Known as a top U.S. golf destination, Minnesota offers hundreds of courses characterized by beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions and affordability. In the last decade, the state has become one of the hotbeds of the game.
Golf visitors ranked Minnesota fourth on a list of 13 golf destinations, behind only Florida, Arizona and South Carolina. The Minnesota Golf Association counts 508 golf courses. Nearly 90% of Minnesota’s golf courses are open to the public. There are 19 golf resorts.
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Minnesota has a rich history of championship, professional and amateur tournaments. Did you know it's the first and only state to have hosted all 13 USGA championships, plus the Walker Cup, Curtis Cup, Solheim Cup, PGA of America and others? It's also home to the PGA Champions Tour-3M Championship.
Last but not least, Minnesota will host the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 U.S. Senior Men's Amateur Golf Championship.
The overall quality of golf in Minnesota is hard to beat. The listing of courses included in the Minnesota golf landscape constitutes a hall of fame of national/regional “award-winning” courses from such publications as Golf Digest, Golf Week, Golf News, Business Week, Sports Illustrated and NGCOA. It's safe to say Minnesota has some of the best golf in the world.
The variety of Minnesota's more than 500 courses, with approximately 90% open for public play, allows golfers to opt for their favorite style—links, deep woods, breathtaking river and lake views—all woven into Mother Nature’s natural beauty. Choose from family-friendly par-3 and executive courses to championship courses and former pro tour sites. It's no wonder Minnesota leads the nation in golfers per capita.
If you’re a surveyor of Top 100 public golf courses in the United States and have played some of the top Minnesota golf courses, then you already understand the unbelievable value to be found at our resorts and facilities.
And here's the best part for golfers considering a visit to Minnesota: greens fees range from about $30 at the well-manicured municipal courses of Minneapolis-St. Paul to $100 for the upscale public courses surrounding the Twin Cities and resort areas around the state. Seldom will you find a greens fee beyond $100. Many facilities also offer great stay-and-play packages.
In the end, golf in Minnesota has Ryder Cup quality combined with variety and true value.
Find courses and golf news on the Explore Minnesota Golf Alliance website.