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Wild Edge Club Members! 

Present your Players Club card to receive $5 off your round.  Offer good all day.  Call the pro shop at 218.753.8917 for more information


2017 Play & Stay Packages!

The Wilderness will be offering groups of 16 or more great added value packages. Please call Rachel at 218.753.7803 for more information. 


Wein & Schmecken

September 27th, 2017

Night by the Smoker

October 12th, 2017

Grand Finale

October 8th, 2017

Sign up individually or as a group

$70 Enrty Fee

11:00 am shotgun 

Call 218.753.8917 to sign up!


Quote of the Month

“The value of routine; trusting your swing.” – Lorii Myers




Message from the General Manager

I recently played golf with one of my young shop attendants. During the round, he could not disconnect from his cell phone; he mentioned that he had so many ladies beckoning that he could not afford to lose a moment of texting, which I slightly envied and could not muster much anger against. However, this was not the first time that I have had to try and tune out someone’s obsession with their electronic device during a round. It got me thinking about my children who, after getting their driver's licenses, needed directions to a town 18 miles straight south of where we live. I attribute this to having been plugged into their devices during all of those trips we took when I drove. I think we have all seen the videos of folks plugged into their devices that end up walking into traffic or falling in a hole which leads me to believe that we are evolving into a society that is more focused on devices rather than our surroundings. Call me old fashioned but there is something to be said about looking out the window to see the moose on the side of the road or the two bald eagles chasing each other across the sky during your journey. Instead of trying to start a movement against technology, I will just encourage you to not be the one in your group that has to take calls or be on your device all the way around the course.

Thank you for a great golf season and I look forward to seeing you during your next round.

Tom Beaudry, PGA

General Manager


Message from the Head Golf Pro

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer as fall is just about here.  September is a great time to play The Wilderness with the colors changing and the sunny, cooler weather.  Hopefully you get a chance to visit us this fall as our closing date (Oct. 8) is coming fast.  I never look forward to writing the September newsletter as that means our golf season is just about over and winter is not far behind.  It always goes to fast!

As always, we don’t aerify our greens until after we close for the season.  However, we will be aerifying fairways, tees and approach areas throughout the end of the season. 

We do have some great events left before the season ends.

September 25th – Ladies Golf Day: 11am Shotgun, 4-person scramble

October 7th – Vermilion Club Open:  11am Shotgun, 4-person scramble

October 8th – Grand Finale:  11 am Shotgun, Individual event with a mulligan option

For more information on the above events or to sign up please call the golf shop at 218-753-8917.

Happy Golfing!

Ryan Peterson

Head Golf Professional

“Golf is a game of misses.  The guy who misses the best is going to win” – Ben Hogan


Message from the Grounds Department

On August 16, the golf course was in its best playable condition of the year with firm conditions all around and greens rolling about 10 feet on the stimpmeter.  Fun stuff and really not very difficult to do when conditions cooperate. Then August 17 and its 2” of rain happened, closing the course for one of the busiest days of the year.  Ever since then, it seems that just when we have the course firming up and emulating conditions on August 16, we get hit with more rain.  Just the way it goes sometimes.

I always get aerification questions this time of the year since many golf courses in the area (or the country for that matter) core aerify in the fall.  I have been trying to actually minimize the need to core aerify (pulling plugs) at the Wilderness.  What we do instead is aerify with a solid deep tine aerifier which does, in my opinion, a thoroughly superior job than core aerifying without the mess, disruption to play, and consumption of labor hours.  We plan on removing thatch (wherever necessary on tees and fairways) later on this fall utilizing a Graden dethatcher which removes close to three times the material that core aerifying does without the mess.  Both processes are winners and while we will “pull plugs” in some select areas where there is an application-like on smaller tees that we cannot access with the larger equipment required, I will say that I am relieved to be doing much less of this disruptive and messy process.  I am sure that customers will be as well.  In short, I am becoming more and more a believer of the phrase, “Core aerifying is for chumps." :) 

Moving on to the technical portion of this work, I have taken a few pictures of the 2nd green for discussion.  We have been working with the University of Minnesota to evaluate an experimental use product from Korea (the good side) that helps with the control of annual bluegrass i.e. Poa on bentgrass turf areas.  As I have explained in earlier articles over the years, annual bluegrass is not a desirable species on putting greens on this property as it has a tendency to die over the harsh winter months.  The seedheads that it produces can also aversely affect putting quality.  The first picture shows a patch of Poa underneath the keys that is pretty much smoked by the treatment but note how the bentgrass around it continues to thrive.  The hope here is that the bentgrass will fill in the void left behind-indeed it is beginning to do so already.  The second picture shows a larger part of the same green showing the different patches of annual bluegrass in varying stages of decline.  


2 Green 8-16-2017

2 Green 8-16-2017

As we continue to experiment with this newest technology, we are developing a very real comfort level and familiarity with its most effective usage.  Our hope is that this product can become a useful tool in the future to help keep our putting surfaces free of annual bluegrass and thus ensure their health long into the future.  While we will never eliminate this weed from our greens, we strive to keep its population in check. 

See you on the golf course, 

Vincent Dodge

Course Superintendent


Message from the Food and Beverage Manager

“Wein & Schmecken!!”

Gesundheit! – No, I did not sneeze….I am getting excited for our upcoming Wein and Schmecken (Wine and Tasting).  On Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 pm the food and fun begins.  We will be pairing German wine with 4 amazing dishes that Quaid and his staff will prepare.
The menu includes Waldorf Salad, Grilled Pork Loin, Wiener Schnitzel and a Mixed Berry Strudel.  The wine you will enjoy are Starling Castle Pinot Grigio, Gewürztraminer, a Red Rheinhessen and a Riesling.

Call today to make sure you have your reservations! 218-753-7804. The cost is $50 per person.

“Night by the Smoker”

On October 12th, at 4:00pm Quaid will again show you his amazing skills.  He will be teaching and preparing  5 Courses that will be paired with Castle Danger Brewing Company Beer. 
Quaid will demonstrate his techniques and share his recipes for smoking different food.  Again it is a great menu, Mulled Apple Cider, Smoked Duck Crostini, Bacon Wrapped Trout, Pheasant and Pumpkin Cheesecake Lollipops.  Rich from Castle Danger will be here to talk about his selections for the night.  You will have the opportunity to enjoy ODE IPA, Danger Ale, Maple Marzen and George Hunter Stout!

Again, call today to make your reservation! 218-753-7804. The cost is $50 per person.

Thank you to everyone who made this an amazing season here at the Wilderness!  Keep watching for events that we are working on during the off-season.

Darlene Simonson

Food and Beverage Manager


Message from the Executive Chef

Temperatures are dropping and grills and lawnmowers are getting packed up for the season. These are all signs that the season has come to an end. I would like to start off by thanking everyone for your business during the 2017 summer season. It has truly been the fun filled pack season that I was hoping for. Even though the season is over, that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get the Wilderness experience during the winter months. I have been working hard on planning some fun signature dinners that I’m sure will make your tummies hungry. Make sure you keep an eye open for these coming events and if any of them strike your interest, make sure you reserve your spot as soon as possible for seating  will be limited.

Again, thank you so much for business! 

Cheers and Bon Appétit!

Quaid Fetkenheuer

Executive Chef

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