September Newsletter

Well, September is here!  Not that it is a bad month as it is my favorite time of the year to play golf.  It just marks the tail end of our short season.  However, we Minnesotans do take advantage of our short season and get in all the fun stuff we can including golf.  If thinking of visiting us, don’t wait too long, as our last day of the season is Sunday, October 13th!

I would like to give a shout out to all those that visited The Wilderness over Labor Day weekend and supported the Folds of Honor Foundation with a donation entry into our closest to the pin contest.  All money raised from the closest to pin contest along with a $1 donation from every green fee from The Wilderness raised over $1,000 to the foundation!  Thank you all again for your support!


Still some great days left to get out on the course as well as a few fun events we have on tap before we close. 
Ladies Golf Day – Monday, September 30th:   11am Shotgun start, 4-person scramble
Vermilion Club Open – Saturday, October 5th:  11:00am Shotgun start – 4-person scramble
Grand Finale – Sunday, October 13th:  11:00 am Shotgun start
                          Play your own ball w/Mulligan Option.  Sign up as a group or individually
For more information on the above events or to sign up call the golf shop at 218-753-8917!
Hope to see you at The Wilderness one more time!
Happy Golfing!

Ryan Peterson


September is, in many ways, my favorite month of the year in regards to the golf course.  Temperatures are considerably cooler and we rarely have to worry about turf stressing out due to higher temperatures and/or droughty conditions.  I honestly cannot remember the last time that we had to irrigate anything and would not be surprised if we do not use our irrigation system for the rest of the year-other than maybe to water in materials that require it or mist a putting surface so that mowers and rollers can see where they are going.  September does, however offer other kinds of challenges for the crew.

The main challenge is the result of the exodus of the very solid group of summer help we had this past season.  High school and college students, with the proper direction, have been an outstanding help to us this season.  The only downside to this help is that it leaves for school at the end of the summer and we are forced to lean on our existing core staff members to work more to get us through the end of the year.  I feel blessed to have a good group of folks that are more than willing to volunteer to work more to allow us to continue to present a good test of golf and an enjoyable experience.  Without the work being done there would be no golf course.  Next time you see someone on the golf course, feel free to let them know that you appreciate everything it is that they do.  I know that I sure do.

One extra chore that we have started on is the deep tine aerifying of fairways.  The implement that does this work is called a Wiedenmann Aerifier and it is powered by a turf tractor.  This machine does an excellent job of relieving soil compaction and just as importantly the machine does it with minimal disruption to the playing surface.  With a unit such as this, we have been able to pretty much eliminate core aerifying on fairways-which is needlessly messy and frankly unnecessary.  

15 Fairway
Turf Intern Peter Johnston making holes 9-9-2019

View from back

Final Product with 7/8” tines going down 5”

Later on in the season, we will then target certain fairways for thatch removal using a different unit to be discussed in the next newsletter.  This two-step process is a proven winner for us and hopefully the weather will cooperate later in the season.  If not, we can go after those fairways next spring.

Thank all of you for your patronage at the golf course.  We are very pleased with the product presented this year and hope that you are as well.

Vincent Dodge
We are excited to share with you we have a new Executive Chef, Mitch Kerfeld! Mitch has worked with us in the past for several years and was raised in the local area. He is doing a fabulous job with new specials and upgrading some of our menu items. Stop on in and see Chef Mitch before our season is up! Stay tuned for this upcoming's Friday through Sunday dinner features. They will be on our website on Thursday. 

As A Reminder:
The Wilderness Grill will remain CLOSED on Mondays. The outside Grill will be available with burgers, brats and hot dogs from 11:00am - 6:00pm. The bar is open for regular hours.

Chicken Marsala - Dinner Menu

Important Specials to Note:
Last Night on the Patio: September 11th
Dinner Feature - Smoked Beef Brisket $23
Thick Cut | Braised Fingerling Potatoes | Seasonal Vegetable | Roasted Tomato & Red Wine Demi Glaze

Live Music - Pat Surface 

Fore! Happy Hour
-Tuesday – Sunday 3PM – 6PM
-$4 appetizer and drink menu

9 & Dine
-Sunday Nights after 4PM
-$65 for 9 holes of golf for 2 people, an appetizer and 2 beverages

Ladies Day
-Monday, September 30th, 2019
-9:30AM Registration  |  11AM Shotgun
-$70 per person
-Greens fees, GPS Cart, Range Balls, Coffee & Rolls, Lunch and Prizes
-Event is a 4 person scramble  |  Individual entries are welcome!!

Monthly Winner
Congratulations to Shirley Pommerville for winning our monthly giveaway for filling out our survey! Shirley won two dinner entrees to The Wilderness Grill!

Hope to see you soon!

Food & Beverage Manager, Darlene Simonson
The beautiful fall colors are right around the corner! The Wilderness is gorgeous this time of year. On top of the leaves changing we have the best course conditions out of the entire year and discounted rates. Come get the fall experience at The Wilderness!  

Fall 2018

Don't forget our new Finn Cycles are available for rent! Call the Pro Shop to reserve yours today! There is limited availability due to only having 4 for rent and popular.  

​Congratulations to Tyler Bryon from Alexandria for winning a brand new the Finn Cycle! Each time anyone golfed in August they received an entry at the Pro Shop counter.

Finn Cycle

Rachel Indihar

P.S. 'Click' on the photos below for more information.