Set within a massive 285-acre property encompassing oak groves, open prairie and marshlands, the Chaska Town Course is owned and operated by the local municipal authority. It’s an Arthur Hills design from 1997 that lies to the south of Lake Bavaria, less than a 10-minute drive from Hazeltine National.
In fact, when the U.S. Amateur championship was held at Hazeltine National in 2006, the tournament was co-hosted with Chaska Town. The U.S. Junior Amateur was also due to be staged with the same co-hosting arrangements in 2020 until the covid-19 pandemic caused the event to be cancelled.
The layout is configured as two returning nines, each of which end with a par five hole, and it can be stretched overall to 6,817 yards from the back markers. Notable holes include the short par three 4th and right doglegging 9th, with the short par four 16th presenting a reasonable birdie opportunity on the back nine.
This one is ranked too low in my opinion!
Public course with character. Nice course with a strong community support system. Plan ahead with tee times as this course can get quite busy.
Layout has a number of wonderfully set up holes that will challenge most shotmaking skills. Nicely maintained and the greens are usually top notch. Two holes on each side should be considered duds and adversely affect the overall score of the course.
Chaska Town Course is rightly overshadowed by its counterpart just down Pioneer Trail, Hazeltine National, but that should not take away from its merits. During the 2006 United States Amateur, players had to take on the Arthur Hills design one of the two qualifying rounds.
The course is defined by the area’s rolling hills. It is more open than most courses in the area, especially the front nine. The par four 11th is one of the hardest two-shotters I’ve ever played on a golf course; some believe it’s bad course design and unrewarding to the good drive. Though I understand the criticism, I say there are plenty of advantageous holes on the track (two drivable par fours, the third and the 16th, especially stand out) to get too torn up about one shot. Just play your drive down the left portion of the fairway and you won’t have to worry about those dangling trees on the right.
The Chaska Town Course, one of the tracks I grew up playing, is certainly worth the drive if you’re near. Conditions are typically acceptable and the layout is interesting enough. It’s a great alternative to those not able to get a tee time at Hazeltine.