Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses 2017
6th place: The Wilderness located at Fortune Bay in Tower, Minnesota comes in at 6th place on Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses 2017 list. Jeffrey D. Brauer was the sole-architect responsible for the design of this course. The Wilderness was carved from the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the shores of Lake Vermilion and offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of any golf course located in the Midwest. The course weaves through beautiful woodlands, and skirts Lake Vermillion, which is featured on the 13th hole. It also features many solid rock cliffs, some blasted away for game functionality, which sets it apart from the other courses in the region. In addition to winning the position of Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses of 2017, The Wilderness has been voted 1st by GolfNewsNet as Golf Courses You Can Play in America, 2nd place by Golfweek as Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play 2017.
14th place: Course located at Prairie Band Casino & Resort in Mayetta, Kansas comes in at 14th place on Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses 2017 list. Jeffrey D. Brauer worked side by side with fellow golf course architect and four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III on the design of this course. It was important to them when designing this course to have a layout that maintains Potawatomi traditions. Brauer and Begay achieved this by preserving the land’s natural elements with minimal disruption. Firekeeper makes history by being the first golf course built on Native American land that was also designed by a Native American. In addition to winning the position of 14th place on Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses of 2017, Firekeeper has been voted by Golfweek as the Best you can play in Kansas, 6 straight years and one of the Nation’s top 100 Resort Courses.