Featuring an Arnold Palmer signature beach bunker on the short par four 7th hole, the course at TPC Twin Cities was constructed by The King in collaboration with Tom Lehman.
“A predictably watery, mound-laden and housing-lined affair,” remarked Daniel Wexler in The American Private Golf Club Guide, “it is nonetheless a layout with enough of a strategic bent to rank among the better entries in the Palmer Portfolio, with numerous holes offering a strong degree of playing interest… The aesthetic is modern-generic, but the golf isn’t too bad – particularly as TPC’s go”
After hosting the 3M Championship on the PGA Champions Tour (formerly the Senior Tour) for more than two decades, TPC Twin Cities staged the inaugural 3M Open in 2019, won by Matthew Wolff. The 3M Open became the first PGA Tour stop in the North Star state since Braemar (a popular public golf course in Edina) hosted the final Minnesota Classic in 1969.
TPC Twin Cities, host of the PGA Tour's 3M Open, is located 30 minutes north of Minneapolis in Blaine. The private course played host to the Champions Tour's 3M Championship for many years before the PGA decided to return to Minnesota. There are a ton of water hazards within the confines of the Arnold Palmer routing, and a lot of the holes are undistinguishable because of this. Also, there are so many houses on the property that the beauty of the course is somewhat tainted as well. Even still, it's always fun to tee it up where the pros play and TPC Twin Cities is no exception. Every golfer will love the conditions no matter the time of the season; I've seen the course in both the spring and fall and there is no doubt the greens are always in great shape. The sugar white bunkers are a nice touch, too, although you might think there are too many (wait until you see the one at the short par four seventh). One hole you'll remember long after you complete your round is the par five 18th, a two shotter for the professionals but us mere mortals will require three. There are a lot of bunkers in the bail out area to entice you to take a rip at the green. Speaking of sand traps, three greet you short of the eighth if you can't make it up. TPC Twin Cities will no doubt challenge you and keep you on your toes. Accepting an invite here is a no brainer because of the ability to play on a course that is both a Palmer design and where the world's best tee it up.