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 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.
100 Greatest: Ranked for 48 years from 1969-'16. Highest ranking: No. 50, 1995-'96. The course was also part of Golf Digest's original 200 Toughest Courses from 1966-'68.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked 107th, 2017-'18. Ranked 122nd, 2019-'20. Ranked 126th, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked first, 1991-'95. Ranked third, 2011-'22. Ranked inside the top 5 since 1977.
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