Golden Eagle Golf Club (Brainerd, MN)

Golden Eagle Golf Club

(view from the cart path above the 2nd hole)

Golden Eagle is a little further north past Deacon’s Lodge. The course was cut beautifully through the trees and valleys, with several holes requiring forced carries over native areas. The tee boxes, fairways, sand traps and greens were all in great shape and the greens were reasonable-paced and rolled true.

I was paired with a couple that were members, so I had a guide to help with aim points on the dogleg holes (some of which would have been a little tricky as a first-timer). The pace of play was excellent, and the driving range was quite suitable for a warm-up. The staff was friendly and helpful – all in all, an excellent experience.

The course layout is a bit unique – three par 5s on the front nine, with two back-to-back to start. The back nine has three par 3s, and has the two par 5s back-to-back. It didn’t feel gimmicky though – the round flowed nicely.

Here is my scorecard.


A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole, my son?”

The young man says, “An 8-iron, father. How about you?” The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.”

The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.

The young man says, “I don’t know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down.”

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