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Fairways & Greens
August 18, 2017

Voyager Village - Fine Golf, Fresh Food
Voyager Village
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Voyager Village
Voyager Village Clubhouse
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Voyager Village Clubhouse
Tim Cotroneo


After turning the corner on the back nine, when was the last time you asked this question to your playing partner? "For dinner at the clubhouse, are you leaning toward the Trio Crostini or the Mussels Marieniere?" If the question left you scratching your head, then you've never had the pleasure of playing 18 holes at Voyager Village in Danbury, WI.

For four decades, Voyager Village, located two hours northeast of St. Paul, has been one of Wisconsin's best-kept golf secrets. That is unless you carry a private pilot's license in your golf bag. Voyager Village is not only ranked as one of Golf Digest's best places to play, it's the solitary Wisconsin course where you'll find a landing strip just a nine iron from the first tee box.

In addition to pristine golf and the potential to fly to your tee time, Voyager Village is positioning itself as one of the premier culinary golf destinations in the Midwest. New Food and Beverage Manager Ben Thoen is bringing the food secrets he's learned as a chef in Chicago, Paris, and his home base of Washburn, WI, to the Voyager dining room. If you've got the hunger, Thoen and Chef Taylor Harkness promise to send you home satisfied.

The Ultimate Recipe: Golf and Beer: The wheels are turning for making Voyager Village a must-see destination when it comes to golf and fresh food. One way to draft new customers is with cool drafts of micro beers. On Thursday, May 31, Voyager is bringing in Bo Belanger, the Brewmaster at South Shore Brewery to kick off their first Beer Dinner. Thoen, Harkness, and Belanger will combine forces to design delicious dishes that compliment a fine assortment of beers.

"Here in Wisconsin, we love our beer. We're taking the first 60 reservations for this event. Ben and Bo will discuss the finer points of each dish and which beers really work well for a particular food. Participants will not only have a great time, they'll hopefully learn something about food and what a great destination Voyager Village is," General Manager Gabe Cessna said.

A High Standard in Golf and Food: Voyager Village has long-maintained a standard of excellence with their 6,600 yard golf course. Five years ago, community members invested over a million dollars into a new irrigation system that keeps this northwoods layout looking green, vibrant, and meticulously manicured. The Voyager staff is excited how Thoen is bringing this same standard of excellence and enthusiasm to their restaurant's new menu.

Examples of Voyager "fresh" can be seen, smelled and tasted throughout their bar and restaurant operation. "Every Thursday Ben drives to Hayward and picks up fresh whitefish from Bodin Fisheries in Bayfield, WN, for our weekend menu. We not only get rave reviews on our main entrees, but our Cheddar Bay Biscuits, soups, cole slaw, and chocolate torte are all customer favorites," Cessna said.

Golf Getaway: If you've dreamed about getting away from it all for a day or a long weekend, Voyager Village's 6,000 acres has something for everyone. In addition to being a great spot for the golf enthusiast, the community is a perfect retreat for fishing, camping, tennis, swimming, hiking, boating, or just kicking back in a beautiful setting.

For those who love just getting in touch with nature, the tranquility of the Voyager Village woodlands, lakes, and streams makes for a wonderful wildlife environment. With the area's special designation from the National Audobon Society, bald eagles, snow geese, deer, and bear are extremely comfortable and prevalent.

Good Taste Golf: If you feel the perfect capper to a round of golf with friends is a fine meal, then this summer add Voyager Village to your bucket list. Just two hours from the Twin Cities, Voyager Village Golf Course is more than a great golf experience, it's where you can order Trio Crostini, a juicy steak, fresh fish, or chocolate torte. If you're having a hard time deciding which entrée to choose, then Food and Beverage Manager Ben Thoen is smiling back in the kitchen. www.voyagervillage.com







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