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


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.


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.

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

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

Link from Wild Mountain Recreation Area


Somewhat challenging play
Some creative hole placement and layout


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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