Nice low key course
This facility is a great one for the metro area. It is in the city, but the design allows the golfer to lose themselves in the nature of the course, and rise above the feeling of city life for a while.
It is semi expensive, however. So if one is looking for a cheap outing, this might not be the place for you. It is however moderately priced so it's a good place to treat yourself if you have the opportunity, but you don't need to add a special savings account in order to play it.
The learning facility is wonderful. Targets are spread across the range which is a personal favorite of mine as opposed to simple faux greens to aim for. The staff was very friendly, and their professional was also helpful.
Once again, the learning facility is moderately priced. The range balls run about 15 bucks a bucket, which is a little pricey compared to other practice facilities I have been to. This is a good price for range balls in the metro area, however.
The practice green at the learning center is very nice. It is full if undulations and has enough length to practice lag putts. In my humble opinion, it has a little too much undulation, because when I'm practicing putting I like to have about 20 feet of flat, straight terrain to gauge myself with. This green does not have even terrain for even 5 feet anywhere.
I really enjoyed my time here. 3 out of 5 is a great score from me. I would imagine 5 out of 5 to be Augusta National.
Columbia is a really good option for a Minneapolis Parks Golf Course. There is no shortage of hills, water and it is in a great location right on the out skirts of Saint Anthony Park. This course gets busy, and they have a variety of league nights. Plan in advance for leagues, if you get caught behind one it can really slow down the pace of the game. Like other city golf courses it plays pretty close from hole to hole. If you're not a straight shooter you can easily wander onto the fairway for a neighboring hole. One of the things I do like about this course, they have liquor! A lot of city courses only offer beer but Columbia has a small selection of spirits available as well, bonus in my book:) We're lucky to live in a city with such a variety of public, city maintained golf courses. Columbia is worth the money and fun to play, check it out!