Golf That Matters

All PGA TOUR events are notable for their charitable contributions. In fact, local charities are the single biggest benefactor at any TOUR stop.

Wedgewood Cove Golf Club – Middle Of Everywhere

Keeping with the trend of “mores,” Wedgewood Cove is more than just a golf course. It is a social club, a fast-paced links and trees hybrid of maximum playability and minimal design hiccups… a round that takes more than four hours only if you want it to.

How To Turn A Golf Trip Into A Family Vacation

While Superior National at Lutsen is known for the greatest golf on the great lakes, the course is located in the middle of a vacation paradise that has something for everyone.

Relax AND Play At Breezy Point Resort

Destination resort golf trips are a time-honored Minnesota tradition like no other.   Breezy Point Resort has been the golf resort king of the hill for many years. 

Wild Marsh Golf Club – Living the Dream

What would you say if I told you that The Best Conditioned Public Course in the Twin Cities Metro might be in Buffalo – a lake-locked paradise just 30 minutes northwest of Maple Grove?

Playing The Elements At The Links At Northfork GC

It’s right there in the name… ‘Links’.  Windblown fescue, wide serpentine fairways, hidden fairway bunkers, large undulating greens all playing out under the prevailing breeze.

St. Paul Cornerstones – Como Park GC and Phalen Park GC

The history that abounds in St. Paul’s golfing storybook is probably on par (no pun intended) with any of the great cities on the east coast. 

Holmgren Edges VanArragon with a Final-Round 65 to Win Minnesota State Open

Life lessons through the game, both good and bad, have come quickly for Van Holmgren, who shortly after advancing to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur last summer at Oakmont Country, decided to make a living by playing golf.

Tuned For Fun At Timber Creek G.C.

Tuned For Fun At Timber Creek G.C.

For those about to golf…Timber Creek salutes you!  You might recognize that blatant rip-off of the classic AC/DC lyric but it seemed like an appropriate introduction to an energizing round of golf played on one of Minnesota’s most fun courses.

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Hospitality And More At Majestic Oaks GC

Hospitality And More At Majestic Oaks GC

This buzzing cornerstone in the northwest suburbs is so much more than 45 holes of championship golf – it’s a smorgasbord of entertainment including everything from a round of golf with a classic pub-styled meal at the Oaks Bar and Grill, to a date-night out at the award-winning The Seasons Dinner Theater. 

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Twin Pleasures At Heritage Links GC

Twin Pleasures At Heritage Links GC

Opening for play in 1997, the par-71 golf course at Heritage Links is over 6,600 yards from the back tees providing plenty of length for the big hitters and lots of tight spots for the shot makers.

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Crystal Lake GC Delivers The Goods

Crystal Lake GC Delivers The Goods

Crystal Lake Golf Club is set-up to deliver on so many fronts.  Starting with the golf course itself which is maintained to country club standards but offered to the public with green fee pricing at a value level.

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Firing Up The Fun At The Wilds Golf Club

Firing Up The Fun At The Wilds Golf Club

This corner of the Twin Cities is blessed… blessed with golf. In the upper reaches of this southwestern suburb sits a classic, elite level course that provides impeccable playing conditions coupled with a fun Tom Weiskopf consulted design.

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Every Day Is Saturday At The Royal Club

Every Day Is Saturday At The Royal Club

Kent Blaschko, the Director of Golf at The Royal Club, couldn’t help but smile while looking out at the Royal’s packed patio for lunch, bustling practice green, and a foursome heading out on the first tee box.

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Classic Fun At Deer Run Golf Club

Classic Fun At Deer Run Golf Club

There are so many things to like about Deer Run Golf Club that it’s hard to single out any one highlight.  The entire golfer experience at this Victoria, Minnesota course is carefully thought out and designed to exceed the highest player expectations.

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Featured Holes at The 3M Open

Featured Holes at The 3M Open

The TPC Twin Cites does not have that history; however, in its fourth year as a regular PGA TOUR stop, the private club in Blaine is beginning to show that it too has several holes that are pivotal.

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Golf That Matters

Golf That Matters

All PGA TOUR events are notable for their charitable contributions. In fact, local charities are the single biggest benefactor at any TOUR stop.

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Wedgewood Cove Golf Club – Middle Of Everywhere

Wedgewood Cove Golf Club – Middle Of Everywhere

Keeping with the trend of “mores,” Wedgewood Cove is more than just a golf course. It is a social club, a fast-paced links and trees hybrid of maximum playability and minimal design hiccups… a round that takes more than four hours only if you want it to.

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A New ‘Legacy’ at Cragun’s Resort

A New ‘Legacy’ at Cragun’s Resort

The old adage that ‘change is good’ can make people squirm. Those who are cautious of trying new things or long on tradition or prefer things to ‘stay the way they are’ can get uncomfortable with change.  That is not the Cragun’s way. 

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TRADITION and PROGRESS

TRADITION and PROGRESS

Last month the US Open was at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. That’s its real name “The Country Club”. It was the first country club in America … just outside of Boston.

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Fix Your Slice Forever – Part 1

Fix Your Slice Forever – Part 1

My mentor and friend, Hank Haney (golf coach to well over 100 tour players including Tiger Woods during his career) always says that “the road to good golf has no right turns”.  By right turns Hank is saying good golf has no slices! 

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COMMON DENOMINATORS

COMMON DENOMINATORS

This is the first of an on-going series to identify the COMMON DENOMINATORS of all successful players.  Each issue, I will make you aware of one or more of the commonalities required to eliminate all wasted practice time.  Interested?

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It’s All About Impact – Centeredness Of Contact

It’s All About Impact – Centeredness Of Contact

In striking the golf ball, impact is where the clubface gives the golf ball all its instructions on its flight. The ball’s direction, trajectory, and curve are all determined in the 1/2000 of a second that the golf ball spends on the clubface.

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Building Golf Motions Like A Snowball

Building Golf Motions Like A Snowball

This piece isn’t designed to describe the details of each golf shot, but to ask the reader to consider building their swings from small to big motions following proven motor skill research. 

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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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Medora, ND Wild Wild Western North Dakota

Medora, ND Wild Wild Western North Dakota

A long-term resident of Medora, North Dakota, and one of my favorite humans on earth – Kathy Solga – says, “People have no idea they can literally play golf in a National Park… in THE Badlands. The Badlands are indescribable. The golfing experience in The Badlands is even more so.”

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Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

Tournament Club Of Iowa – Best Of Intentions

You’ve played the course. We all have. The course begging for a tweak here or flip there. We’re all experts as golfers, especially when our ball ends up in a particularly unplayable spot. It’s not our fault… it’s the architect’s, the manager’s, the superintendent’s. “This hole could be so much better if…” and “Who in their right mind puts a tree there?”

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Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Amana Colonies – Iowa’s Best Kept Secret Golf Course

Everyone is setting records. “2020 was the best (golf) year ever,” they say. “And 2021 was even better.” “Not necessarily,” Stephen Kahler of Kahler Golf Management tells me, noting the game itself was responsible for THIS boom (not just one individual – Tiger).

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Voyager Village – A Sort Of Golf Resort

Voyager Village – A Sort Of Golf Resort

Voyager Village is technically located in Danbury, Wisconsin on Birch Island Lake and surrounded by several other lakes. Though they claim their 5,200-acre property to be “Northwest Wisconsin” it feels more like an extension of Minnesota.

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Mystic Lake Casino Hotel – A Golf And So Much More Resort

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel – A Golf And So Much More Resort

When the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community purchased a course called Lone Pine in 2002, they didn’t do so just to own a golf course. They did it because they wanted to redesign that design into one of the best golf courses, not only in the Twin Cities, but in all of Minnesota.

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Breezy Point Resort – Top Of The List

Breezy Point Resort – Top Of The List

Everyone has their list… their list of places they love to stay… and of places they love to play. Such is the case for me with Breezy Point Resort and Deacon’s Lodge, right here in Minnesota.

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