14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Wildflower Golf Course

Written by: Brady Drake

Named to National Geographic Traveler’s list of “Classic Summer Lodges” Fair Hills Resort is a well-renowned place to stay, vacation, and, of course, golf.

We all know business is best done on the golf course, but at Fargo INC!, we argue that better business is done on a better golf course. And if that is the case, you won’t find many golf courses in our region better than the Wildflower golf course.

1. Wildflower is an Absolutely Beautiful Course

The light is magical on the course and the views are spectacular. You almost feel like you are back in time and out on the prairie. Depending on where you’re at on the course, you’ll find yourself under a canopy of oaks, putting next to an abandoned farmhouse, or gazing out over the prairie Wildflower was designed as a prairie links style course by Joel Goldstrand, a highly regarded golf course architect in the Midwest, and also features beautiful oak savannahs. The primary goal was to blend these two landscapes together to create a unique and beautiful course to play.

2. The Couse is in the Best Shape it Has Been in 20 Years

In addition to blending the prairie and the oak trees, the other initial goal when building Wildflower was to make it the best golf course possible. The team is all committed to making this the best track it can be.

3. The Driving Range is Wonderful

Wildflower is rebuilding their chipping green this year to improve the practice facilities they have to offer. You never have to hit off mats and can drive the ball over 350 yards.

4. They Have the Best Staff Around

They are committed to making your time with them wonderful from the moment you walk in the door. It is at the heart of what they do.

5. Stay-And-Play Packages at Fair Hills Resort on Pelican Lake

Guests can stay at the resort and play unlimited golf on the Fair Hills executive 9-hole course, and golf on Wildflower and other courses in the Minnesota Golf Trail network.

6. 30 Years Strong

They are celebrating their 30th season this year, opening their doors for the first time in 1993.

7. Monthly Tournaments

Wildflower is hosting monthly tournaments open to the public that are a great time for all! They began hosting tournaments again in 2021 and have had great turnouts.

8. They Value Your Time

They want you to be able to play and enjoy a round without committing your whole day to the golf course. “We keep the pace of play in the forefront of our minds when creating and booking our tee sheet,” Wildflower Golf Course Director of Operations Emily Meyers said.

9. Host Private Events at the Course or Book Group Outings

They will take fantastic care of you while you are here. Additional options for food and other entertainment can be arranged across the street at Fair Hills Resort.

10. A New Challenge Every Time

Given the geography and location, Wildflower can play differently each time you play it. This gives you a wonderful opportunity to use all the clubs in your bag. You also get a true sense that you are in lakes country while playing the course, which allows you to take in views of Pelican Lake, Lake Eunice, and Lake Maud playing the course.

11. International Flair

You’ll run into staff from all over the world working at Wildflower for the summer. They have had people from over 20 countries including Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, Jordan, Macedonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, and France who have joined their staff. It is a wonderful part of the experience of the course.

12. Homemade Donuts and Rolls

On the weekends, there are homemade donuts and rolls from Fair Hills Resort for sale in the pro shop. You don’t even have to be a golfer to stop in and enjoy those treats.

13. 7,000 Yards of Course

Wildflower is a long course. It is over 7,000 yards from the black tees. While that is certainly a feature for advanced players, the course now has six sets of tees ranging from the black tees to their new set of forward tees for super seniors and junior golfers. “We want to encourage players of all ages and skill levels to come out and play at Wildflower,” Meyers said.

14. Prairie House #2

The prairie house on #2 has long been one of the most memorable vistas on the course. It is a remnant of one of the five homesteads that were built on the land back in the day. Golfers love the nostalgia for the past that it evokes on the course.

Book Your Tee Time Today!

Wildflower Golf Course
19790 Co Hwy 20 Detroit Lakes, MN
Web: wildflowergolfcourse.com
Facebook: /WildflowerGolfCourse
Instagram: @wildflowergolfcourse
Twitter: @WildflowerGC

Fair Hills Resort
24270 Co Hwy 20 Detroit Lakes, MN
(218) 847-7638
Web: fairhillsresort.com
Facebook: /fairhillsresort
Instagram: @fairhillsresort
Twitter: @FairHillsResort

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.