The Takeaway: Not among the elite courses of Minnesota, Minneapolis Golf Club stands among the courses a tier down with a great history and one of the star signature holes in the state. It is a course you could enjoy everyday without getting frustrated, but doesn’t feature the type of architecture to get super excited about. Grade B-
Designer: Willie Park Jr. in 1916 and Donald Ross in 1920
Phone Number: (952) 544-0021
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Minneapolis Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 2001 Flag Avenue South, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
Accolades: Ranked 6th in Minnesota on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Minnesota enjoys a nice collection of Donald Ross courses and the Minneapolis Golf Club is one of the most revered. The club opened in 1916 but relocated the next year to a larger parcel where Willie Park Jr. laid out the routing. The club quickly gained popularity and a larger clubhouse was required to accommodate the expanding membership. As such, the course needed rerouted and Donald Ross was employed to take on that project in 1919. The holes are laid out on gently rolling terrain that is comfortable to walk. The holes are tree lined and feature contrasting color heavy rough outside of the fairways that are wide enough to provide a variety of playing angles. The parkland layout has a very classic feeling with open fronts to greens and no waste areas and just two water hazards. Like most Ross courses, the holes are pleasant and subtle in their design but rarely spectacular. However, the back nine does begin with a par three that is spectacular in every way as it plays over water to a raised green. All in all, players who appreciate a pleasant walk on a very playable course with subtle design features will appreciate this track while players looking for dramatic holes and demanding carries will find themselves left wanting.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 10th Hole – 230 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 10th Hole – 230 Yards
Best Par 4: 18th Hole – 454 Yards
Best Par 5: 3rd Hole – 562 Yards
Birdie Time: 1st Hole – 474 Yard Par
Bogey Beware: 7th Hole – 452 Yard Par