100 Holes of Golf Available in Edina
is one of Edinas favorite pastimes, and the City is home to a municipal
golf course, two private country clubs and a putting course at Centennial
Braemar Park is 500 acres of beautiful rolling hills and scenic lakes surrounded by untouched oak ridges, promoting a sense of seclusion in an urban setting. Braemar has received national attention for hosting the 1969 Minnesota Classic, one of only four PGA events hosted on a public golf course that year. In 1979, Braemar hosted the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links Championship. The local course has also hosted the Minnesota Senior Open, the Minnesota Public Links Championship and the Minnesota Womens Amateur Public Links. Braemar is also home to more than 30 womens and mens leagues that play there regularly.
Golf Digest magazine selected Braemar as one of 75 Best Public Golf Courses
in the United States.
The courses gently rolling terrain and wide variety of trees ensures that each round is a challenge to any golfer. The course, known as one of Minnesotas finest, has hosted a number of state and national championships over the years, including the Mens and Womens Trans-Miss, the 2000 MWGA Womens Amateur Championship and the 2001 MGA Mid-Amateur and PGA-MGA Cup Matches.
6,768-yard, par-73 course offers many amenities including a two-ended
driving range, chipping and pitching practice green and two putting practice
greens. Lessons from ECC instructors are also available. Edina Country
Club is located at 5100 Wooddale Ave. S.
Interlachen offers the beauty and solitude of a tree-lined, 18-hole championship golf course set in an urban environment. The current par-73 course was designed by Donald Ross in 1920, and includes 14 bodies of water and 93 bunkers. More than 2,500 trees line the 6,800-yard course spread over 280 acres of club property.
Interlachen also offers
an outdoor driving range and lessons from Ladies Professional Golf Association
and Professional Golf Association golf professionals.
The Park also features championship-caliber croquet and lawn bowling courts for rent by the hour. Rental price includes all equipment to play either game.
The putting course and lawn games area, located at 7499 France Ave. S., are open from early May through the end of September. Please call 952-832-6792 for seasonal hours.
Splash into summer at the recently renovated Edina Aquatic Center.
Swoosh down a twisting body slide or inner-tube flume, glide over the water on an exciting cable ride, splash and play in a zero-depth childrens area or climb in a tree house-themed dry play area. The Edina Aquatic Center, located in Rosland Park on West 66th Street, offers summer fun to water lovers of all ages.
A waterslide tower featuring a 207-foot body slide and 300-foot inner tube slide (with single and double tubes) is easily seen from Minnesota Highway 62. Both slides are fully enclosed at the top and open one-third the way down, emptying into a plunge pool separate from the Aquatic Centers main body of water.
A themed cable ride is another prominent feature of the Aquatic Center. Daring young swimmers can fly across the water on the cable ride. Riders climb aboard a 10-foot platform (built by Themescapes to look like a ships bow), and grasp a bar to glide over the pool. The ride ends with a splash into the water.
When its time for a break, swimmers can relax in lounge chairs, take shelter under large shade umbrellas or exercise their imaginations at a themed dry playground. The focal point of the dry play area is a large tree with a climb-through center and lookout tower. The tree features two platforms with slides, as well as a bridge to a second tree. Monkey bars - with a hippopotamus and alligator waiting below are attached to a third tree. The play area also features a crawl-through log, toddler slide and spider web.
The always-popular childrens pool features spiral and tunnel slides, a tire swing, sprays, fountains and other water-in-motion amenities. For easy entry, water depth begins at zero and increases to 18 inches. A full-service concessions area, located near the childrens pool, offers light meals and snacks.
The Aquatic Center is tentatively scheduled to open for the 2004 season June 12.
At the heart of the
park is the lush plantscape, carefully designed to resemble a Northwoods
forest instead of the tropical look of most interior landscaping. The
park features more than 100 trees, some reaching heights of 40 feet or
more, scattered throughout the interior. Stone pathways traverse the park
and lead to a grotto area complete with a pond and small waterfalls.
Music, dance, theater and visual art performances take place in a 250-seat Greek-style amphitheater. The Sunday night concert series and noon childrens programs are longtime favorites of park patrons. Because of its romantic setting, the park and amphitheater also host more than 70 wedding ceremonies and receptions per year. The park and amphitheater are available for rental on Friday evenings.
The recreational aspect of the park has drawn people of all ages to the park for many years. The park has a small track and exercise area, plus a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool to provide both fun and fitness. A multi-purpose area is used for Edina Athletic Association basketball and volleyball leagues. At other times, this same area is filled with children playing with the balls, scooters, games and jumpers set out especially for them.
On the far end of the park lies Adventure Peak, the Midwests largest indoor playground. Towering more than 36 feet tall, the Peak is a 44-by-44-foot seven level Northwoods adventure. Climb into the 30-foot tall oak tree, slide down one of the four giant tube slides or wash down the triple wave slide. Glide across the canyon on the trolley glide or swing across the swamp. If you dare, venture to the top of Adventure Peak for an eagles eye view of the park.
There are also many great areas for the toddlers to explore. The tot area includes tubes, play panels and an air bounce for the little ones, and a separate play area has swings and slides geared just for tots. All of these activities add up to hours of energetic fun for kids and parents alike.
Edinborough Park is closely related to Centennial Lakes Park. Both are multi-use developments with public and private components. A four-story office tower, Edina Park Plaza (for senior living) and Marriott Residence Inn (Edinas only hotel) are all attached to Edinborough Park.
At the Residence Inn Edina, the extended-stay experience has been perfected by combining all the comforts of home, making every guest feel welcome. The hotels 133 suites offer separate living and sleeping areas, plenty of space for relaxing, entertaining or conducting business with high-speed Internet available in most suites. A fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are all included to make a guests stay feel like home.
For more information on Edinborough Park, visit www.EdinboroughPark.com or call 952-832-6790.
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