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August 18, 2017

Pebble Creek: Three Nines, Many Ways To Enjoy
Pebble Creek Local 9 #5 Photo Courtesy Tony Hellman
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Pebble Creek Local 9 #5 Photo Courtesy Tony Hellman
Pebble Creek White #9
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Pebble Creek White #9
Will Brogan

There are many inherent qualities that provide charm to Pebble Creek Golf Club, located Northwest of the Metro area in Becker, Minnesota. However, the most important part of Pebble Creek Golf Club is its flexibility and management's desire to always try something new and fun for the betterment of the game of golf itself. Most courses do that - to a degree - but it's reaching a special level at Pebble Creek. That said, let's start on the tee box...
The White Nine
One of the more challenging holes on the property is the 370-yard par four third. While not long, two bunkers squeeze the fairway at 260 yards, and two more narrow the margin for error at the triangle-shaped green. Moderately-sized trees help frame each side of the hole, and will come into play should your tee shot be wayward. It's an early test of your strategy, so make the smart play off the tee.
Another hole in which strategy comes into play is the last on the White Nine, the short par four ninth hole. At 349 yards, you'll have a few options off the tee, as there are two main landing areas with a buffer of a pair of bunkers in between. Those bunkers await at about 265 yards, so the choice is yours: hang back (with your 230 club) and have a short iron or wedge to the green, or go for it and have a short pitch the rest of the way. Or, if you fancy yourself a long hitter and ¬aren't playing from the tips, then fire away and try to drive the green, but be ready for one of the three large greenside bunkers should you not find the dance floor.
The Red Nine
The second set of holes on the championship side of Sherburne Avenue begins with one of the three true forced carries on the property, the second shot on the 405-yard par four "Red First", or tenth hole, depending on how you view the scorecard. If there is one hole that it is paramount to hit the fairway, it's probably this one, as a carry of forty-plus yards of water stares at you from in front of the green. If you miss, it's wise to lay up, then try to get up and down with a wedge over the water for par.
Perhaps the most fascinating hole on the course is the Red side's fifth hole, a par five of 530 yards. If not for one solitary tree short and right of a fairway that winds left to right around the largest lake on the property, this would be a wide-open, risk/reward hole. But that tree is enough of a deterrent to make even the most aggressive golfer conservative. However, a second body of water accompanying the right side of a considerably shallow green suggests the three shot approach is best. That's the play here.
The Local Nine
The Local 9 is located on the west side of the property and is considered where the real fun begins! Any golfer can play there, it serves a greater purpose - to grow the game with families! With highly enjoyable endeavors like FlingGolf and Foot Golf, Pebble Creek has provided a unique opportunity to play the game with Frisbees, lacrosse equipment, even soccer/kick balls! All of these fun activities take place on a regular basis on the local nine course, but you can play eighteen holes within that nine in those formats! Even if you are a hardcore single-digit handicapper, you'll likely have a wonderful time playing the game in a different and creative way!
A One-Of-A-Kind Event!
Much like what management has done to enhance the enjoyment of the game and of their Local Nine side of the property, this year they add a new opportunity to come and enjoy the course in a non-golf setting: a concert! We're not talking about a local duo with a guitar and piano playing in the bar on Saturday night. Nope, an actual concert on the driving range!
Country artist Chris Hawkey and rock and roll cover band Outside Recess will serenade guests throughout the night - scheduled for July 30th - and open to guests 21 and older for just ten dollars admission. It's not often you get to attend a concert on a golf course, and have all the wonderful burgers, dogs, pork, walking tacos, and adult beverages to go along with it, so even if you're not interested in the golf, come have a great time at the First Annual Community Concert at the Creek!

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