North Oaks Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Stanley Thompson in 1951 and Tom Lehman in 2007

Cost:  Private

Phone Number: (651) 484-1635

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit North Oaks's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 54 East Oaks Road, North Oaks, MN 55127

Photos:  See additional photos of North Oaks

Accolades:  The most underrated course in Minnesota

Signature Hole:  13th - 150 Yard Par 3

13th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (150 Yard Par 3)
13th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (150 Yard Par 3)

What to Expect:  Heading into my Minnesota trip, North Oaks was very much under the radar since I was so dialed into Donald Ross and Top 100 tracks. However I was intrigued to see that Tom Lehman had been employed in 2007 to provide a renovation to the 1951 Stanley Thompson layout and figured it was worthy of seeing the result. Well, I love to find hidden gems and that is exactly what North Oaks was for me. The undulated terrain provides exciting tee and approach shots throughout the round while water hazards become factors on about a third of the holes. Lehman adopted MacKenzie-style bunkers whose shape is inspired by camouflage and quite attractive in my opinion. Several new bunkers were put in, others removed, and others deepened and redone during the renovation process which also included reshaping greens. The conditioning is great from tee to green and provides a pleasant playing surface. North Oaks should have a wide range of appeal due to the classic, mature feel it has while still instituting more water hazards and elevation changes most mature parkland courses display. When all is said and done, this course is underrated is the land of 10,000 lakes.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 71 6725 72.4 129
Maroon 71 6468 71.1 128
Brown 71 6087 69.5 124
Green 71 5800 68.2 117
Tan (Women) 74 5274 70.8 121


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  11th - 175 Yards

11th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (175 Yard Par 3)
11th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (175 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  7th - 447 Yards

7th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (447 Yard Par 4)
7th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (447 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  1st - 525 Yards

1st Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (525 Yard Par 5)
1st Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (525 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  13th - 150 Yard Par 3

13th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (150 Yard Par 3)
13th Hole at North Oaks Golf Club (150 Yard Par 3)

Bogey Beware:  5th - 462 Yard Par 4

Final Cut:    Grade B-

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