Anyone who’s watched professional golf lately can tell you Minnesota has one of the Nation’s best courses. That course, Hazeltine National, has hosted all premiere championships that the U.S. Golf Association and Professional Golfers’ Association sponsor. It is also the only course in the United States to host The Ryder Cup twice.
Located on the eastern edge of Chaska, Hazeltine is just one of many beautiful courses located in Carver County. Nearby is the Chaska Town Course, a sprawling 285-acre city-run gem created by renowned golf course designer Arthur Hills. The high quality of the public course has led to partnerships between it and Hazeltine when more space was needed for tournaments.
If you’re looking for a quick nine, you can’t beat River’s Edge Golf in Watertown. Nestled between farm land and the river, the scenery is fantastic on the 60-acre greens. If you have more time, swing into Timber Creek in Watertown. The 18-hole course is challenging, fun, and features some outstanding hilltop views.
For those beginners just looking to get their feet wet, Halla Greens is the perfect place. The small nine-hole course is a par 29 and very walkable. They have a 300-yard driving range, provide lessons, and even sell and repair clubs. For the more seasoned player, it’s a great place to hone your skills in less than two hours.
When you’re near Victoria, be sure to book a tee-time at Deer Run Golf Club. The public course is very well maintained with terrific landscaping. Augie’s Pub, a true Irish Pub, features traditional ales, wines, and liquor alongside classic grill favorites.
But golf courses aren’t just for golf. They make a great place to have banquets, recognition dinners, or to collaborate with a local service club for fundraisers. Corporate, club, or association golf tournaments can be a great social outing and have many opportunities to raise money with sponsorships and contests at each hole. Check with individual courses for opportunities in Carver County.
“With this much natural beauty, it’s always the perfect time to book a room and golf a few rounds.”
If you’re not a golfer but want to partake in some great food and beverages while enjoying the natural beauty of the countryside, take a drive down the trail of courses. Start north in Watertown and wind your way south to Dahlgreen Golf Club or East to Bluff Creek Golf Course. Along the way you’ll see farms and small towns full of interesting shops. Pop into the clubhouses and enjoy a bite or a drink. The Chaska Town Course, for example, has more tap craft beer than some traditional restaurants and has stunning views.
Many local lodging facilities offer packages or discounts for golf when you stay. You’ll find hotels in Waconia, Chaska, and Chanhassen that are perfect locations to serve as a temporary home-base as you enjoy quick trips to nearby golf courses. Be sure to ask your reservation agent if they offer a stay and play package when booking your room in Carver County. With this much natural beauty, it’s always the perfect time to book a room and golf a few rounds.
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Roxanne is a freelance writer, fiber artist, and thirty year survivor of the hospitality and tourism industry. She is also a Commissioner on the Economic Development Authority in Watertown, MN.