Well, another golf season has come to a close.  It was a busy year for the golf course and a unique year with all the challenges everyone has been facing.  I hope for a safe winter for all and that by spring we can get back to some normalcy.  Whatever that may be!

I do know that golf is a great way to get outside, have some fun with friends and family, and still be safe in light of the pandemic.  Let’s hope things are much safer by next season so we can hold some other events that enhance your golf experience. 

As our season has now ended, the staff at The Wilderness like to take a moment to reflect on the season and find ways to improve on things for next year.  This year had brought challenges that you would never even think of.  We will take these experiences and challenges to find ways to make improvements for next year.

I would like to thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you next season!

Don’t forget to look for future e-blasts on our holiday golf shop sale and gift card promotion!

Happy Golfing,

Ryan Peterson

The time has come, sadly, to put the clubs in the corner, trade our polos for hoodies and golf gloves into snow gloves...put the course down for a long winter’s nap. 

While 2020 has certainly been a strange year to say the least, being here at the golf course has brought a little bit of normality.  My first season here has definitely brought a few ups and downs, and new experiences along the way, but I enjoyed every minute.  

From our first cuts, oh so long ago... 

To our May Flowers, and June showers (that’s not how it’s supposed to go)...

The BBQs and the smiles…

The repairs and the shake of the head…

The sunrises and sunsets…

The frosty mornings and the winter blanket…

The golf season seemed to go by in a blink of the it’s time to put the course to bed, then work on equipment and the shop this winter, all while looking forward to next spring.  (Can’t come soon enough)!!  

I want to thank the staff.  Without them none of this would be possible.  2020 was a tough year, we were short staffed all season and they really kick tail, picking up the slack. They were awesome, can’t thank them enough!!

To quote the good Dr…”Don’t Cry Because It’s Over; Smile Because It Happened.”  

From all of us here in Golf Maintenance may you have a happy and safe holiday and your dreams be of green fairways and birdie putts...and we’ll see you on the first tee (in a few months).  

Be Safe,


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Just like that, our season has come to an end… I want to personally thank those of you that came out to support us this season. I look forward to getting to know more of our guests next season as it has been great meeting so many this year. Being able to make changes to fulfill the safety concerns that many people had this year was our top priority. Seeing those processes play out was very rewarding to all of us here at The Wilderness Grill and we will carry what we have learned into future seasons to come. We are hoping to be back to what feels more normal next spring!
This being my first year here, I feel I learned a lot of valuable information. From the varying needs of a seasonal restaurant, to the golf course in itself. It was a challenge at times with the ever changing COVID procedures, but we all rose to the challenge to provide a great experience for our guests. We were very lucky to have some great team members as well. We would not have been able to provide the services we were able to if it were not for them. 

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021!

Kendra Swanson

The Wilderness Grill Facebook & Instagram Page


I've got one last bit of advice to share with you before I close up shop for the winter and that is, "If you don't use it, you lose it." Here are a number of things you can do in your home so you don't lose what you already know and have to start all over again come spring!  The most important and probably the most difficult for anybody is to exercise.  I know it sounds like a lot of work but it could prevent injury!  Swing a weighted club.  These are shorter and can be used indoors.  Weighted clubs increase arm and wrist strength as well as club head speed.  Work on your grip.  This link brings you to an eight step grip guide.  A correct grip is so crucial because it allows for control of the face of the club at impact and can increase strength in your swing.  Here is a tip I found on Google and can be useful during the holidays, "PGA teaching professional Michael Breed recommends wrapping paper around the grip of a club. Practice holding the club with a grip so light that the paper doesn’t make a crinkling sound. Breed believes that this teaches you to hold a club without tension in your hands and arms." 
Feel free to email me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., any questions and I'd be happy to help!  Have a great winter and see you all next year.

Michael Freeman
218-753-8917 Ext.7894


Our season has come to an end and boy what a whirlwind year it was. I am proud of our team for all the problem solving COVID threw at us and still creating an enjoyable memorable getaway for our guests. Thank you to every single one of you who GOLFED, DINED and SHOPPED with us this year! To all my golf groups, THANK YOU! If you have a group who is eager to get on the calendar for next year, let me know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Our fall weather was spectacular! Here is an inside peak to what happened in those last few weeks of our year...

The annual fall Ladies Day Tournament was a blast! The cool fall weather does not keep these northern gals away. Thankfully it was actually a decent weather day for them and the fall colors were gorgeous! Same goes for the annual Vermilion Club Open. Always a good time had by all!

Ladies Day - September 28th

The Vermilion Club Open - October 3rd


Congratulations to the six hole-in-ones for September and one in October! 
9/6/2020 - Eric Boettner from Grand Forks, ND | Hole #3 with a 3 iron from 196 yards
9/6/2020 - Brian Walsh from Des Moines, IA | Hole #3 with a 5 iron from 156 yards
9/8/2020 - Peter McGillivray from Tower, MN | Hole #12 with an 8 Iron from 131 yards
9/20/2020 - Andrew Ullrich from Eden Prairie, MN | Hole #3 with a 7 Wood from 180 yards
9/27/2020 - Matt Liljequist from Minneapolis, MN | Hole #12 with a Sand Wedge from 110 yards
9/28/2020 - Paula Buie from St. Paul, MN | Hole #3 with a 4 Hybrid from 150 yards
10/9/2020 - Kevin Dauwalter from Babbit, MN | Hole #3 with an 7 Iron from 158 yards

*Hole-in-one photos in order as listed above starting left to right. Andrew Ullrich not pictured.

To see past hole-in-ones visit our website.

Rachel Indihar

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