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BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

Hidden Greens Golf Course

While it's true that a few courses may be nicer to play than Hidden Greens—including the Legends Golf Club (Prior Lake), Rush Creek (Maple Grove), and StoneRidge (Stillwater)—none of them can present the sweet swing of value that this Hastings gem offers. A round at any of those other public tracks can cost at least $95 with a cart, but the peak greens fee at Hidden is a mere $41. Want to stretch your legs and skip the cart? That's only $27. Just 30 miles from the State Capitol, this 35-year-old treasure, designed by Midwest-course sage Joel Goldstrand, is a true family-owned find for players looking for a round long on peace and short on urban clutter. The course was constructed on a (still active) game refuge, so wildlife sightings complement Goldstrand's signature natural undulations. Playing at 6,200 yards from the tips, Hidden's tree-lined fairways envelop ample landing areas off the tees and greens both large and fair. The 291-yard No. 8 is a peach of a par 4, presenting a winding creek that punishes inaccuracy on your drive and/or approach. The lengthy par 4 (413 yards) at No. 16 will blow your visor back with risk-reward, as a considerable pond and big-daddy tee guard the green for your second shot. After a round, grab a refreshment on the new patio and let your battered ego be soothed by the surrounding flora and fauna.

BEST BEACH Hidden Beach

BEST BIKE TRAIL Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

BEST BOWLING ALLEY Park Tavern

BEST COACH Kurt Rambis

BEST COLLEGE ATHLETE Eric Decker, Gopher wide receiver

BEST GOLF DAY The Jewel Golf Club

BEST LYNX PLAYER Seimone Augustus

BEST PICNIC SPOT Meeker Island historic site

BEST PLACE TO DRINK BEFORE A TWINS GAME Cuzzy's

BEST PLACE TO ICE SKATE Lake of the Isles

BEST PLACE TO RUN Cedar Lake, Minneapolis

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL Shooters

BEST PUBLIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE Fort Snelling Golf Course

BEST SLEDDING Town and Country Club

BEST SWARM PLAYER Callum Crawford

BEST TIMBERWOLVES PLAYER Kevin Love

BEST TWINS PLAYER Joe Mauer

BEST URBAN HIKE Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul

BEST VIKINGS PLAYER Brett Favre

BEST WILD PLAYER Mikko Koivu

BEST WINTER RESORT Lutsen

BEST YOGA CorePower Yoga