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August 22, 2017

Top 3 Reasons To Play Bristol Ridge In Somerset, WI The Second One May Surprise You
Tim Cotroneo

The temperature is heating up, and that means it's time to visit the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Every summer, tourists and golfers head to Somerset, WI, anticipating vibrant scenery, quaint shops, taverns, and charming restaurants positioned amidst a historic setting.

Most tourists think the Apple River is what put Somerset on the map. For linksters who love taking a break from city golf, Somerset is also the home to Bristol Ridge Golf Course.

Bristol Ridge quietly opened in 1994, and this 6,600-yard 18-hole layout has steadily grown a loyal fan base. The course has raised its landscaping to another level in 2016, and golfers will enjoy perhaps Bristol Ridge's best conditions ever. If you've yet to treat yourself to Bristol Ridge, here are three great reasons to visit Somerset this summer.

3. The Spring Big Cup On May 22
Every year in the fall, Bristol Ridge has hosted the Big Cup, an October tournament event in which the golf course expands the putting cups to the size of ice cream buckets. The fall event was so popular that General Manager Tom Tjader needed to cap the turnout at 152 golfers.

"First of all, the participants enjoy shooting lower scores with the big putting cups. Secondly, the prize offerings are huge for an extremely low entry fee. Finally, we serve great food, and beverages are plentiful. All in all, everyone has a roaring good time," Tjader said.

Due to the fall Big Cup selling out each year, Bristol Ridge is now offering a second event in May. For just $45 golfers receive greens fees, a cart, dinner, and they're eligible for tons of prizes. Don't delay, this is a tourney that you'll make an annual event.

2. The Quiet Of Country Golf
When asked if there is a common refrain as to why golfers return to Bristol Ridge again and again, Tjader had an interesting reply. "Golfers tell us how they appreciate the quietness of their round. There are no homes on this golf course, and no traffic running alongside any of the holes. People love the serenity here," Tjader said.

1. The Superb Conditions
The agronomy team has always taken pride in the Bristol Ridge course conditions. Tjader feels that in 2016, the bar has been raised another notch.

"Usually in April and May, due to wet conditions it takes a while to get to the level we want to be at. This year the season started out dry, and then we received a nice soaking of rain. Not only is the course as lush green as it has ever been, Superintendent Todd Mott and his grounds crew have done an exceptional job pruning our mature trees and doing the important little things from a landscaping standpoint. The fairways, greens, and overall conditions here are terrific," Tjader said.

Somerset In St. Croix Valley Is Calling You
If you've never played Bristol Ridge, you'll find up to five holes that are unique enough to be classified as "signature" on most courses. Water comes into play on nine out of 18 holes.

Golfers will discover that the two nines are almost completely different. The front nine isn't long, but it demands accuracy off the tee. The back nine's more generous fairways allow you to swing your driver more freely.

What brings golfer back to Bristol Ridge is rarely talked about. If you asked GM Tjader the secret to Bristol Ridge's success, he'd hint that the course's allure was realized after they decided to stretch their marketing reach.

The charming river town of Somerset is a community of just 1,200 people. With such a small population base to choose from, Bristol Ridge needed to create a hook to lure golfers from Hudson, River Falls, Stillwater, and the Twin Cities metro area. Twin City golfers often don't realize that they were missing something until they play Bristol Ridge for the first time. Serenity is something every golfer deserves. You just need to drive to Somerset to get it.

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