7 of Southern Minnesota’s best golf holesPublished 9:24am Friday, August 24, 2012
Cedar River Golf Course
Hole 11 | Par 5 | 511 yards | Built in 1969
A long fairway on the shore of the Little Cedar River challenges golfers at the Cedar River Golf Course west of Adams.
However, the reason it is Austin golfer Jim Klapperich’s favorite hole is the natural beauty.
“It isn’t uncommon to see deer, bald eagles, cranes, pelicans and a number of other birds or animals. It’s a challenging hole with a lot of character,” Klapperich said.
Hole 11 requires golfers to avoid the river to the left and to avoid a small offshoot of water that crosses the center of the fairway at about 250 yards. It is mostly straight, but with a slight dogleg right at the end near the green.
Hit the ball too long and straight, it could go in the river or the offshoot. Too soft is conservative and, considering the distance, possibly smart. Hit a hook or slice, and there are big oak trees lining both sides. Hook or slice and get lucky enough to miss trees and you are most likely to lose your ball to the water.
The green is smaller than most and sits tucked into trees on the far southwest corner of the course. The woods are a haven for wildlife and make it a likely place to spot animals.
This is the sixth of a seven-part series featuring the best golf holes in southern Minnesota.