Superior National at Lutsen, Minnesota : 27 holes Of Spectacular Golf
by Scott A. Sumner
This year make sure you include the Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen on your golfing schedule. The course is 27 holes including the new 9 holes completed in 1999. These new holes have made the course even more spectacular. We were fortunate to play the Mountain and Canyon 9's which include the new holes on June 4, 2002. The Mountain has 4 new holes and the Canyon 5 as the course has been rerouted to include the new holes. The other 9 is called the River nine, which are the original starting holes of the course.
Greg Leland is the head professional at the course and has a staff of 15 in the pro shop during peak periods. Leland, age 48, is in his 11th year as pro coming to the course when it first opened to the public. His best score on the course is 68 and he carries a 0 handicap. 'In 1999 we had 22,000 rounds played here with the additional 9 holes only open part of the year. We look for 24,000 rounds this year,' states Greg Leland. Superior National is a motorized cart facility only and your green fee includes usage of one of their 110 Yamaha carts. Green fees are $75.00 US except for Sunday to Mon after 1pm where Canadians can golf for $75.00 Canadian. This includes 18 holes on either the River Canyon 9s or the Mountain Canyons 9s. It depends on the day you are there. Also included is a cart and range balls. You can reserve your tee time by calling 1- 888-61NORTH.
Most golfers at Superior National are destination golfers. The course has only about 12 season memberships but get their golfers on 3 or 4 day packages from the area, with Minneapolis residents being the most popular visitor.
The course was designed by Joel Goldstrand from Minneapolis. Every new hole has a sight line of Lake Superior and offers a beautiful setting in which to play golf. The Poplar river runs through the course and makes some spectacular holes. My favorite hole was the No.5 on the Canyon 9. This hole is a 284 par 4 that makes you hit an accurate iron off the elevated tee and then a precise approach to a very long green. The Poplar river runs in front of the green and creates a beautiful golf hole. You really have to see this hole. It's worth the trip to Superior National alone.
The Superior National is about 90 miles from Thunder Bay as well as 90 miles from Duluth. It's bent grass greens were perfect when we played. They were really thick and smooth and allowed very true putts. This course is owned by Cook County in Minnesota and has been recognized by the Audubon as being very environmentally friendly. The new 9 holes were built at a cost of $1.7 million US and have allowed up to 300 golfers a day on the 27 hole course. During summer you can golf until 9:30 central time which allows for a long golfing day.
Superior National has had world renown artist Loyal H ' Bud' Chapman paint three fantasy holes. These paintings feature wildlife on the course and show the spectacular holes that has made Superior National famous. For a great golf experience be sure to phone Superior National and book your tee off time.