Wildwood RV-Park & Campground Mini Golf – Shafer, MN

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Played on September 20, 2014

Reviewed by Mr. Tee

Located across Highway 8 from the spectacular Franconia Sculpture Park and a mile or two from Taylors Falls is the Wildwood Campground. Driving by you may miss that they have a mini golf course but it’s not too far from the entrance. In fact, the only reason I knew it existed is because my family stayed here a few times when I was in middle school and high school.  I couldn’t find any old pictures but I do remember the course and clubhouse looking quite different in the late 80s and 90s. I have fond memories of playing here after a day at Wild Mountain’s water park and alpine slide. Sadly, both Wild Mountain and the course have not managed to age well with time.

Rating:

Sandtrap – This was a rough one. As you can see in the pictures below, the course is literally coming apart at the seams. It’s a pretty straight forward green turf and red landscaping brick design. The natural terrain is sloped and the layout actually incorporates the angles. A few of the holes are fairly challenging and at $2.50, you could do worse. Overall, it’s a dud. This place could easily be a solid Par course with maintenance and repair. As it stands, there are several options in the area that are a much better play and in far better shape.

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Only $2.50 at least. Ball selection is ok but no blue or pink.
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Overview of the course
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Playground in the background. Two ways to the cup on the first hole.
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The Pink Putter posing and maybe pondering a purchase of a canoe?
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Mr. Tee trying to make a tough shot down the middle.
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Busted bricks
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Fairly common scene on this course.
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Despite it’s ramshackle construction, this was a very difficult hole.

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Mr. Tee giving a lay of the land. Note the turf coming off the hole he is standing on.
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Simple design but effectively challenging.
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Final hole. Ball is collected at the end. Relatively easy single shot hole-in-one
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Mr. Tee and this big ol’ cat

Link from Wild Mountain Recreation Area

Pros:

Cheap
Somewhat challenging play
Some creative hole placement and layout

Cons:

Poorly maintained greens and obstacles
Course is falling apart
No kitsch or personality

Nerdy Notes:

  • $2.50. 18 holes
  • No par set for any of the holes or course but they do offer a scorecard
  • You don’t need to stay at the campground to play the course
  • Traditional golf putters with metal heads were available but we opted to use our own

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