I’m not sure when I was first played Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake, but it must have been a tournament. This facility hosts many tournaments on their two regulation courses (there is also a nine hole executive course), so that’s not much of a surprise.
When I was here last, the two bigger courses were called the Platinum and the Gold, but now they are the Signature and the Crossroads. We played the shorter Crossroads course, which is 6,396 yards from the gold tees (tips), with a rating of 71.8 and a slope of 131.
The course gets its name from the two roads you cross – holes 1-3 and 18-18 are on the same side as the clubhouse, while a tunnel connects you to the others. Getting to holes 11-14 also involves crossing another street.
While there are a few long, difficult holes (like the 433 yard par four second), there are many shorter, easier holes throughout. I had six pars during my round of 88 – all of them coming on those shorter holes. The conditioning was fine, although I think the Signature course gets more attention.
I thought I took photos while I was there, but I can’t find them anywhere – sorry!Originally published by DK on July 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm