After years of watching Majors at Hazeltine National and Champions Tour Events at TPC Twin Cities, Minnesota will finally have a PGA Tour stop of its own, when the 3M Open begins play July 4-7 in Blaine.
Top players like Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and Patrick Reed are committed to playing at TPC Twin Cities, which had been a favorite of the players on the Champions Tour players when it hosted their event.
Tickets for the event are still available, and children 17 and under will be admitted for free. So, if you’re coming to Minnesota to enjoy 3M Open, why not bring your clubs? Depending on where you stay, here are some convenient places to play:
- Edinburgh USA – Designed by Robert Trent Jones II and operated by the Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks Department, Edinburgh USA is a Scottish design with nearly 70 bunkers and 12 acres of water featuring an island fairway, a peninsula green, and one of the world’s largest putting surfaces. The 40,000 square foot triple green combines holes 9 and 18, and the practice green.
- Rush Creek – A public course with a private club feel, Rush Creek is the former home to the Minnesota LPGA and the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Rush Creek’s expansive fairways invite bold drives but are surrounded by wetlands on 14 holes to test a player’s skill and resolve.
- Twin Cities Gateway – TPC Twin Cities is one of the Gateway’s 10 quality golf courses all located within minutes of Minneapolis and St. Paul, stretching from Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids to Majestic Oaks in Ham Lake. Click here for the full list of courses.
- Prestwick – Recognized by the National Audubon Society for its arboretum-like environment, Prestwick is a feast for the eyes and an exciting test for golfers. This re-mastered championship track provides distinctive golf holes and presents a new challenge around every turn.
- StoneRidge – Featuring bentgrass fairways framed by native fescue grass, StoneRidge mixes the best of Minnesota and Scottish golf, with a links-style course built on former farmland. The large undulating greens and irregular rustic bunkering give you a sense of playing “across the pond,” while the old barn that adorns the route to the 11th green (and might make you re-route your approach shot) is a pure slice of Minnesota.
- Royal Club – Set in the beautiful rolling hills of the St. Croix River Valley, along the shore of Horseshoe Lake, the Royal Club was co-designed by legendary golf pros Arnold Palmer and Annika Sörenstam. The first nine holes, known as the Queen’s Nine, were designed by Sorenstam, and the back nine, known as the King’s Nine, were designed by the Arnie.
- Braemar – Minnesota’s newest golf experience is at a very familiar location. Edina recently opened the New Braemar Golf Course, the first new regulation 18-hole golf course in Minnesota in more than a decade. What was once a 27-hole layout is now an 18-hole course located among 500 acres of rolling hills and scenic lakes in Edina’s Braemar Park. Golf Architect Richard Mandell made an environmental statement by restoring and enhancing almost five acres of wetlands within the course while creating more than 32-acres of wetland buffer.
By now you may be realizing Minnesota has almost as many challenging, interesting golf course as we have 10,000 lakes. So act like the pros and pack your clubs when you visit Minnesota – we have so many great places to play!