Minnesota

The North Star state of Minnesota lies in America’s Midwest Region and it’s the only one of the forty-eight contiguous states in America to have part of its land mass sit north of the 49th Parallel at Lake of the Woods. It also adopts the moniker of “Land of 10,000 Lakes” which is understandable when you consider there are almost twelve hundred bodies of water that are at least 10 acres in size within its borders.

The Minnesota Golf Association was founded in 1901 and it has upheld and promoted the game of golf throughout the state for over a hundred years, providing administration nowadays to male golfers in almost 400 clubs. The Minnesota Women’s Golf Association was formed in 1915 and it looks after the golfing interests of ladies in around 100 clubs throughout the state.

Hazletine National is probably the best known course in Minnesota as it has hosted many of the top national tournaments since it opened in 1962, including the US Women’s Open (1966 and 1977), US Open (1970 and 1991), US Senior Open (1983), US Amateur (2006) and the USPGA Championship (2002 and 2009). It’s also scheduled to hold the Ryder Cup series of matches in 2016.

Of an older vintage, the century-old Willie Watson designs at Interlachen and Minikhada are rightly regarded as national golfing treasures whilst the two 18-hole layouts at White Bear Yacht Club and Northland are fine examples of Donald Ross’s architectural talents.

Our Minnesota Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Minnesota

White Bear Yacht Club

1st Minnesota - Best in Area

With modest length, White Bear Yacht Club requires accuracy rather than length from the tee. If you suffer from a lack of balance, it might not be the golf course for you as you will is seldom get a flat stance.

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Interlachen

2nd Minnesota - Best in Area

During the 1930 US Open at Interlachen Country Club, Bobby Jones skimmed his ball over the water on the 9th to make a birdie which went a long way to ensuring he achieved the "Grand Slam".

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Hazeltine National

3rd Minnesota - Best in Area

Hazeltine National Golf Club was modified by Rees Jones (son of RTJ) ahead of the 1991 US Open which turned into a historic battle between Scott Simpson and Payne Stewart.

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Spring Hill

4th Minnesota - Best in Area

Seven of the tree-lined fairways at Spring Hill Golf Club lie to the north of a major highway that bisects the course. It’s a tough Tom Fazio track that meanders around a number of ponds and wetland areas.

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Minikahda

5th Minnesota - Best in Area

Minikahda – whose name comes from two Sioux Indian words meaning “by the side of the water” – dates back to 1898 when an amazing total of 600 members formed the club...

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Giants Ridge (Quarry)

6th Minnesota - Best in Area

Jeff Brauer designed the golf facility at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort and his longer, more difficult Quarry course – built on the site of a former mine – provides the premier test at this 36-hole complex.

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Northland

7th Minnesota - Best in Area

Founded in 1898, the golf course at Northland Country Club – as its name suggests – lies way up north, near the Canadian border...

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Windsong Farm

8th Minnesota - Best in Area

The firm of Fought and Lehman fashioned the course at Windsong Farm Golf Club but the duo have since separated to form their own independent design companies.

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Wilderness at Fortune Bay

9th Minnesota - Best in Area

Set on the Vermillion Lake Indian Reservation, the Wilderness at Fortune Bay layout is one of the best casino golf courses in the country.

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Minneapolis

10th Minnesota - Best in Area

Venue for the USPGA Championships in 1959, the course at Minneapolis Golf Club is a Willie Park Jnr design from 1916 that was later rerouted by Donald Ross to accommodate a new clubhouse location.

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