Waseca Lakeside Club is an 18 hole, Par 71 public golf course located on the northern shore of Clear Lake in Waseca, about 40 minutes east of the city of Mankato.
The practice grounds at Waseca Lakeside are adequate. The property features a small putting green and a large driving range. The putting green rolls very true to what golfers will feel out on the course.
The golf course
Waseca Lakeside Club spans 6,053 yards from the back tees. The course features a slightly unusual setup in relation to par: the front nine is a “normal” par 35 that includes two par threes, a single par five and the remaining holes are par fours. The backside of the course, while amounting to a par of 36, features three par threes, three par fours and three par fives. This makes for a fun variety throughout the round.
Elevation changes are a key component to the golf course. Often, the golfer will be hitting from an elevated tee downhill to the fairway, or from a low fairway to an elevated green. This setup creates an added need to make the right club selection.
There are only two water hazards on the course, not including the club’s pool that is located just behind the first tee! Thirty bunkers are spotted throughout the course, and the majority of them are located near the greens.
The greens at Waseca Lakeside aren’t as quick as some in the area, but provide plenty of break, even on shorter putts. However, their “softer” feel allows approach shots to hold the green very well. If accurate players can take advantage of the soft greens, they will be rewarded with ample birdie opportunities.
The golf course features yardage markers from 200 yards to 100 yards on each side of the fairway, denoted by color coded stakes. It also has 250 yard markers embedded in the fairway of each Par 5.
The clubhouse is very well stocked with apparel, clubs, hats, shoes and other golf necessities. Also, they have sleeves of just about every golf ball available. If you’re curious what ball is right for your game, buying a sleeve or two and testing them at Waseca Lakeside is a very good idea. The staff is very friendly and personable, and the bar is well stocked for a nice visit to the 19th hole.
Waseca Lakeside Club is a golf course that the pros would call “gettable”. In other words, there are many opportunities for golfers to go out and shoot a very good, low round. This makes for a very entertaining and fun day and will keep golfers coming back. If you’ve considered heading out from Mankato to Waseca to play Lakeside, make the trip!