Wild Marsh Golf Club
By R.J. Smiley
There are many reasons why the City Business Journal recognized Wild Marsh as “One of the top 25 courses in the Twin Cities.” and the Minnesota Golf Guide has ranked Wild Marsh as one of the “Top 5 Values” in the Twin Cities metro area.
Graham Marsh, designer of Wild Marsh, is not a name that most Minnesota golfers would recognize as a “world renowned” golf course designer. Graham Marsh has designed over 40 golf courses worldwide (many exclusive private courses), most in his native Australia and in Asia. Wild Marsh Golf Course, located in the City of Buffalo, just west of Plymouth, is one of only five Graham Marsh courses in the U.S. Marsh also designed both 18-hole courses at the, much heralded, Sutton Bay Resort, a private hunting, fishing and golf resort near Agar, ND, with breathtaking views of Lake Ohea.
Owned and operated by the City of Buffalo, Wild Marsh Golf Course is one of the little city’s many recreational assets. Every citizen of Buffalo, including non-golfers, knows that “their golf course” located between Mink Lake and Buffalo Lake, is one of the prettiest golf courses in the western metro area. With the community strongly behind the course, it is no wonder that the management and staff of Wild Marsh work hard to make each golfer feel at home when they play this fine golf course. With the golfer in mind, the city is continually improving the quality and playability of this course that makes you feel that you are in the north woods.
Graham Marsh did a wonderful job of routing Wild Marsh in a winding fashion through woodlands, natural cattail wetlands and along the rolling hilltops. With wide generous, bent grass fairways and quick putting, multi-tiered greens, Wild Marsh is really fun to play. With tees that range from 4,664 to 6,504 yards and a new set of junior tees, the course can be enjoyed by the entire family.
When asked about signature holes, regular golfers will argue that Wild Marsh contains many holes that could be called signature holes because of their natural beauty. But for first time players to Wild Marsh the par-5, seventh hole will stick in your mind all the way home as you plan, “how I will make a par the next time I challenge this beautiful monster?” From the back tee (though it really doesn’t make any difference which tee you play) the seventh plays 580 yards. The left sloping fairway is protected by a large bunker and steep bank on the right, but your eyes keep coming back to the lake on the left that runs the entire length of the hole. With an intimidation factor of 10, a straight tee shot is a must, but length is also necessary. If you find the fairway from the tee, you are now faced with an equally intimidating, lay-up, second shot because the lake that has been your nemesis on the left now cuts to the right and guards the green on three sides from 100 yards in. The green is large and multi-tiered making a two-putt-par not a sure thing. The seventh at Wild Marsh looks like something you would see on TV on Sunday afternoon.
The seventeen siblings at Wild Marsh belong in the same family with the seventh but are not as visually intimidating. Other holes that will definitely get your attention are the par-4, twelfth and the par-3 eighth. Both of these holes are designed to let your eyes capture the beauty that Mother Nature provides as your mind contemplates how to make par.
Wild Marsh is a great place for a wedding reception or group meetings large and small. Leagues for men and women and an active junior program make Wild Marsh an easy place to make golfing friends. The goal of the City of Buffalo is to give all who play “their golf course” a quality golf experience and a great value.