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Purple Hawk Country Club has been called one of the best kept secrets in the north Metro. Located just three miles north of Cambridge, Minnesota, this exceptional semi-private course welcomes the public. There are four tee boxes to choose from, measuring from 5627 to 6711 yards.
The course is easy to walk, with low rolling hills and greens relatively close to the next tee box. There are a substantial amount of trees, but the grounds crew does such an excellent job keeping them trimmed that even if golfers do miss the fairway, they still have a fair chance to advance their next shot without fear of declaring a lost ball. The fairways, as well as the rough, are trimmed to a nice height. The greens are fair to the hacker in us; they have some well-defined slopes and run quite true, providing good speed and ball roll. The sand traps are well placed, well maintained and contain a fine grade of sand, which makes it easier to escape these hazards. Several holes on the course follow the rolling hills, creating some slight blind shots from the tee box, but these holes are straight, eliminating any questions on which way to go. Each tee box has a ball washer, trash can and bench for a quick rest while waiting to tee off. The fairways are equipped with distance markers at 250, 200,150 and 100 yards. Some holes also have well-placed markings in the middle of the fairway, indicating the yardage to the hazards. The flags on the greens show front, middle or back pin positions.
The pro shop offers a wide variety of equipment for standard golf-course prices. The course has individual and family memberships available, as well as a junior golf program. The club pros provide single or group lessons. A full bar and restaurant offer great food at a reasonable price and the entire staff was very helpful, as well as exceptionally personable. Purple Hawk Country Club has hosted many qualifying tournaments, such as MGA junior events, the Minnesota State Women's Open and the State Senior Publinks. Our advice: take the drive north and enjoy this course while it's still a secret.