Fall is on our doorstep! I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer and is able to get in a few extra rounds before we close the books on our 2021 season. For me, fall golf is the best time of year to play. Colors changing, the crisp, cool air and excellent course conditions.  

It has been a busy year at The Wilderness! The nice weather has made every day a good day to golf. However, the lack of rain meant severe drought conditions that have led to forest fires, poor air quality, and low water levels. Let’s all hope for a good winter with plenty of snowfall and more normal conditions next year. 

Our final day of the season will be October 10, in which we hold our Grand Finale event. Of course, that is assuming we don’t have snow before then! Looking back, two of the last three years we had snow or had to close early due to snow. Hopefully, that is not the case this year!

Along with the Grand Finale event, we will be having our annual Ladies “Fall” Golf Day on Monday, September, 27th. For more information or to sign up, please call the golf shop at 218-753-8917.

Hope to see you one more time before the season ends!

Happy Golfing,

Ryan Peterson

The leaves are starting to fall, the days are shorter, the sun angle is lower, and Starbucks is selling Pumpkin Spiced Lattes (Yuck...but to each their own)...can only mean one thing, hoodie season is upon us, aka Fall is here. Your last chance to tee in 2021.

The summer of 2021, certainly threw a few curve balls our way, mother nature did her best to keep us grinding.  The high heat and lack of rain, allowed us to really push our greens to the peak level...maybe a bit too far, as some guests have said.  When working with green (ie, grass cut at around 1/10th of an inch), and the goal is to provide a world class product, we end up tip-toeing the line of, quick, smooth, fun, and fast, hard, frustrating...and that could be the difference between a cloud covered morning and a windy, sunny afternoon...Add in a wide range of handicaps and, well, we get a lot of different looks from golfers.  All-in-all, I’m very happy with how the greens made it through the summer months.  For those playing in September, you will find that the cooler mornings and short days don’t allow us to be as aggressive.

7in roots at the end of Aug is a good thing.

Having spent the last 16 years in central and northern California, I have become accustomed to some smoky mornings...and it never gets less unnerving. We here in the maintenance department want to send out our deepest appreciation to all those fighting forest fires, of course here in Minnesota and around the country, but also to our neighbors up north in Canada.

A smoky, August morning…

As the summer drawer closes and fall opens, time is running out to get those rounds Robert Herrick poem states, “Gather ye rosebuds, while ye may.”

As always, we are excited to see you on the 1st tee and keep it between the trees.  

Ryan VerNess (Red)

Follow our maintenance team on Twitter @Wildernessgcm!


We had 5 hole-in-ones in August so that makes 18 hole-in-ones this year so far! We have already surpassed last year by 3 hole-in-ones. If there are just 2 more hole-in-ones, which is a high likely, 2021 would beat the 2011 record!

Pictured below are the hole-in-ones from August. Congratulations to everyone who aced their shot.
Pictured from left to right.

Matthew Cote | August 3 | Hole 12
Blake Kane | August 14 | Hole 17
Mark Stageberg | August 15 | Hole 3
Alan Stromback | August 21 | Hole 17
Dennis Palokangas | August  22 | Hole 3

The sun was out for the 17th Annual Indian Summer Classic Tournament on August 19th for all of the people who helped raise money for the Bois Forte Boys & Girls Club. Thank you to everyone who participated as we raised over $20,000!

8/19/21 Hole #1 

The Wilderness Grill Hours
Bar open at 8:00 am daily

  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (patio grill: burger basket, brat basket, hot dog basket only)
  • 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Full lunch and dinner menu 
We will send out any information pertaining to specials and changes in hours/menu via email to our Dining Club (sign up here).

Other on-site dining options here.

Hope you are all having a nice start to September!

Rachel Indihar

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