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The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower, Minnesota, is owned by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and operated by Kemper Sports. Both know how to take care of their guests. The rates are at the high end of the scale and there are very few deals to be found. The pro shop has the normal assortment of clothing a resort course has. An electric GPS-equipped cart and unlimited range balls are included in the green fee.
The practice green, practice sand bunker and driving range are all well-maintained amenities and conveniently located between the clubhouse and the first tee. We found the course to be quite friendly to golfers of all levels. There are five tee boxes that range in length from 5324 to 7207 yards. There are very few times you have to carry the ball any distance over a hazard. Obvious trouble can be found if your shots go astray and a few fairways are split by a rock ledge outcropping and rough. The greens were in near perfect condition and not too severely sloped. The course in general was well groomed. There were a few winterkill spots, but that is inevitable in northern Minnesota.
The restaurant at the clubhouse is top-notch and offers a wide variety of menu options, from a burger grilled and served outside on the large patio, to fine dining inside. The wait staff was very friendly and efficient. Prices are a little on the upside, but the quality and service justifies that.
The Wilderness is an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The environment seems to be carefully considered, while maintaining near ideal course conditions. The surrounding scenery and views of Lake Vermillion are impressive. We did see a large black bear near the sixth green but he let us play through.
We would recommend a trip to The Wilderness at Fortune Bay since the course and customer service is excellent all around.