CROSSLAKE -- Only three years old, the Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake is a stress-free sanctuary with a rustic feel.
The par-68, 18-hole course, is cut out of thick pine, abundant birch and numerous other types of trees that make Crosswoods a union of nature and relaxing golf at a great rate.
The lush green fairways help accentuate the well-manicured, emerald greens and with the thick forests, solitude may be found on almost every hole.
"It's carved all the way through the woods so it's very scenic," said course manager Mike Stone. "There are a lot of natural wetlands out there.
"We've got a real laid-back atmosphere. We pride ourselves on good service and a good golfing experience. Our greens are real nice and full.
"We have a couple unique holes to the area, the sixth hole and the eighth hole. The sixth hole is a par three and it goes over a marsh. The eighth hole is a double-dogleg par five."
The sixth hole is a scenic 162-yard, par three that has an elevated green overlooking marshlands. The eighth hole plays at 526 yards with rolling fairways and another elevated green.
If hitting the ball long is a problem this course plays short, 3,020 yards on the front nine. The back nine is a par-32 and plays 2058 yards from the white tees, but accuracy is a must.
"You want to play fairly conservative out here because it does go through the trees," Stone said. "If you play a course like Breezy Point you might be through the trees on three or four holes where this whole course goes through woods."
The back nine, which plays like an executive nine, was built in 1983. The front nine, which Stone designed, was built three years ago.
"We've got a unique situation here; it's a family owned operation," said Stone. "My dad (Jake) came to the area 32 years ago and started with miniature golf and in a sense we have grown from miniature golf to a driving range, to an executive golf course to an 18-hole golf course.
"My brother-in-law, Dean Olson, is the superintendent out here. My mom (Dee) helps out with the accounting."
Located on County Road 3 just outside Crosslake, the public course adds a northwoods feel to an inexpensive, but enjoyable, game of golf.
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