Welcome into this week's Signature Holes, a regular feature here on the BCDN where we look at some of the best golf course architecture in our portfolio.
While it's not golf season in Duluth, Minn., right now, it's a great time to talk about one of two city-owned facilities: Lester Park Golf Course. Lester Park and its sibling course, Enger Park, will be managed for the next five years by BCG in a deal still being finalized.
Bordering Lake Superior, Lester Park sports 27 holes of golf carved through Minnesota forest. The first 18 holes at Lester Park opened in 1934. It's a par-72 course, playing just over 6,800 yards from the back tees. The Lake Nine completes the property and, as you might guess, the holes are closest to the Great Lake.
The Lake Nine's opening hole is a lot of fun and rated in the middle of the pack for the side, making it not too tough and not too easy. Playing just 364 yards from the tips, the tee shot requires either restraint or a bomb of a drive. With a hazard running diagonally through the fairway a player must decide if they want to take the safe layup or risk going deep into the woods on either side of the hole with an inaccurate drive. A bunkerless green complex isn't difficult to negotiate, but don't go too long or you'll pay the price.