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What Ryder Cup Fans Need to Know About Minnesota Golf

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.

Salamanca signpost along a rural roadMinnesota, 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.

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Why Minnesota Golf and the Fourth of July Go Together

Experience Summer Golf in Minnesota

It’s mid-summer in Minnesota and the heat is starting to crank up. Home air conditioners may be humming, but you shouldn’t be inside – the summer is short. The Fourth of July is upon us, and everyone is making preparations for family get-togethers, so that’s why you should be on the golf course in Minnesota. The Fourth of July is a great time to go golfing in the Midwest.  4th of July picnic with colors of red, white and blue.

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The Wilds Golf Club: One of the top golf courses in Minnesota

Since the doors opened in 1995, The Wilds has been the benchmark of a quality golf experience in the Twin Cities. Located about 30-minutes southwest of Minneapolis and less than 30-minutes from the MSP International Airport, it’s simple to get to The Wilds. Hole after hole, your game will be challenged all the while soaking up a natural Minnesota setting. We recently caught up with The Wilds General Manager, Shad Gordon, and asked him to share his thoughts on one of the top golf courses in Minnesota.Close up view of golf ball on tee on golf course

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Minnesota Golf: Rush Creek Golf Club

A Premier Golf Course in Minnesota

In Minnesota golf, Rush Creek Golf Club is well-known for its exceptional service and challenging holes. Rush Creek has hosted 3-LPGA events and in 2004 hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Widely considered one of the best golf courses in Minnesota and in the Midwest, we visited with Jay Meyerhoff, the Head PGA Professional, who shared with us his thoughts on why Rush Creek is worth visiting.

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Member Spotlight: Rush Creek Golf Club

Close up view of golf ball on tee on golf course

Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota is strategically placed amidst wandering, rush-filled marshlands, making it an oasis of natural beauty. This 7,306-yard, par-72 golf course is a premier public golf course with a private club feel. The expansive fairways invite golfers to hit bold drives, while the greens feature tough pin placements, requiring exceptional accuracy. Rush Creek is the former home to the Minnesota LPGA and U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

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