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We played Rush Creek on a beautiful fall day, and thoroughly enjoyed the course. It has one of the best clubhouses for public courses in the Metro. It has a gorgeous look to it and is large with plenty of banquet room, and a large patio that overlooks the course.
They have a great practice area with a great driving range with plenty of stalls and they use both hitting off the grass and off the mats. Since we were there in the fall they were only utilizing the mats. They also have plenty of room to practice putting and chipping.
Rush Creek is conveniently located in Maple Grove, and is very accessible. It is just a short distance from the 694/494/94 split in the northwest metro area.
The green fees in the height of the season were the highest that we have seen this year at just over $100. They were running a fall special in October at $39, when we golfed the course.
The course is beautiful and challenging but for the most part we felt it was very fair and it wasn't overwhelming like some upscale courses can be. If you played the tees appropriate for your ability you wouldn't be left with a forced carry that was too much, or too narrow of a landing off the tee. They offer plenty of options for different skill levels with yardage ranging from approximately 6100-7300 yards.
The greens were fast, as they cut them very short. The starter mentioned that they use a special kind of grass on the greens that allows them to cut them very short without fear of disease in the hot summer. Even though the greens were fast, they were consistent and they didn't have any ridiculous pin placements so they weren't impossible.
The bunkers were some of the best we have ever played. Well groomed and the quality of the "sugar" sand was unmatched. The tee boxes offered many options for varied abilities. They were in great shape, well drained and typical of what you would expect from an upscale course.
There was a lot of wetlands, a fair amount of trees and plenty of bunkers. You had good elevation changes to make it interesting and give you some great views. There were plenty of opportunities for great photos of the course.
The golf carts were the best. They were electric, had the ball washer on them, and had great GPS where it showed where the cart ahead of you was, and great yardage indicators. The beverage cart was very good and the people we met that worked at the course and that were golfing there were just great.
The biggest drawbacks to the course we felt was the expensive green fees, and there were a few holes where it was a little crowded and where the fairways, greens or teebox were a little close to another hole.
All in all it was a great experience, we enjoyed the course and it was hacker -friendly, just a little too expensive to play it more than a couple times a year for most of us.