These Minnesota Greens Offer a Challenge While few course in the world can match the difficulty of the greens at Augusta National during the week of the Masters, Minnesota certainly has some greens that can give a golfer fits. Hazeltine…
The Hidden Gems of Minnesota Golf
There are a number of golf courses that grab attention when you mention Minnesota golf courses. Tracks such as the resort courses in Brainerd, the Minnesota Trilogy up north and all the historic courses in the Twin Cities where big-time national tournaments have been played are well known. But Minnesota is home to many great courses, so take a look past the notables and you will come across several Minnesota golf finds that are well worth your attention.
Three great courses located just outside the Twin Cities are Geneva Golf Club in Alexandria, The Territory in St. Cloud and The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City. They are not too far from the big city amenities, but far enough away to find golf in a quiet, rural setting, where you can easily focus on the game.
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Get to Know Golf in the 2016 Ryder Cup Host State
The Ryder Cup is coming to Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016—the first time ever to the state of Minnesota. For fans of the biennial battle between the United States and Europe golf teams who are making the trip to Minnesota, there is plenty to learn—especially if it is your first trip to the land of 10,000 water hazards.
Minnesota, contrary to popular misconception, is not located near the Arctic Circle and therefore under snow and ice for the entire year. We have a very temperate golf season and get six months (often seven months) of great golf weather in the state. At the time of the Ryder Cup, which takes place in mid-to-late September, it is the peak growing season for Minnesota, and many of the local golf courses are in the best shape they are all year long.
Minnesota has some of the most fertile growing land in the country—which is why many immigrants first settled here—and that goes for growing golf courses, as well. Bentgrass fairways and greens are commonplace in the area, making for excellent playing surfaces. In addition, the University of Minnesota Horticulture department has its own turf grass research program, so new strains of weather and disease-resistant grasses are often being tried and implemented on local courses.
Speaking of the golf courses, Minnesota has hundreds of them–many concentrated in the Twin Cities, plus resort courses and incredible tracks secluded in the northern woods. There are many Minnesota courses that appear on national “Best of” lists.
Escape to a Stillwater Golf Club
When you drive into the grounds at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater, you become immediately aware that you are in for a special round of golf. The big welcome sign followed by the beautiful tree-lined drive to the clubhouse raises your anticipation level and jumps tarts the excitement about to take place. And once on the course, StoneRidge Golf Club does not disappoint.
Although StoneRidge (which opened its doors in 2000) is located just off interstate 94 in Stillwater, this excellently conditioned Bobby Weed design will soon make you feel as though were transported somewhere else. The links style StoneRidge course features bentgrass fairways framed by native fescue grass. Large undulating greens and rustic irregular bunkering gives you a sense of playing “across the pond,” here in Minnesota.
Each hole is a beauty-scape, yet the calming countryside should not distract you from the task at hand. Water comes into play on only two holes, but there is sand everywhere—sometimes in massive quantities–to swallow up a pretty decent shot. The large bentgrass greens allow for many entries onto the surface, but once there the beguiling undulations make putting a distinct and interesting adventure.
The par 72 championship track can stretch out to 7,013 yards from the tips and has a considerable slope rating of 74.1/139. That includes the 575-yard, par-5 4th hole, which requires a couple excellent shots for a chance at scoring.