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    Benson Golf Course

    In 1925 the City of Benson opened the Benson Golf Club. The original 9-hole course was expanded in 1979 as an 18 hole course. The original clubhouse was enlarged in 1971 to accommodate weddings, class reunions, business meetings and dances.

    Over the years, the clubhouse and the course have changed, but the original intent has remained the same -bringing together family and friends to enjoy the game of golf, the beautiful outdoors and each other's company.

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    Area History

    If it's history you're interested in, the Benson area has plenty to do and see.

    Ambush Park, the original Benson schoolhouse, Swift County Courthouse, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and the Swift County Historical Society.

    Come see our rich history.

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    Area Recreation

    The Benson area is home to some of the finest recreational opportunities in West Central Minnesota. Our wide variety of summer and winter activities include something for the whole family.

    Some of our great recreation options... Benson Swimming Pool, Benson Golf Course, Ball Fields & Tennis Courts, Ambush Park Mini-golf, 8-lane Bowling Alley, Indoor Swimming pool, Racquetball Center, Hockey Civic Center, Fishing and Groomed snowmobile and cross country ski trails.

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Fast food or something a bit more substantial, we have it.



Wanting to get out in nature, or enjoy a nice quiet room.



There are many unique shopping opportunities in the Benson area.



Summer and winter activities include something for the whole family.

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Visit Showcase

There are many wonderful reasons to come to Benson. Fishing, golfing, recreation or looking for ancestory, there are many in Benson.




At the Benson Golf Club Ribfest we feature 8 local rib cooks, with a fry stand, apple stand, and many local vendors that sell their crafts. With live music playing the whole time it's a great family fun environment for a great price.


Craft Fair

Women's of Today's Holiday Expo and Bingo. Come and and find many different craft items and join in the Bingo Fundraiser the proceeds to go to a worthy charity.


Kid Day

A celebration dedicated to kids, it is a traditional event that takes place each summer on the third weekend in July.


June 14 ................. Pioneerland Band Festival

The Pioneerland Band Festival was started in 1988 and is held on June 14 at 6:30pm, Flag Day, every year. The finest high school marching bands come from all over to compete for cash prizes and trophies.

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Legend of "One-Eyed" Jack

one-eye-jackA local trader developed a man made pond and filled it with rainbow trout. One trout was stronger, healthier and wiser than the rest. The trader was especially fond of this trout and nicknamed him"Jack".

He grew to be the largest and most colorful trout in the pond. He weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds. One day he got into a terrible scrap with a mean Great Blue Heron and lost an eye. After that he was affectionately known as "One-Eyed Jack'.

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