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FLIGHTS

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport 
Icelandair

WHERE TO STAY

Radisson Hotel
Bloomington by Mall of America
W: radissonmallofamerica.com

Madden’s Resort
Brainerd
W: maddens.com

Westin Edina Galleria hotel
Edina
W: westinedinagalleria.com

Comfort Suites Canal Park hotel
Duluth
W: choicehotels.com

Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Tower
W: fortunebay.com

Villas at Giants Ridge
Biwabik
W: villasatgiantsridge.com


WHERE TO EAT

Split Rock Grill
Radisson Hotel
Bloomington
W: radissonmallofamerica.com

Mancini’s Char House & Lounge
Saint Paul
W: mancinis.com

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
Bloomington
W: firelakerestaurant.com

The Capital Grille
Minneapolis
W: thecapitalgrille.com

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
Edina
W: westinedinagalleria.com/
edina-minnesota-restaurants

Surly’s Microbrewery
Minneapolis
W: surlybrewing.com

Canal Park Brewing Co
Duluth
W: canalparkbrewery.com

Sunset Steakhouse
Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Tower
W: fortunebay.com/dining/sunset


THINGS TO DO

Mall of America
Bloomington
W: mallofamerica.com

Gallaria Edina
Edina
W: galleriaedina.com

WHERE TO PLAY
Hazeltine National, Chaska
W: hazeltinenational.com

Legends GC, Prior Lake
W: legendsgc.com

The Classic, Brainerd
W: maddens.com/the-classic-
course.html

The Pines, Nisswa
W: grandviewlodge.com/golf-course

Keller GC, Maplewood
W: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/golf/
Pages/Keller-Golf-Course.aspx

The Wilderness, Tower
W: golfthewilderness.com

The Legend, Biwabik
W: giantsridge.com/legend.html

The Quarry, Biwabik
W: giantsridge.com/index.php


 

 

Hazeltine National Golf Club, Minnesota, USA
Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, Ryder Cup signage

It's not everyday you get to tee it up at a Ryder Cup venue and with one year to go until the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, I am walking into the clubhouse as Davis Love III passes me on the way to today's captains press conference with Darren Clarke, and after listening to the captains answer questions from around the world, I head out to the 11th tee for a shot gun start.

I look up at the marker post that is telling me itís a par 5 of 605-yards and I am informed by one of my playing partners that itís not the longest hole that I will be playing today! In all there are two other holes over the 600-yard mark with the 15th being the longest at 645-yards.

You have guessed it Hazeltine National is a beast of a course and weighs in at a staggering 7,674 yards. To be fair to Hazeltine I do think it will make a great Ryder Cup venue, the facilities are fantastic and the greens are fast and true Ė they were running at 13 on the stimpmeter today and will be running at 14 once the Ryder Cup gets underway.

The routing of the course is different for the Ryder Cup than it has been for the US Open and the PGA Championships that have been held here before. The TV cameras will mainly be focused on the holes by lake Hazeltine and I have to say that is the section of the course I enjoyed the most, with the 402 yard 7th and the 452-yard 10th with the 402-yard 15th on the Ryder Cup back nine.

The 7th is played right along Lake Hazeltine to a green that sits on its own peninsula. Hazeltine National hosted the 1991 US Open Championship which was won by Payne Stewart and they have built a bridge in his memory just before you reach the fairway. Itís a nice touch by the club and I think the perfect hole to have that memorial and plaque.

The 10th is a great hole, you play your drive to the top to the corner of this dogleg left and as I reach my ball and look down to the green that sits some 60 feet below again with Lake Hazeltine as its backdrop, it really is going to look the perfect setting on TV.

What I will say about Hazeltine National is for the average golfer it is a long slog of a course from the back tees, but there are six teeing options and I would suggest you play from one of those to get the maximum enjoyment from the course.



Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The 10th and 7th holes on Lake Hazeltine Top: Ryder Cup sign posting. Above: 10th hole with Lake Hazeltine and the 7th in the Background

Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, 7th holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, 15th holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, 17th hole

On Lake Hazeltine the 7th holespacerLooking back down the 15th spacer The par 3, 17th Green

All photos taken on the day of play © James mason planetgolfreview



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