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More New Rankings – Golfweek’s Best

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2009 06:12 pm GMT -5 in Golf

The March 14th issue of Golfweek magazine contains the 20th edition of their annual rankings, broken into a classics list (courses built before and 1960) and a modern list (1960-present). They also publish a state-by-state list ranking courses open to the public.

Golfweek architecture writer Bradley Klein (who visited Northland last season) compiles the lists, which are based on reports from nearly 475 course raters.

The classic list contains four private Minnesota courses. One of the four (Northland) moved up the list, while the other three dropped slightly (Interlachen, White Bear Yacht Club and The Minikahda Club).

Here are the specifics for the Minnesota classic listings:

  • #52, Interlachen Country Club, Edina (was 51st) – 7.27
  • #54, White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake (was 46th) – 7.22
  • #78, The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis (was 71st) – 6.89
  • #84, Northland Country Club, Duluth (was 87th) – 6.82

On the modern list, only one Minnesota course made the list:

  • #68, Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska (was 64th) – 6.95

Here is their courses you can play list for Minnesota:

  • #1, Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower
  • #2, Giants Ridge (Quarry), Biwabik
  • #3, StoneRidge, St. Paul
  • #4, Deacon’s Lodge, Brainerd
  • #5, The Refuge, Oak Grove
  • #6, Dacotah Ridge, Morton
  • #7, Legends Club, Prior Lake
  • #8, The Classic at Madden’s, Brainerd
  • #9, Rush Creek, Maple Grove
  • #10, The Wilds, Prior Lake

Golfing in Minnesota has never compiled a Minnesota course ranking, but after reading all of these others, I think that may change in 2009 – stay tuned!

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2009 at 6:12 pm

2 Responses to “More New Rankings – Golfweek’s Best”

  1. Ryan Says:

    Classic at #8? I’d put that at No. 2 behind Wilderness. Where is Chaska Town Course? Meadows at Mystic Lake? Refuge #5? I’m not sure if it would fall in my Top 20.

    Obviously these types of lists are very subjective but I’d say this is questionable at best!

  2. Sean Says:

    I’m glad to see The Refuge getting some credit, it is a great track. Ahead of the Classic though? Where is Giants Ridge (Legends Course)? That is my favorite in MN.

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