Emerald Greens Golf Course

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Emerald Greens Golf Course comprises two 18-hole tracks named Silver and Gold. This review covers only the Silver course, which is a bit of a par 73 beast at 7,163 yards from the back tees and a 74.2 rating. Three other sets of tees are at 6,792, 5,953 and 5,184 yards. Like its companion course, the Gold, this track is partly set on boring flat terrain with half-grown trees lining the fairways and partly on more rolling and visually appealing ground. The rough is relatively short, making it unlikely that you’ll lose any balls that stray from the fairway. There are some “natural grassy areas,” but these are set quite a bit off the fairways, so they shouldn’t be a problem. The greens are really smooth and in great condition, rolling moderately fast and true. The first four holes of the front nine are set on the more rolling part of the course. The dogleg left 347 yard (from the middle tees) par 4 2nd requires a long drive from an elevated tee box. Interestingly, the course discourages trying to cut too much off the corner by placing OB stakes between this hole and the adjacent hole. There are also some fairway bunkers along the inside corner. A good drive in the fairway should leave a short iron to an elevated green protected by a large bunker on the right and a grassy slope on the left. Holes 5 through 12 are flat, mostly straight and boring, except for the par 3 6th with its island green surrounded by water. The last four holes are what really makes this course a treat to play. The par 3 15th requires a shot from an elevated tee between (or over) trees set like goal posts protecting a wide but not very deep green. This is followed by a 632 yard (from the back tees, but only 576 from the middle tees!) par 5 that curls around to the right almost like a large capital C. Again, OB stakes prevent long hitters from playing into the adjacent fairway. Making the hole play even longer is the fact that the second and third shots are uphill. Par is a really good score on this hole. The 17th is a 503 yard (from the middle tees) par 5 that doglegs uphill to the left. The fairway is the fun here, as it undulates like a mini roller coaster. You’re almost guaranteed to have either an uphill or downhill lie on your second and third shots. The finishing hole is a 404 yard par 4 with a fairway that splits at about 180 yards from the tee into a high side on the left and a low side on the right. The hole has a slight curve to the right, but there is water on the right which makes taking the low road a bit risky. There is also a water hazard about 40 yards in front of the green, so if your lie won’t let the approach shot carry this hazard a layup is the wise choice. Par is a good score on your last hole of this round. Emerald Greens is about a half hour drive from the Twin Cities, but the Silver course is well worth the drive.

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Emerald Greens Golf Course comprises two 18-hole tracks named Silver and Gold. This review covers only the Gold course. The first impression one gets when driving into the course property is that the terrain is as flat and uninteresting as the surrounding corn and bean fields. This turns out to be only partly true, as the driveway serves as a sort of dividing point between the flat fairways on the north and a few more gently rolling fairways on the south. The north fairways are sparsely lined with trees that are not yet very tall, as the course is only 17 years old. The rough is cut fairly low so losing a ball is not likely except in a few areas left as more “natural” prairie grass, but reaching these would require being quite a bit off the fairway. The greens are very well kept and very smooth, with no severe contours, and moderately fast. Most of the front nine is flat and boring, except for the 5th hole, a par 3 with a peninsula-type green surrounded by water on the left, and the 6th hole, a 210 yard par 3 with a pond to the left of the green ready to catch shots are pulled. The back nine provides a great deal more interest, especially the 15th, a slight dogleg left 413 yard par 4. Your drive from an elevated tee box must be long and right in order to have a good view of the elevated green. A tree guards the left side of the green, so a drive on the left side of the fairway will require a long high draw to reach the green. The 17th is a dogleg left 429 yard par 4. A bunker protects the inside corner of the dogleg and another fairway bunker on the opposite side of the fairway will catch a drive that goes straight instead of drawing into the fairway. Reaching the severely elevated green will probably require taking two more clubs than the straight line yardage. The course is not overly long, only 6,585 yards from the tips and with three additional set of tees going down to 5,004 yards. This, along with the wide open and mostly flat layout, makes the course a good choice for beginners, seniors, and walkers. No frills, but a decent course for the money.

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After having lost about 18 balls on another course to woods and water, this is a refreshing course. Played with the same ball the entire round. As a woman golfer, I got a lot of yardage breaks on nearly all holes. I think it would be challenging for white T golfers because I generally got at least 100 yards on each hole. It's beautiful scenery, open play and most holes are pretty straightforward. It's a nice course that we finished in under 4 hours, only had to wait on last two holes. Definitely would go back.

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Emerald Greens is always in good condition. It is a pleasure to play without any gimmicky holes. Moderate elevation changes through parts of the course, others pretty flat with some water hazards. It is a very good course to work on your game - holes are straight forward so you can plan your shots. four tee levels with enough separation to make the course adaptable to golfers with varying handicaps. Very walkable course.

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Silver course is more challenging but somewhat busier. Good overall experience.

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