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Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!The 9th Annual Frozen Fore is the “World’s Largest Golf and Snowmobile Charity Event” taking place in the Brainerd Lakes Area on February 21-23, 2014. This 3-day celebration of all things winter, brings together a weekend of activities and fun for adults throughout the state.

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!Friday night begins with the 2nd Annual Frozen Flop (our version of winter swimming), followed by the Tent Party, which is located in the middle of Hole-in-the-Day Bay on Gull Lake. The Tent Party will showcase an ice bar, food and live music performed by Mother’s Hotdish, featuring musicians from Soul Asylum and Prince’s Revolution. Click here to see the band in action at the 2012 Tent Party.

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!Saturday’s “Everyday is a Holiday” event begins where you can jump on provided shuttles, or drive your snowmobiles or vehicles and play nine holes of winter golf at 9 different locations around the Gull Lake. A 4-on-4 Pond Hockey tournament and Digital Scavenger Hunt will also take place during this same time. The Tent Party kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with an ice bar, food and live music from YNOTT and Boogie Wonderland to follow at 9:00 p.m.

Everyday is a Holiday during the 9th Annual Gull Lake Frozen Fore!Finishing the Frozen Fore weekend is Sunday’s Food Fest event, which features a variety of local dining options showcasing flavors from their restaurant in a taste competition  for the best flavors in the area. Proceeds of the weekend event are donated to Confidence Learning Center, Mount Ski Gull, Blue Line Club & Kids Against Hunger – Brainerd Lakes Area.

This year, KFAN’s Paul “MeatSauce” Lambert, KDWB’s Falen and the Powerloon’s Mac will be the emcees of the weekend’s activities with MeatSauce presenting his show LIVE from Grand View Lodge on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.!

If you’re interested in participating in this fun and charitable event you can buy tickets for $45/person or $50/person weekend of and can be purchased online at www.GullLakeFrozenFore.com, or at any of the sponsoring locations. And If you want to be in the center of all the action, make sure you book your room now! Accommodations start at $160/night and not only will you receive deluxe lodging with breakfast daily, but also have access to all the weekend’s activities, amenities and shuttle service.

Grand View Lodge to host Red Cross blood drive – Area businesses asked to participate in Oct. 23 event

NISSWA — The American Red Cross is coming to Nisswa this month and asking all local businesses to consider partnering with Grand View Lodge, which is donating the space and canteen for the event.

The blood drive is planned noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Gull Lake Center at Grand View Lodge. Any businesses interested in blood donation should contact Sue Manders at susan.manders@grandviewlodge.com or at 218-963-8758. Participants are asked to contact Manders by Oct. 19, to ensure staffing support by the Red Cross.

In an effort to say thank you to all donors, Grand View Lodge is offering each donor an entry into a drawing to receive one of the following: two 18-hole rounds of golf for two at The Pines or The Preserve, two dinners for two at the Lodge Dining Room, two one-hour massages at Glacial Water Spa, or one overnight stay for four with breakfast.

Also, if a donor brings a friend, they’ll receive two entries into the drawing.

One pint can save three lives, according to the American Red Cross.

GOLFtoberfest – A Weekend of Golf, Music and Fun

Last years festivities included Martin Zellar and the Hardways!

The third annual KFAN GOLFtoberfest sponsored by Schell’s Brewing Company, Grain Belt,  Buffalo Wild Wings, Boats n Beyond Rentals, Ticket King, Gopher Sports, and Chipotle will be held October 12 -14 at Grand View Lodge and its three championship golf courses – The Pines, The Preserve and Deacon’s Lodge. The fun-filled weekend includes deluxe lodging, breakfast daily and unlimited golf with carts at all three courses.

Also included in the package is the Saturday night party, which includes FREE food, drinks, giveaways, and a FREE concert performed by Rocket Club, the Minneapolis-based band who recently performed at the 2012 WE Fest this last August. Mother’s Hotdish, featuring Mark Mraz and George Scott Mckelvey, will open the 5-hour music filled evening.

This whole weekend package is only $299 per person.

KFAN Chris Hawkey’s band Rocket Club will be the headliner at the show! Check out their latest single “North Country” on YouTube.

If you’re not a die-hard golfer, there are non-golfer package rates available.  And if you’re looking for just a fun night out, the concert is FREE to the public. The only cost involved will be food and drinks for those not on the GOLFtoberfest package. We welcome you to join us in this weekend tribute to golf and celebration of music and fun.

For more information, please click here 

NOTE: If you want to stay one more day, Sunday is our $49 per person Overnight Tailgate Party which features an extra night of deluxe lodging, breakfast and huge party in the Northwoods Pub for the Vikings game at 3p.m. and the Packers game at 7p.m. Food and drink specials will be available, PLUS each person on the Tailgate Package will have a chance to win 4 lower level tickets Vikings vs. Packers home game in December (Drawing will take place at 6 p.m.).

Young Golfers Unite / Online Tee Times

Grand View Lodge is excited to offer a summer-filled with golf for the next generation of pros – our children! We also offer “rookie” clinics for beginner adult golfers for just $25 per person, held every Wednesday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. If your child is age 5-15, they can also join the free junior clinics, which are held every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you’re coming to enjoy a day of golf at Grand View Lodge, make sure to bring your little golfer along! We offer free golf for all juniors (age 5-15) at the Garden Course, which features a kids tee box and 6” cups on each green, or young golfers pay $10 golf at the Pines or Preserve (age 10-15) with a paid adult – all season long!

Clinics and free lessons start on May 26 and run until September 2. “Our clinics are designed to fill the knowledge gap whether it’s as simple as correcting a golf swing, to more in-depth skills and techniques that can make or break your game,” said Jack Wawro, The Pines Head Golf Pro. “Most times, guests just need a couple hints to improve their stance and swing to help them really enjoy the game.” All summer clinics are held at the Pines’ driving range and ask guests to meet in the Pines’ clubhouse 15 minutes prior to the session start. Contact Jack Wawro at 218-963-8741 for more information about signing up for the clinics and free lessons.

Need to make a tee time? We have a few new ways to do that.

1.) Download the free Grand View Golf App on your iPhone, iPad or Android. From the App, you can book your online tee times for any of our courses by selecting your course logo of choice whether it be The Pines, The Preserve or Deacon’s Lodge. After registration, you will find live tee times and pricing currently available, as well as receive special offers, such as $10 off your first booked tee time, given exclusively to Grand View App Golfers!

2.) Book on our Facebook pages. Each of the courses – The Pines, The Preserve and Deacon’s Lodge – has their own Facebook pages to announce Facebook-only specials and contests. ‘Like us’ and you can book your tee times from the “Online Tee Times” button at the top of the page.

3.) Book on our website at www.grandviewgolf.com. Here, you can login by creating a username or login using your Facebook account at all three courses. No matter which method you use, you will only need one username for all. Easy and simple to use, plus allows you the ability to track your play throughout the year.

4.) Call direct to 1-888-437-4637 and book your desired tee time. However you prefer we look forward to seeing you on the course this summer.

Swing Into Spring with Golf Week

Golfers get ready. Grand View Lodge will be celebrating Golf Week May 28th through June 11th.  Dedicating two weeks to the world of golf and the people that love game, the resort will feature a two day tournament, grand opening and ribbon cutting by Fred Boos of the new Lakes 9 at The Pines, golf specials and theme days as well as the introduction of Grand View Lodge’s new online booking app for mobile phones, websites and Facebook.

Festivities will kick off Monday the 28th with a ribbon cutting by Fred Boos at the New Lakes 9 at The Pines.  Fred Boos changed the face of golf forever in the Brainerd Lakes Area in 1990 when he brought in legendary golf architect, Joel Goldstrand, to build a championship course.  One of three of the resort’s renowned courses, The Pines, will open its Lakes 9 course for the first time this year with new renovations including restricted tee boxes on 14 holes, scenic rock walls, added yardage and major enhancements to the property’s signature hole, Lakes #7.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by the Lodge’s 21st Annual Fred-Mark Charity Invitational, taking place Monday, May 28th through Tuesday, May 29th at the property’s championship courses, The Pines, The Preserve and Deacon’s Lodge.  Proceeds from this event will benefit Bridges of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization which links families to community supports and resources.  The two-day tournament will feature putting contests, tee prizes, as well as silent and live auction items including sporting event tickets, resort stays, memorabilia and leisure packages.

“Golf has always been an important aspect of Grand View Lodge.  Therefore, we wanted to create an event that showed golfers not only our appreciation for the game, but also showcase the newest amenities and services that we have to offer,” said Jack Wawro,  head pro at The Pines at Grand View Lodge.  “From our newest renovations and tournaments to our online application and special prices, we want to show our guests and the public that we love the game just as much as they do.”

Other activities taking place include, the release of Grand View Lodge’s new online booking app for mobile phones, websites and Facebook, allowing golfers to make their tee times, receive specials and track their play throughout the year.  The app is available for free download from any mobile app store, search GrandViewGolf or via grandviewgolf.com and the resort’s Facebook page.

Furthermore, discounted prices and free clinics will be offered for young golfers as well as theme days and specials at each of the property’s championship courses.  At the main property, Lodge employees will be dressed to honor the great game with a variety of golf-themed activities, including special menu items at several onsite restaurants and golf-themed spa specials.

Get ready to hit the links for this 14 day celebration. Affordable Golf Week packages and rates are available online at www.grandviewlodge.com or call 866-801-2951 to book now.

Fresh Look. Fresh Flavors. The New and Improved Lodge Dining Room.

Grand Opening for a Good Cause
Our newest dining venue, the Lodge Dining Room, will hold its Grand Opening for a Good Cause, Friday, May 18th, 2012.  Donating proceeds of dinner and wine sales to Bridges of Hope, a nonprofit organization that links families to community supports and resources, the event is open to both resort members and the general public.

Featuring a tasting menu of a variety of flavors including: Wild Acres Smoked Pheasant Salad, Star Prairie Rainbow Trout, Braised Bison ribs and Blue Gill Chips as well as dessert, the cost is $60 per couple.  Furthermore, a “wine pull” for $10 per cork will offer attendees the opportunity to win a variety of bottled wine ranging in prices. If interested in celebrating the Lodge Dining Room’s Grand Opening for a Good Cause, please call 218-963-8756 for reservations.

The History
In 1916, the first guests arrived at the Historic Grand View Lodge. Back then families came to escape the city life and unwind. Today, almost 100 years later, our guests still seek that same tranquility, returning again and again to relax, slow down and create a lifetime of memories.

The original craftsmen who built the lodge (1918-1921) made it a haven for the weary traveler with the dining room being a lodge centerpiece and the main eating area for guests.

So when it came time to renovate the dining room in 2012, careful not to disturb the historic integrity of the space, the remodel included designers and craftsman that could easily replicate and preserve the ambiance, seamlessly blending with the property’s nearly century old lodge. In keeping within the guidelines of the National Registry of Historic Places, the Hearth Room Design Group of Brainerd envisioned and designed the millwork and furniture to blend seamlessly with our nearly century old lodge.

“Our history is such an important component of Grand View Lodge,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager of Grand View Lodge. “When we created our vision for the remodel, we were certain that we maintained the rustic surroundings of the resort experience.”


The Design
Next, we commissioned Northshore Wood Products of Duluth, Minnesota, a company which specializes in historic lodge renovations, to create our vision and maintain the rustic surroundings of the Grand View Lodge experience. Northshore selected reclaimed white pine from the Peavey grain elevators in Superior, Wisconsin. When the elevator was constructed in 1878, the builders used 300 to 400 year old white pine from the surrounding forests of northern Minnesota. Though the renovations are new, Northshore’s craftsmanship paired with this old growth reclaimed timber maintains the time-honored traditions of yesteryear.

Barry Nelson, artist and owner of Bear Rustic Furniture in northern Minnesota, was commissioned to recreate the focal point of the dining room, the fireplace, as well as produce picture frames that kept in theme with the rest of the room’s historical features. Using alder sticks and different colors of birch bark, both the fireplace and frames have the same style. Adorned with intricately placed pine cones designed in different patterns and a mantel clock made with walnut woods, birch bark and sticks, the frames and center point fireplace set the tone of the room, giving it the same rustic, up-North cabin comfort finish that encompasses the entire property.

Executive Chef Michael Manders runs all eight dining venues at Grand View Lodge collaborating with all his chefs on menus, flavors and presentation.

The Menu
Much like the area’s new décor and special details, including a fireplace and frames molded from alder sticks and birch bark, the new Lodge Dining Room menu features a unique variety of cuisine in what Executive Chef Michael Manders calls, “Classics to Comforts,” a collage of Grand View’s traditional dining favorites, with a spin-off unique Midwestern fare. While the menu boasts the freshest local flavors and ingredients, which includes several classics such as the 8oz top sirloin with blue cheese crust or the famous Cote family walleye. It also features entrée’s such as the wild acres rotisserie chicken with rosemary jus or the grilled star prairie rainbow trout covered in toasted almonds and chipotle honey; all of which are unique in that they’re created with as much local produce, meat and dairy as possible.  “Were making it a real focus to improve the overall dining experience,” says Manders, “we want to provide nostalgia for guests past while catering to the present and future Grand View visitors. We are providing a sense of familiarity, comfort and history, an overall experience we want our guests to feel when staying with us.”

Take in the Historic Grand View Lodge, where old and new are seamlessly combined to give our guests the authentic Northwood’s experience. Relax…sit back… and enjoy the grand view.

Grand View Lodge recognized as one of Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World by Condé Nast Traveler

Nisswa, Minnesota-based Grand View Lodge is excited to announce that it has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World.  Readers determined winners through the 16th annual golf poll, recommending those they consider to be the world’s most gorgeous golf for all skills levels, in addition to unbeatable lodging, food and service.

In addition, Grand View Lodge ranked fourth (moving up two spots from sixth last year), on the Top 10 Northern U.S. Golf Resorts list. Grand View Lodge shares the top five with some of the world’s most renowned five star resorts, such as the American Club in Kohler Wisconsin, and the Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont.  The resorts were judged on eight criteria, including course design and access, golf staff and services, rooms, service, food and dining, location, overall design, and activities and facilities.

“We could not be more thrilled to receive both of these rankings. First as one of the top golf resorts in the world and then as one of the top five in the Northern U.S., it’s a huge honor,” said Mark Ronnei, general manager at Grand View Lodge. “We strive to provide an exceptional golf experience, and it’s wonderful to be recognized as a global destination.”

Grand View Lodge offers resort golf through golf packages, golf vacations, a day of golf or single golf game on four distinct courses, including The Pines, The Preserve, Deacon’s Lodge and The Garden. The Pines, a portion of which (Lakes 9) is currently being renovated to include new tee boxes, rock walls and other features, provides three 9-hole courses in Minnesota’s rich forest landscape. The Preserve melds golf and nature in an 18-hole, par 72, championship course featuring eleven elevated tees placed within forests and wetlands. The Deacon’s Lodge, designed by Arnold Palmer, is a par 72, championship course featuring 18-holes and Bentgrass greens, tees and fairways spanning across 500 acres of forest, wetlands and lakes. The Garden, originally created in the 1930’s, is located on the main grounds and provides a relaxing 9-hole, par 35 course.