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5 Things We Love About Fall Golf in Minnesota

Fall golf in MinnesotaAs the summer season of golf winds down, and the crisp, cool air of autumn begins to arrive in Minnesota, some local golfers mistakenly start thinking about other things (school, football, winter?) rather than the game. Yet fall is actually the perfect time to play golf in Minnesota, and there are plenty of reasons why. Here are five things we love about fall golf in Minnesota.

1. Course Conditions

Every fall, the golf courses of Minnesota reach their peak in terms of conditioning, and it must be experienced. The weather provides great growing conditions and the sun won’t bake out any areas, so the fairways and greens will be as good you will find anywhere. The only concern will be your ability to hit them in regulation.

2. Comfortable Temperatures

Minnesota is home to hot, humid summers, but those temps are gone with the turning of the season. Fall temperatures are cool, but not cold, and it’s the perfect time for a round that won’t overheat you. You want to be outdoors in the fall, just to experience the temperate climate and the wonderful autumnal smells.

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The Prettiest Golf Course Wedding Venues in Minnesota

Prettiest Golf Course Wedding Venues in MinnesotaDestination weddings are all the rage. Young couples race all over the world to find the perfect setting in which to take their vows for a lifetime. But all the globe trekking for the perfect locale may not be necessary. You can find a great place for your big day right here in Minnesota — at a Minnesota golf course wedding venue.

Many of the golf courses of the EMGA host weddings. The brilliant greens of the fairways appointed by beautiful trees and shimmering waters provide a great wedding setting even before the decorations are set up. And since the courses are right here in Minnesota, more of your intended guests can make the drive to attend.

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How to Fix Your Golf Swing: Things to Keep in Mind

Fix Your Golf Swing

There are many theories on the golf swing. Swinging a golf club is not exactly a natural movement for the human body and there are as many different swings out there as golfers. Tom Lehman once said, it doesn’t matter how you swing, it’s more important that it’s a repeatable swing. Repeating the swing is key because it can get out of whack. And when it does, we need to know how to fix our golf swing.

Where to Start?

The first step to fixing a broken swing is to diagnose what is not working. Plenty can be learned from paying attention to what happens to the ball after it is hit. Does it slice to the right (for a right-hander) or hook to the left? Did you top it and hit a worm burner or hit underneath it and shoot it straight up into the air?

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Golf Deals: Labor Day Specials You Don’t Want to Miss

Labor Day Specials

For many people, Labor Day signals the official end of summer. School is about to start but there’s still time for one last getaway with the family, or possibly one last chance to play some golf. So, grab your clubs and make a tee-time at one of our Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance courses. Here are some that are offering Labor Day specials for golf or lodging (or both) that you won’t want to miss.

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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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A Checklist for the Perfect Northern Minnesota Vacation

Perfect Northern Minnesota VacationMinnesotans love to go up north. That phrase “up north” conjures all kinds of images of relaxation, excitement, and adventure. We have great golf, beautiful deep woods and lakes, ranging from the western border to Lake Superior, and plenty of activities to help put together a memorable northern Minnesota vacation.

Here is a handy checklist to help plan the perfect trip “up north.”

  • A good portion of northern Minnesota is known as the Iron Range, because it has been the source of iron ore for steel mills to ship off in the Great Lakes to the eastern United States. The countryside still has the scars from deep pit mining of decades past and the Iron Range Research Center in Chisholm, Minn., is the place to start if you want to learn about the history of the region.
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Subtleties of Golf Course Etiquette: Some Mistakes You Might Be Making

Walking golf course

In golf, you don’t hit, body check, kick a ball at or even tag out your opponent. The game of golf calls for no physical contact between combatants, whatsoever, other than the occasional high-five when your opponent gets a hole-in-one. It’s a more genteel game, and in addition to its rules, golf has a section in the rule book on “Etiquette: Behavior on the Course.” So, here’s a look at some written and unwritten rules of golf etiquette you may not know that you’re breaking.

A golfer is not penalized for breaking rules of etiquette, since they aren’t actually rules (although consistent breaches can result in the completion committee disqualifying someone). Rather, they are more just ways of playing the game that are agreed upon by most golfers and are designed to help players to “gain maximum enjoyment out of the game,” says the Rules of Golf  book. “The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.”

That said, if you play the game as if no one else exists on the course and only your game matters, you won’t likely be asked back for another round at the member-guest of that excellent and exclusive country club. You can play the game without worrying about the other folks on the course, or you can take a look at few generally accepted rules of etiquette.

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