Best of 2016: Top 15 golf courses in Minnesota



The Jewel Golf Club made Golf Advisor's Top 50 courses in 2016. (Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor)
The Quarry golf course at Giants Ridge opens with a par 4 that features a well guarded, elevated green. (Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor)
Chaska Town Course is a municipal course designed by Arthur Hills. (Courtesy of Chaska Town Course)
Eagle Valley Golf Course is a Joel Goldstrand/David Kirscht design on the outskirts of the Twin Cities. (Courtesy of Eagle Valley G.C.)

There was no bigger year for Minnesota than 2016, as the Ryder Cup was staged in epic fashion at Hazeltine National. The spotlight also gave Minnesota's resort and public courses around Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as the resort areas to the north like the Iron Range and Brainerd areas, a chance to show off their layouts.

The following 15 courses in Minnesota earned the best ratings and reviews throughout the year.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Minnesota in 2016

Course layout: The Jewel Golf Club
Course conditions: The Jewel Golf Club
Value: Timber Creek Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Eagle Valley Golf Club
Pace of play: The Jewel Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Princeton Golf Club

Top 15 courses in Minnesota in 2016

15. Montgomery National Golf Club

Montgomery

14. StoneRidge Golf Club

Stillwater

13. Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course

Elbow Lake

12. Logger's Trail Golf Club

Stillwater

11.Forest Hills Golf Club

Forest Lake

10. Oak Marsh Golf Club

Oakdale

9. Dutch Legacy Course at Cragun's Resort

Brainerd

8. Albion Ridges Golf Course

Annandale

7. Eagle Valley Golf Course

Woodbury

6. Deacon's Lodge at Breezy Point Resort

Breezy Point

5. Quarry Course at Giants Ridge

Biwabik

4. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Tower

3. The Wilds Golf Club

Prior Lake

2. Chaska Town Course

Chaska

1. The Jewel Golf Club

Lake City
No. 11 in the U.S. in 2016

Mar 03, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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