Golf Courses Near Winona, MN
You may know that the actress Winona Ryder was named after the stunningly beautiful southeastern Minnesota city of Winona. Located in the heart of the Driftless Area’s bluff country, Winona occupies a large island in the Upper Mississippi River and is known as “The Island City.” Striking vistas abound at the golf courses that offer tee times in and around Winona. At The Bridges Golf Course (formerly Winona Country Club), a creek enters the fray on nine holes. The 27-hole Cedar Valley Golf Course features three distinct nines. The Trouts Run and Treasure Island layouts comprise Cedar Valley’s original and most frequently played 18, while the Green Monster nine is the longest and toughest side thanks to six holes with forced carries over water. Keep in mind that Winona is on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and very close to La Crosse, Wisconsin. When making a tee time, it’s worth considering the Trempealeau Mountain and Drugan’s Castle Mound eighteens and the delightful 9-hole Coulee Golf Bowl in Wisconsin.
Cradled by the soaring forested limestone bluffs on the sides of the Mississippi River, Winona is a great place for outdoor adventure seekers and easygoing sightseers alike. The river shoreline is a fishing paradise. Bird watchers are also in their glory as Winona is a major stopover for migratory birds. Winona, which was a prominent lumber city generations ago, has notable architecture thanks to the lumber barons who built resplendent mansions here. Some 100 buildings in Winona are on the National Historic Register. Many also feature stained-glass windows, earning Winona the title of “Strained Glass Capital of the U.S.” Nature really puts Winona on the tourist map, however, and one of the showplace spots is the Kings Bluff trail in Great River Bluffs State Park, though the views are never bad from Winona’s golf courses, either.