3 Reasons Why Minnesotans Love Golf

By Minnesota Golf

EMGA logoMGA LogoAccording to the Minnesota Golf Association’s research, close to one-third of the state’s households include a golfer. Every year, Minnesota is ranked at or near the top of states with the most golfers per capita in the country. Minnesotans simply love golf. It is one of the best places in the country to play, and the locals know that.

Here are some reasons visitors you will love Minnesota golf, as well:

1. The Great Outdoors

StoneRidge golf, Stillwater_Peter Wong
StoneRidge / Photo by Peter Wong

Cold winters make getting outside difficult during certain months of the year, so when the temperatures begin to rise and the courses green up, many Minnesotans are eager to make up for lost time after a winter with cabin fever.

There is a misnomer that the golf season is short in this land-locked northern climate, but truth be told, there are six full months (April 15 - Oct. 15) of solid golf in decent weather in Minnesota, and oftentimes more. March frequently sees the opening of courses in the southern parts of the state, and when the winters are mild, November offers many rounds for the those willing to brave slightly chillier temps on emptier courses.

In fact, I have heard testament to golf being played in every month of the calendar year in Minnesota, although I wouldn’t bank on it by planning a golf trip here in January.

2. Course Condition

Particularly in late summer and early fall, the condition of Minnesota courses is hard to beat. Minnesota has always been blessed with fertile land, and when the summer heat starts to subside in late August, there are simply few better places to play than on a Minnesota golf course.

The many courses with bentgrass tees, greens and fairways make Minnesota a pleasurable golf destination. The University of Minnesota’s horticultural department spends a lot of time and effort developing new strains of grasses that are perfect for golf in the area, and Minnesota courses are a willing testing ground for the latest and greatest.

3. Exceptional Quality

Legend at Giants Ridge golf course_Peter Wong
The Legend / Photo by Peter Wong

The quality of the golf courses is Minnesota’s greatest attraction. From the 5-star Classic at Madden’s and many other superb tracks throughout the Brainerd Lakes area to the Golf Trilogy of Giants Ridge’s Legend and The Quarry and The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in the northeast, Minnesotans demand and receive great golf.

Travel to any corner of the state—to Biwabik in the northern edges of Minnesota, which offers golf surpassed only by the breathtaking views, or the southwestern prairies of Morton, where Dacotah Ridge provides an unmatched challenge in beguiling prairie golf—and you will find a test for your game and an experience for your senses.

Then go to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where history, excellent conditioning and great golf come into play. Consider our courses loaded with history: Hazeltine National has hosted national tournaments and is home to the 2016 Ryder Cup; Interlachen Country Club was home to the third leg (the U.S. Open) in Bobby Jones’ 1930 Grand Slam; and the Minikahda Club hosted the 1916 U.S. Open.

Lesser known, yet no less unique and visually stimulating, are the bevy of award-winning public facilities. From east to west, north to south, you will find memorable golf experiences across the Twin Cities: Rush Creek in the northwest; StoneRidge just miles from the Wisconsin state line; Edinburgh USA to the north, which has hosted LPGA and USGA events in its history; and Legends Club to the south.

Golfers can satisfy their fix by choosing Minnesota for their next golf trip. As the locals know, it's a great place to play.

Find more Minnesota golf courses at exploreminnesotagolf.com.