Best of 2016: Top 15 golf courses in Minnesota

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.

Don't see your favorite Minnesota golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

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



Elbow Lake


Forest Lake





Breezy Point



Prior Lake


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

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 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 @btuck34.
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The ranking is based on how people rated it on golfadvisor.

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Where is Interlaken,Somerset,White Bear,Northlands,Hazeltine to name a few obvious omissions?

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