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Play Golf Minnesota Week

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- From April 27th to May 6th Minnesota is celebrating golf week. Here are some fun facts about golf in Minnesota.

  • According to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), Minnesota consistently ranks at or near the top in golfer participation in the U.S. (for 2005, Minnesota was No. 1, with a 27% household participation rate).
  • The Minnesota Golf Association (MGA) counts 498 golf courses in the state: 48 private; 321 public; 199 semi-private and 10 resort.
  • Minnesota ranks 11th in the U.S. in number of golf facilities, according to the NGF.
  • Golf visitors ranked Minnesota fourth highest from a list of 13 golf destinations, behind only Florida, Arizona and South Carolina.
  • Five Minnesota public golf courses have been rated among Golf Digest's top 100; The Quarry at Giant's Ridge, The Classic at Madden's Resort, Legends at Giant's Ridge, Deacon's Lodge and The Wilderness at Fortune Bay.
  • Two Minnesota private golf courses have been rated among Gold Digest's top 100; Interlachen Country Club and Hazeltine National Golf Course.
  • Minnesota has 17 First Tee locations that teach children how to play golf.
  • Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska will host the 2016 Ryder Cup and hosted the 2009 PGA Championship.
  • The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis will host the 2017 USGA Senior Amateur Championship.
  • Interlachen Country Club in Edina, MN hosted the 2008 U.S. Women's Open and the 2002 Solheim Cup.
  • Minnesota is the only state to host all 14 USGA Championships.
  • In 1930 Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open at Interlachen Country Club.  He completed the Grand Slam later that summer.
  • In 1961 & 62 Gene Hansen completed Minnesota's Triple Crown winning the State Am, State Open and State Publinx in the same season.
  • In 1993, Minnesota played host to the Walker Cup Matches.  Edina's John Harris earned the clinching point for the U.S.
  • In 1993, John Harris won the U.S. Amateur, becoming the first Minnesota golfer to win the title since 1929.
  • Chick Evans won the 1916 U.S. Open at the Minikahda Club despite playing with only seven clubs.
  • In 1926, U of M student, Les Bolstad became the state's first national champion at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • Les Bolstad and Olivia Lansing have the only career Minnesota Grand Slams.
  • Over 100 years ago the Minnesota Golf Association started with only 7 golf courses. Now there are over 400.
  • Every year Minnesota is in the top five states, per capita golf rounds in the nation.
  • Minnesota has at least 20 courses listed on various national "Places to Play" lists.
  • Gopher legend Patty Berg, won the Minneapolis City Championship in 1934, she went on to win 60 titles, including 15 majors as a professional.
  • As early as 1893, golf was introduced to Minnesota at the Town & Country Club.

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