Rush Creek Golf Club – Public Course, Private Feel

By Tim Cotroneo

The feeling before playing a golf course for the first time could be compared to the anticipation of a first date. Will the course meet or exceed in your expectations? If you’ve just reserved your initial tee time at Rush Creek Golf Club, be prepared for a first date with a “wow” factor.

Expectations immediately surge after unloading your clubs at the Rush Creek drop area. The excitement builds as you walk up the clubhouse steps and your neck cranes left in the direction of the sweeping driving range and instructional area. Next, the edge of your mouth will begin to curl upward as you check out the classy pro shop and Highlander Pub. Rush Creek’s posh interior décor will have you at hello, but it’s the vibe that occurs outside the clubhouse walls that really grabs you.

Since 1996, Rush Creek has been a course that delivers more than just 18 holes of awesome golf. It generates 7,000-yards of feeling. General Manager Derek Stendahl said it best, “Rush Creek is a public golf course with a private feeling.”

Local Beauty – National Stage
A “private feeling” is an excellent way to describe the solitude of the course’s landscape. This sanctuary-like sensation is what many diehards love best about playing 18 holes. The quiet ambiance that greets golfers on Rush Creek’s Par 4, 399-yard first hole perfectly complements the tee box’s panoramic view. This feeling, setting, and style, is just an introduction to what lies ahead. Rush Creek is a homegrown beauty with both roots and a future suitable for the national stage.

“When Duncan MacMillan built this course, it was with the prospect of hosting tournaments on a national level,” Stendahl said. In the late 90s, Rush Creek’s infrastructure and layout seamlessly handled several LPGA events. The course also landed the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in 2004. Playing at 7,132-yards, Rush Creek’s yardage for this event was the longest in Public Links history.

Yardage That Suits Your Game
For those playing Rush Creek for the first time, there is no need to worry that the course’s yardage isn’t player friendly. From tee to green, Rush Creek’s layout has every golfer in mind. “We have five different tee boxes to choose from. Golfers at every level have the potential to shoot their best score,” Jay Meyerhoff, Rush Creek’s new Head Golf Professional said.

Spring Into Lessons
For golfers looking to fine tune their game and make 2010 the best year ever, Rush Creek feels there is no better time than now. “Aaron Jacobson, our Director of Instruction, and Luke Benoit, our Teaching Instructor, have developed tremendous lesson programs for the beginning, experienced, and junior golfer,” Stendahl said. Parents are also discovering Rush Creek to be a great facility for getting youngsters involved in the game.

2010 – A New Beginning
This year’s warm spring temperatures have contributed to a feeling of optimism for the 2010 golf year. “Our staff sees 2010 as the year the course reaches a pinnacle for playing conditions. All of our bunkers have new, white sand. Going back to 2007, we’ve also re-sodded every one of our greens. We strive for perfection in our greens’ speed, playability, and consistency. Great greens help make for a tremendous playing experience,” Stendahl said.

In addition to being an exceptional golf experience for the individual, Rush Creek is also a tremendous tournament venue. For your next company, association, or fund raising tournament, look no further than Rush Creek. “While golfers are on the course, they keep up with the leader board by reading their golf cart’s personalized GPS system. After the round, we have a 75-inch plasma screen in our ballroom that shows winning teams and individuals. Golfers comment about the professional feel to our events,” Stendahl said.

Sounds At Sunset
Food and beverage satisfaction is another proud element to Rush Creek’s heritage and day-to-day operations. Besides catering for tournaments, meetings, and weddings, Rush Creek is simply a great place to relax after your round of golf or long day at work. The Rush Creek patio is a scenic respite with a view that is second to none. “On Wednesdays, we have live music on the patio starting at 7 o’clock. Our patio is a wonderful setting for a drink, a bite to eat, listening to music, and enjoying one of the nicest views in the Twin Cities,” Stendahl suggested.

Birthday Golf
Rush Creek has a multitude of special value-added promotions going on at any given time. One of their most popular promotions is a half-price greens fee coupon on your birthday. Just go to www.rushcreek.com and click online specials. Login and print out your birthday coupon. The coupon is good for playing either the week prior or week after your birthday. For golfers with a winter birthday, Rush Creek will your honor your half-birthday with the same coupon.

The birthday promotion is just another way that “feeling special” is reinforced when one plays or visits Rush Creek. This is a course where your first impressions are exceeded only by the memories you bring home. “The best description I’ve heard is that Rush Creek wows you when you arrive and wows you when you leave. That’s what we’re striving for,” Stendahl said.


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