The 2016 Ryder Cup

Considered by many to be the best private golf club in Minneapolis, Hazeltine was created specifically for hosting national championships.

History

Founded by former president of the United States Golf Association (USGA), Totton P. Heffelfinger, Hazeltine was originally going to be called “The Executive Golf Club”. It was later renamed in honour of the adjoining Lake Hazeltine.


“Hazeltine now boasts a rich résumé of championships that’s unmatched among other young clubs”

The course was opened for play in 1962 and hosted its first championship in 1966, where Sandra Spuzich won the U.S. Women’s Open. Hazeltine now boasts a rich résumé of championships that’s unmatched among other young clubs. In 2016 Hazeltine will cement the reputation of Minnesotan golf by hosting the premier event in international team golf, the Ryder Cup.

The course

Created by Robert Trent Jones, Hazeltine’s hilly course features a long and demanding layout with narrow fairways and small greens designed to test the best players in golf. Nine of the holes have water hazards and the famous 16th hole at Hazeltine is a par four with a tee shot across 220 yards of Lake Hazeltine.

Over time, Jones continued to modify Hazeltine’s course to adapt it to the needs of major championship play. Keeping with the club's goal of improving the golf course as needed, Jones’ son - Rees Jones - continues to work with the club to maintain his father’s competitive standards.

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