Superior National Golf Course at Lutsen

Come for a game of golf at the number one course in Minnesota. Come back again and again for the scenery of a certified wildlife sanctuary. According to Golf Digest, Superior National at Lutsen is the number one golf course in Minnesota.
Carved within the ancient Sawtooth Mountain forest along Minnesota's North Shore is 27 golf holes of incredible coastal views and fresh northern air. The course winds into the mountains, and into the canyon, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is just a few miles away, making Lutsen a fantastic destination for your next Minnesota vacation. While golfing, don't be surprised when you find yourself sharing the course with the local fox, whitetail deer, and meandering moose. 
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A Wildlife Sanctuary

Over the years, Superior National has been committed to preserving our natural forest setting and its wildlife, and the end result of the new course upgrade project (more below) will be a continued commitment to helping people enjoy the game and enjoy the natural surroundings of Minnesota's northern coast forests. The golf course appreciates its ongoing membership as a Certified Audubon International Sanctuary. 

History of Superior National 

The history of the golf course dates back to 1986 when George Nelson Jr. pledged 320 acres of land for golf course purposes and land that has been owned by his family for nearly 125 years. George and his family have been dedicated to providing hospitality, recreation and vacation lodging on the North Shore and in Lutsen since his great grandfather first settled the land 1885. George believed the area needed a first-class destination golf course that would complement the area’s lodging, hiking, vacation rentals and other summer recreation activities. The one component missing was a golf course. And he had the answer.
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Situated between the ancient Sawtooth Mountains with Lake Superior serving as the backdrop alongside the scenic Poplar River as it cascades its way through this virgin wilderness was a special parcel of land cherished by his family. Matter-of-fact, President Grover Cleveland was the signature on the original deed when the land was first homesteaded in 1886. George knew this land was some of the most beautiful, unspoiled and dramatic land along the entire North Shore and he saw it fit for a golf course. 
With the pledge of this special property, Superior National became a reality when it first opened in 1992, with 18 golf holes of unmatched beauty. 

Transformation and Renovation of Superior National

As golfers, we are always working to improve our game, an we are so excited about Superior National's currently $4.5 million renovation project led by famous golf course architect, Jeffery Brauer. The project began in the fall of 2013 with the "River Nine" under the watchful and artistic eye of Mr. Brauer. The original River nine routing will largely stay in play while including new holes conceived by combining existing holes and adding a new hole. Each original hole on the River nine will be reshaped including new sand traps using “Ohio’s Best” white sand, a new double line irrigation system through-out the entire course, all new green complexes supplied by USGA approved greens mix, reshaped tees and managed drainage. The River nine will be put to seed in August 2014 with play expected for the following 2015 season. 
Next in the project, the famed "Canyon Nine" will also be taking on a similar face lift beginning in the fall of 2014. Construction will continue through 2015. The Canyon Nine routing plan, like River Nine, will largely remain the same. However, numerous holes will be lengthened with new tee complexes, old bunkers replaced with new bunkers, and strategically placed all with "Ohio's Best" white sand. New greens and tee complexes, and new shaping of the fairways throughout will add incredible challenges to this beautiful course. According to Jeffery Brauer, the challenge in his redesign is to make the golf course remain equal to the scenery, a daunting challenge given the landscape he has to work with. 

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The Canyon Nine

In 1999, and largely due to unprecedented reviews with striking scenery, an additional nine holes were open allowing for 27 holes play and then the naming the three nines accordingly. The River Nine was christened with its name because the Poplar River comes into play as the course routes and crosses along the river numerous times. The sounds of the rushing water as it cascades through the forested canyon echoes from many of the tee boxes. 

The Mountain Nine

The Mountain Nine was named as the Sawtooth Mountains frame many of the holes as the mountain sides serves as an unbelievable canopy of lush deep greens during the summer and a palate of fall colors that are unmatched anywhere in the country. And the Canyon nine combines all three; the course dips into the Canyon area of the Poplar River on three different holes, most tee boxes has Lake Superior lurking out front as the golf ball falls from the sky as if its falling into Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains serve as this surreal calming effect of all this beauty wrapped into one wonderful package of golf. With the luxury of having 27 holes of golf, Superior National will be able to keep 18 holes in play as the River and Canyon nines are undergoing renovation one nine at a time. The Mountain nine will remain open throughout the entire construction process (2013-2015) and as each newly renovated nine comes back on line, the combination will allow for 18 holes of play. Staring in summer 2016, the entire course and all 27 holes will be in play. 

A True Gem among Golf Courses.

As Jeffrey Brauer earlier noted, “the challenge is to make the course equal to the scenery”. Combing the artistic talent of Mr. Brauer alongside the unspoiled and artistic talent of Mother Nature, this combination will surely blend to have Superior National as one of the true masterpiece golf courses in all of North America. Come for the golf, stay for the scenery. Or Vice Versa. The area offers stay-n-play golf packages at area resorts and through private vacation rentals in Lutsen and Tofte and throughout all of Cook County. Call today, play tomorrow. Superior National at Lutsen, a true Minnesota North Shore gem.
Contact Superior National at Lutsen
5731 Highway 61, PO Box 177, Lutsen, Minnesota 55612, Pro-shop (218) 663-7195  

Golf Vacation Accommodations in Lutsen, Minnesota

Make Lutsen a destination for your fantastic golf vacation. We offer over 25 vacation rentals in and around Lutsen, including vacation homes, cabins and cottages. Lake Superior Vacation Rentals also has nearly 100 vacation rentals along the north shore of Lake Superior, from Grand Marais to Duluth. Pet friendly vacation rentals too!

You'll also like to know that right next to Superior National Golf Course is the Lutsen ski area on Eagle Mountain. Lutsen ski area is four times the size of other Great Lakes ski resorts, with four mountain peeks (Eagle, Moose, Mystery and Ullr), 90 ski runs and our region's only gondola... all with spectacular views of Lake Superior. Make Lutsen your next vacation destination throughout the year. Lake Superior Vacation Rentals is a very successful, locally owned, family run vacation property management company. Call us today and we'll help you plan out the best vacation ever along the North Shore. (218) 663-7971