Two words describe Brainerd's own Pine Meadows Golf Course: location and value.
With its great location, a quick nine holes is actually quick and with its four different tee boxes any golfer can enjoy either a challenging round or a relaxing day on the course.
The 18-hole golf course that features all the amenities, club house, bar, locker room, and lessons from new Golf Professional Brian Erickson, plays 6,372 yards from the blue tees and 4,749 from the red. The utilization of four tee boxes gives the golfer the choice of what type of course they want.
Pine Meadows is full of water hazards and well-placed sand traps to keep even the best golfer questioning his or her plan of attack. Of the 18 holes, 15 come into contact with a meandering creek and several small ponds.
The course, located in Baxter on Golf Course Drive, has one of the most nerve-racking holes in the area. The par-3, 131-yard, third hole has water in front of the steep sloping green. More intimidating is the high-traffic roadway going all along the right side of this deceiving hole.
Pine Meadows is a championship course that was giving 3 1/2 stars by Golf Digest Magazine. For $27 you can play 18 holes of golf on a course that features 18 distinctly different obstacles. With elevation changes, dog-legs, and tricky greens, each hole is a unique experience.
For a fast nine holes during lunch, play for only $16 or wait until later to play for the twilight rate of $16.
With Dick Williams having more time to take care of the superintendent duties, players can expect some positive changes to the course.
"The biggest project is the clubhouse grounds," Williams said. "As far as the golf course improvement, we'll be redesigning the tee boxes, improving some of the greens and renovating bunkers. They'll just be overall course improvements; there aren't any major changes planned."
Originally the Brainerd Country Club when if first opened in 1922, Pine Meadows was the second course built in the area behind Ruttger's Alec's Nine. It has seen many changes but continues to be many peoples choice for golf.
"I look at it as everyone can enjoy it," said Williams. "It's a great junior course and for people starting out. I always looked at it as Brainerd's little public golf course. Everyone in the area plays here. Hopefully this is their course of choice. We have a big ladies contingent and everyone from young to old plays here."
Pine Meadows continues to attract golfers to the area with its location and great golfing value.
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