You may think that youve never seen Greenhaven Golf Course, but Im willing to bet youre wrong. Traveling up Highway 10 to get "Up North" you may have noted a fading billboard of Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989. Perhaps your eyes teared up a bit as you recalled the stirring violin solo that clinched the title for her. Suddenly you saw some golfers walking down a lush fairway stuck between the highway and a small lake. That was Greenhaven.
Wondering about this golf course has been a Minnesota tradition for decades.The front nine has been around since the 1930s, the back since the 50s. Our own band of golfers/fishermen/aging jocks had passed this course countless times before we actually played it. Once we did, though, Greenhaven became one of our regular courses.
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Greenhaven is not a particularly difficult course (slope 122). It isnt real long either (6074 yards from the whites). There are only four water holes and not too much other trouble. Terrain, while not flat, is only modestly rolling. Nonetheless, it is a nicely balanced, enjoyable course to play. The par five, 522 yard fourth hole is the most memorable (and not just because its the one that you see from the highway). Each of the initial shots offers options ranging from very safe to balls out risky, depending on how much of the water you think you can carry. Sad to say, experience has tempered our enthusiasm for attempts at 250 yard traverses across the open water. The other three par fives, at 486, 479, and 494 can sometimes be reached in two. The five par threes average a little under 175 yards. Par fours average about 360 yards.
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Greenhaven doesnt accept credit cards. Rates are $23 on weekends for the general public and tee times can be reserved starting at nine a.m. on Thursdays. Season pass holders get a dollar off and can make weekend reservations on Wednesday evenings.
The driving range is minimalistic--basically a big net stretched between two telephone poles. But a bucket of balls is only a dollar-fifty. Greenhaven Golf Course definitely deserves more than a passing glance at 65 miles per hour. Recommended.