has an extensive golf learning center just across the street. One thing you'll notice is the business community support and their logos on the course are evidence of their contributions. The clubhouse has all the modern amenities and boasts an event room that will hold 275 people. We were there during a wedding and the facility could easily handle both an event as well as regular customers eating dinner at the Mulligan's Pub & Eatery.
The course boasts four sets of tees and some nice touches like granite hole signage, landscaped tee boxes and a three-hole junior course that is free to the public. The course also reaches out to young players; adding a junior under 18 to a single adult membership is only $85 annually. Another surprise is the pro shop. It is chock-full of merchandise like clothing, equipment and accessories, which is very unusual these days. Judging by the course's website, they clearly understand marketing and give golfers a lot of information about each hole as well as video footage. Although unavailable at the time we visited, tee times can be made online.
When playing the course, golfers can select their round based on the difficulty of the nines. According to the club pro, the Pine/Maple pairing is the most difficult, an opinion seconded by locals. The course also caters to the locals with twilight, junior and range specials, but don't let that stop you because the locals are happy to have you there. The rates are great, the food and service excellent, and the golf makes it a top course when you're traveling in the Detroit Lakes area.