Chomonix Golf Course In Lino Lakes – Back, And Better Than Ever
By Tim Cotroneo
In 1969, Chomonix Golf Course opened as a private nine-hole course. Today’s Chomonix is a wooded 6,500-yard, 18-hole beauty owned and operated by Anoka County.
Located within the pristine Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, Chomonix offers a quiet, tranquil and relaxing golf atmosphere just 20 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. Since the end of the 2018 season, the operations of the course and facilities were thoroughly examined, and a new, exciting direction has been set to enhance the customer experience when they visit.
New And Improved
Golfers eager to play Chomonix this summer will encounter a fresh new look to go along with the natural setting that you’ve come to expect from this course located in the northern suburb of Lino Lakes.
Chomonix was happy to welcome new Golf Operations Manager, Mark Johnson to the course as of April 2019. After spending 13 years working in San Diego at Talega Golf Club, Mark was excited to have the opportunity to return to the Midwest. “The opportunity to help revitalize the course and provide a new perspective really drew me to the position at Chomonix” Johnson said.
To prepare for the 2019 golf season, Johnson and his team have been logging mega hours getting the course into stellar shape. “Our clubhouse has a new roof, new siding, new bathrooms, new interior signage, and a completely refurbished pro shop and event room. In addition, we have a new fleet of E-Z GO carts ready to hit the course.” Johnson said.
The driving range, located to your right as you enter the property, is another area that received enhancements. The hitting area sports a new surface for those looking to warm up prior to their opening drive on the 378-yard, Par 4 first hole.
Woods And Wildlife
Chomonix has long been known as a golf course to get away from it all. The course is tucked within a 5,500-acre park reserve consisting of lakes, hiking trails, and camping sites. After turning on Aqua Lane from Lake Drive, golfers feel a sense of calm as they are surrounded by the trees, marshes, and wildlife embracing their one-mile drive into Chomonix. Golfers also co-exist with an array of migratory birds like herons, sandhill cranes, sandpipers, and white egrets. To amplify the back-to-nature feel of Chomonix, you’ll often see deer grazing on the far end of the driving range.
Challenging But Fair
From a challenge standpoint, Chomonix’ fairways had been known for being tight and narrow suggesting a slightly more conservative driving mentality. To enhance the playing experience, more than 100 trees have been cleared during the winter opening up fairways and tee boxes. The tree removals have helped let light in to improve turf conditions and eliminate some tough angles for your approach to the greens.
Even with the tree removals, Chomonix preserves its wooded feel. Nearly every Par 4 and 5 features a theater of trees flanking each fairway. Limbs reach out and wave like parade watchers during a Macy’s event on Thanksgiving Day.
Chomonix fairways were not hit with the heavy winter kill plaguing many Minnesota courses during the early golf season. On a sunny, 55-degree day in May, Chomonix’ fairways and foliage were blooming, and the course’s lush green hue will set the course up well for a strong summer season.
If you like a bargain in exchange for your hard-earned cash, Chomonix offers an array of promotions with the popular Friday Night Out returning which includes a twosome, unlimited holes after 4:00 pm and a cart for $40.
For the golfer who wants to make Chomonix their home course, ask about a patron card or individual membership. To further enhance your tee to green experience, Chomonix features a new website and reservation system that is super compatible for securing both an online and mobile tee time.
After a long, busy offseason, Mark Johnson and his team are set to prove that this Lino Lakes golf mainstay deserves an ongoing spot on your courses to play list. If you haven’t played Chomonix before, check it out. If you’ve played Chomonix in the past, it’s worth a revisit. You will find a different experience and thanks to course improvements a lot more of your errant tee shots.