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My new old guy shoes

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 07:00 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Golf,Shopping at 7:00 PM

Thanks, Tapemark

End of an era

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2018 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 1:30 PM

Congrats to the Klas and Cody families on a great Tapemark run

The ball-eating tree looms

Posted Friday, May 25th, 2018 12:29 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 12:29 PM

Number four @ Keller with Ed and Leo

Hey there, Snoop Dog

Posted Friday, May 18th, 2018 10:33 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:33 AM

The iconic 15th hole @ Highland National

Saturday should be fun

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Shopping at 8:31 PM

Looking forward to breaking this one in over at Brookview – thanks Phil!

RIP Fred Boos of Grand View

Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 01:36 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links at 1:36 PM


Looks like I need to go back

Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2018 10:56 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Travel at 10:56 AM


Fall golf is the best golf

Posted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 1:30 PM

Faribault $25 special

Or what?

Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 6:56 PM

Signs, signs, everywhere signs…

Not a walkable course

Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 06:49 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 6:49 PM

Highlands course @ Mississippi National, Red Wing

I spy a Snoopy bunker

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 8:36 PM

Golf with ops @ Highland National

Before the storm

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 8:40 PM

Nine holes @ Inver Wood before we were pulled off by Thor

Changes at my favorite hole

Posted Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 07:40 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:40 PM

Number 15 @ Southview has lost some trees

Shusters on twelve tee

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 07:54 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 7:54 PM

36 holes @ The Wilderness is too much for my tired hands

The Andersons on three tee

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 12:21 PM

The Wilderness is still the greatest

Will the Gopher hold on?

Posted Saturday, June 10th, 2017 03:42 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:42 PM

Need Dutoit to maintain his lead Sunday

Excited to try these out

Posted Friday, June 9th, 2017 08:39 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 8:39 AM

My new “jackpot” clubs – thanks, Golf Pro Cody

Nice one

Posted Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 01:49 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Golf at 1:49 PM

Mr. Golfer plays at Baker

Course closed; grill open

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 10:39 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Golf at 10:39 AM

The pork ribs at the Meadows Grill

Trying out some new gear

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:09 PM

Looks like I’m switching to TaylorMade 

The back held out

Posted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 11:25 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:25 AM

Sunday round with Leo @ Gross National

Minnesota Private Courses

Posted Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 12:22 am GMT -5 in Golf at 12:22 AM

The ones I haven’t played:

The windmill is gone

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:30 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 5:30 PM

Pretty sure this is where it was @ Fairbault Golf & Country Club

This made my day

Posted Sunday, April 9th, 2017 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 7:11 PM

Congrats, Sergio

I love my office

Posted Thursday, April 6th, 2017 11:20 am GMT -5 in Golf,Technology,Work at 11:20 AM

IBM doing their thing at the Masters

Back in Sun City

Posted Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 07:20 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel,Weather at 7:20 PM

Round number two was a little rougher

All the Minnesotans are here

Posted Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 03:05 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 3:05 PM

Golf with John and Cathy @ Palmbrook CC, Sun City, AZ

Excellence at the Burg

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 01:23 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Video at 1:23 PM

Number 4 with a bullet

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2017 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Golf at 4:05 PM

Top charity golf tournaments in the metro

Wide open on the 10th tee

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2017 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Golf,Weather at 2:40 PM

A very snowy Meadows at Mystic Lake 

Tom’s #1! Tom’s #1!

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 09:47 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Links at 9:47 AM

The Mobile Golfer’s Top 50 Golf Courses You Can Play in America: Nos. 10-1

So much to discuss here

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links at 2:57 PM


The sports graveyard

Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 11:19 am GMT -5 in Golf,Shopping,Skiing,Sports at 11:19 AM

Flashbacks @ Goodwill

Fire! Fire! FIRE!

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 10:05 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 10:05 PM

Tenth tee at Stonebrooke

Bonus Golf

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 03:47 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 3:47 PM

Hardly ever this nice in November – Stonebrooke, Shakopee, Minnesota 

Play here every 15 years

Posted Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 10:35 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:35 PM

Back to Midland Hills (thanks to Special Olympics)

Die Hard 2016

Posted Monday, October 10th, 2016 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Golf at 5:22 PM

Wish I played better, but what an amazing October day in Minnesota 

Fall in Jordan

Posted Saturday, October 8th, 2016 09:57 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 9:57 PM

Ridges at Sand Creek

The Mindful Superintendent

Posted Friday, October 7th, 2016 04:21 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Links at 4:21 PM


Bear Sighting

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 09:28 am GMT -5 in Golf at 9:28 AM

Jack Nicklaus, fake 16th fairway, Hazeltine National Golf Club

Doug in his element

Posted Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 09:27 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 9:27 AM

First tee, final Saturday match, Ryder Cup 2016

Ryder Cup week at Hazeltine

Posted Thursday, September 29th, 2016 12:24 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Golf at 12:24 AM

After years of planning, Ryder Cup week has finally arrived in Minnesota. It’s extra fun to see the golf world focus (again) on the local club that has so many great people connected to it – members and staff alike. The last time a major was held here (the 2009 PGA), I had a media pass and covered it for my old Golfing in Minnesota website. The major before that (the 2002 PGA), I volunteered for one of the charities in a food booth. This time I decided to just put my name in the lottery and ended up with Tuesday practice round tickets.

As I’ve mentioned before, the early part of the week is almost more fun than the competition days because the players are relaxed and will generally interact with the gallery. You can also take all the pictures you want, which is really cool considering how close you can generally get. This time I just used my new iPhone with the “zoom” lens and got some decent shots (see the full gallery after the jump). Tuesday also had the added benefit of the celebrity matches, which included Bill Murray and Michael Phelps playing for the U.S. side. I didn’t know they were doing that, so that was a fun bonus.

I went with the Miller brothers and we both parked our cars at the main public lot at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. The bus ride only took about 20 minutes, but traffic on 169 was terrible and overall it took much longer than I planned to get there. The busses dropped off at Chaska High School and people walked from there to the course. The entry was nicely designed and dropped you into the area at the opposite end of the driving range from the new clubhouse. The super gigantic store was impressive, as was the entire temporary village of tents, platforms and chalets.

We ended up looping around most of the course, as Brad hadn’t seen it before. I’ve been lucky enough to play Hazeltine six times over the years (only breaking 100 half of the time, never below 90) and love seeing how the very talented Chris Tritabaugh has prepared everything for the world’s best. It’s really too long and difficult for me, but should be a great time for these players with the much-lower-than-PGA rough and newly rebuilt fairways. Not a fan of the hole re-numbering, though.

In addition to the U.S. and European players (professional and celebrity), we also saw Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and my friend Doug, who was the scorekeeper for the Phelps group. We also saw lots of familiar red U.S. Bank Stadium jackets on the Monterrey Security team members that did the mag screening. Many companies with suites at the stadium were represented with corporate tents, so I think there will be a lot of overlap between my two worlds this week.

Levy Restaurants bought Prom Catering last year and created the Levy Prom Golf subsidiary that is providing the food at this Ryder Cup. The tent I went to was out of burgers and chicken sandwiches and had a very long line. I ended up with a $5 hot dog, $3 bag of chips and a $3 salted nut roll. Can’t recall how much the bottle of Mt. Dew cost, but they had many different beverage options. Wish they would add a little variety on the food side, but overall it was fine.

We stopped at the store on the way out and I thought the selection was amazing and the prices were generally fair. Of course the two things I really wanted, the hockey jersey and daily player shirts, were the most expensive ($265 and $90, respectively). I did leave with a signed Michael Birawer print, though, that was only $35.

Getting home was a two hour exercise in patience. The lines at the high school snaked back and forth across the parking line in a queue that rivaled anything you see at Disney. It moved at a decent pace, but unfortunately a lack of busses meant waiting in a pen for 10-15 minutes before we were able to board. Traffic leaving that part of town was horrible, so I got home much later than planned.

All in all, though, very much looking forward to a return visit on Saturday…

Caviar Dreams

Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 09:20 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Golf,Shopping at 9:20 PM

Why does the one item I liked the most cost $265?

Arnold Palmer

Posted Monday, September 26th, 2016 08:43 am GMT -5 in Golf,Quotes at 8:43 AM

The more I practice, the luckier I get…

The handicap buster

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016 11:26 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:26 AM

Low slope and rating = rough on index @ Dwan 

A Friday on the course

Posted Friday, September 2nd, 2016 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:08 PM

Valleywood Par Three

The Ryder Cup nears

Posted Monday, August 29th, 2016 10:09 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:09 AM

Tuesday is all I could get

Carl Spackler

Posted Saturday, August 27th, 2016 10:37 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Movies,Quotes at 10:37 PM

Big hitter, the Lama…

Hope they keep this one

Posted Saturday, August 13th, 2016 01:14 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 1:14 PM

12th hole of the current Braemar layout

Still miss that tree

Posted Saturday, July 30th, 2016 12:57 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:57 PM

Willingers 12th hole, Northfield

Putting that bandwidth to work

Posted Friday, July 15th, 2016 10:38 am GMT -5 in Golf,Technology at 10:38 AM

TVs may not work, but this will do

The tracks are alive!

Posted Saturday, July 9th, 2016 12:19 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:19 PM

First railroad vehicles at Sand Creek in ages (maybe ever?)

The Fermoyle Report

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 07:46 am GMT -5 in Charities,Golf,News at 7:46 AM


Big check time

Posted Sunday, June 12th, 2016 09:03 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 9:03 PM

The South African Gopher takes it by five

Sunday at the Tapemark

Posted Sunday, June 12th, 2016 07:09 am GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 7:09 AM

Phil Anderson starts things off on number one at Southview

Northland golf flashback

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:16 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Golf at 6:16 PM

Look what pulled up next to the Tapemark tent

The new volunteer assignment

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:13 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Family,Friends,Golf at 6:13 PM

Kid two and friend out between hole four and hole eight @ SVCC

This way to freshly mown grass

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 06:18 am GMT -5 in Charities,Golf at 6:18 AM

Tapemark #45 @ SVCC

Mikey and the waterfalls

Posted Friday, June 10th, 2016 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 7:51 PM

Love the improvements at Southview CC

Before the rain in GV

Posted Saturday, June 4th, 2016 04:32 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 4:32 PM

Brookview Golf Course, Golden Valley, Minnesota 

Zero pars

Posted Saturday, May 21st, 2016 04:00 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 4:00 PM

That hasn’t happened for a while – Gross National, Minneapolis 

Golf Day 2016

Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:45 PM

Oak Marsh 10th, Oakdale, Minnesota

Beautiful day at the Creek

Posted Sunday, May 15th, 2016 03:00 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:00 PM

Ridges at Sand Creek, 4th tee

Three perfect shots

Posted Sunday, May 8th, 2016 10:04 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 10:04 AM

…gets you a par @ The Summit’s 15th

Country Club Living

Posted Sunday, May 1st, 2016 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Golf at 7:09 PM

Lafayette Club, Lake Minnetonka 

So nice to see Young Scott

Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2016 08:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 8:11 PM

Remembering Payne Stewart @ Hazeltine 

Valleywood to Augusta

Posted Friday, April 8th, 2016 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:09 PM

Probably not the result he wanted, but congrats to Sammy Schmitz on something very few get a chance to even attempt

Your 2016 Ryder Cup Crew

Posted Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 11:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Golf at 11:58 PM

The grounds department from Hazeltine National visit our project

Le Sueur Country Club

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 11:25 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:25 PM

As the temps are just about to plunge toward zero this weekend, it’s nice to think back to last September 19th and my second new course in 2015. The Miller brothers have played here a number of times, but this was my first visit to Le Sueur Country Club. Located about an hour from home, it’s a straight shot down highway 169 towards Mankato (although we took the back roads).

LSCC is a semi-private course and the normal non-member green fees are $50 all the time. Brad had purchased certificates somewhere, so it cost us less than that. Carts were not available that day, but we planned to walk the hilly course either way (see pics after the jump). The par 70/72 course has four sets of tees and we played the par 72 blue tees at 6117 yards (the tips were 6365 yards, while the whites were only 5329).

Don’t really have much of a review or many opinions to share on this layout. Pace of play was very slow – I’m sure a lot of those walkers were used to having carts, which didn’t help. The elevation changes were cool, but also lead to a lot of missing local knowledge that I wish I’d had before playing those holes. Had a decent sandwich at the turn while we waited for the backup to clear on the par three tenth hole, but that’s about it.

Golf at The Jewel

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 07:48 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 7:48 PM

While still far below my peak year, 2015 wasn’t too bad for number of rounds played (28). In fact, it was the most golf I played in one season since 2012. I also crossed two courses off the rather long list of new courses I’ve wanted to visit. Mr. Miller and I hit the first one, The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minnesota, on September 4th.

This Hale Irwin design normally costs $70 to walk during the summer, but our visit was about a week into the off season. This brought the walking price down to $40, which seemed like a great deal for a course of this quality. They weren’t very busy on this beautiful fall Friday, but the lot was full of collegiate golf vans when we finished the round.

The 800 acre layout had a good variety of holes ranging from wide open, flat prairie holes to tight, tree-lined holes with rolling elevation changes. The conditioning was perfect and there were five tees to choose from, including the 6014-yard white tees we selected (the tips stretch to 7050 yards). The only negative we experienced all day was an inattentive maintenance crew on the back nine that had no desire to stop working to let us play through.

The clubhouse was very nice and the staff in the pro shop were friendly and helpful. I’m not sure I would make the drive down from the Twin Cities to pay the normal rate, but $40 is a steal. More pics after the jump.


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