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Tips for Booking Tee Times at the Best Public Golf Courses in Minnesota

Golf ball on tee in front of driver

So, you are looking for a tee time at one of the best public golf courses in Minnesota – one of those higher end courses with the beautiful vistas, great conditioning, and significant challenge – which means there’s a high demand. Getting a tee time is not always as easy as picking up the phone, but that would be a smart place to start. Before you do, though, here are some tips on how to make sure you aren’t shut out from playing one of the many great Minnesota public golf courses.

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Short Game Tips for Beginners

Distance Control Drills to Help Any Golfer

Beginning golfers have a chance to improve quickly at the game, particularly if they start with the right fundamentals. In golf, the best way for a beginner (or anyone, for that matter) to improve is to work on their short game. Most golf pros will tell you that the skills required for a good short game can translate to your entire game and improve your efficiency.Approche green

Chris Foley of Cragun’s Legacy Courses in Brainerd also owns and operates Chris Foley Golf Schools, and he agrees that short game proficiency leads to overall performance.

“You have to cover all aspects of the game,” Foleys says. “Kids, especially, love to hit driver. But you have to come to the realization that the short game – let’s say inside 50 yards – is about 60 percent of our score or more. So if you want to score well, you have to spend some time in that area of your game.”

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Hitting Out of the Junk

How To Hit Out Of Trouble Without Ruining Your Round

Admit it, we’ve all been there. We’ve sliced or duck-hooked into the woods, or the place more affectionately known as “the junk.” We have all made the mental mistakes or poor shots that compound the misery of that first wayward shot – the mistakes that blow up holes and become a round-breaker. But you can save that round by making the right choices and handling the situation better. So, we asked two Minnesota pros for their tips on hitting out of the junk.In The Rough

First Things First

Chris Foley of Cragun’s Legacy Courses in Brainerd and John Kendall from Giants Ridge in Biwabik emphatically agree with what should be the first order of business. “Number one you have to play the percentages and, in effect, take your medicine when you have to,” Foley says. “Your first priority is getting out of that situation.”

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Keys to Creating a Consistent Golf Swing

How to Make Sure Your Swing is Repeatable

Professional golfer Tom Lehman, a Minnesotan long known for his ball striking, was once asked about the golf swing and he told a crowd of spectators that you can swing the club any way you want, as long as it’s something repeatable. He was talking about the importance of a consistent golf swing as a key to success on the course. We would all like a consistent swing like Lehman, but creating one can be pretty complex.

Speaking with a couple local teaching pros, they both agree that there is enough to talk about in creating a consistent golf swing to

fill an encyclopedia. But they did offer some solid thoughts on how to make sure your swing is repeatable.Golfer getting ready to take a shot

It’s All About That Base

John Kendall, manager and pro at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, says that a consistent swing starts with a solid base in your set up.

“The first thing I always look at in a student is their base,” he said. “From the waist down, what’s happening there? Just like any other structure, your foundation is the most important thing, and if that is not sturdy or consistent from swing to swing, there’s no way you are going to be able to return the club back to the ball in a repeatable fashion.”

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Essential Rain Gear for Spring Golf

Gearing up for Spring Golf in Minnesota

If you golf during the spring in Minnesota, it’s very likely you might get wet – even cold and wet.Golf in the Rain Still, with the number of great courses in the state, Minnesotans hate to wait too long to get the season started – so good rain gear is an essential spring accessory. It can be a bit spendy for something you use only occasionally, but well worth the price when spring showers fall. So, here’s our advice on what to look for when gearing up for spring golf in Minnesota.

The primary attributes to look for in rain gear include the following:

  • Breathability
  • Water Resistance
  • Room to Move
  • Cold Weather Protection
  • Lightweight Fabric

If you can get all those at an affordable price, you have shopped well. But according to Clint Roepke, PGA professional at Golf Galaxy in Roseville, “you get what you pay for when it comes to rain gear.”

Material Matters

Roepke says there are lower price points for primarily polyester-fiber rain gear and then higher ones for Gore-Tex, which claim to be breathable and water resistant. All rain gear will ultimately get wet, he says, but Gore-Tex is designed to keep you drier longer.

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