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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


 

 

Keller Golf Club, Minnesota, USA
Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Keller Golf Club, 1st hole

There are not many courses that were designed by a Civil Engineer that have held PGA Tour tournaments on them, let alone major championships, not only that but a course that can boost a winners board that includes Sam Snead, Ray Floyd, Doug Sanders, Horton Smith and Jimmy Demeret.

The Keller Golf Club in St Pauls hosted the St Pauls Open between 1930 – 1968 and has also hosted the PGA Championship twice! Not bad for a course that measures just 6,675-yards from the tips, when you put that into comparison with Hazeltine National - that will host the 2016 Ryder Cup, weighing in at a staggering 7,674-yards - it just shows you how the game has moved on.

But as I stand on the first tee on a hole that measures 332-yards, with the sun just rising, above the horizon you can instantly see that this is a course that can wear its history in the game with pride. It’s a gentle start to the round but don’t be fooled by its length, put your ball in the wrong place and a bogey or worse is going down on your scorecard.

Standing on the second tee from its elevated position, I am informed the bunker I am looking at that splits the fairway was a new addition during the recent renovations, and you have to decide what angle you want to attack the flag from, but I also think it is a good addition and makes you think more about how you want to play the hole.

The back nine is really strong and when you start the run of holes from the 8th you certainly know you are playing a stunning course, the setting is beautiful. Standing on the Par 5, 12th hole I am told there used to be a sign stating “Golfers where liable for any accidents caused!!” Apparently some golfers used to try and reach the Lake across the highway from the elevated tee – probably not a good idea.

Unfortunately they have been aerating the greens, this week but you can see they will again be running quick and true come the summer months. I think the original designer Paul Coates – Richard Mandell undertook a renovation in 2014 – has done an excellent job, both aesthetically and strategically. It’s a course you need to be in the right position off the tee, but you are not too severely punished for a bad shot.

There are two holes that I am not sure about which are the par 3 4th because it has a magnificent tree protecting the green, the only problem is you have to go over it and at 150-yards I think it can punish a good shot. The other hole is the 17th, again there is another beautiful tree that you have to play over to get to the green.

But those aside, the other holes really are great golf holes and I am sure the professionals of that era loved teeing it up here and the mounding and topography certainly make for great viewing points. This course maybe too short for todays top professionals but it is a course I know you will love playing, I know I did and would certainly love to play again when those greens are back to their best.



Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Keller Golf Club, 10th hole Top: Looking back down the opening hole. Above: Start of the back nine the 10th hole

Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Keller Golf Club,  Tree protecting the Par 3, 4th holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Keller Golf Club, Looking back across to the tee on the 13th holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Keller Golf Club, Great views from the 18th green

Tree at the par 3, 4th holespacerLooking back on the 13th spacerGreat views at the 18th hole

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



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