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2016 Ryder Cup: The Greatest Stage for Minnesota Golf

20160929_093238For one spectacular week in late September and early October, Minnesota was the center of the golf world. And boy did Minnesota shine!

As the first foursome took to the tee for the opening shots of the 2016 Ryder Cup, a thick fog blanketed the fairways across Hazeltine National Golf Club, and the cool damp air soaked into the spectators as they awaited the start of play in overwhelming delight. Chilly temperatures early in the week gave way to brilliant blue skies, warm breezes, and nostalgic Indian summer afternoons. The Ryder Cup was here, along with the world’s best golfers, creating the greatest stage for Minnesota golf and both were up to the challenge.

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Best Golf Courses in the Twin Cities for Fall Golf

Best Golf Courses in the Twin Cities for Fall Golf

As the sultry heat of a Minnesota summer dissipates and gives way to the temperate glory of fall, you may hear the following question: What are the best courses in the Twin Cities for fall golf? If you are ever asked that question, the answer is easy: any of them. Fall is arguably the best time to play golf in Minnesota, so you generally won’t go wrong choosing one.

As in all things, though, some are better than others. And if you are looking for the best places to play golf in the Twin Cities, the golf courses of the Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance have that in spades. The course conditioning this time of year is top-notch, the weather could not be better, and the splendor of the turning trees in one of the most beautiful urban areas in the country are three of the best reasons to tee it up in the Twin Cities in the fall.

Here is a list of some great courses for fall golf in the Twin Cities, where the green fairways are complemented by shimmering blue waters and blazing autumn colors:

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How to Plan for Ryder Cup Weather

How to Plan for Ryder Cup WeatherThe 2016 Ryder Cup comes to Minnesota in (very) late September. That may have some of the planners of the event shivering in fear over what the weather might bring. But for golf fans coming to Hazeltine National Golf Club to enjoy the event, it just takes a little preparation and foreknowledge to plan for Ryder Cup weather in Minnesota — and we have that here.

What is fall golf like in Minnesota?

Every fall, my extended family has a golf outing on the last weekend in September (planned for then because we are a group with varying degrees of golf skills and don’t want to clog up courses during peak summer play), and honestly we have a seen a wide range of weather over the years — including snow pellets shaped like tiny golf balls on one occasion. But in general, we have experienced golf in, arguably, some of the finest weather of the season.

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