Designed by renowned golf course architect Jeffrey D. Brauer. Carved from the beautiful landscape surrounding the shores of Lake Vermilion, The Wilderness offers some of the most scenic panoramas of any Midwest golf resort. Located just hours north of the Twin Cities, few areas in Minnesota match the beauty of Lake Vermilion and the Iron Range region. 

We are closed for the 2023 season. We look forward to seeing you next year! For any questions, please call the pro shop at 218.753.8917

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Cancellation Policy

We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. In an effort to ensure all players have an opportunity to book tee times, we request you cancel/modify your tee time reservation at least 48 hours before your scheduled tee time. Failure to do so will result in charges for "no-shows". Please contact the Golf Shop at 218.753.8917 to cancel/modify your reservation.

Rain Check Policy

A rain check will be issued for adverse weather conditions. A rain check is issued for the holes not completed in the form of a receipt. The rain check is based on the rate paid and number of holes played. The receipts are a one-time use and may be used for green fees or pro shop merchandise.

Pace of Play Policy

USGA stipulates a pace of play under 4 1/2 hours for 18 holes.

Dress Code

An appropriate golf shirt with dress pants or shorts is preferred.

Outside Beverages

No outside beverages are allowed on the course.

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One point is earned for early dollar spent at The Wilderness! Download our Wilderness Golf Course App from the Apple App Store or Google Play and sign up under the Loyalty Program tab. Points earned at the time of sale and they never expire! Points earned on cash and credit card purchases only. Loyalty points are not awarded for purchase of a Wilderness Card package. Group leaders who pay for their entire group will only receive points for the cost of their golf and the other members of the group will receive points for the cost of their round upon check in. Points may not be given for future golf, only for the cost of the round they are checking in for.

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Points can be redeemed for all inclusive gift cards to The Wilderness! To redeem your points please hand the phone over to the pro-shop staff and they will provide a gift card of the chosen value. Below are the point thresholds at which they can be redeemed. Points and dollar amount subject to change at any time.

PointsGift Card Total
500 $25
1000 $75
1500 $150
2000 $250
3000 $450


Trails typically open after Christmas, depending on the amount of snow. To check on conditions, please call the pro shop at 218-753-8917.

Trails are FREE and open seven days a week. They are regularly groomed when needed except on Saturdays and Sundays. All cross country skiing is assumed at your own risk. 

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Hike along a trail or blaze your own path across Lake Vermilion.


Thank you to the volunteer efforts of the Vermilion Prenguin Snowmobile Club and other area snowmobile clubs. We have endless miles of well-groomed snowmobile trails in addition to the well-mapped routes on Lake Vermilion right out our front doors.


Fortune Bay's ice fishing houses are heated and have a power source to charge your phone or other electronics. They provide the live bait, you bring the equipment and transportation. The houses are typically located through the narrows of Everett's Bay into Big Bay, which is roughly one mile past the marina. Houses are periodically moved based on scouting done by professional guides. More information may be found here.


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