Golf Digest (1997) Best New Public Upscale Golf Course in North America

ZAGAT Survey (1997) One of America’s Top Hotels – rated “Excellent

Fairways Magazine Top 175 ‘Women Friendly’ Golf Facilities

Minnesota Monthly Magazine (February 1997) Readers “Best’ Poll. Madden’s is #1 favorite place to play golf in Minnesota

Seed Research Magazine (January 1998) Course of the Year

Minneapolis StarTribune (April, 1999) #1 Course in Minnesota

Lake Country Echo (September 1999) The Classic at Madden’s was named ‘Number One Golf Course in the Lake Country’ by Minnesota golf writers Charley Walters, Gregg Wong (St. Paul Pioneer Press), Jeremy Milsop (Brainerd Dispatch), and Don Peddie (Lake Country Echo)

Golf & Travel Magazine (November 2000)

The Classic at Madden’s rated 27th in Golf & Travel Magazine’s ‘America’s Best 40 Resort Courses

PGA Golf Professional Christopher Foley (July 2001) Rated by Golf Digest Magazine as ‘Number Three of Top Forty Golf Instructors in the United States’

Minnesota Golf Course Owners Association Course of the Year (The Classic, 2001)

Minnesota Monthly Magazine (March 2002) Minnesota’s Favorite ‘Swanky Course’ (The Classic)

Number Two Best Public Course in Minnesota, Golf Week (March, 2002)

ESPN (June 3, 2002) Featured The Classic on the premier of Jack Wagner’s Golf Show “Off Course” with guest Governor Jesse Ventura

‘2002 PGA Teacher of the Year, Minnesota Section’ (Chris Foley)

Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine ‘Best Golf Resort & Lodge or Lakefront Property’ (2003)

Number One Public Golf Course in MN Golf Week Magazine (March 2003)

33rd Best Public Golf Course in America by Golf Digest (April 2003)

MN Meetings & Events Magazine, Best Golf Resort in Minnesota (2002-2005)

Golf Digest 100 Greatest Public Courses (2005/06)

50th Best Public Golf Course in America, Golf Digest, April 2005

Zagat Award, America’s Top Golf Courses, 2006-07

5 Star Rating, Golf Digest Magazine, May 2006 (one of only 17 courses in the US)

Golfweek’s Best, The Classic at Madden’s, #5 in Minnesota (March 2007)

5 Star Rating, Golf Digest “Best Places to Play Guide, August, 2008

Meetings Mid-America Magazine ‘Best of’ Award, 2006, 2008

“Best Resort” Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine (2008, 2010)

Explore Minnesota’s Sustainable Tourism Award (2009)

Number 40 of America’s Best 100 Golf Courses in the Nation, Golf Digest (2009)

Rated 5 Stars, Golf Digest (since 2009)

“Best Value on America’s Top 100 Public Courses,” #24, Golf Digest (2009)

“Best Golf Venue,” Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine (2010)

The Classic at Madden’s, “Top 10 Most Affordable Courses in the Country,” Golf Digest (2010)

Golf Digest’s Green Star Award (2010)

“Best Resort with Meeting Space,” “Best Outstate Venue,” Minnesota Meetings & Events Magazine (2011)

The Classic at Madden’s, 53rd on Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Places You Can Play” (January 2012)

“America’s Top 100 Resort Courses,” #88, Golfweek (2012)

“One Course for the Rest of Your Life,” #24, Golf Channel (2013)

#1 Rated Buddies-Trip Destination in Minnesota, Golf Digest (2013)

GolfWeek’s Top 10 List, Best Courses You Can Play in Minnesota (2014)

MN Meetings & Events Best of Award, Best Social Media Presence (2013)

MN Meetings & Events Best of Award, Best Social Media Presence (2014)

2014 & 2105 Voted “Family Vacation Critic” Favorite –

2015 Business Insider Magazine “Best Hotel in Minnesota”

Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award:  Voted 53rd Best Resort in the World

Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Award:  Voted 12th Best Resort in the Midwest


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