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Local Golf
November 22, 2017

Looking over one of my TEE TIMES' columns, I mentioned that I would write about the PGA TOUR. Ironically, I don't watch much golf on TV, and I hardly follow what's going on with the TOUR.
Topgolf - Just What Golf Needs
Little has changed at the driving range for the last 25 or 30 years.
100 Holes Of Golf
So I played 100 holes of golf in 11 hours, 22 minutes. It was one helluva ride. I took two carts. About two dozen balls. More than 500 shots. 1 beer. No mulligans.
The Corner Office With Dan Jacott (Majestic Oaks Golf Club)
In the October issue we sit down with Dan Jacott, General Manager of Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake.
Plan Your Off Season Program
Even though the golf courses are still open and we are still playing golf, now is the time to start thinking about your off-season program.
With Bernie's putter tucked securely under its left wing, papa goose swam to the center of the pond. Papa goose stretched his head upward and with a taunting honk, flapped his wings dropping the putter into the center of the pond.
Basketball fans can relate. Imagine a basketball player playing in 100 Final Four games or 100 NBA Finals games. There are only two Final Four games and four to seven NBA Final gams each season.
Pod'in The Interruption
Maybe Happy Gilmore had it right. Mr. Gilmore once quipped that "Golf requires goofy pants and a fat a--." You see Gilmore started as a hockey player playing golf. And then one fateful day, that all changed.
A Sterling Event On It's 25th Anniversary
At the risk of saying "we told you so," we TOLD you so!
The Silver Anniversary edition of the 3M Championship, held at the TPC Twin Cities lived up to the hype.

SOLHEIM CUP - Congrats Team USA
The 2017 Solheim Cup got off to an explosive start! With the juices flowing and hearts pounding, Lexi Thompson hit the first shot for Team USA.
Golf travel to exotic locations to play unique golf courses has become a worldwide phenomenon. Individuals and companies who are seeking intoxicating new golf experiences spend billions of dollars every year.
The Corner Office With Mike Luckraft (Legends Club)
In this issue we sat down with Mike Luckraft, GM and Director of Golf at Legends Club in Prior Lake. Mike has been a career golf professional for many years and still appreciates the day-to-day challenges and joys the game brings.
"That which is lacking in the present world is a profound understanding of the nature of things." I wish that was my quote, but it's from Frithjof Schuon.
The Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame has announced the 2017 Class of Hall of Fame inductees: Carol Ellis, of Roseville, Minn., Charles Erickson (posthumously) and Tim Herron, of Wayzata, Minn.
Throughout history the vast majority of women who have become Queen have achieved that distinction by birthright or marriage. Being
All Things Being Equal: A Case For A Men vs. Women Pro Tournament
Jordan Spieth was starting his back nine charge at Birkdale last month, and I was riveted. Miraculous recoveries. Monster putts. Championship golf playing out at its finest, yet again.
On a crisp Saturday morning in late October 1981, "Big John" Smiley, pro shop manager of Mille Lacs Golf Resort and father of course owner and writer of this story, stood over his second shot on the 487-yard par-5 ninth at Mille Lacs Country Club.
Blend Of Old And New Faces Headline The 2017 3M Championship
The 2017 3M Championship Presented by Post-it Products will feature most of the familiar faces spectators are used to seeing, but a few newcomers also hope to crash the party and take home the trophy out at TPC Twin Cities the first week of August.
Better Fit. Better Clubs. Better Game.
How a golf club fitting dramatically improved my game.
The 3M Championship Turns 25
The 3M Championship presented by Post-it Products turns 25 this year. The event has come a long way from its inception as the Burnett Senior Classic in 1993.
Harold worked his whole life in a warehouse in St. Paul. In his late 30's a friend asked him to join him and a few friends in a Tuesday night league at a Twin Cities muni.
Dress For Success
Recently the LPGA made news by amending their dress code for players to reduce the amount of "inappropriate" apparel choices being made by some.
The Corner Office With Jim Leary of the Royal Golf Club
This month we sat down with Jim Leary, Director of Golf at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, MN. Jim is currently overseeing the redesign of the course, a complete clubhouse expansion and remodel.
Natalie Gulbis For Congress
The Psychic loves women athletes, especially women golfers. He read with interest that one of his favorites, Natalie Gulbis, is strongly considering a run for Congress.
The first column I wrote for the VICTORIA GAZETTE back in the '90's was about Scottish shepherds. I wanted to make the point that golf was not a game of rich snob.
Minnesota Golf License Plate
The Minnesota Golf License plate is made possible by a partnership between the Minnesota PGA and Minnesota Golf Association.
A Chat With Team Europe Captain Annika Sorenstam
"Annika Sorenstam is among the all time best golfers to ever play the game - man or woman!" states Juli Inkster, Team USA Captain.
Juli Inkster, the personable Captain of Team USA in the 2017 Solheim Cup, was eager to answer all questions during a recent interview with Tee Times.
Lessons Learned From A Trip To Germany
Des Moines CVB CEO, Greg Edwards, discusses the economic impact of the Solheim Cup to Des Moines and Iowa.
Catch Des Moines
The 2017 Solheim Cup will bring thousands of people from Minnesota to Greater Des Moines this August. When you aren't spending your time on the golf course, there's no shortage of things to do and delicious places to eat.
Fuel Yourself Before Hitting The Course
It is prime golf season here in the Midwest. I hope you are enjoying the game and getting out to different golf courses in the area.
Rubbing Elbows With The Greats At The 3M Championship
Imagine a job that involves rubbing elbows and sharing stories with the greatest names in golf. Since 1996, Jennifer Hines has done exactly that as part of her duties serving as the Tournament Director of the 3M Championship.
As the Solheim Cup approaches, young girls on both sides of the Atlantic focus on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) points list.
Every golf fan understands that a successful Solheim Cup is made up of two elements: players and spectators. During that magical week in August, the city of Des Moines will host 24 of the best women golfers in the world.
From The Village To The Hills
I've officially had the best Spring EVER on a golf course without hitting a shot. Let's start with The Memorial.
Make Golf Fun Again - A Golf Insider Looks To Grow The Game
We've all heard it said, "Golf is too hard, too expensive and takes too much time." We've also heard it said that kids are the future of our game.
The Corner Office With Dave Tentis (Troy Burne Golf Club)
This month we sat down with Troy Burne PGA Head Professional, Dave Tentis (who, by the way, has played in 3 of the 4 majors).
Hazeltine National Golf Club Named Site of the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship
Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, has been selected as the site of the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Athletic Or Mechanical
One of my speeches when giving golf lessons is that I want their swing to be more athletic than mechanical. Does that mean I don't want them to understand the mechanics of the golf swing? No.
Golf Course Water Use And Pollution
As his focus is drawn deeper into the magic sphere the Psychic sees the Mississippi River as it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Every river, every creek and every stream that drains over 50% of the American landmass into the mighty river come to life.
Minnesota Open To Compete At StoneRidge Golf Course
In the Twin Cities, the rolling landscape of Stillwater's StoneRidge Golf Course is as close as one gets to playing golf in Europe without ever leaving home.
20th PGA Junior Cup Matches
Minnesota won its second straight PGA Junior Cup Matches on June 30th in Hudson, WI at Troy Burne Golf Club 19.5-16.5 over Wisconsin.
5 Tips For Staying Hydrated This Summer
We all know the importance of drinking water-it helps flush out the extra sodium/toxins in your body, it helps with the bloated feeling, it fuels your body with the hydration it needs.
Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Welcome to Thornberry Creek at Oneida, official home of the Green Bay Packers and prestigious host of the LPGA's newest Tour showcase.
Have you ever wondered who selects the hole location and tees that will be used (commonly known as course setup) for big golf tournaments or Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup?
Suku Radia
The saying goes, "If you want a job done well, give it to a busy person." That is exactly what the Board at Des Moines Golf and Country Club did when they selected Suku Radia, CEO of Bankers Trust.
What's Your U.S. Open Viewing Preference?
Every golf fan has their own viewing preferences. Some dare not leave the confines of the man cave to spectate golf. Others pay thousands to catch a practice round at Augusta.
Grey Water Goes Directly Onto Golf Courses
The Psychic waves the beverage cart over on a hot humid day in mid-May. "I'll have a bottle of water please," the Psychic says as he reaches for his wallet buried deep in the right hand pocket of his golf bag.
Putting has been called, "A game within a game." But it also involves the end result of the game - getting the ball into the hole.
The Best In People - MG Charities Golf Classic
Golf has a way of bringing out the best in people. Maybe it's the weather or the relaxing pace. Perhaps it's the friendly nature of the game or the companionship that is always present.
The Corner Office With Tom Abts (Deer Run Golf Club)
Tee Times is introducing a new column this issue where we will provide readers with an insightful look into the thinking and personality of local people in golf course leadership roles.
From Sundance To The Minneapolis Skyline
I remember what Dave Lyse said like it was "just" yesterday. It was the summer of 2000 and I had recently graduated from St. Cloud State University.
Schmitz Leaves No Doubt, Cruises To Victory In Golf Champions
There was no denying Sammy Schmitz of StoneRidge GC on the final day of the Golf Champions as he cruised to victory at Dellwood Country Club with a final round 1-under 71; giving him an 8-under 208 three-day total.
Stable, Experienced Management And 36 Holes Makes Solheim Cup Preparation Easy For Des Moines Golf And Country Club
Hazeltine membership made huge sacrifices for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Their golf course was closed for an entire season while the golf course was re-grassed.
Iowa's Only Pete Dye Golf Courses Will Host The Solheim Cup Matches
Pete Dye, the architect who designed the golf courses at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, is a member of the Golf Hall Of Fame. Mr. Dye (as he is respectfully referred to by in-the-know golf people) has ten golf courses in Golf Digest's Top 100.
The Wisconsin Golf Hipster
I golfed in Wisconsin before it was cool. I can say I was a local when Blackwolf first appeared on the black and white pages of Golf Digest's news and notes in the mid-90s. And before Tiger teed it up at the GMO
The Psychic Asks, "Will TV Viewers And Drones Replace Rules Officials?"
As a golf fan, the Psychic loves the nail biting drama of international match play golf events like the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup. The Psychic watches the LPGA's first Major of 2017 with keen interest.
The Great Man Of History Theory
Many years ago I worked for a general manager who was a Socialist. He was a very bright guy and had very strong beliefs about how the world worked and how it should work.
Questions And Answers With Bob Bush - Director of Minnesota PGA Junior Golf
Bob Bush, the Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Director, is living proof that an internship can be a turning point in a college student's career path.
Bring It On At Bristol Ridge
There aren't too many golf courses around the Twin Cities where you can play an entire round and never see a house. In the heart of the St. Croix River Valley, Bristol Ridge is just a 10 minute drive from Stillwater, but it might as well be in the middle of nowhere.
The Solheim Cup started as three days of women's match play golf. The biennial competition has become a weeklong entertainment extravaganza where fans are truly engaged.
Solheim Cup 101
The driving force behind the Solheim Cup was a Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer (PING) Karsten Solheim. The inaugural event was held in 1990 and on subsequent even number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup.
Golf In The Schools Taking Off
The newly established Golf in the Schools program is taking off and schools are beginning to take notice of its success.
The Psychic came home from the golf course in a grumpy mood. His weekly Saturday morning game, that normally takes four hours or just a little over, had turned into a 5-hour marathon.
Chris Garrett - Golf Nomad Has Found His Niche With The Solheim Cup
For the past 25 years Chris Garrett has been running golf events. The native of Chester, California attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in sports management and communications. With school behind him, Chris found a job as an intern for the Michigan Section of the PGA.
The 2016 Ryder Cup Is Just A Memory - But Oh What A Memory!
The smell of stale champagne lingers faintly! The wild fire, that raced across Hazeltine National Golf Club during the red hot Ryder Cup Matches, has been reduced to snow covered ashes. For most golf fans, the Ryder Cup is only a fading memory.
Find My Golf Ball
The Psychic opens a sleeve of 2017 Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. As he drops these symbols of a real golfer, personalized logo golf balls, onto the putting green he smiles.
Keeper Of The Green
Usually the valuable people behind the scenes go unrecognized and unheralded - golf course maintenance people are an example of such a disservice.
Jeff Hintz Joins The Minnesota Section PGA
The Minnesota Section of the PGA of America just scored the equivalent of a hole in one. Jeff Hintz assumed a newly created position of CEO for the Minnesota Section PGA.
Maybe Trump Could "Drain The Swamp" And Hire The USGA To Enforce State And Federal Laws
The Psychic takes a deep breath, then very s-l-o-w-l-y exhales through slightly parted lips. At last, the election is over!
The Solheim Cup Comes To West Des Moines
The Solheim Cup comes to Iowa battle for the PING prize on the prairie! Iowa sports fans are pro sports starved! Golf is their salvation.
Ontal Golf - Corporate Wellness Programs Hit A Hole In One!
Russ Gorman left the corporate world as most know it 25 years ago. He was tired of traveling, and as a former college golfer and coach, he wanted to do something related to the game.
Don Berry Finishes T-4 at Senior PGA Professional Championship, Claims Senior Player of the Year Honors
Don Berry of Edinburgh USA was one of seven Minnesota Section qualifiers that traveled to Port St. Lucie, FL for the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship in late November.
The Psychic moves the shower control further into the red. He relaxes with his chin resting on his chest as he allows the, almost-too-hot, water to massage his neck, his upper back, his shoulders.
The Mutually Beneficial Venture of Golf, Golfers, and Sponsorships
Sponsorships are always a huge thing when it comes to sports. We usually see it in team competitions such as soccer and basketball; with major companies having their brands embellished on the front of players' kits.
Minnesota "A to Z" - Land Of 10,000 Likes
Minnesota means "Sky Tinted Water." If you already knew that, you probably know everything. If you didn't know that, you might learn even more from this article.
A tear rolls down the Psychic's cheek... then another. Fellow golfers, great athletes from different sport, Presidents and common folk pay tribute to Arnold Palmer on the Golf Channel.
I Was There Saturday
After spending Friday night in a tent at a Jordan, MN campground, I made it to Hazeltine as the sun came up - setting up camp on 8 and 16 in the morning, and back to 8 and 17 in the afternoon.
Arnold Palmer passed away on September 26. He was 87 years old. To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, Palmer truly walked (and golfed) with presidents and kings but didn't lose the common touch.
With Ryan Moore's final putt still rattling in the bottom of the cup, the celebration began. No more drama. No more ugly language from over-served patrons.
PGA REACH Military Clinic
On a windy, sunny day at Chaska Par 30 in Chaska Minn., PGA of America's PGA REACH in conjunction with the Minnesota Section PGA and its local PGA HOPE program hosted a PGA REACH Military Clinic the Monday of Ryder Cup week, September 26th.
3M Championship Recap - Not Your Average Joe
To match the excitement of the previous few years, the 2016 3M Championship needed to produce some real fireworks. Given the new and exciting players in this year's field like John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez, expectations were high.
GR8 Local Golf Architects
Starship built their city on rock and roll. Joel Goldstrand built his on golf. Mr. Goldstrand designed about a billion golf courses in Minnesota.
PSYCHIC - GOLF ON TELEVISION - Superstars And Familiar Courses Spell TV Success!
The Psychic watched the final putt drop in the Women's Olympic golf competition on CBS. He had a deflated feeling! The Psychic was pulling for one of his favorite golfers, the little girl from Arkansas, Stacy Lewis, to win a medal.
Geeking Out For The Ryder Cup
I actually have butterflies. As I write this, the Ryder Cup is just weeks away. I've always been fanatical about the Ryder. In the week's leading up to the event, I'll be sure to block off the Saturday and Sunday of the matches to ensure I catch every second.
Law Of Diminishing Returns
Here's the American Dictionary's definition of the Law of Diminishing Returns: "The tendency for a continuing application of effort or skill toward a particular project or goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved."
Minnesota Section PGA Foundation
The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation was founded in 1995 with the mission of carrying out two main functions; promotion of the game through player development programs and to provide financial assistance to worthy members of the Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf Program as well as PGA member facilities to further their education.
United States Wins Fifth Consecutive Junior Ryder Cup
The United States won its fifth straight Junior Ryder Cup with a 15 1/2 to 8 1/2 victory over Europe at Interlachen Country Club, as the American Team of 12 top boys and girls players from across the country came out firing on all cylinders.
Minnesota "A to Z" - Land Of 10,000 Likes
Minnesota means "Sky Tinted Water." If you already knew that, you probably know everything. If you didn't know that, you might learn even more from this article.
Team USA has won only one Ryder Cup Match since 1999, and only two since 1995. The unanswered question: Why doesn't Team USA win the majority of the Ryder Cup Matches?
TEAM EUROPE Let The Chess Match Begin!
Darren Clarke, the sly old fox with the grey muzzle, created an interesting pairing puzzle as he completed Team Europe with his Captain's Picks.
Ryder Cup Perfect - It's Chris Tritabaugh's Job
As a golfer, have you ever fantasized about playing golf on your very own golf course?
The Ryder Cup Shop - Free And Open To The Public
Beginning Friday, September 22nd through Monday, September 25th the general public will have the opportunity to purchase truly unique merchandise for their holiday gift list.
The 3M Championship - A Family Affair
Ask anyone involved in the PGA TOUR or PGA Tour Champions and they'll tell you, it's the volunteers that really make things happen. Every week on TOUR, thousands of everyday people volunteer their time to make sure the best possible event is held.
Superstars Make Their Debut In 2016
Each year the 3M Championship boasts one of the strongest fields of the entire PGA Tour Champions season. This year is no exception and the addition of several big names (really big) makes the 2016 edition can't miss viewing.
As the setting sun causes the few cumulus clouds to turn a pinkish orange, the Psychic throws his golf clubs in the trunk of his car, then slams the trunk!
Head: In Match Play, Clutch > Scratch
For me, winning match play golf is all about attitude. My wife will attest to me being a largely non-competitive person.
Usually the valuable people behind the scenes go unrecognized and unheralded - golf course maintenance people are an example of such a disservice.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what golf course owners and architects consider before making changes to their golf course.
RYDER CUP VOLUNTEERS - The Unsung Heroes To Ryder Cup Success
The unequaled success of the modern day Ryder Cup can be attributed to many factors.
The reach of this event goes much deeper than the average golf fan would realize.
3M Championship Preview - Anything Can Happen, And Usually Does
If the 2016 3M Championship, contested at the TPC Twin Cities August 1-7, is anything like the last few years, expect anything and everything to happen.
The Psychic carefully adjusts his turban as the mist, clouding the interior of his crystal ball, begins to dissipate. The Psychic, who is computer literate and owns an iPhone, places his digital devices in sleep mode as he falls under the trance that allows him to see the future.
From Grandpa To Gunga The Road To Reflection Goes Through Rome
Growing up, no one in my family golfed.
I didn't grow up playing the hand-clipped fairways of a prestigious country club, or under the tutelage of a Top 100 teacher. And perhaps my golf game reflects that.

I gave a lesson yesterday to a 47-year old guy who'd been playing golf his whole life - he'd never heard of "the slot."
The Minnesota 10 Returns From Oakmont
The Minnesota 10 returns to Minnesota tired from long exhausting days, but happy with the end result - a dramatic and controversial finish to the U.S. Open at Oakmont.
AMERICAN MARSHALS - The Official, Unofficial, Cheerleaders For Team USA At The Ryder Cup
As the sun creates that pink/orange glow in the eastern sky on the morning of Friday, September 30, 2016, members of the American Marshals will be armed and ready at the front gate.
A Candid Chat With Patrick Hunt - General Chairman, Ryder Cup At Hazeltine National Golf Club
Patrick Hunt, has been a member of Hazeltine for 22 years, and is CEO of Hunt Adkins, Inc., a full service brand communications and digitally focused advertising agency.
The Psychic has spent the last month staring into the crystal ball seeking answers to the question, "What external causes will increase the number of junior golfers and influence them to play more rounds."
The Dad Golf Workout
Tour pros have a well defined pre-round routine. You've probably seen the videos with a ticker counting down the minutes as they prepare for their round on the range, with a specific series of chips, putts, bunker shots, irons and drivers.
Minnesota 10 - U.S. Open Volunteers
In this article you will learn about The Minnesota Ten (MN10), a team of volunteers, who are preparing for the 26th edition of their annual pilgrimage to the U.S. Open.
This is a pretty good topic for a golf column. It would be a good topic for any column. Arrogance is probably the most shocking quality that I encounter.
Keller Golf Course After School Program Is Taking Off
"If you build it, they will come." This is a saying that Keller Golf Course's afterschool program has embraced since coming into fruition this winter.
THE 2016 RYDER CUP DIRECTOR - Meet Jeff Hintz. Learn What He Does.
"I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen to lead our day-to-day efforts with the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club," said Jeff Hintz.
You're Invited To Play Like The Pros - Well, At Least With The Same Gear!
PGA TOUR Superstore Opens in Minnetonka
When the pros go on TOUR, following them to every tournament is a fleet of trucks loaded with all the latest and greatest golf equipment from the sponsoring brands.

The Physic spends all day gazing into the crystal ball. After the collapse at the Masters, the Psychic eyes grew tired squinting at the thick fog inside the crystal ball. The Psychic is looking for the next "game changer" for the game of golf.
Botany Tips For The Golf-Obsessed Dad
You haven't lived until you've played 18 and still found the reserves to mow the lawn. You might know the routine.
Heritage Links Junior Program Explodes - A Look At One Of Minnesota's Hottest Junior Programs
In 2009, Heritage Links Golf Course in Lakeville played host to about 33 youngsters in their summer junior program.
SAMMY SCHMITZ - A Dream Come True!
April 7, 11:16 AM, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA
"Now driving from the United States, Sammy Schmitz!"

RYDER CUP 101 - Learning The Terms, Understanding The Format!
In an effort to educate our readers about the variety of terms, or jargon, used during The Ryder Cup Matches, Tee Times enlisted the help of Mike Barge, teaching professional at Hazeltine National Golf Club, for the past 30 years.
Remembering George Nelson during PGA's 100th Anniversary
2016 marks the 100th anniversary for PGA of America, also known as the PGA Centennial celebration.
Learning the Origin of the Minnesota Junior Golf Program
Curious to know the origin of the Junior Golf program in the state of Minnesota? Look no further.
Grand View Lodge - Class Of The Century
2016 is a landmark year for Grand View Lodge. 100 Years. A hundred years of life on the gorgeous north shore of the lake - Gull Lake. One hundred years of catering to vacationers seeking a great woods and waterfront escape.
Finding A League Of Your Own
To Join Or Not To Join?
Can you join a golf league after the age of 60 if you have never kept score of your game? To answer this question, this writer did some walking research.

Sammy Schmitz - Hole-In-One Sends Minnesota Amateur To The Masters
Sammy Schmitz's Hole-In-One on the par-4 15th hole (33rd hole in the 36 hole final) in the final match of the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship at John's Island Club in Vero Beach, FL drove a nail in the hart of Mark Dull- and, earned Sammy a ticket to the 2016 Masters.
Instead, the Psychic sees 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching age 65 every day for the next 10 years. He sees these "active seniors" playing golf along with other physically and mentally stimulating activities well into their 90's.

Tips For Planning The Perfect Buddies' Golf Trip
In June, I will embark on a classic roadtrip reserved for only the most daring and worthy of men: The Buddies' Golf Trip.
Henry Ford once said, "I know that half of my advertising is worthless - I just don't know which half." Pretty funny and pretty true, but it also means that half of his advertising is NECESSARY.
The Twin Cities Hospitality Happiness Factor - Arthur Morrissey Of Morrissey Hospitality Companies
Describe how you're feeling when you walk into a restaurant. What vibe occurs upon entering your vacation hotel? Usually you're happy to be going out to eat or starting a vacation.
RYDER CUP 2016 - A Chat With The President
For most golf fans the anticipation of the 2016 Ryder Cup has already started. Over coffee or cocktails we all seem to have discovered an acquaintance, even though remote, who secured tickets to this nearly impossible to attend venue.
Spotlight with 2015 Minnesota PGA Junior Golf Association Players' of the Year
Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf Players' of the Year, Dane Sethre-Hofstad and Elle Carlson, shared some insight into last year's successes and their first year in collegiate golf.
This past week I saw the movie The Revenant and read the book To America With Love by A.A. Gill. This combination got me thinking about what it means to be noble and what that means in modern America.
Golf Psychic Reads His Crystal Ball And Proclaims, "Golf Is Trending Toward An Upward Cycle!"
Let me introduce you to The Golf Psychic. During the 2016 golf season the Psychic will peer deeply into his crystal ball for visions into golf's future.
The Pease Report: When Games End, Seasons Begin
27 Yards - Blair Walsh's missed chipshot as time expired in January's Seahawks vs. Vikings divisional playoff game was a heartbreaker.
The Venture Bank Minnesota Golf Show - Golf So Close You Can Taste It
It's February. If this winter is like the last one, you could be golfing in just one month! If you can't wait that long, there is no better way to bridge the gap.
Piggybacking On The 2016 Ryder Cup Puts Minnesota On The World Maps!
Five hundred million people (one third more than the entire population of the United States) from 200 countries around the globe will watch coverage of the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches at Hazeltine National Golf Club is Chaska, Minnesota.
Golf Zone - Stay In The Zone, All Winter Long
As a golfer of any caliber, when you pull into the parking lot at Golf Zone, you are immediately in your element - even in the winter.
Burnsville Indoor Golf - A Little Summer In The Middle Of Winter
In the winter we, who live in Minnesota, look for "hot spots". Not hot yoga, or hot tub or saunas, we Minnesotans are trying to locate places where we can go with our friends and/or family for good healthy recreation and great food.
Tee Times Land of Links Golf Club - Coming Soon To A Course Near You
Any Twin Cities area golfer who likes playing golf at top tier public courses is going to love the Land of Links Golf Club.
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are huge draws for the 3M Championship when they compete in the "Greats Of Golf." But what the 3M Championship fans did not see was an even better story.
That was the cry that made Paul Revere famous at the start of the Revolutionary War! Shots won't be fired at the 41st Ryder Cup, but the Matches will provide plenty of fireworks next fall at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
The 41st Ryder Cup will be held at storied Hazeltine National Golf Club, September 27 to October 2, 2016. The biennial competition between Team USA and Team Europe will be broadcast to 500 million homes in 160 countries.
PGA MSP Airport Store - Experience Golfers Best Layover Ever
Someone told the PGA of America that 35 million travelers pass through the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport annually. The PGA must have also learned that Minnesota has more golfers per capita than any state in the union.
Over the last several months Tee Times has investigated some the golf industry's attempts to grow the game with variations or alternatives to the traditional game that we love.
Local St. Paul Teen Played In The Nature Valley First Tee Open At Pebble Beach
The First Tee of St. Paul sent Junior Lee Froelich to compete in the 2015 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour event that was held September 25-27, 2015 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.
Ryder Cup Insider - Covering A Little Of Everything
Don't look at your calendar now, but the Ryder Cup is only a few months away! Surely you know by now that it will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota from September 27-October 2, 2016.
In the great questions of life... such as what is love? Or what is the meaning of life? I would add - what is motivation? I don't believe that we really understand motivation.
Bloomington, Minnesota Native Has Been A Mover And Shaker In Golf For The Past Four Decades
Jim Sorenson, owner of Momentus Golf, Inc, "Once I started teaching golf, the "Passion In My Heart" was to help golfers play better."
Golf (Surfing) Boards - "Surfing The Earth" Or Golf Boarding Brings New Excitement And Younger Players To The Game Of Golf
With the business of golf still in a state of "stagnation," consultants, golf organizations and course owners are continually brainstorming for ideas that will increase revenues at existing courses and bring new younger players into the game.
Minneapolis Park Board Golf Courses
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MRPB) is taking their time to makeover their stable of golf courses right!
Tee Times continues to explore the transformation of municipal golf courses in the Twin Cities area. This month we had a long conversation with the MPRB Director of Golf, Keith Kalny.

Minnesota Has An Official Golf License Plate
Join the Minnesota Section PGA and Minnesota Golf Association in supporting youth golf initiatives by purchasing your new Minnesota Golf License Plate.
The Hook
The good golf swing is an evolution. Too many people try to skip the steps. The steps are necessary because the next step is a reaction to the previous step.
Dave Gravdahl - Home Town Boy Makes Good
This month's version of Minnesota Golf's Movers and Shakers reads like a fairy tale. Fifty-one years ago Dave Gravdahl's first job was toting the golf bags of resort guests around the 9-hole Breezy Point Resort Golf Course.
In 2015 Bunker Hills Continues In A Tradition Of Excellence By Staying One Step Ahead Of It's Competition
Bunker Hills Golf Club, in its 47th year of operation, continues to be the standard by which other "premium", public access golf courses are judged. The greens, always fast and firm, are the envy of many private golf clubs.
History... Repeated
For the 2015 3M Championship to live up to the historic events of 2014 would be a tall order to say the least. After all, how do you top a tournament that ends with a birdie on the final hole after the chaser comes from well back in the field to force that birdie?
So, You Want To Own A Golf Course?
The American Dream of working for yourself is still alive and well. And I respect that dream. But, sometimes dreams turn into nightmares. For many people owning a golf course is a nightmare.
Ageless Artist Sets Another Record
During the 2015 MGA Senior Amateur Championship held at Deacons Lodge in Breezy Point, MN, Bud Chapman set another record; proving that he is still a MOVER & SHAKER in Minnesota Golf.
'TRAIL' Has Become The Buzz Word In Golf Marketing
The saying goes: "If you can't beat 'em join 'em!"
Golf course operators, consultants and major golf organizations have been in a frantic search for ways to generate more revenue.

The 3M Championship...Will History Repeat Itself?
Over the years, Minnesota has played a historic part in the world of golf.
Did you hear Gary Player's rant during the U.S. Open? He really let 'er rip. First he blasted the golf course - Chambers Bay - then he blasted modern golf course design in general.
Gaby Accad - Literally Moving And Shaking
MOVING, as in moving out of (fleeing) war torn Beirut, Lebanon, Gaby Accad immigrated to the United States and found a job as an intern with Versatile Vehicles in Savage, Minnesota.
Make Golf Easier...MAKE THE HOLE BIGGER!!
With over 500 golf course nationwide going out of business in the past five years, there is no question that THE BUSINESS OF GOLF IS STAGNANT.
Keller Golf Course - A Rebirth Done Perfectly!
Golf Magazine chose Keller Golf Course as the "best municipal golf renovation for the year 2014!"
The Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame has announced the 2015 Class of Hall of Fame inductees: Gloria Bjork Brandness, Dan Croonquist, Alissa (Herron) Super and Dick Haugen.
A Conversation with Rees Jones, "The Open Doctor"
As you'll see in the pages of this month's issue, we are featuring a couple "casino courses" that were original designs by the legendary Rees Jones. Our Will Brogan recently interviewed Jones, the highlights of which are detailed here in this article.
Auctions and Raffles "The Number 2 Big Money Makers"
If you are wondering how some groups are raising $100,000 to $300,000 with their golf tournaments, it is because of their auctions and raffles. It is very hard to make that kind of money with a golf tournament alone.
How Can We Grow Golf? Turn Tee Times Into 'Par-Tee' Times
Golf is evolving. Golf clubs, courses and culture are shifting to cater to those 28 and under. And you could say tastes are changing. Literally.
This month is the end of the TV series "Madmen". I love this new style of TV series, started many years ago by the "Sopranos". Most television shows portray life as la-la land - all of the characters are good-looking, live in beautiful homes, and never seem to work.
Technology Revolutionizes Golf
Mark Edelmann spent $150,000 for a robotic golf swing machine - with no business plan! As I entered Perfect Swing Golf Academy, Mike was just finishing his first 90 minute session on the RoboGolfPro - the revolutionary robotic swing trainer.
FootGolf? Disc Golf? Can They Help Golf?
As the game of golf attempts to escape STAGNATION or RECESSION, you choose the adjective, many golf course owners feel like a man bobbing in the sea searching for a life preserver. National and local golf organizations continue to invent new concepts hoping that this will be the life preserver for the golf industry.

Memories From The Drive Chip and Putt National Championship at Augusta National Golf Club
We have all heard it many times, "TV does not do Augusta National Golf Club justice, and one has to see it in person". For those of you that have been lucky enough to have the great pleasure to attend The Masters, know well what I mean.
Highland National Golf Course
For the last fifteen years the game of golf has been on a downward trend. For various reasons more players are dropping out of the game than are starting to play golf. Over the past few years hundreds of golf courses all across America have closed.
Women Veterans to be Honored at Annual Salute to Servicewomen Golf Classic

Nine Must Read Golf Books
Winter in Minnesota is a good time to catch up on your reading - especially golf books. Because I'm old and have lived through many cold winters, I've read a lot of golf books. Here are nine that I feel are must read.
A Golf Partnership Paving A New Way
Many business professionals who are involved in today's struggling golf business are trying to find a way to get out. Bucking this trend, two local business partners and family members, Gary Sauer and Chris Sauer, have found themselves in the business of acquiring golf properties!
The game of golf has stopped growing! Many in the business of golf would say that golf is actually shrinking! If you were to ask the people who have been assigned the task of growing the game (PGA, USGA, and various golf associations) they will tell you, "Golf has just hit a plateau, in a few years we will start to see moderate growth of the game that will continue into the foreseeable future."
WOW, what a mild winter Minnesota is having, maybe hinting at an early spring, BRING IT ON!!!
Play Golf Minnesota!!!
The Minnesota Section PGA and its 525 men and women golf professionals have been working hard this winter to embrace the four pillars of our foundation's Mission Statement.

Buddy Golf Trips - The Stuff Of Legends
I've spent countless hours over the last seven years planning my annual buddies golf trip, and the one thing I've learned is to keep it simple.
Making The Most With Games and Contests. Winners Come Back
Games and contests are a great tool to engage golfers. There are several purposes for games and contests.
The Millennials
The title of this article sounds like a cheesy TV mini-series. But the Millennials are the talk of the golf world. The latest Twin Cities Business magazine has a feature article about how golf courses need to capture this young market.
2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship
The Minnesota Section will be conducting FREE local, sub-regional and regional qualifying for juniors to advance to the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.
Can American Learn Golf From The Japanese?
Traveling at 200 mph, the "bullet train" created a strobe-light effect as it rocketed through the blackness of mountain railroad tunnels then an explosion of sunshine as we moved onto lush agricultural land then back into blackness. The golf fanatic in me was hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the 2,000 golf courses scattered around the rural areas of this island nation.
Little Known Facts About The Masters
Greetings Golfers,

I just received this fascinating information about the Masters. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Keller Got It Right
Saturday, July 19th, 2014 Keller Golf Course embarked on a new era in golf. The $12.5 million make over of the golf course and clubhouse put a magnifying glass on history and continues Keller's strong golf tradition.
New Golf Professional At Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Chris Ruttger, President of Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, is pleased to announce that Dave Sadlowsky has joined the Ruttger's team as the PGA Head Golf Professional.
Dave Tentis' Thoughts On The 2014 PGA Championship
Dave Tentis, Woodbury resident and Minnesota native, has qualified to play in the PGA Championship, August 7-10, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY.

Mark Foley Named New Head Golf Professional At Keller Lake Golf Course
Ramsey County has signed a contract with Mark Foley to provide golf professional services at historic Keller Golf Course, effectively immediately. Foley, a PGA golf professional, assumes the role vacated by Tom Purcell, who resigned in March after 35 years at Keller.
CartRev - A Refreshing Way To Wrap Up More Business For Your Golf Course!
Given the brutal winter that Minnesota has gone through this year, no doubt you've visualized warmer times, and more than a few of you probably choose to complete that picture on the green grass of your favorite local golf course, swinging away as the sun sets, right?
The Participation In Golf
Once upon a time it was the great tennis boom. The game was immensely popular and growing. Manufacturers were researching ways to make the game more applicable, some ideas like the spaghetti stringing design produced unusual over spin, were deemed not good for the game and made illegal. Other ideas like the big-headed racquet were utilized and both the professional and average player made them a standard.

A Pool Hall Owner's Lessons Are The Building Blocks For The RTJ Golf Trail
This segment of Minnesota Golf History will look at the son of a small town Minnesota pool hall owner who has become one of the biggest movers and shakers in the world of golf course development and ownership.
Totally Driven - The Ultimate Golf Improvement Center
Totally Driven is the "Genie In Your Golf Bag" who can take the mystery out of playing better golf!

The PGA of America Partners with Fore!! Axel & Hudson to Launch PGA Authentic Junior Apparel Collection
Golf-Inspired Children's Clothing and Accessories Debuts at Department Stores, Boutiques Nationwide
GAME CHANGERS - From the Oregon Trail to Brainerd
When those of us over 30 (barely) were kids "The Oregon Trail" was the hottest computer game on the market. That and "Bird vs. Magic." (Wow did I really just date myself there.) Today, if one were to mention the Oregon Trail, 9 out of 10 people would think they're either talking about a hiking trail in Oregon or golf. (Who knows what the other person would be thinking about?) Anyway.
PGA Professional Tom Purcell: Building Friendships and Preserving Tradition at Keller Golf Course
St. Paul was the place to be in 1979. Herb Brooks was assembling his U.S. Olympic Hockey team that would soon shock the world. Keller Golf Course was proudly hosting the LPGA Patty Berg Classic. And Tom Purcell was in the midst of his rookie year as the head PGA golf professional at Keller, the iconic Ramsey County course in Maplewood currently undergoing extensive renovations.
The Business OF Golf -"Six Deadly Sins" Part I
Part II of Game Day. Today we're going to discuss the first three of what I call..."The Six Deadly Sins." These are the behaviors that some of us 'think' are okay but if you really value your client and the growing relationship, you'll heed my guidance.
Performance In Motion - Mastering The Mind And Body
When learning a new skill or trying to master an existing one, we can learn from our past. As children we were often present in the moment. Free of fear and anxiety, our bodies were relaxed, aware, sensitive to feel, and aligned with our balance and gravity. Our emotions were spontaneous and uninhibited. This is the relaxed, mindful state that makes us extraordinary at learning and growth. Imagine if we were entrenched with anxiety and self-doubt when we first learned how to walk, or if someone was always telling us how to walk rather than allowing us to learn through a trial and self-correction process.
Give Back And Score Low At Your Next Charity Golf Tournament
The 3M Championship is Minnesota's largest professional sports-related charity tournament, but courses around the state also host a lot of charity golf events for players of all levels. The scramble-style tournaments are usually organized by a local golfing enthusiast and intended to raise funds or awareness for a cause. Charity golf tournaments are a great place to gather your friends, play the game you love and give back!
Out Of Bounds - Why People Play Bad Golf
You know Dave Letterman's Top Ten Lists? Here's my Top Ten Lists for why people play bad golf:

10.) They listen to their friends' advice
9.) They have too many swing thoughts
8.) They use poor quality golf clubs...

Minnesota Golf Architects
In this chapter of Minnesota Golf History, Tee Times will add fuel to the fire of controversy and select the golf architect from Minnesota who had the biggest impact on Minnesota Golf History. Not the architect who built the best golf course.
golfTec @ Bunker Hills Now Offering Two Rooms For Improvement
With so many different facets to playing the game of golf, there's always something to practice. If you've played for long enough, you know that it's a rare occasion to have all aspects of your game working well at the same time. One day the driver doesn't seem to be working; another day the short game isn't there. You probably also know how much work it takes to improve. Learning a new skill or technique on the range or around the practice green doesn't guarantee you'll be able to use it when the time comes during a round.
3M - Portrait of a Golf Tournament Sponsor A Behind the Scenes Look at the 3M Championship
As an employer, what if there was something you could do to involve and reward your employees, your customers, your suppliers, and even your retirees? This is one of the key questions 3M pondered before they said "yes" to sponsoring the 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.
Golfer Strives To Lose Her Stroke Jaime Anderson: A Comeback Story
Prior to 2012, Jaime Anderson typically penciled in an 18-hole score of 78 to 85. Today, Jaime's goal is to hit a golf ball by swinging with one arm. This 26-year-old native of Cottage Grove isn't trying to show off. She's simply doing the best she can since suffering a stroke on August 22 of last year.
The Business of Golf - Game Day Part II
Last issue we talked about "Brainstorming on the Golf Course." It's a powerful strategy that can help you immeasurably in building a great relationship with your client. Today we're going to spend a bit more time on the "Game Day' aspect of playing Business Golf and this will round out Part I of Game Day from two issues ago.
Playing The Game - Partnership Of Mind And Body
Unlike the typical golf coach, the coaching I do is not just about improving mechanics, but rather working with golfers on the mental game. It is also important to recognize what comes first.
Growing The Game - USGA Launches "While We're Young" Campaign
The USGA has recently launched a campaign aimed to help grow the game of golf by improving pace of play on the golf course. The campaign is called "While We're Young" after the famous line from Rodney Dangerfield's character in Caddyshack. While the title may be light-hearted, the message is clear: pick up the pace.
Growing The Game
Equipment gives women a much better chance to enjoy some success and stick with the sport. Too often women are thrown to the wind with little instruction and some man's cast-off clubs.
Why Don't More Women Play Golf? - Two Women Golfers Have Some Answers
The June 2013 issue of Golf Digest got us steamed! In Bob Carney's article, "Why Golf Needs to Change," he states: "Women still don't seem that interested, despite years of trying to recruit them." This statement seems to suggest women are a hopeless case when it comes to getting them interested in playing golf; but as we see it, the real problem is with the approach to getting women interested in golf and how they are treated once they start to play. We love golf, and neither one of us ever remembers any attempt at being "recruited," so recruitment efforts must not be too intense.
Golf Buddy Voice
The GPS and yardage devices for golf just keep getting better and better. Last month I was playing golf in Thailand and one of my playing partners had a Golf Buddy Voice clipped to the brim of his hat, like a ball marker. He had tried it at several courses in various countries and it worked everywhere.
Joel Hunt Takes His War To The Golf Course
Just one year ago, Denver, Colorado resident Joel Hunt questioned his desire to live. A Purple Heart recipient and veteran of multiple military rotations in the Middle East, an Improvised Explosive Device found Hunt returning to the States in a wheelchair in 2006, paralyzed from the knee down on his left side and having suffered a brain injury. Six years later, the ongoing effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), coupled with dire family news, found Hunt uncertain of his ambition to see the next day.
It's Finally Here - The 2014 Golf Season Is Open For Business!
The winter is finally over! This weekend will be a great weekend to get out and play. Here is a list of when courses are opening up. Some courses are walking only and some are allowing carts. Please check with each course for details.
Want a Career in Golf? Tee it up at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!
"You'll never work a day in your life if you do what you love!"

The above saying could be considered a goal to achieve in the "real world". If you love what you do, it never feels like work. Well, what if there was an opportunity available where "you can turn the game you love into a career you love"?

The Art Of James Patrick Golf
If you have been to any PGA Tour event and looked closely into the bags of touring professionals, you'll find a significant amount of customization as well as personalization. This is especially apparent in the scoring clubs, the wedges.
Allen Wronowski - One On One With PGA Of America President Allen Wronowski
During Ryder Cup week, PGA President Allen Wronowski was gracious enough to share his thoughts on a variety of matters with Tee Times Magazine. Of course, the next time the Ryder Cup will be contested in America, it will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Bud Chapman - One Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words!!
You probably know Bud Chapman as the artist who created the Infamous 18, those wonderful paintings of "fantasy" golf holes.

When asked about Bud's paintings, Pete Dye, the world-famous architect said: "Bud's innovative thinking certainly influenced many designers to make the contours a little steeper and the bunkers a little deeper and generally to think outside the box with new designs, and, in that way Bud made a great contribution to the game."

Planning Your 2013 Golf Tournament
Even though it is October, and sadly the end of the 2012 Minnesota golf season is in sight, it is the perfect time to begin preparing for your 2013 golf event. Whether you are starting to plan a new tournament or entering the 10th year of an existing successful event, the earlier the better to begin your planning for 2013.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea? Nope. 20,000 Golf Balls!
By now you've seen a feature or two on the Golf Channel or maybe ESPN detailing the lives of "golf ball divers". Usually, those features take place in the Southern United States, as the warm climate and potential for omnipresent alligators create a dramatic focus for those features. However, did you know that golf ball diving has been going on for just as long right here in the Twin Cities area?
Norby Joins Architect's Society
Chaska-based golf course architect Kevin Norby has been elected as an Associate member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. According to ASGCA Membership Director Aileen Smith, he becomes one of only 175 ASGCA members worldwide.
Pete Dye, The Marquis de Sod: A Conversation With A Legend
Even in his late eighties, Pete Dye is still going strong designing and building golf courses. His career dates back to the early 1960's when he and his wife, Alice, co-designed what was then known as El Dorado Country Club, a modest nine-hole course outside of Indianapolis.
Caretakers Of Golf (3 Of 8 In A Series) - G.O.L.F. (Gentelmen Only Ladies Forbidden) NO LONGER!
Women Contribute to Golf's Growth & Vitality: Women may represent only about 20% of today's golfing population, but industry experts list this segment as an untapped opportunity for growth. Research shows more women are taking up the game, but attrition rates are offsetting the gains.
Influential People In Minnesota Golf - George Reynolds
One page about "Coach" is not enough. But here goes...

George Reynolds said it perfectly in our interview; "This game of golf took me on a survival ride that I am very thankful for. If I could do it over again I would be an educator AND golf professional. It has been a great ride."

Caretakers Of Golf (2 Of 8 In A Series) - Tourism
Golf in Minnesota - A Great Story
Known as a top U.S. golf destination, Minnesota offers 500+ courses characterized by beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions and affordability. The overall "Quality" of golf in Minnesota cannot be matched. The listing of nationally recognized golf courses included in the Minnesota golf landscape constitutes a hall of fame of national and regional "Award-Winning" courses from such publications as Golf Digest, Golf Week, Golf News, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, National Golf Course Owners Association, Midwest Golf Course Owners Association etc. etc. - hundreds of awards.

Caretakers of Golf (1 Of 8 In A Series) - The MGA
During 2011, Tee Times Press ran a series of articles entitled "Survival of the Fittest" which outlined the health of the golf industry and additionally addressed the evolving issues facing golfers in Minnesota. Highlighted in the series were "Public", "Private" and "Resort" courses along with debates over the concern that the golf industry is overgrown and issues regarding discounting tactics. For 2012, Tee Times Press will run a series of articles focusing on the many organizations, both public and private, that support the growth of golf in Minnesota. The organizations that will be profiled in 2012 include the Minnesota Golf Association, Minnesota Tourism, Minnesota Woman's Golf Association, The 1st Tee, Fairway Foundation and others.
Wisconsin Golfer Has Two Hole In Ones
Mr. Don Tranchita from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, had hole in ones on back to back days here at The Prairie Club.
Women Teeing It Up For Our Women Veterans
Women in the military have a history that extends over 4,000 years into the past, throughout a vast number of cultures and nations. Women have played many roles in the military, from ancient warrior women, to the women serving in current conflicts. Women have served in the military from the American Revolution to the present, and today roughly 15 percent of all veterans are women.
Ian Leonard Bad Pants Open - Bad Pants for a Great Cause
It could be said that a meteorologist has a 50-50 chance of predicting a daily forecast correctly. When it comes to making his little corner of the world a better place, FOX 9 Meteorologist Ian Leonard, has a formula that never fails.
Swing Thoughts - Leaves of Grass; Mike Davis, USGA
The completion of the 2011 U.S. Amateur on Sunday seemed to leave some unanswered questions regarding the scores recorded and the difficulty of Erin Hills. Some of my golfing pals believed that the scores reflected a vulnerability that may not bode well for the 2017 U.S. Open venue which has been touted as having the potential to be one of the most difficult courses in the world. Was Erin Hills defenseless?
Jeff Sorenson, A Modern Day "Hershey Hurricane"
Jeff Sorenson was born in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Raised in Brooklyn Park, he grew up with a dad armed with a scratch handicap as a golfer. So, Jeff was able to learn many great lessons from one of the best. Both men knew how to play the game, and a champion began to develop. By age 11, young Sorenson had already shown promise as a golfer.
Bunker Hills Golf Club-Making Minnesota Golf History In More Than One Way
Home of many State Opens and High School Tournaments as well as the Burnet Senior Classic before it moved to the TPC, there certainly was a lot going on at Bunker Hills Golf Course on Wednesday, June 22nd.
Tom Abts, Thinking And Living Outside The Box
One of the many responsibilities of a PGA Professional is to impact every golfer's life, inspiring their passion for the game of golf. Whether through directing in the workplace, providing guidance, teaching, or advising on personal issues, the late and great Henry Picard, PGA, did each with nothing less than perfection in mind.
Keeping Golf Flourishing In Minnesota-Tom Ryan's Personal Challenge!
Tom Ryan is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Golf Association (MGA), an organization of thousands of individual members and more than 440 golf courses. The MGA, among a myriad of functions, conducts tournaments, administers USGA Handicap System, publishes a bimonthly magazine and is tasked with identifying and cultivating programs and projects that influence the growth of the game of golf. Tom Ryan is a man-of-golf!
The Hershey Hurricane - Ben Hogan's Mentor
Unlike any other sport, golf is a gentleman's game, based solely upon honor and integrity. Henry "Pic" Picard was not only a gentleman who embodied what golf represents; he was a humble and selfless legend who gave back to the game in many tangible ways.

Boost Your Game During Free Lesson Month
Spring is here and Minnesota's courses are open for business! During the month of May, many of those courses will be offering free lessons with participating PGA and LPGA professionals as part of the 13th annual PGA Free Lesson Month.
Second Annual Family Fun Day To Benefit Minnesota Military Families Is May 29
Cragun's Resort, Brainerd, MN, presents the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 29 and Free Golf for Vets on May 30 and May 31.

Commenting on the event, resort owner Dutch Cragun said, "Veterans of Minnesota were called and they served for you. They gave; now they need your support. It's time to show your appreciation and do your part. It's the right thing to do."

Course Openings
The season is finally here! Many Minnesota golf courses are now open. Here is an updated status on which courses are open and when others will open. Some courses are allowing carts and some are walking only. Please check with the course directly as some dates still depend on the weather. Have a great 2011 season.
MetLife/Twin Cities Financial Group Participates In LPGA Golf Clinics For Women From MetLife Proceeds to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Twin Cities Financial Group, an Office of MetLife, recently took part in the LPGA Golf Clinics for Women from MetLife. More than 110 area women came together at Edina's Minikahda Club for the event, which is designed to help women improve their golf game while learning how to use the sport to build business relationships and networking skills.

Grand View Lodge Recognizes One Millionth Golfer
Twenty-one years ago, Grand View Lodge opened the first championship golf course in the Brainerd Lakes Area, and this weekend, the resort celebrated an important milestone-one million paid golfers have experienced golf at Grand View. Recently, Grand View Lodge was recognized by Golf Magazine as Minnesota's only Gold Medal Golf Resort, which now boasts three championship golf courses-The Pines, The Preserve and Deacon's Lodge.

Goodbye Metrodome, Hello Convention Center - The Minnesota Golf Show Is At The Convention Center This Weekend
For the first time in the show's 18 year history, The Minneapolis Convention Center will be the new home to the 2010 Minnesota Golf Show. See the tops names in golf including Titleist, Taylor Made, Callaway, Ping, Nike, Adams, Mizuno and many more!
PGA TOUR's TPC Twin Cities honored with GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf National Private Award and "100 Best Golf Shops" Award
Underscoring the PGA TOUR's commitment to environmental excellence, the TOUR's TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, MN - home to the Champions Tour's 3M Championship - has been named the National...
26TH ANNUAL WAYZATA CHILLY OPEN - Wayzata Celebrates Winter On Lake Minnetonka
Minnesota Golf in February? Since 1984 hundreds of golfers from all around the metro area have gathered on Lake Minnetonka in February to participate in the Wayzata Chilly Open. Saturday, February 13, 2010 marked the 26th annual frozen golf tournament on Wayzata Bay.

Over 850 golfers trekked out onto the Lake on a balmy 20 degree Minnesota February day to play nine holes of frozen golf with tennis balls. Some chose to play with the traditional five iron or putter, but some brought their entire golf bag or even a hockey stick!

Minnesota Metro Chapter of Executive Women's Golf Association Names 2010 Board of Directors
The Minnesota Metro chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) has appointed its new board of directors for 2010.
Cragun's Welcomes Veterans
With little fanfare, one of Minnesota iconic lake resorts is doing its part to honor Minnesota Veterans on Memorial Day. If you have lived in Minnesota for any length of time then you recognize the name. Whether you have been there or not, most of you know that Cragun's is one of Brainerd's premier resort getaways. Founded in 1940 by Merrill Sr. and Louise Cragun, the resort is now owned by their son Dutch and his wife Irma. They have transformed the resort from the original six cabins into the sprawling property it is today.
Leaderboard - F. Clayton Tyler
Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association (MMJGA) was founded in1987 when Minneapolis attorney, F. Clayton Tyler, invited a few friends to a golf tournament with the hopes of raising money to promote and support minority junior golf. Since that time the Association has grown and is now a registered charitable organization.
A Country's Club
The chopper descended, as the collective spirits of those present on the grounds Mendakota Country Club arose.  On September the 11th, eights years to the day of one of our proud country’s most sobering, saddening, and painful moments -- hundreds upon hundreds gathered at the Mendota Heights’ course to honor the relentless spirit of our nation, and the courage of those defending the United States.
Q&A With Peter Wong - Golf Course Photographer
If you are a golfer in Minnesota you've probably seen some of Peter Wong's spectacular golf course photographs. While Peter has photographed courses from around the world he has become very well known in this area and has done work for many courses in the state.
The Hawk And The Squirrel
It was a regional qualifier for a national championship contested at one of the fine, old, private courses in Minnesota. The clear blue September shy was interrupted only by an occasional fluffy white cumulus cloud and the circling of a Red Tailed Hawk. Wildlife watching was not at the top of the list for the fine golfers in my foursome who were grinding their way along the fairways lined with huge mature trees.
18 Steps To Produce A Successful Charity Golf Tournament
Anyone can put on a charity golf tournament. Not everyone can produce a first class event that raises a lot of money and one that golfers return year after year. There are over 1,000,000 golf events in this country each year. The average golf tournament in the US raises $5,000.

Golf Clubs That Grow - Acculength Golf Clubs
Kids grow like weeds and since quality junior golf clubs cost as much or more than a new bike, parents often have their children learn the game with clubs that don't fit. "Let's get the clubs a little too big she will grow into them by next season...

Tom Smith, The Transplanted Canadian, Has Success In Golf - The Business And His Game
Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, Tom Smith caddied at St. Charles Country Club where his dad was a member. St. Charles CC is a one of a kind 27 hole golf course where Donald Ross designed the first nine and Allister MacKenzie designed the second nine; believed to be the only such golf course in the world. At age twelve Tom started competing in junior club tournaments and playing with his older brother and his dad.
Tee It Up At Top-Ranking Grand View Lodge
Grab your clubs and come see why Grand View Lodge was just ranked among the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America by Golf Digest.
Crazy Chicken From Hell
No matter what the critter - a mother's instinct is to protect her young. It certainly was for the enraged Ruffed Grouse Hen who built her nest behind the par 3 green at a wooded resort golf course.
In & Out
The volume on the bragging rights discussion had increased continually during the 3-hour drive up north to our annual men's golf getaway. Over cocktails around the on-course condo grill, we hashed and re-hashed handicaps and the teams finally were established by 11 PM, an hour after our regular bedtime.
Javelina In Heaven - A Hog Is Still A Hog!
Growing up in western Kansas our garbage man, "Slop" Johnson, used to come through the neighborhood three times a week and collect table scraps and garbage in a five gallon bucket. Mr. Johnson was known to have a bottle of whiskey hidden in his bucket to help deal with his job. He would deposit the "slop" in a big barrel on the back of his truck (you could tell, without looking, when Slop Johnson was in the area) and feed this "slop" to his hogs.
Señor Alligator
Hector, the small, obviously poor, maintenance worker at Club De Golf Palma Real in Ixtapa, Mexico pulled his over-loaded cart up next to our cart in the middle of the 5th fairway. He proudly displayed a clear plastic bag of beautifully cleaned Titleist Pro V1's. Then he asked me, "Senor, want to buy..... golf balls?"
The Belligerent Bulldog
As we crested the small hill that makes the first hole semi-blind off the tee, only three balls came in to view. What?? All four of us, the leaders that made up the final group of the conference championship, had hit perfect drives. The missing ball was mine and the frantic search was on. As you know, you must find your ball within five minutes or the ball is declared lost; re-tee with a two shot penalty. It was a perfect tee shot. Where could that ball be?
Wile-E-Coyote, Home Sweet Home!
While working on my mid-iron game at a driving range with the Rocky Mountains in the background, the last thing I needed was another distraction to break my concentration. With my Dave Pelz's T-Square aimed directly at the flag 161 yards down range, out of the corner of my left eye, I detected some movement.
Hazeltine Hound
In the morning dusk of Thursday, August 13th, 2009 on the grounds of Hazeltine National, the most frightened "Goose" won't be Retief, the most harry presence won't be Miguel Angel Jimenez, and the loudest growl won't come from Tiger.
The Roadrunner
Golf in the desert has created hundreds of oasis where wildlife flourishes and "snow birds" enjoy perfect golf conditions. The variety of critters that make their homes on these man-made oasis add another dimension to desert golf.
Leaderboard - Kathy Swanson
Kathy Swanson started playing golf in her twenties just after finishing college and she hasn't looked back since. Despite being considered a late bloomer (in the golf industry at least), from her resume you'd think she was born on the course.
Design Thaw
Rare is the Minnesota golfer who hasn't ever knelt beneath a low-cut white pine on a muggy July afternoon, his perspiring back embattled by mosquitoes and pine needles, a punch-ready 4-iron in his hands, with the following, rage-driven question in his head: Who is the masochist that designed this damn hole?
Fifty Is The New Forty: MN "Senior" Golf
With the majority of our working years behind us, we look forward to enjoying the rewards earned from years of hard work. Most seniors plan to travel and enjoy various types of outdoor recreation. Golf is the recreational game of choice for many seniors, and you don't have to travel far to enjoy great golf courses. Living in Minnesota we have the benefit of having the absolute best in golf courses.
A Top Superintendent: Jack MacKenzie
Being a top Superintendent is akin to being a celebrated Chef: the seasons are turbulent, the customers are particular, and the hours are oft-trying. But at the end of the day, players, like diners, arrive with both ample palates, and the expectance of a near-perfect presentation.
Blades of Grades: U of M Associate Professor of Turfgrass Sciences Dr. Brian Horgan
Just as we players love to spin tales of our ball's ascension from the earth, each blade of earthen turf below our respective spikes has its own story. Or, in the case of University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Turfgrass Sciences Dr. Brian Horgan: a study.
Leaderboard - Harry Wisdom
When Harry enrolled at the University of North Dakota in the early 1960's, it hadn't crossed his mind that he was going to be a career military man. At the time he was focused on paying his way through school on a baseball scholarship and if that didn't work out, finding a well paying job in banking.
Your Golf Habit Can Support Military Families
When teeing off at our favorite golf course, if we don't have a son or daughter in the military, we probably don't think much about our nation's veterans and their families that are quietly maintaining a heavy burden while their loved ones are fighting for our freedom. Today more than 140,000 American troops are currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and since these conflicts began, over 35,000 have come home with injuries sustained while "in theater".
What Does It Take To Be A "Senior" Golfer?
It's Not Blue Hair, Hearing Aids Or A Cadillac

The question has come up..... How old is a senior golfer? The definition is not as easy as qualifying for Medicare. Here's how it works...

No 401k But Great Benefits
A close friend once said, "The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished." Most seniors don't want to get too serious about a job. In an informal pole, of recently retired people indicated that the following would make up a perfect retirement job:
Get Your Kid Swinging & Smiling
Dr. Bob Rotella, sports psychologist to the PGA stars once wrote, "It's the role of a parent (or spouse) to provide opportunity and encouragement, not teach the backswing! Leave the teaching to your local PGA Golf Professional." As a PGA pro and parent, let me give you five tips for creating a passion for the game in your youth.
Leaderboard - Al Tervo
The PGA Champions Tour selected Al Tervo of the 3M Championship in Blaine, MN as the 2007 Volunteer of the Year.
Golfweek's Dan Mirocha: On The Phone & In The Field
In a world of "Do-ers" and "Don't-ers," Golfweek Associate Editor/Writer and Minnesota native Dan Mirocha is a Grinder. After having paid his way through college and graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in both Broadcast and Print Journalism, after serving exciting and impressive internships at both the WCCO and KARE networks- the tenacious Mirocha found himself searching in vain for writing opportunity, while simultaneously working full-time as financial recruiter, stringing freelance high school sport stories and waiting tables at the now defunct KFAN Restaurant.
Minnesota Senior Open Champion Mike Zinni
Constant work on his short game and good golf course management brought Mike Zinni a third straight victory in the Minnesota Senior Open Golf Championship.

"As we get older and lose our flexibility, we hit fewer good shots. To save those pars, I work hard on my short game." These were the words of 59 year old Mike Zinni, in an interview for Tee Times.

Hilary Comes Home
"What is Past is Prologue." - William Shakespeare

Channeling "Bill the Bard" seems appropriate for the following stage and scene. The time: July, 2003. The place: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. The event: United States Women's Open.

Q & A with Brad Schmierer - Minnesota Senior Match Play Champion and Head Golf Professional at Hastings Country Club
Q. For older players, those over the 50 mark, what do you suggest they do physically to keep in the game?
Five things. One, walk the course when you can. The exercise...

A Golf Car Isn't Just For Golf Anymore
Golf, or a game similar to golf was first played by the Dutch in 1297, but it wasn't until the late 1940s that the first golf car rolled across the links. Before WWII, golfers had to either have a caddie carry their clubs or shoulder the burden themselves and drag them to the next hole. Anyone who has played on a hot Minnesota afternoon in August is reminded why the golf car was invented.
History Of The Golf Car
The first gas-powered golf cars appeared just after Word War II and were used primarily for the disabled. With the development of the electric golf car by Merle Williams' Marketeer Company in 1951, the race began to build a better mousetrap. Two additional companies began production of electric golf cars in 1954: LEKTRO and E-Z-GO.
Hybrid Nation - Getting A Grip On Senior Golf
The answer is hybrid clubs, graphite shafts, larger grips, and preventive medicine. The question is, "What are the four key growth areas in the senior golf industry?"
Important People In Golf You've Never Heard Of...David Edel
A true entrepreneur, risk taker, craftsman and down right fun loving guy, David Edel is the kind of person we all root for. Edel is a former mini-tour player who couldn't quite make it to the big time because "I couldn't putt" as he bluntly puts it.
Important People In Golf You've Never Heard Of...Craig Waryan
Craig Waryan doesn't fit the title of this story perfectly. This PGA Master Teaching Professional (one of the few in Minnesota) is a regular on KFAN's Golf Show with the Common Man, Dan Cole. He's also held prominent roles at area courses and teaching facilities. Some of you will certainly recognize the last name as well. Craig's uncles, Jack and Don Waryan also are long time golf professionals in the state.

A highly sought after teaching professional, Craig currently teaches at Edinbourgh USA in Brooklyn Park and for the Bird Golf Academy, one of the best golf schools in the world, with sites across the United States.

Playing Golf At 50....Like A 40 Year Old!
As I sit here writing this article, Angel Cabrera just won the 2009 Masters Tournament. While I don't have a particular favorite golfer, I do confess I was rooting for Kenny Perry to become the oldest ever to win a Major.
Angie Ause - One Busy Woman
If you are looking for someone to look up to then this month's Profile person is definitely worth reading about. Angie Ause has been in the business of golf and mentoring since she was in 7th grade and making a difference everywhere she goes.
Mom, I'm So Bored, What Can I Do?
The question is, junior camps, junior clinics or junior individual lessons? With so many choices, how do you know which one is best suited for your children. The answer is easier than you think, and it totally depends on what kind of experience you want for your young golfer and what age they are when you decide to make that choice.
My Round With Tom Lehman
The fact that Tom Lehman will join the Champions Tour in March makes us all feel like seniors. We all remember when he was just a kid winning the Big 10 Championship. We remember his struggles to finally become a "REAL PLAYER" on the Tour.
Drive For Show, Smile And Dial For Dough!
20 years ago...I cannot believe it's been that long. 20 years ago I was a member of the original Minnesota Timberwolves sales and marketing team. I and 8 other sales reps were called the "smile and dial" team. Our job was to smile and dial individuals, companies and close season ticket orders.
Leaderboard - James "J.B." Ball...A Father And Son Give Back To Our Troops
James "J.B." Ball thinks the Kevin Bacon trivia game has got it all wrong. Ball, the President of Tee it up for the Troops, believes six degrees of separation is a stretch. Ball's round-the-clock dedication to giving back to our past and present military members has convinced him that we are removed from our furthest neighbor by just two degrees.
Important People You've Never Heard Of...Les Leyton
Les Layton is a homegrown storyteller. From his on-course anecdotes to his golf novel "Country Club Secrets," he will keep you captivated. A life in golf and business has set Les up with many friends throughout the country. He stays on the pulse of issues and makes time to connect with people and still has time to run his own marketing firm, Whitney Worldwide Inc.
Mission Of The First Tee
What is The First Tee? The First Tee is an extremely well organized, well funded, international youth development organization supported by the leading organizations in golf. The First Tee is more than a youth initiatives or junior golf programs. It is more than a golf program for underprivileged kids.
It's Not Just Mental
Referring to baseball, Yogi Berra once said, "90% of this game is half-mental." Despite his fuzzy arithmetic, his idea can also apply to the game of golf; so much of the game occurs between the ears. However Berra's curious math adds up, though, there are at least two other elements involved in getting the ball in the hole: the swing itself and the equipment one uses. It is this last element that had me going to see Andy Thompson at Totally Driven, the Ultimate Golf Improvement Center, is a golf training...
Drive For Show, Plan For More Dough!
I saw a Masters Tournament TV commercial on TV last weekend so the time is near! Yes, golf season and golf events are only a few short months away. Years ago I was fortunate to help local TV celebrity Joe Schmit plan, implement and evaluate his hugely successful celebrity golf event to raise money for Twin Cities Big Brothers & Sisters. During that process I picked up and used an acronym for event success called "P.I.E."
Minnesota Valley Country Club's Leader in Land Stewardship
When it comes to environmental stewardship, golf courses sometimes get a bad rap. Critics complain that they use too much water and pour on too many chemicals. While there may still be some Minnesota courses that deserve this criticism, environmental advocates like Mike Brower of Minnesota Valley Country Club are on a mission to change that.
Minnesota PGA Section Announces New President, Jeff Drimel
The Professional Golf Association, Minnesota Section (MNPGA) recently announced Jeff Drimel as its new president.
Linda Carrol - Leading By Example
Private clubs have long been the playground of the testosterone gender. Men have traditionally had the privilege to govern, dine and tee it up when, where and how they wanted. Women were the lucky spouses of the Members. They often "enjoyed" restricted rights to the club, its facilities and meaningful leadership positions. Discussion of a glass ceiling was insignificant. Yet, one local woman, Linda Carroll, had already broken through. Big time!
Important People In Golf You've Never Heard Of...Jim Manthis
Jim Manthis has done more for golf in Minnesota than anyone else in recent memory. Mentored by former Midland Hills PGA Head Professional Wally Mund and Ken Venturi of PGA Tour and announcing fame, Jim has learned how to continue to give back to the game.
Leaderboard - Dutch Cragun
Eleven years ago Dutch jumped into the golf industry with both feet. He hired world renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to design his Legacy Courses. Following his philosophy of using the land as it is with minimal disturbance, Jones' triumph at Cragun's Legacy Courses is the creation of world class golf courses that have earned the designation and elite status as an Audubon International Signature Sanctuary.

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