StoneRidge - Minnesota - USA

StoneRidge Golf Club,
13600 North Hudson Boulevard,
Stillwater,
Minnesota (MN) 55082,
USA


  • +1 651 436 4653

  • Darryl Spence

  • Bobby Weed

  • Mark Hetland

Architect Bobby Weed (one-time Pete Dye apprentice and former lead architect in the design of TPC layouts for the PGA Tour during the late 1980s and early 1990s) added the course at StoneRidge Golf Club to his portfolio of more than fifty golf projects when it opened to the public for play at the start of the new millennium.

Built on a 170-acre reclaimed sand and gravel quarry site just off the I-94, to the east of the Twin Cities, the course has been fashioned as an inland links, where rolling bentgrass fairways framed by Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescues play towards large, undulating greens protected by rustic, irregularly-shaped bunkers.

Ponds have to be negotiated at both the 425-yard 10th (“Splinter”) and the 480-yard 12th (“Snag”), and sandwiched between those two holes, an old barn dating back to 1875 comes into play off the tee at the par five 11th hole. And, as might be expected because of the property’s former use, there are plenty of large, sandy waste areas dotted around the layout.

Tom Doak made a point of playing StoneRidge in 2016 and awarded the course a rating of six out of ten. He commented as follows in his Christmas 2017 Confidential Guide update:

“The most interesting daily-fee course in the Twin Cities, StoneRidge is reclaimed from an old sand quarry to the east of St. Paul. The short par-4 1st with its quirky green and bunker in the approach serves notice that you’re going to see something different, and the course delivers on that promise with an exceptional variety of holes and green shapes. However it does come off as a bit contrived, as the combination of waste bunkers and small pots doesn’t register as natural.”

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Description: Bobby Weed laid out the 18 holes at StoneRidge Golf Club in 2000 and he constructed the course as a links-like layout with bentgrass fairways bounded by native fescue grass. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
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Joe Egan

"Is this Stillwater or Scotland?" my playing partner blurted out on StoneRidge's fourth tee box. I laughed out loud, because our friends overseas would consider that blasphemy. The sentiment remains though that StoneRidge is unique given its location, and with its fescue all over and lack of trees one might be fooled into thinking the course plays like an inland links. The Bobby Weed design is among the giants of Minneapolis-St. Paul golf because of its eccentric features and conditioning. My favorite hole on the front nine is the eighth, an uphill par four that will fool you on the approach (play it in there a club longer). What comes after that undulating green is confusing. You are right next to the clubhouse after the eighth, and the ninth hole is nowhere in sight. Alas, the golfer must go to the opposite side of the clubhouse to entertain the ninth. It's a really weird situation that I'm not quite sure I've ever seen. You'll be happy you made the trek, though, as the back nine is a treat and produces a ton of fun holes. For instance, the 11th is a par five where your drive must go around or over an old white barn, and the 15th is a par four that features a downhill drive followed by a challenging uphill approach. Elevation changes are omnipresent at StoneRidge, and the twilight views are stunning. The bunkers and greens are in great shape, and they roll quickly. Undulating putting surfaces can be frustrating to some, and so I recommend playing StoneRidge a few times to get the hang of it. It's a top tier public course in the Twin Cities.

March 03, 2022
7 / 10
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TCRBrad

Hands down the best public course I've played in the MSP area.

Routing is pretty darn good, with only the stretch of 16 to 17 being a little tricky to walk. The opening 2 holes give players a welcoming look into the firmness of the fairways and greens, with a hint at how the architect will ask players to pick a good line off the tee. Lots of use of the old quarry on the back 9 which makes for a very fun stretch from 13-15. Bobby Weed gives you plenty of chances to make birdies with well positioned tee shots, but will penalize you if you're off line or too conservative off the tee.

Routing may be good...but the "Fun Factor" is better. The 11th is my favorite hole on course (and arguably the best green as well), with honorable mentions to 1, 4, 8, and 13.

The normal rate floats in the $100 range - which in peak season is very much worth it. Having played in fall and needing a member rate to trim a walking 18 down to $60, I would say that it's a bit of a stretch without the member rate in fall/spring.

Amenities are a full range, chipping and putting green, bar and restaurant, and locker room...all of which are solid options for a public track.

Overall, it's tough to think of a course that more fun, fair, and unique than Stoneridge. If you're anywhere close to MSP and are thinking about playing golf, give this course a look.

November 09, 2021
7 / 10
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Jim Loss

Links style golf course for a majority of the holes with wind a constant companion. Numerous elevation changes, hidden landing areas and very fast greens will ensurer that you use every available method to keep the score reasonable.

The greens are nearly all built with false fronts or collection areas that can ruin what you thought is a nicely played approach. The longer you are off the tee can be both a blessing and a disaster. Running fairways can push you off into terrible lies in large gravely bunkers in the fairways or end to soon and you now hitting from one of the many waster areas.

The par three's are all very strong and the proper clubbing it utmost to get the ball on the right level to ensure two putts. The par fives are all reachable in two if your really striping the ball. Not a course for free swingers unless you don't mind paying off big time in the bar.

Great food as well.

August 06, 2020
6 / 10
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