The 18-hole, par 72 championship Preserve Golf Course is currently known as of the Grand View’s signature courses with its strategic placement in some of Minnesota’s best forest and wetlands, but plans are now being finalized for the Pequot Lakes course to undertake nearly a million dollar facelift this fall.
“This upcoming renovation project is very expansive and will affect more than just the course,” said Nathan Erickson, The Preserve Head Golf Pro. “Our cart paths will be resurfaced, our patio will be repurposed for better views of the golf course, and the clubhouse, including our restaurant, bar and pro shop, will all undergo a major renovation both inside and out to give our guests a more enjoyable experience on and off the course.”
Tree removal throughout the course will improve grass growth in the fairways and ease playability. The Preserve will be installing new tee boxes on every hole throughout the course to allow a better driving experience and conditioning of the turf. Hole #17, our golfer’s favorite, will be reworked to create a unique playing experience by planting trees to separate it from the rest of the course. Hole #5, the number one handicap on the course, will have the size of it’s marsh reduced and make the carry and strategy to hit the green easier. Hole #6 will have its fairway lowered so players can see the entire hole from the tee box, rather than it’s current blind shot.
The Preserve Golf Course facelift is just one of of the several ongoing renovation projects that have been taking place over Grand View properties in the last few of years. Grand View has committed to reinvesting in its properties and improving the guest experience more than ever before. From 2011 through 2012, a transformation took place at The Pines, starting with the Lakes 9, reconstructed tee boxes on all nine holes, scenic rock walls, added yardage and major enhancements to the property’s signature hole, Lakes 7. In the fall of 2012 the Woods underwent a similar renovation and had impressive results. Click here to learn more.
Frank Soukup, Director of Marketing for Cote Family Companies, commented on the recent article regarding the decrease in popularity of the legendary game known as golf. “We are increasing our efforts to not only improve playability and the aesthetics of the course, but also endorse the game as a unique experience that can be both a fun and challenging for all skill sets. We are seeing more families, kids, and summer-time travelers take up the game as a preferred recreational outlet during their vacations.” Grand View’s executive 9-hole, The Garden Course, has actually saw significant increase in play over the years because of the 6-inch cups on the greens, kid’s tee boxes, and golfer lessons.
“There’s not a day I drive home from work where I don’t see at least one family or group of friends enjoying the course together, full of smiles and laughter. This is the reason why we invest in ourselves,” said Soukup. Last year alone, nearly 2 million dollars was spent to improve several amenities, locations, and buildings on-site. Twelve cabins and the historic main lodge rooms received comprehensive updates, as well as the Norway Conference Center, which was given a complete interior facelift. Click here to learn more!
The last day to golf the Preserve will be Monday, September 29th, but is expected to re-open early summer of 2015. Make sure you get one last game in for the 2014 season and stop by the Preserve Pub & Grill to quench your thirst and try their famous Mahi Mahi taco’s; all while enjoying what may quite possibly be the most beautiful view from a clubhouse in Minnesota!