Tianna Country Club, Walker, Minnesota
by Rob Levine
Tianna Country Club, located a few miles south of Leech Lake in Walker Minnesota, is not for every golfer. For one thing, its about a three-hour drive from the Twin Cities just to get to the course. But for those who do go, it is a treat not to be missed. Tianna features 18 adventurous holes cut out of classic northern Minnesota rolling hills and pine forest. We counted no less than 11 holes that play uphill, many to elevated (and dreaded) domed greens.
Tiannas got it all
On number three, a short 268-yard par 4 thats impossible to drive without negotiating the trees just in front of the green, we were lucky enough to see a perfect drive that wound up in the center of the green, and was then knocked in for an eagle 2.
The back nine is more difficult, featuring fewer real scoring opportunities. For most golfers just getting through the back and avoiding any real explosions is an accomplishment. Five of the holes go uphill, including number 12, the number one handicap, a 418-yard dogleg left par 4.
The course itself is in excellent condition; the fairway grass is very green and healthy, as is the grass on the greens. Amazingly, the greens are virtually mar-free, with no ball or spike marks. The speed of play is good; we never waited on a tee during 72 holes of golf.
Someday, theyll be turning them away
It says on one of the inscriptions at Tianna that "Someday, theyll be turning them away." Yeah, maybe when theres more global warming and Duluth becomes the new St. Tropez of the North. Until then, bring warm clothes. Highly recommended.
Tianna Country Club
Drive from TC: 3 hrs
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