Zander Shoots “55”

On August 27, 2020 Alexander “Zander” Hughes shot his first 55.

Planning A Golf Tournament – Start With The Plan And The Team

Would you like to double or triple the income of your existing golf tournament? There are over 500,000 golf tournaments in the U.S. each year. The average event raises between $5,000 and $8,000. Why do some tournaments raise $80,000 to $100,000? They have a plan.

BOYNE Golf MICHIGAN

When you think of the resorts with the most golf courses and amenities in the world, you might not think of BOYNE Golf… in Northern Michigan, the region often referred to as America’s Summer Golf Capital, but you should.

Sand Valley Golf Resort – The Sand of Opportunity

Golf has taken a lot of hits over the years for being too rigid, too exclusive, too hard and too… well… anti-fun. We’ve all been to some of those places – most of them places we never care to go again. But, if you’re looking for a place that is NONE of those bad things and ALL of the good things… that’s Sand Valley.

Decade Of Dominance – Sharing The Top

This is the last installment in our series on the Decade of Dominance. It is fairly obvious there was no Arnold Palmer, or Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods that emerged from the pack during the 2010’s.

Golf Travel Will Grow

The Psychic smiles as his thumb flips the remote to off. Bryson DeChambeau has won the U.S. Open with a combination of brains and brawn. 

POWER GOLF

“Uncontrolled power is the very devil – in golf or anywhere else.” Words of wisdom from Percy Boomer – probably the wisest golf instructor of all time.

THE BUG THAT SAVED GOLF CONTINUED…

In late March, while self-quarantined in my Florida condo, I visualized how the golf industry could actually benefit from the work-from-home mania created by COVID-19. As I wrote the first “Bug That Saved Golf” story for Tee Times, I assumed that in a few short months the whole China Virus Thing would be… only a memory.

A Season Of Reasons To Play Timber Creek

A Season Of Reasons To Play Timber Creek

With our COVID enhanced sense of enjoying the great outdoors, more and more golfers are making the drive to Timber Creek Golf Course in Watertown, MN. Just 20 minutes west of Minnetonka, Timber Creek is an 18-hole haven for golfers looking to get away from it all on just a quarter tank of gas.

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Golf With Devotion At Dahlgreen Golf Club

Golf With Devotion At Dahlgreen Golf Club

Chaska has a center of gravity when it comes to golf. Without naming names, we all know the big hitter, deep pocket tracks that populate this corner of the Twin Cities. Thankfully there is also a family orientated, value-priced option for those of us that seek out some of that ‘old school, at home feeling’ when we pull the clubs out of the trunk. Dahlgreen Golf Club has cultivated that vibe for years… 51 to be exact.

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Wedgewood Cove Golf Club – Well Worth The Visit

Wedgewood Cove Golf Club – Well Worth The Visit

At 99.4 miles from the epicenter, Wedgewood Cove Golf Club in Albert Lea is the southernmost green pin on my map. (Green = Course Worth Playing) That’s right, Wedgewood Cove is the furthest I will drive within my 100-mile circle to play golf.

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GreyStone Golf Club – Worth The Drive

GreyStone Golf Club – Worth The Drive

The more of the trip you can stick to interstates and major highways the better, of course, and if you head northwest out of the Twin Cities 100 miles (on I94) you’ll hit Sauk Centre. If you’re in, or anywhere near, Sauk Centre there’s one course that had better be on your map – GreyStone Golf Club.

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Wild Marsh Golf Club – A Wild Year

Wild Marsh Golf Club – A Wild Year

Up. Everything is up. Everything is looking up, too. “This has been a crazy, unpredictable year,” General Manager, Eric Ritter, says. I nod. He doesn’t really need to elaborate. We all can relate.

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The Links At NorthFork – Scotland, Minnesota

The Links At NorthFork – Scotland, Minnesota

Playing golf at The Links At Northfork is a true links golf experience – just like you were in Scotland! Joel Goldstrand, designer of the Links At Northfork, did a masterful job creating a golf course that plays fast and firm the exact conditions found on seaside links courses.

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First Rate Fun At Stillwater Oaks Golf Course

First Rate Fun At Stillwater Oaks Golf Course

It’s comforting to know there are golf courses out there that deliver year-after-year. They bring a series of exciting holes and enough variety to keep you guessing on club selection. That’s why we keep going back.

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Sand Valley Golf Resort – The Sand of Opportunity

Sand Valley Golf Resort – The Sand of Opportunity

Golf has taken a lot of hits over the years for being too rigid, too exclusive, too hard and too… well… anti-fun. We’ve all been to some of those places – most of them places we never care to go again. But, if you’re looking for a place that is NONE of those bad things and ALL of the good things… that’s Sand Valley.

read more
Decade Of Dominance – Sharing The Top

Decade Of Dominance – Sharing The Top

This is the last installment in our series on the Decade of Dominance. It is fairly obvious there was no Arnold Palmer, or Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods that emerged from the pack during the 2010’s.

read more
Golf Travel Will Grow

Golf Travel Will Grow

The Psychic smiles as his thumb flips the remote to off. Bryson DeChambeau has won the U.S. Open with a combination of brains and brawn. 

read more
POWER GOLF

POWER GOLF

“Uncontrolled power is the very devil – in golf or anywhere else.” Words of wisdom from Percy Boomer – probably the wisest golf instructor of all time.

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Minnesota PGA Women’s State Open

Minnesota PGA Women’s State Open

Kathryn VanArragon (Bunker Hills GC) has made history yet again as the youngest winner in the 20 year history of the Minnesota Women’s State Open, held August 10-11, 2020 at The Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, Minnesota.

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Minnesota Section PGA Professional Championship

Minnesota Section PGA Professional Championship

Dale Jones has been a class A member of the Minnesota Section for 27 years, yet it took him until this year’s Section PGA Professional Championship to get his first Section Stroke Play win. The two-day event was held on Tuesday, August 24-Wednesday, August 25, 2020 at Somerby Golf Club in Byron, MN.

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Marvelous Play At The Meadows at Mystic Lake

Marvelous Play At The Meadows at Mystic Lake

There’s no mystery around The Meadows at Mystic Lake, the golf course at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel; it is a world class golf course where playing conditions and service are clearly given top priority. This course has grown up since its early years, and now plays like a seasoned champion in the prime of its life.

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Golf Is A Family Game

Golf Is A Family Game

All of us golfers have some collection of memorabilia whether it be old scorecards, crystal bowls, club champion trophies, your hole-in-one ball, maybe a ball marker, or even a tee or divot from the sacred grasses of the infamous St. Andrews!

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Mastering The Art Of Putting

Mastering The Art Of Putting

Distance control is the most important element in putting. With good distance control a higher percentage of makeable putts are made, and the chance of three putting is greatly reduced.

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Set-Up And Swing Dependence

Set-Up And Swing Dependence

To see lasting improvement in golf (or any other field for that matter) relevant understanding must become the ultimate goal. Do you understand the importance of developing your best set-up?

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Mastering The Art Of Putting

Mastering The Art Of Putting

This month we are going to focus on the stroke mechanics. The basis of good stroke mechanics is the set-up. As we discussed in the last issue of Tee Times, commonalties of the set-up of great putters include the following.

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Overhanded Or Underhanded…Swing Image

Overhanded Or Underhanded…Swing Image

To transfer technical requirements for your full swing (good for the practice areas) to the actual golf course (when technical details hamper your athleticism and instincts), each player should strive towards simple triggers and/or images to instruct the body on what it needs it to do.

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Mastering The Art Of Putting – Set Up

Mastering The Art Of Putting – Set Up

Over the course of the season, in each issue of Tee Times we will cover an aspect of putting in this column. Becoming a great putter is part of the game that doesn’t require exceptional athletic ability, great club head speed, or a great deal of time and energy.

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Do You Have A Slice-Hook Swing?

Do You Have A Slice-Hook Swing?

Sounds like a silly title, but ALL players have “elements” within their set-up and swing which by themselves would PROMOTE an off-line starting line and/or curve combination.

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Making The Most Of Winter

Making The Most Of Winter

October/November means the end of the golf season for most of us in Minnesota. But just because the season is ending, it doesn’t mean they you have to stop working on your golf game.

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Dad’s Day Bevis

Dad’s Day Bevis

As we head into the month of June, and our weather finally turns true to its season, we know we can prepare to gear up for a few things – more time for grilling outside and more libations for pairing!

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Going Green

Going Green

Everywhere you turn these days, producers from every label are touting ‘organic’. From cereal to mac n cheese, wine, and into the world of liquor. But have we really ever stopped to think about what all of this labeling really means?

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Beyond Chardonnay And Pinot Grigio

Beyond Chardonnay And Pinot Grigio

According to the country’s most recent wine industry reports, Americans really only consume approximately four grapes. Considering there are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes in the world, we have a considerable way to go before we can begin to categorize ourselves oenophiles.

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Going Green

Going Green

Everywhere you turn these days, producers from every label are touting ‘organic’. From cereal to mac n cheese, wine, and into the world of liquor. But have we really ever stopped to think about what all of this labeling really means?

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Perfectly Pairing Your ‘Reds’

Perfectly Pairing Your ‘Reds’

It should come as no surprise that the instinctive wine choice for a mouthwatering pan seared or perfectly grill marked steak hot off the grill is red, but have you ever truly analyzed the exact choice of red grape when pairing to your favorite cuts of meat? I

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Golfers And Wine – A Perfect Blend

Golfers And Wine – A Perfect Blend

As many know we are fortunate to be hosting the 2016 matches of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National and the U.S. team is captained by golf professional, Davis Love III. A gentleman that not only shares great passion for the game of golf, but of another subject that happens to be quite near and dear to my own profession and passions, wine.

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BOYNE Golf MICHIGAN

BOYNE Golf MICHIGAN

When you think of the resorts with the most golf courses and amenities in the world, you might not think of BOYNE Golf… in Northern Michigan, the region often referred to as America’s Summer Golf Capital, but you should.

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Golden Eagle Golf Club – Golden Hours

Golden Eagle Golf Club – Golden Hours

There’s a time of day called “The Golden Hour” – the last hour or so, in summer, before the sun sets. For many a golfer it’s their favorite time to be on the course – the vibrant warmth of the day giving way to a peaceful cool, shadows stretching, animals coming out of hiding… mother nature at her most approachable and admirable.

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Dacotah Ridge And Jackpot Junction – Double The Deal

Dacotah Ridge And Jackpot Junction – Double The Deal

Jackpot Junction Casino reopened (post COVID) for business on June 1 – spotless, updated and ready for guests. Always a lively place, the parking lot is routinely packed with cars and busses not just from the Twin Cities, but also from Wilmar (44 miles), Mankato (65 miles), St. Cloud (110 miles) and Sioux Falls (130 miles).

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Golden Eagle Golf Club – Golden Hours

Golden Eagle Golf Club – Golden Hours

There’s a time of day called “The Golden Hour” – the last hour or so, in summer, before the sun sets. For many a golfer it’s their favorite time to be on the course – the vibrant warmth of the day giving way to a peaceful cool, shadows stretching, animals coming out of hiding… mother nature at her most approachable and admirable.

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Staycation Time At Treasure Island And Mount Frontenac

Staycation Time At Treasure Island And Mount Frontenac

Sometimes I find myself humming that catchy jingle, “Treasure Island Resort and Casino…” It immediately puts me in the mood for Island Time! I’m sure the marketing wizards who came up with that snippet would pat themselves on the back, but the truth is ‘The Island’ as it’s known is truly an oasis in a sea of uncertainty these days. Down the road and up the hill Mount Frontenac Golf Course offers that same escape only from a higher vantage point.

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Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge – Minnesota’s Original Golf Resort

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge – Minnesota’s Original Golf Resort

Imagine you have a summer home on a big, beautiful lake. Dream come true, right? Now, imagine you invite all your friends to come up for a week or a weekend in the summer… and they do. Those friends invite their friends to come up the next summer… they come, and bring their families, too.

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Izatys Resort – Izatys Has It All

Izatys Resort – Izatys Has It All

When Chip Glazier purchased Izatys in the 1980s, he wanted to upgrade the golf course to create added value to his real estate development. The savvy Glazier hired John Harbottle, a golf course designer with loads of Low Country design experience. Harbottle had spent years designing Low Country golf courses when he worked as Pete Dye’s first assistant.

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Giants Ridge – Living Up To The Legend

Giants Ridge – Living Up To The Legend

There’s a Legend that dates back to 1984, about a piece of Mesabi Iron Range land in “Up North Minnesota” too perfect for skiing – “too perfect” in the sense it begged to be used for something else… something more. The dramatic Northwoods land (a “mostly interstate” three hours north of the Twin Cities) was mountainous (for Minnesota) and incredibly beautiful in winter.

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Giants Ridge – Living Up To The Legend

The Wilderness At Fortune Bay – Wild Wonder

Golf. For sure. Midwesterners miss our golf nearly half the year as it is, so this extended season of “separation anxiety” (though unique) wasn’t exactly novel. That said, there’s something about THIS particular summer that has me (and many others) looking forward to golf getaways more than ever. “Anywhere in particular you really miss?” I’m asked.

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Breezy Point Resort – Always On Point

Breezy Point Resort – Always On Point

Pulling through the main gate at Breezy Point Resort feels like entering a luxurious campground. There’s a golf course to your right decked out with flowers, a spiderweb of narrow, cabin-lined streets, and a lake up ahead to your left.

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