Tom Fazio's first design in the state of Minnesota, the course at Spring Hill Golf Club is a tough track that lies to the west of Minneapolis on a rolling site dotted with wetland areas and small ponds.
Seven of the tree-lined fairways are located to the north of the County Road and they connect to the opening holes (1-6) and closing holes (14-18) by a tunnel that runs under the road.Stand out holes include the 231-yard sand and marsh protected 8th, the 590-yard 13th, which plays to a marsh-fronted green, and the 411-yard 18th, where one final wetlands carry is required before reaching the home green.
Spring Hill was a real surprise for me. I was expecting another cookie cutter Tom Fazio course recently rated by Golf Digest. I was delighted with what I experienced.
There are elevation changes here that would test the best golfers in the world. With hardly 200 members, this course doesn’t get a lot of play and was in immaculate condition. There are at least 10 tee shots with significant forced carries over marsh/high-grass/ravines which will ruin many scorecards.
As with most golf courses these days, there’s hundreds of trees that could/should be cut down. Despite the grand scale of the property, it is tight in places and a great test of golf. The course has a championship feel to it and tests your ability to hit tee shots to distinct parts of the fairways and there’s no shortage of challenge with the approach shots.
I give a tremendous amount of credit to the shapers creating stunning greens and aprons. There are wonderful angles off the tees and into the greens here and it’s among Tom Fazio’s top 10 courses he’s ever built.