July Newsletter

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  Lots of people out enjoying golf and the lake with the weather being so nice and warm over the past few weeks.  Even had some good rain events but still pretty dry out there!  This time of year also kicks off our busy part of the season so book your tee time soon in order to get the time(s) you want.   

With the current pandemic and guidelines we put in place to keep everyone safe, there have been a few events we have yet to do this year.  Our hope is to bring back a few events in August such as Night on the Patio, Chip and Sip or 9 and Stein.  Keep a look out for an e-blast with what we may have in store.

A few events that are on the schedule this year:
Indian Summer Classic – Aug. 20th
11:00 am Shotgun start
4-person scramble
Benefit for the Vermilion Boys and Girls Club

Ladies Golf Day – Sept. 28th
Social 4-person scramble
11:00 am Shotgun start

Vermilion Club Open – Oct. 3rd
4-person Scramble
11:00 am Shotgun start

Grand Finale – Oct. 11th
Individual event with mulligan option
11:00 am Shotgun start

Call the golf shop to sign up or for more information!

See you at The Wilderness soon!

Happy Golfing!

Ryan Peterson

The calendar turned to June and summer is truly upon us. With Covid-19 at the forefront of our minds, it is like a summer we’ve never experienced before.  Also, it was a June that is rarely seen in these rain.  The golf course showed it.  We spent most of the month chasing dry spot after dry spot.  While the obvious question is, “don’t you have irrigation?” ...and the answer would be, we do.  However, systems aren’t designed to go that many days without natural irrigation.  Irrigation heads are connected to both high spots and low areas.  A July 4th weekend that saw temperatures jump over 90 degrees for three straight days. I felt like Mother Nature was hazing me...nevertheless we held it together.  Finally getting some rain and we are on our way to the look you have become accustomed too. 

One thing that has certainly stuck out this season with the Covid rules in place...cart traffic.  We are constantly moving cart arrow signs to get carts to not drive in the same spot constantly.   

June saw the arrival of flowers to the golf course. 


Wendy 6.11.2020​

Bryan 6.11.2020

While Covid didn’t make it easy to fulfil our order...Brandts Greenhouse in Tower came through in the clutch and hopefully lead to a lasting relationship.  Course horticulturist, Marilyn and her small army of helpers, Anita, BillyJean, Wendy, & Bryan took over 8 days to get all the plants planted.  They really accentuate the course...great job.  

Speaking of Marilyn, let’s learn a little more about her.


Born and raised on a farm in Sauk Center, Marilyn and her sisters developed a green thumb at an early age.  Whether it was the family garden or the front porch flowers, Marilyn’s love affair with flowers spans over 40 years.  Led her to writing weekly articles for the St. Cloud Times for years.  When Marilyn isn’t elbow deep in dirt, she is most likely doing her day job.  Marilyn is a Special Needs teacher for the St. Cloud School District.  During summer break, her and her husband Jon like to escape to their cabin in Tower...which is what led her to us.  6 years ago, Marilyn decided to get a summer job so she stopped by the golf course...and the rest is, as they say, history.  When on the course or around the clubhouse, make sure to take a moment and enjoy the flowers.  If you see Marilyn and if you are around those flowers, you have good chance, make sure to thank her for the magnificent job she does.  Thank you, Marilyn!

As we run around here, sometimes late in the evenings or early in the mornings, we can get some spectacular views. 

As always, we look forward to seeing you on the 1st tee and keep it between the trees.  


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Wow, where has the time gone! I cannot believe it is already the middle of July. Many changes have been put in place this year. It has been wonderful to see them pay off as we continue to invite diners in to the restaurant in a safe manner. When you come out to dine with us, we would love to hear your feedback or suggestions to continue making this a welcoming environment. Feel free to email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out our survey on-line about your experience. Also, The Wilderness Grill is now on Facebook and Instagram! Give us a follow to stay up to date with the restaurant!

A few changes this month in the restaurant would be the new wine list and happy hour. The new wine list has many great options like the Margarett’s Vineyard CabernetChasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc, and Santa Di Terrossa Pinot Grigio. These have been a huge hit! I would love to hear what your new favorite is on your next time out. Our new happy hour is 2pm-4pm Sunday thru Thursday dine in only. You are more than able to call ahead and make a reservation, but they are no longer necessary. Due to limited occupancy we highly recommend reservations. We are also working on a fresh new cocktail menu which should be rolled out within the next two weeks. I may be biased, but these new cocktails are perfect for a nice summer day on the patio. Just as Rachel and I are enjoying below! 

I hope you all had a safe and spectacular 4th of July and look forward to seeing you soon!

Kendra Swanson

The Wilderness Grill Facebook & Instagram Page



The flowers are starting to bloom and it brings a smile to my face! The zinnas pictured below will be in the restaurant soon.

My kitchen staff has been working hard getting ready for the summer menu change. Look for corn, green beans, tomatoes, summer squash, chanterelles and blueberries.

See you in the restaurant!

Chef Bryan Morcom


Hello folks! July is here, the fish haven’t been biting so golf is calling in our neck of the woods. If you are finding yourself frustrated with your game I would love to help you and help build confidence in your swing.  I can work with all ages and skill levels, even if it’s just putting. You may reach me at 218-753-8917 Ext.7894.

"If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play at it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf." - Bob Hope  

Michael Freeman



TRAVEL UPDATE: If you are traveling down HWY 169 please allow yourself some extra time due to construction.

I sincerely would like to extend a HUGE thank you to EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU who have golfed, dined, shopped and stayed at our property. It has been a different spring and summer for all of us. It is SO great to see familiar and new faces, especially this year! 

Last but not least...congratulations to Dennis Olson for his Hole-In-One on Hole #17!! Dennis paid $5 for his chance to win $10,000 for a hole-in-one on 17. It sure did pay off!! This would be the third winner at our property so far. He used a Ping i200 PW from the whites at 144 yards. Way to go Dennis!

Rachel Indihar

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