45 holes of Minnesota renovation fun
Courtesy of Duininck Golf

45 holes of Minnesota renovation fun

Duininck Golf collaborating with Lehman Design on modifications at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake.


Duininck Golf continues to execute work on the 45-hole renovation at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota.  

“We didn’t take these decisions lightly – to undertake such a major project and, especially, to put it in the hands of PGA legend Tom Lehman and acclaimed builder Duininck Golf,” Cragun’s Resort general manager Eric Peterson said. “Thankfully, we’re getting exactly what we hoped for … and more.”

Cragun’s Resort’s pair of championship courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. – Bobby’s Legacy Course and Dutch Legacy Course – will be modified as part of the work by Lehman Design and Duininck Golf. “We aspire to have 45 holes of world class golf – The Dutch 27 and the Lehman 18, and to be considered the preeminent golf resort in Minnesota,” Peterson said. “No doubt we will achieve this goal.”

Duininck Golf project manager Chris Kleinsmith said: “A project of this size with so many components and such an aggressive schedule requires all parties to be on the same page in construction and communication. The opportunity to build ‘new’ golf is always welcomed.”

Lehman’s new 18 will be “like nothing in Minnesota,” Peterson said. “Tom is an accomplished player, with a gift for visualizing what each hole can be long before it is built,” Kleinsmith added. “It is always very exciting to work with a designer that started out as a tour player.”

Thirty-six holes of new golf will be open by August of 2022, including the new Lehman 18, and the final nine holes of the Dutch 27 will open in the summer of 2023.

“It’s always fun to see what architects see, and to listen to them talk their way through their visions,” project superintendent Jacob Cooper said.