Municipal golf has always been a mixed bag. What you save on greens fees and gasoline is frequently offset in other, pernicious ways: glacial pace of play, beat-to-hell golf courses, and bare-bones amenities. It needn't be so, and as proof we offer Inver Wood. Sprawling across a huge expanse of Inver Grove Heights, Inver Wood boasts an 18-hole championship course, a newly remodeled executive loop, and a number of well-conceived practice areas for honing your chops. Did we mention the friendly and well-appointed clubhouse? Whether you're seeking desperately to break 100 or merely to lie about it over a beer, you'll find the appropriate venue. Serious golfers are drawn to the 18-hole layout, which stands among the toughest muni tests in the area. Tee shots call for craft and daring in equal measure, as trees, sand, and water crowd in from all directions. Nor can redemption be found on the greens, which are fast and well contoured. Among the many outstanding holes is the par-four eighth, a Tour-quality beast to an elevated, well-bunkered green. Take your bogey and run. Equally vexing is the par-five tenth, whose tee shot offers little margin for error. But take heart: There's a refreshment stand on the way to #11, and a fair number of pars and birdies to be had thereafter. Singles can always find a friendly pairing at Inver Wood, and with any luck one of your fellow duffers will tell you where the hell to hit it.