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Message from the Head Golf Pro

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I hope 2017 was a good year and that 2018 brings you happiness and of course, great golf!

If you are still hanging around up north this winter, swing by our booth at the Minnesota Golf Show, Feb. 16-18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Find out what is new for 2018, talk some golf and do not forget to wear your favorite Wilderness apparel!

For those looking for an updated set of golf clubs (could even be a great gift), we still have a few men’s, right handed, rental sets available for sale.  These 2017, Cobra F7 sets, have been used for just one season and are in great shape.  Set includes Bag, Woods, Irons and Putter!

Happy Golfing!

Ryan Peterson

Head Golf Professional


Message from the Grounds Department

I would like to say thank you to all who presented feedback regarding our future direction with golf course ball washers.  Most were of the opinion that they rarely, if ever, used the existing ball washers and that washers on carts or simply a damp towel issued by the starter is a more practical solution.  With this in mind, for 2018 we will be reducing the number of ball washer locations adjacent to tees.  We will place them on the Par 3 holes and the 1st and 10th tee.  This will allow us to gradually condition players to this change over a period of years.  Indeed, change is something that I think is needed in many facets of the golf industry.  What has worked in the past is not what will necessarily work in the future.

To provide a little background regarding my own experience on golf courses, I started out working on a private club in 1984 when I was 16 years old.  I was a superintendent by the time I was 25 years old and have been at private, municipal, and resort golf courses throughout my career.  I can say that I have seen a steady change in the way players view their responsibilities on the golf course. 

As an example, let us look at divot repair. Seed/soil mix used to be a given on all Par 3 tees at most golf courses throughout the 80's, 90's, and into the 2000's. Players actually used these boxes for their intended purpose. This has, sadly, changed as the pucture below illustrates:

7 Tee 2014-Typical Divot Repair by Players

In response to this, we removed these boxes from the Par 3 tees and used the time and energy we saved by not servicing the boxes anymore to do a more thorough job of making the repairs ourselves.  This has worked very well for the golf course-our divot program on tees is working better than ever.  I now wonder if we could apply this same principal to bunkers.

Before reading on, please visit the link below from Golf Digest explaining a point of view that actually makes a lot of sense:

Bunkers at the Wilderness consume huge amounts of man-hours in routine maintenance.  As I contemplate how we are currently doing things and ways in which we can improve our efficiency, I begin to warm to the concepts posed by the Golf Digest article.

Bunker rakes, I have noted, are becoming less and less a functional player aid and more and more unused tools that just get in the way for both players and maintenance-interfering with playability and adding to golf course clutter.  After the first six groups of the day, the rakes are pretty much scattered everywhere both inside and outside of the bunker.  I know that many players simply do not bother to rake after themselves at all.  Applying the same principle as with divots on tees, I wonder if instead of expending the energy/man-hours placing or replacing rakes to bunkers each day, we simply use this labor to rake bunkers with greater frequency-or use the labor savings for other tasks.  Another option might be to add a rake attachment to our carts:

This, to me, might be the way to go.  Players so inclined have the opportunity to rake after themselves-without the disorderly mess of 2-8 bunker rakes strewn haphazardly around a typical bunker.  Whatever your opinion might be, I welcome your feedback on how we should proceed in the future.  Please e-mail me at with your opinions. 

Have a wonderful Christmas season and I look forwaed to seeing you all in 2018.  

Vincent Dodge

Course Superintendent


Message from the Food and Beverage Manager

I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!!  I hope everyone has plans to spend Christmas with family and friends. 

This December was busy with The Wilderness hosting Christmas Parties!  So if you are looking ahead to next year it is not too early to book your 2018 Employee Christmas Party.  We have great choices for dinner options, plated or buffet style.  Quaid and Sam do an amazing job with all the food preparation.  The servers and bartenders are the best!  We will make sure that you and your guests have an enjoyable evening here at The Wilderness Grill.

Appetizers at one of our private Christmas parties this year.

During the off season we will be spending some time putting together our menus for the 2018 season.  That is always fun!  We will also be looking ahead to plan different events for next year. Perhaps a few more of our Night With the Chef, Straight Up & Toasted, Night on the Patio and who can forget our Wein & Schmecken!  So we will be putting on our “creative brains” to come up with ideas for a few more events for you to enjoy!

Again, I want to thank everyone for a great 2017 season at The Wilderness Grill.  I especially want to thank our staff!  You are the best!  I want to thank our guests for allowing us to serve you. 

Again, Merry Christmas!! We will see you in the spring.

Darlene Simonson

Food and Beverage Manager


Message from the Executive Chef 

I cannot believe the 2017 year is almost over. Every year seems to go by faster than the last. All I can do is look back and remember all the fun and great dishes that we prepared here at The Wilderness. Moving forward it’s time to get excited about next year! For me the winter months is a time to not only relax, but to piece recipes and ideas together for the upcoming menu in 2018. You can look forward to seeing some of our staples return like the Chicken Marsala, Walleye Skewers and Filet Mignon. As for the rest of the menu, well you’re just going to have to wait and see. :)

We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you return in 2018.

Bon appetite!

Quiad Fetkenheuer

Executive Chef


Message from the Director of Sales & Marketing

Winter Activities

Have you ever thought about visiting us in the winter? Temperatures have been below freezing so the snow is finally staying for all those outdoor winter activities. In our neck of the woods, we receive many snowmobilers, fishermen and fisherwomen. Did you know the Iron Ore Spur Trail goes right across hole #10 and our driving range? This trail is like a hub it connects to the Iron Ore Trail, Taconite Trail and David Dill Arrowhead Trail. These trails then lead to Voyagers Park. We are connected to Crane Lake, Ely, Giants Ridge and the west Iron Range toward Grand Rapids. We are also 1 mile from great Walleye and Northern Pike fishing at Everett Bay narrows.  The fishing village of McKinley Park is only 9 miles by road and 4 miles by lake.  Brand new this year Fortune Bay has Ice Fishing Houses and snowshoes for rent. Fortune Bay's rooms are filling up fast! I would advise to book early! Click here for more information.

Cross Country Ski Contest

Would you like to hear how to win a round of golf for 4? Our cross country ski trail greeters Birdie and Bogey welcome you to our regularly groomed and free trails!

Currently we have 4.5 inches of snow and our trails will be open soon. Birdie and Bogey's friend, Ace, will be hiding along the trails.

To enter our contest all you need to do is find Ace, take a photo with him, post on Facebook or Instagram and tag us! Simple, right? Ace is a mover so you won’t always find him in the same spot. You may enter the drawing once a week. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Facebook at the end of the winter season. Good luck, enjoy the crisp fresh air and stay warm. 

Merry Christmas! May 2018 bring you and your family good health, happiness and success!

Rachel Indihar

Director of Sales & Marketing