Rush Creek Golf Club is a Minneapolis public-access golf facility, which was designed by Bob Cupp and John Fought with the intention of hosting competitive events. And indeed it has, hosting three LPGA events as well as the 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. That said, between Minnesota’s typical terrain and being the kind of course that can stand up to the professionals, everyday players should expect a stiff test when they arrive at Rush Creek.
Although players may feel the “rush” when taking on this well-watered route, the course is actually named for the primary species of aquatic plant that can be seen across the ponds and wetlands throughout the course. They’ll be on full display early in the round, when players try to skirt the lake on No. 2, which follows them all the way from tee to green, or at No. 14, a monstrous 490-yard par four where the wetlands lay along the right.
Although this style of hazard is much more familiar in modern layouts, astute course architecture enthusiasts might notice that the routing — with the front nine on the inside of the property, while the second nine wraps around the edge — is a very traditional concept indeed.
Designed originally to potentially handle professional level tournaments Rush Creek ended up being unable to create a test worthy of its mission. The course has numerous elevation changes with blind landing areas, pin positions and greens that fail to impress.
The course feels artificial and many holes from the tee box show little about how to make the correct club selection or pick the proper line for your approach. Many times a slight mishit can become a large number due to drop off's into waste or ponding areas. Expect to spend some time searching for balls within the foursome since you rarely will have the ability to see your ball come to rest.
The course has frequent issues with water. Too much causes excess ponding and kills the grass throughout the fairway and there are spots where drainage is so severe that grass can't get enough moisture to build a good foundation or recover from divots.
Restaurant and bar are top notch venues and the outdoor patio is a wonderful spot to reflect on your day on the course.