Deacon’s Lodge (Brainerd, MN)

Deacon't Lodge

This may be my favorite course in Minnesota. It’s been in immaculate condition both times I’ve played it, the greens are fast and true, and it combines beautiful looking holes with a good deal of trouble – especially for poor tee shots. If you keep the ball in play, there are some good scoring opportunities.

It’s an Arnold Palmer signature course, named after Arnold’s father (Deacon Palmer). I seem to really enjoy the Arnold Palmer courses I’ve played.

The fairways are undulating and there are lots of doglegs; many of the greens have a good deal of slope in them as well. The greens are mostly large, with a couple of exceptions that stand out a bit on shorter holes. There are a few risk/reward options to take on some trouble and cut doglegs as well.

I played the “combo” tees, mostly blue with a handful of whites, and shot 85. You really can’t recover from loose tee shots here, and I had a few green light opportunities I’d love to have back. So, standard round. 🙂

There is a very nice driving range and practice green. The carts are in good shape, and the service and food in the restaurant were quite good as well.