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For Minnesota golfers the greatest gift you could give is the gift of golf. As in an actual round of golf! This season local “linksters” were granted that unique opportunity with unseasonably warm temperatures. However, this is the exception to the rule here in the hinterlands and we’ve become accustomed to a much more traditional form of gift giving at this time of year. So, if you’re searching for the ideal gift for the golfer in your life, check out these suggestions:
Before you get too carried away, we’re not talking about membership to some stuffy private golf club. Instead, we recommend membership to a quality public golf course that offers 18-holes of championship golf and amenities that make you feel like you’re at a private country club. Depending on the facility, full golf privileges, including range fees and a locker could cost anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 per year. Sure, it’s not exactly a stocking stuffer price tag, however, keep in mind, this is unlimited golf for the fanatic in your household.
Here in Minnesota, we’re always hoping for that one last round of golf before the snow flies — and this season we were still playing into November. As a result, we might put off cleaning our golf clubs, and once the snow starts falling we forget about that job and store them for the winter. (Writing this story reminded me about my neglected sticks.) So here are a few tips on how to clean your clubs and put them away for the offseason x(or at least until it’s time to jump on the plane and head south).
There are a number of ways to clean your clubs. In fact, you should be doing it after every round of golf. (One golfer commenting online offered this advice: “After every shot I just take the time to completely clean the head of the club via a wet towel and make sure the grooves are totally clear.” That may be fine if you have the course to yourself, but the rest of us would like to play 18 holes in under five hours.)
It was a long summer golf season in Minnesota filled with great weather, excellent conditions, and many rounds — a boon for golfers and golf courses alike.
But try as we may to extend those Minnesota golf rounds into late fall (or even early November), the cold winds of winter will eventually shut it down. But you don’t have to stop swinging a club just because the snow is flying.
There are numerous golf domes, golf simulators and indoor golf facilities to keep the good golf season going all winter long. In some cases, you may have to drive a bit, but there are so many facilities in Minnesota, you won’t have to go far to stay in the swing.
Before you head out to swing a club, keep in mind a few ideas worth considering for your winter practice.
Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., has hosted some big tournaments in its history, from national amateurs to professional majors.
But nothing approaches the immensity of the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches that will take place there one year from now. You can get a sense if it by watching the President’s Cup Matches this year, but nothing in golf surpasses the competition of the Ryder Cup.
“The pressure coming down the stretch in a major is nothing compared to a Ryder Cup,” European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke told reporters at Hazeltine. “It’s an experience that stays with you forever.”
Golfers love to watch golf. Non-golfers don’t understand it, but golfers do get the drama of a big tournament.
Most golfers, however, can only watch so much golf before they need to get into the action themselves. So, when thousands of golfers descend on the Twin Cities next fall to watch the Ryder Cup Matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club, they are going to want to hit the links, as well. Here is our quick primer on where to play golf near Hazeltine.
As a football writer and lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings, it is difficult to write a story about playing golf rather than watching football on Sundays. But the truth of the matter is, Sundays in the fall are a great time to play golf in Minnesota — and it’s often better than watching football.
That’s hard to believe when football is such a popular sport, and you have four fantasy football teams to preside over all Sunday afternoon. But let’s be honest, your vigilance in front of the television has absolutely nothing to do with the outcome of those games, and you could shoot you next best round this coming Sunday. Don’t wait until your team’s bye week to play golf—play this Sunday. Here are the top 5 reasons it’s better to golf than watch football on Sundays.