Located in the southwest side of the Twin Cities metro, Stonebrooke is a good option when visiting popular destinations Valley Fair and Mystic Lake Casino. Stonebrooke is a great course that is almost always in good condition and provides a unique layout. And compared to the courses close to Stonebrooke it is also a great value.
In addition to the regulation course, Stonebrooke offers a Par 3 course and driving range. Both are located across the street making the range not very convenient to hit up quickly before a round. If you are going to be using a cart make sure to book your tee-times online, all online bookings come with free cart rental.
The clubhouse is stocked with a good selection of apparel and accessories if needed, also the large bar and dining area is near by for any drinks/food needed for the round.
The Par 71 course is fairly short, coming in just under 6500 yards from the tips. However an abundance of water and layout of holes makes the course feel longer. The front 9 is the easier side, struggle there and it will be a long day. Stonebrooke requires a number of forced carry shots off the tee, none more dramatic than the signature Par 4 8th hole. A 200 or so yard wide lake sits between the tee box and the fairway. After your tee shot you get to board an actual boat to get across the lake.
The back 9 is an adventure. It starts with a Par 4 hole that is downhill and can be reachable off the tee in the right conditions. A couple long Par 3s and another drivable Par 4 are found before reaching the make or break 595 yard 17th hole. A dogleg, elevation changes, tree overhanging the fairway and water are some of the things you encounter along the way here. By far the worst hole for me during the 15+ times I have played Stonebrooke.
Overall Stonebrooke is a solid course and total facility (if you don't mind the mentioned drive to the range). The course isn't too difficult (rating of 69.8 vs Par 71 for the 2nd to back White tees) if you can avoid the water, which is easier said then done given the quantity of it. The pace of play has usually been good in my experience, note the course does fill up pretty well during peak times. One issue I have noticed is that after heavy rain falls the course doesn't drain too well and standing water can be found in fairways in various parts of the course.
Post Round Eats
About 10 miles away in Savage is Buffalo Tap. Offering a wide variety of burgers & sandwiches, including Buffalo and Elk, among other bar & grill staples. A must get is the cheese curds. Come hungry.