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JOURNEY PLANNER

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


 

 

The Classic at Madden's, Minnesota, USA
Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Classic At Madden's Resort, 1st hole

After a 3-hour drive from Minneapolis we hit Maddenís Resort, I had heard a lot about The Classic and as we enter the resort I spot a few holes from our coach window, which starts to get the adrenalin pumping.

After a warm up on the practice ground it was onto the buggies and away we go. I have to say as I stand on the tee I am a little underwhelmed, the hole is played up hill and our forecaddie tells us to aim over the bunkers on the left, but as I reach the top of the hill my opinion changes, and what everyone had been eulogising about suddenly appears. My friends looking at that view I know I am about to play a special golf course.

The hole is spectacular and I have to say from the position of my second shot I have not seen too many better looking opening holes in my life. The hole goes downhill and doglegs gently to the right, the fairway then rises up to a green that has more complexes than Lady Gaga on valium! But itís the lake on the right and the tree lined fairway that make the aesthetics of the hole so pleasing to the eye and with the sun high in the sky it really is one of those special golf moments you just have to savour.

But the great holes just keep coming, with the short par 3, 2nd right next to the lake which you play over the corner of and then the 3rd which is a short par four risk and reward hole where you can go over the reeds and go for the green with some 260-yard carry, or play safe and wedge into the green with the lake as its backdrop. It truly is a great run of holes and they just keep coming with the 4th taking us in to the trees.

I could eulogise about every hole on the course, it really is that good. When you add in the perfect greens that run true and very fast with some amazing complexes and fairways that you would be happy to have as tee boxes on your home course, you can picture the standard we are talking about.

You would expect a big name to have come up with a design like this and a money no object budget, but you would be wrong, the superintendent of the course came up with the design and I tip my hat off to you sir, because any of the top golf course designers in the world would love to have this track on their CV.

When people talk about must play courses, well The Classic should not only be on that list, it should feature near the very top of that list! If you are coming over to Minnesota for the 2016 Ryder Cup, you do have to bring your clubs and play this course.



Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Classic At Madden's Resort, 14th hole Top: The stunning opening hole. Above The par 3, 14th hole

Golf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Classic At Madden's Resort, 3rd holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Classic At Madden's Resort, 9th holespacerGolf holiday review of Minnesota, USA, The Classic At Madden's Resort, 11th hole

Risk & Reward at the 3rdspacer9th green and clubhouse spacer Bunkers and water at the 11th

3rd and 9th hole photos taken on the day of play © James mason planetgolfreview



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