Maybe it’s the long winters, but Minnesota golf is special. The Twin Cities Gateway’s nine golf courses, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul, range from family-friendly Par 3 layouts to the challenge of the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine– home of the annual PGA Tour 3M Open Championship, featuring the top-ranked players in golf.
Minnesota has more golfers per capita than any other state and is the only state in the country to have hosted all 17 U.S. Golf Association Championships. Make a tee time at one of these great golf courses in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.
Though named for Minnesota’s youth, Victory Links is a links impersonation course that can play up for juniors or well back (stretched to 7,048 yards) for the big-league hitters. As the only PGA Tour-designed course open to the public in Minnesota, its location at the National Sports Center in Blaine makes it readily accessible. In 2014, PGA Tour legend Gary Player toured the 18-hole championship layout and declared the putting surfaces at Victory Links as good as he had ever seen in the public realm.
Island Lake Golf and Training Center in Shoreview is a family treasure and features a nine-hole executive layout ideal for the developing golfer and senior player. The course is beautifully landscaped and boasts placid ponds, a driving range and mini-golf course. There are programs for juniors and seniors, beginners and even advanced players.
Sure, there are 75 bunkers at the aptly named Bunker Hills Golf Club, but they are spread across 27 championship holes and an executive nine making them all quite the adventure. Named as one of the top 25 public golf courses in the country by Golf Digest, Bunker Hills is nestled in beautiful Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids, this premier golf destination is characterized by large greens, tree-lined fairways and, of course, the bunkers. As host to numerous Minnesota State Opens, Bunker Hills features Kendall’s Chop House, one of the area’s best restaurants, and a variety of holes unmatched in the region. The Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame is housed at the Bunker Hills Golf Club and is operated and supported by the Minnesota Golf Association and the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.
Located in Ham Lake, Majestic Oaks Golf Club showcases two championship 18-hole golf courses along with an executive nine hole course. The championship courses are characterized more by trees than water, though a number of holes do have ponds that come into play. The club is also known for its Oaks Bar and Grill with spectacular cuisine, affordable prices and welcoming atmosphere.
As the state’s only private PGA Tour-owned property, the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Twin Cities in Blaine was designed by iconic golfer Arnold Palmer with enhancements by Minnesota’s own Tom Lehman. This 18-hole championship venue flows across 235 acres of breathtaking countryside. The layout has a reputation for unveiling immaculate conditioning with pearly white sand bunkers protecting professional-grade greens. Demanding enough to host the annual PGA Tour 3M Open featuring many of the top-ranked golfers in the world, the 7,164-yard, par-72 TPC routing features six sets of tees welcoming golfers of every ability.
Beauty and excitement are the themes when playing the nine-hole executive course known as Brightwood Hills Golf Course located in New Brighton. At 1,538 yards, this par 30 design has mature trees, raised greens, and water on several holes to challenge a vast array of players. Due to its quaint setting, Brightwood is popular with learning golfers as well as a variety of league players.
Situated in the heart of historic Anoka (the “Halloween Capital of the World”), Green Haven Golf & Banquet Center provides 18 championship holes of golf along with a full range of amenities. The course has been around since 1937 so tradition is on full display. Green Haven is particularly convenient and its park-like setting makes for a wonderful round of golf.
Created by noted designer Joel Goldstrand, the 6,308-yard course at Rum River Hills Golf Club in Anoka offers a challenge to all levels of ability. Goldstrand incorporated many shot-making characteristics into the offering including water-guarded greens and fairways, traditional rolling terrain, conservative greenside bunkering and his trademark undulating putting surfaces. Like many courses in the vicinity, Rum River is set among mature trees and challenges players with a good mix of both water and sand.
Visitors and residents alike are attracted to Lino Lakes because of its natural amenities including 15 lakes and several seasonal wetlands. Add to the list Chomonix Golf Course, an exciting 18-hole offering that provides a true “North Woods” experience and challenge to golfers of all abilities. Mature tree lined fairways are accentuated by water hazards on at least seven holes, making the 6,596-yard layout a natural haven for even more of the area’s abundant wildlife.
And remember, no matter where you are holing out in the region, it’s always twice as fun and exciting playing Twin Cities Gateway Golf.