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.
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.