Hazeltine National Golf Club

Chaska, MN, United States Private

Overview

Hazeltine might be the most controversial championship course of the modern era, designed by Robert Trent Jones for former USGA president Totten Heffelfinger, who used his considerable clout to bring the 1966 U.S. Women’s Open and 1970 U.S. Open to the then-very immature layout. Criticisms were so extreme that Trent Jones spent the next two decades remodeling it, straightening doglegs, relocating holes and rebuilding greens. In the past two decades his younger son, Rees Jones, assumed the reconstruction, with even greater success—and today the layout, like many in the old man's portfolio, is more Rees than Trent. Hazeltine hosted the 2009 PGA and 2016 Ryder Cup, the latter a bright spot for the American team, which perhaps is why the PGA of America has already awarded the 2028 Ryder Cup to this Minnesota site.

About

Holes 18
Length 7674
Slope 152
Facility Type Private
Designer Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA/(R) Rees Jones, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2017.
2023-'24 ranking: 138th.
Previous ranking: 126th.

100 Greatest: Ranked for 48 years from 1966-2016.
Highest ranking: No. 50, 1995-'96.

Best in State: Ranked first, 1991-'95. Ranked third, 2011-'24. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.
2023-'24 ranking: 3rd.

Golf Digest Logo Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.2

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.4611
Character
7.4718
Challenge
7.7957
Layout Variety
7.2953
Fun
7.283
Aesthetics
7.2744
Conditioning
7.6084

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