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Survey rates Little Crow tops among public courses

Here’s something to think about until the bunkers clear of snow: Many of the highest-rated public golf course in west-central and central Minnesota are close at hand.

The Hacker’s Guide Rating System ranks Little Crow Country Club No. 1 in a tie with Eagle’s Landing at Ft. Ripley, north of Little Falls.

Greystone at Sauk Centre is third and Eagle Creek at Willmar is No. 4. Also in the top 10 are Koronis Hills at Paynesville (No. 9) and Rich-Springs at Cold Spring (No. 10).

The Hacker’s Guide rating system evaluates 60 on- and off-course elements of a golf course from six categories and scores those elements on a scale of one to 10. Those 60 elements are then weighted in accordance with their significance. (i.e. — playing conditions outweigh variety of items in the pro shop.)

Although ratings and reviews are done with an emphasis on the perspective of the modestly skilled player, considerable emphasis is placed on the beauty, design, uniqueness and the fun factors of a course.

The reviews and ratings of each course were completed by a team of nearly 100 volunteers screened and selected from almost 3,000 applicants.

The rating system evaluates hospitality, playability, conditions, facility and value of each course with 1,000 points the maximum score.

Rated separately by region are public courses in TwinCities metro, the Northwest and Southeast.

Hacker’s Guide Ratings

1. (tie) Little Crow Country Club (Spicer/New London, 893)

1. (tie) Eagle’s Landing Golf Club (Fort Ripley, 893 points)

3. Greystone Golf Club (Sauk Centre, 889)

4. Eagle Creek Golf Club (Willmar, 879)

5. Blackberry Ridge Golf Club (Sartell, 878)

6. Wapicada Golf Club (Sauk Rapids, 857)

7. Territory Golf Club (St. Cloud, 856)

8. Rose Lake Golf Club (Fairmont, 847)

9. Koronis Hills Golf Course (Paynesville, 842)

10. Rich Spring Golf Club (Cold Spring, 841)

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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