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Golf on a stick? Not really, but if you’re coming to town for the Minnesota State Fair, there’s no reason to leave your clubs at home. No matter where you stay, you won’t be far away from some of our great and challenging public-access golf courses.
So, put down the Pronto Pups and pick up your sticks. If you’re looking for some extra things to do during The Great Minnesota Get Together, here are some of your best choices for golf – including how far they are from the State Fairgrounds.
If You’re Staying Near St. Paul
Prestwick Golf Club
Prestwick Golf Club, in Woodbury, is a great challenge for golfers with its 18 unique holes, exciting elevation changes, and beautiful grounds. Recognized by the National Audubon Society for its arboretum-like environment, Prestwick is a beautiful suburban stroll through a supremely manicured course. 19.3 Miles From The Fair
StoneRidge Golf Club
StoneRidge Golf Club, in Stillwater, is not to be missed if you are staying in the East Metro. Annually ranked the No. 1 Best Twin Cities Course You Can Play by Golfweek magazine, StoneRidge offers an exquisitely maintained course in a bucolic setting with challenging and remarkable holes (including the famous Barn Hole) that you won’t soon forget. 19.6 Miles From The Fair
The Royal Golf Club
The Royal Golf Club, in Lake Elmo, is the newest track on the block. The reimagined Tartan Park Course was designed by two golf legends. With nine holes each designed by the late Arnold Palmer and legendary Annika Sorenstam, the Royal Golf Club took the 18 best holes from the former 27 and created a course fit for a king and queen. 20.1 Miles From The Fair
If Your’s Staying Near Minneapolis
Just to the north of Minneapolis lies Edinburgh U.S.A., which is a Robert Trent Jones II design and a whole lot of fun. You might need your A-game to play this one as it has nearly 70 bunkers, 12 acres of water, and was formerly home to an LPGA Tour event. You will have 16 holes to prepare for the intriguing No. 17, known as “the island hole.” Hopefully, your iron and wedge games are dialed in by then. 16.9 Miles From The Fair
Rush Creek Golf Club
Traveling to the northeast, you will encounter Rush Creek Golf Club, which has also hosted pro tour and elite amateur events. Set near beautiful, rural Maple Grove, this eye-catching course features a stout challenge among gorgeous marshland that gives it its name. And don’t pass up the expansive and stately clubhouse where you can find a great meal or refreshing beer. 24.9 Miles From The Fair
Braemar Golf Course
If you only have time for nine holes, play the beautifully renovated Braemar Golf Course in Edina. Famed course designer Richard Mandell redesigned the popular nine-hole executive course a couple years ago and Edina just re-opened the new 18-hole track this summer. Mendell completely overhauled the previous 27-hole layout, turning it into a gorgeous 18-hole championship course while also restoring and enhancing almost five acres of wetlands. 21.4 Miles From The Fair
Chaska Town Course
Just 30 minutes west of Minneapolis, Chaska Town Course is one of the real gems of the metro area. Recognized as a Top 25 Municipal Course in the USA by Golfweek and rated as a Top 10 golf course in Minnesota by Golf Digest, CTC has the accolades and the chops to back it up. The oak groves, open prairie, and picturesque wetlands are the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the downtown ballpark. 35.6 Miles From The Fair
There are many excellent golfing options in the Twin Cities metro area and all within an hour from the State Fairgrounds. Check them out to be part of the Great Minnesota Golf Together!