The Wilderness Ranks as One of Minnesota's Best
TOWER, Minn. - The Wilderness at Fortune Bbay isn't just a course golfers should play, it's a course they should play again and again.
"It's an overall, all around fantastic golf course that somebody would never get tired of playing," said Head Pro Ryan Williams, who also calls the course a tough, but fair test for everyone from scratch golfers to high handicappers.
"Every age level, every handicap level can get around this golf course and have a great time," he said. "It gives the opportunity for everybody to at least play."
The Wilderness is less than a decade old, but it's already racking up an impressive resume of honors. Golf Digest ranked the course 40th nationally in its latest rankings, and recently golf week called The Wilderness the "Best Course you can Play in Minnesota." It's also the Midwest Golf Course Owners Association's Course of the Year, making the wilderness a top destination course.
"It helps substantiate that we are a number one golf course, we are a course that you should visit," said Williams. "That puts us at that upper echelon of that style course which we truly appreciate."
At The Wilderness, the hole to see is the course's signature, no. 3.
"We did a poll and they all selected no. 3," said Williams. "It's very difficult hole, but it's a very beautiful hole."
Golfers can't get enough of it.
"I love that hole," said Bill Flaherty of Victoria, Minn. "It's challenging because you have to go over water and it's a multi–tiered green, so if you're not on the right level, it makes it very difficult to get a par," added Bill Naegele of Excelsior, Minn.
But the biggest thing that sets The Wilderness apart may be the customer service.
"They do it with a genuineness, and they really care that you're here as a guest," said Flaherty. "You're treated as a guest here."
"They're all just wanting to help you all the time, and that's why The Wilderness is the best," added Naegele.
Golfers that haven't played the wilderness should listen to williams, who encourages them to "play 18 holes, tell us how we're doing and see what you think for yourself."