Course Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones (redesign work in 1970s),
                  Rees Jones (1980s, 1990s, 2000s)
Year Opened: 1962
Location: Chaska, Minnesota
Slope: 155. Rating: 78.0
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,674
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 490 Yds    10 - Par 4 452 Yds
                      2 - Par 4 431 Yds    11 - Par 5 606 Yds
                      3 - Par 5 633 Yds    12 - Par 4 518 Yds
                      4 - Par 3 210 Yds    13 - Par 3 248 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 448 Yds    14 - Par 4 352 Yds
                      6 - Par 4 405 Yds    15 - Par 5 642 Yds
                      7 - Par 5 572 Yds    16 - Par 4 402 Yds
                      8 - Par 3 176 Yds    17 - Par 3 182 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 432 Yds    18 - Par 4 475 Yds
                     Par 36  3,797 Yds     Par 36  3,877 Yds

Key Events Held: U.S. Women's Open Championship (1966, 1977),
                 U.S. Open Championship (1970, 1991),
                 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (1980),
                 U.S. Senior Open Championship (1983),
                 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (1994),
                 NCAA Men's Division I Championship (1999),
                 USGA Men's State Team Championship (2001),
                 PGA Championship (2002, 2009),
                 U.S. Men's Amateur Championship (2006),
                 Ryder Cup Matches (2016).

Awards Won: Ranked #72 Golf Digest - America's 100 Greatest Courses (2005-06),
            Ranked #2 Golf Digest - Best-in-State rankings (2005),
            Ranked #67 Golf Magazine - Top 100 Courses in the U.S. (2005),
            #53 Golf Connoisseur - 100 Most Prestigious Private Clubs (2006).
            #41 Golf Magazine - 50 Greatest Courses last 50 years (2009).

Website: hngc.com

HISTORY:  Hazeltine  National Golf Club grew  out of fear. Yes, fear. It seems
that  several members of  famed Minikahda Golf Club, an old Donald Ross gem in
Minneapolis,  were worried  that a freeway would be constructed on their site.
Former  USGA president and Minikahda member Totton Heffelfinger and the select
members  found  a tract of  land suitable for 36  holes of golf. The Minikahda
membership,  however, turned them down, but Heffelfinger was enamored with the
property  and decided  to hire none other  than Robert Trent Jones, one of the
greatest architects of all-time, to design the course.

Trent  Jones designed  some  of the  finest courses  in  the world,  including
Sotogrande in Spain, Hawaii's Mauna Kea, Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach and the
North Course at Firestone. Jones was also responsible for redesign work at Oak
Hill,  Southern Hills  and Oakland Hills, where Ben Hogan called his rework of
the South Course a "Monster."

The  original  name of  the  course  was to  be  The  Executive Golf  Club  of
Minnesota,  however the soon-to-be members rejected the name. Since the course
was  set  on the shores  of Lake Hazeltine, the  name was changed to Hazeltine
National Golf Club.

Just  four  years after  opening,  the  USGA  brought  the U.S.  Women's  Open
Championship to Hazeltine, where Sandra Spuzich won with a four-round total of
nine-over-par  297  for her first  career title. Tied  for the lead with Carol
Mann with three holes to play, Spuzich birdied the then-par three 16th and the
17th  to take a two-shot advantage to 18. Despite a bogey on the last, Spuzich
was  able to  survive the 6,325-yard layout. Mickey Wright opened with a round
of 71, the only subpar round of the tournament.

The  year 1970 brought the USGA back for the U.S. Open, as Tony Jacklin became
the  first Englishman  in  50 years  to  claim the  title.  Players were  very
critical  of the  golf course, which featured 13 doglegs and many blind shots.
No  one  was more vocal  about the layout than  Dave Hill, who lamented, "They
ruined  a good  farm when they built  this course. Plow it up and start over."
Hill  added that all it lacked was, "80 acres of corn and a few cows." Playing
to  a yardage  of 7,151  yards, the  competitors fought  high winds  and thick
rough,  as Jacklin  finished at seven-under par 281. During the opening round,
winds  up to  40 m.p.h. had the  average score at 79.1. Jacklin opened with 71
and  then strung  together three consecutive rounds  of 70 to defeat Hill by a
whopping seven shots.

After  extensive renovations  in the 1970s, the U.S. Women's Open came in 1977
to  Hazeltine National. Hollis Stacy led from start to finish, as she posted a
score of four-over 292 to defeat rookie professional Nancy Lopez by two shots.
Stacy  held a two-shot  lead after an opening round of 70 and despite over-par
rounds  of 73-75-74,  was able to hold off  Lopez in her first event as a pro.
Despite  the  changes,  the  problems  remained  the  same:  blind  shots  and
too many doglegs.

Trent  Jones returned  in 1978  and  redesigned five  holes, and  in 1980  the
conversion  of the  16th -- changed from  a par three to the signature hole --
and  the creation of  the 17th to a par three came to pass. These changes left
little doubt that Hazeltine would once again host a major championship.

In  only its second year as an event, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf made its only
visit  to  Hazeltine in 1980.  Lanny Wadkins birdied the  final hole to post a
one-under  71 and defeat  Hale Irwin by two and David Graham and Fuzzy Zoeller
by three.

The U.S. Senior Open was the first major event to challenge the new routing of
the  course and the subsequent changes in 1983. Scoring was typical Hazeltine,
as  Billy  Casper and Rod Funseth  finished regulation at even-par 288. During
the  18-hole playoff, both players carded rounds of 75, and on the first extra
hole  Casper sank  a 10-foot birdie putt  for the title, his third USGA crown.
Casper,  who captured the 1959 and 1966 U.S. Opens, was the only player in the
field  to break 70, shooting 69 during round two. Funseth, who held a one-shot
lead with one hole to play, bogeyed the last, while Casper sank a two-foot par
putt to force the playoff.

Following  the success of the Senior Open, the USGA granted Hazeltine the 1991
U.S.  Open in 1986.  Trent Jones' son, Rees, the "Open Doctor," was brought in
to  make the  necessary changes  to the  course. Rees  cleaned up  the course,
defining  hazards more clearly, making his bunkering directional and softening
some of the contours.

The  U.S.  Open was a  huge success. The players  raved about the course. Even
Dave  Hill,  upon a visit prior  to the championship, commented, "It's totally
different. It has grown into a lovely course. It has maturity and definition."
Despite  leading  wire-to-wire, Payne Stewart needed  an extra day to fend off
Scott  Simpson for the  title. Stewart, who would later add the 1999 U.S. Open
title  to  his resume  prior to his  death, shot a  flawless, bogey-free 67 in
round  one.  Simpson got  within one  after round two,  thanks to a six-birdie
round  of  68 to  Stewart's 70.  The players  were tied  after round three, as
Simpson  shot par and Stewart one-over. After 10 holes on Sunday, Simpson held
a  two-shot  lead -- an advantage  he would hold through 15. Simpson, however,
after  a  poor drive on 16,  made bogey and was  just one clear with two holes
remaining.  After  both players  parred 17,  Simpson drove  into the rough and
could  only get to  within 30 feet after his third shot. Stewart, long in two,
was able to get up-and-down for par while Simpson missed his putt. The playoff
was  similar to  the final round, as Simpson  held the lead by two on the 16th
tee.  However,  Stewart rammed home a  20-footer for birdie and Simpson missed
his par putt from three feet and the duo were even. After pulling his tee shot
on  17 into the water, Simpson made a remarkable bogey, but trailed as Stewart
made  a  routine par. On the  last, Stewart two-putted for par while Simpson's
chip  for birdie slipped  past the hole. Stewart's winning score of 75 was the
highest  score in a playoff since 1927. The difference for the week turned out
to  be on  the 16th  hole, as  Stewart made  one birdie  and four  pars, while
Simpson   made   four  bogeys.  On  a   sad  note:  During  the  first  round,
severe  thunderstorms  ripped through  the area  with lightning making contact
with a tree on the 11th. Six spectators were injured with one dying at a local
hospital.  After  another tragedy at  the PGA  two months later, the governing
bodies  of golf  took steps  for  early warning  signs of  lightning for  both
players  and  fans, meaning  play would  be suspended if  lightning was in the

Several  amateur events  have been staged at Hazeltine National, including the
1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Tim Jackson outdueled Tommy Brennan, 1-up.
During  the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, PGA Tour player Luke
Donald  was the medalist  with a score of 284. The University of Georgia, with
Ryuji Imada leading the way, captured the title with a score of 28-over par.

More  changes to the course came in preparation for the 2002 PGA Championship.
Once  again, Rees Jones  continued his work, as he added new tees and bunkers,
stretching  the  layout to  7,355 yards.  Fred Funk and  Jim Furyk opened with
four-under  68s  after round one,  but the course was  the real winner, as the
players averaged 75.26. Rich Beem took center stage in round two, as he, along
with  Funk,  Retief Goosen, Mark Calcavecchia  and Justin Leonard, was tied at
the  halfway  point at six-under par.  Leonard continued his solid play with a
third-round  69, one  of just four players  under par for the day. Leonard led
Beem  by three shots  and Tiger Woods by five. The average score following the
third  round was 75.83, the highest for the week. Leonard struggled during the
final  day,  completing his  front nine  with a  double-bogey, bogey finish en
route to a five-over 77 and a tie for fourth. The tournament came down to Beem
and  Woods, as  they battled  for the  coveted title.  Beem, who  hit 13-of-14
fairways  and  15-of-18 greens, fashioned a  final-round 68, good enough for a
one-shot win over Woods. Beem's defining moment came on the 11th hole, when he
smashed  a five-wood to within six feet for eagle and a three-stroke lead over
Woods.  The  No. 1 player  in the  world would not  go away, however, as Woods
finished  his  round  with  four  consecutive  birdies  for  67,  including  a
miraculous  birdie from the  left fairway bunker at the last. Beem was able to
two-putt to victory on the final hole, as he finished the 72 holes at 10-under
par. For the week, Hazeltine played to an average of 74.735, despite having 98
of the top 100 players in the world competing.

The 2006 edition of the U.S. Amateur Championship made its first visit to
Hazeltine, as Richie Ramsay of Scotland defeated American John Kelly, 4 and 2.
With the win, Ramsay became the first Scotsman since 1898 to win the Amateur
Championship. Ramsay opened up a 3-up advantage after 13 holes, however Kelly
cut the lead to just 1-up on the 21st hole. Ramsay increased his lead to 2-up
with a birdie on the 25th hole and back to 3-up with a par on the next. The
match was conceded on the 34th hole, as Kelly missed his birdie try. In all,
Ramsay played the 34 holes in six under par, on the longest Amateur course

Rees Jones returned to Hazeltine for more adjustments to the course,
stretching the layout to 7,674 yards. In addition, Jones re-bunkered the
entire course and added several new tees. Following the 2009 PGA Championship,
Jones will return to rebuild all greens in preparation for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

In one of the most improbable finishes in major championship history, Y.E.
Yang bested Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship. With the win, Yang
became the first Asian man to win a major, as he knocked off Woods by three

Leading by two shots after three rounds, Woods struggled with the flat stick
on the slick and undulating Hazeltine greens. His 33 putts the final day
capped off a closing 75 compared to 70 by Yang, finishing second for the sixth
time in his major championship career.

The two were tied at six-under par when they reached the driveable, par-four
14th. Woods drove into the front, greenside bunker and Yang came up just short
of the putting surface. Woods blasted out to seven feet, but Yang chipped in
for an eagle to move in front by himself, despite Woods making an eight-footer
for birdie. Following missed birdie attempts on 15 and 16, Yang placed his tee
shot on the par-3 17th in the center of the green, while Woods flew the
surface. Although Woods failed to get up and down, Yang three-putted to keep
his advantage at one.

Yang closed the deal with a three-hybrid from the first cut that was headed
directly at the hole. When it stopped, Yang had eight feet for birdie. Woods
again miscued, this time left and he failed to get up and down, while Yang
sank his birdie try.

For the week, the course played to a scoring average of 74.395 with only three
holes (7, 11 and 15) playing under par. The most difficult hole was the 12th,
which played to an average of 4.502.

REVIEW:  The course opens  with a solid, dogleg left par four, one of nine par
fours  over  400 yards in length.  From an elevated tee, fairway bunkers guard
both  sides  of the landing  area. A  medium iron will  be needed to reach the
putting  surface,  which slopes from back  to front and right to left. Bunkers
guard  the  green, with a  back-right pin the  most difficult. Birdies will be
hard to come by, but par is probable.

Another  dogleg,  the second plays slightly  blind off the tee and then swings
hard  left. Your approach  with a medium to short iron plays uphill to a well-
guarded  green surrounded by  sand. The key on two is the tee shot, which must
find  the fairway.  Otherwise,  deep rough  will force  a  layup. The  putting
surface  is  very undulating,  so play  below the  hole for  your best shot at
saving par.

One  of three  par fives on the course  over 600 yards in length, the third is
truly  a three-shot hole. Doglegging to the left, your tee shot must favor the
left  side,  but beware  deep bunkers. Your  layup shot must  be placed in the
130-150  yard area,  thus avoiding a steep, sloping fairway that falls hard to
the  right. The  putting surface is protected in the right-front quadrant, not
to mention deep and left by sand. The green slopes hard from back to front and
any  shot short will roll off the green down the fairway. What makes this hole
so difficult is not the length, but the tight landing area short of the green.
Balls  off the  fairway in two could  result in bogey. It comes as no surprise
that this is ranked as the hardest hole on the course.

The  first  par three, the fourth,  is a gem with numerous bunkers surrounding
the two-tiered green. Trees down both sides of the hole make for a narrow line
to  the putting  surface. A back-left flag  will add at least one club to your
shot. Not an easy hole to par, even if you hit the fairway.

Although  fairly  short, the  dogleg-right,  par-four  fifth can  produce  big
numbers, especially when the fairway is missed. A pair of traps and trees down
the right side will force players to err left. Just a short iron should remain
to  an  elevated green that  features several  deep bunkers. Birdies should be
made here, but par is a good score.

Yet  another sweeping  dogleg, this  time to  the left,  the sixth  is another
birdie chance, however the tee shot must dissect the fairway. Tall trees stand
large  on both  sides of the fairway,  which slopes from right to left. Just a
fairway metal off the tee will set up a short iron to the downhill target. The
green is guarded, front-left by water and right and deep by three large traps.
The  surface  is large and  very undulating. A back-left  pin with the wind in
your face will test your fortitude.

The  shortest of the  par fives, the seventh is just 543 yards and, by today's
standards,  very reachable in two. The problem with that scenario is two-fold.
First  off, your  tee shot on the  dogleg right must connect with the fairway.
Trees  right and deep  rough left will be your undoing. The decision to go for
the  green will  depend upon  your lie  in the  fairway and  the wind,  as the
putting  surface  is protected  on  the  left by  water  and  the breezes  are
generally  into  your face and  from the left. The  sensible play is to layup,
leaving  yourself a little wedge to a very receptive green. The bunkers on the
right  of the green should only come into play if going for it in two. Birdies

The  shortest  par  three on  the  course,  the  eighth  can play  very  long,
especially  when  the wind  is up, as  the green is  unprotected by trees. The
putting  surface  sits precariously over  water and  slopes from right to left
and  back to front. Three deep bunkers left and behind will gather any bailout
shot.  With the large pond fronting the entire green, hope for a generous pin,
because a back-right flag is trouble.

No. 9 is a rugged par four, playing uphill and bending slightly to the left as
you  wind back  to the clubhouse. The  fairway is receptive, but beware of the
three deep traps on both sides of the landing area. A medium to long iron must
be  struck correctly to  have any shot at reaching the green. More sand around
the  surface,  which  slopes  from  back  to front  and  is  quite  slick  and
undulating. Stay below the hole.

Club  selection,  both on  the tee and  from the fairway,  is important at the
10th.  Not a  long  par four,  but  a hard-swinging,  dogleg  left that  plays
downhill  to the green. Fairway metal off the tee should leave an open shot to
the green, which sits well below the fairway and very close to Lake Hazeltine.
Three  bunkers guard  the enormous putting surface with two levels. Choose the
right club for your second shot, because long and left is wet.

Another  monster  par five,  the 11th is  606 yards from  the back buttons and
swings  to the right. Uphill from the tee, the 11th is better played by laying
up,  left  of the  myriad of  traps down  the right  side. The putting surface
features  more sand,  but a simple wedge  should be sufficient to get it close
for birdie.

The  12th  is a  dogleg right, par  four, ranked second  most difficult on the
scorecard.  During the 2002 PGA Championship, this tough par four had only 34-
percent  of the  field hitting  the  green, with  only 27  birdies being  made
throughout  the week.  The landing area is  quite wide, but features a pair of
traps  down  the corner  of the dogleg.  Trees down both  sides of the fairway
begin  at the driving  zone. A small pond, short and right of the green, could
see  some action,  especially if the fairway is missed. The putting surface is
slightly  raised, guarded  by sand and shallow. Not an easy target, especially
when using a mid iron. Par is a great score. For the 2009 PGA Championship,
just 16 birdies were made for the week, with none made on the final day.

One  of the most  difficult holes on the course comes at the longest par three
at  Hazeltine, the robust, 247-yard 13th. Sand short left and right and a pond
left  will  gather many balls,  especially with a  back-left pin. The green is
raised  and any shot just left will kick down towards the water. The key here:
Play out to the right and trust your putter.

The  shortest and tightest par four on the course, the 14th is as narrow as it
gets.  Just 352 yards and straight, the object is to find the fairway, as tall
maples  creep over the  teeing area. After a successful tee shot, just a short
iron  remains  to a  slightly-elevated and undulating  green. Bunkers left and
right guard the front of the putting surface, which slopes from back to front.
A great birdie chance.

Surprisingly, the 15th is another straight hole, however this time around it's
the  longest hole  on the  course at  642 yards.  Lock and  load to  avoid the
fairway  bunkers to the  left. More traps dot the fairway down both sides, but
should  be no  problem to negotiate as  you set up your approach. Just a short
iron remains to a large, three-tiered green. The hole was changed for the 2002
PGA,  as  the tee was moved  100 feet to  the right. Since then, 56 additional
yards have been tacked on. Quite a bear, but a definite birdie chance.

The  signature hole at Hazeltine, the 16th is both intimidating and beautiful.
When originally designed, the hole was a par three. Land was secured after the
1970  U.S.  Open and the  rest is history. A  dogleg right with Lake Hazeltine
running  down the entire  right side and behind the green and a stream flowing
to  the  left of the fairway.  A 220-yard carry  is required just to reach the
fairway,  and when  the wind is howling  off the water and into your face, you
better  step on it.  The putting surface is on a peninsula and affected by the
weather.  During  the last  major  championship,  this  hole played  the  most
difficult.  In 1991,  trailing  Scott Simpson  by two  shots  in their  Monday
playoff,  Payne Stewart sank a long birdie putt and Simpson missed a short par
putt to fall into a tie. Stewart would go on to win the U.S. Open with a score
of 75.

Depending  upon the  pin placement,  the  17th can  be a  real birdie  chance,
especially after the rugged 16th. A medium iron to a slightly-elevated putting
surface,  the hole is surrounded by trouble. With a front flag, birdies can be
made,  however, with a back pin, sand and a water hazard come into play. Right
of  the green is no bargain either with more sand. Putting surface is long and
narrow  with a couple of levels. Certainly not as intimidating as Pebble Beach
or Sawgrass, but it has plenty of bite.

Very  similar to  No. 9,  the final  hole at  Hazeltine National  is a  solid,
dogleg-left,  uphill  par four of  474 yards. Bunkers  guard both sides of the
ample  fairway, but even  with a good tee shot, a long iron will remain as you
head  for home. The putting surface is guarded by numerous traps and the green
itself  is  slick with  many  twists  and turns.  A  fitting  end to  a  great
championship layout.

OVERALL:  Truly  a work in  progress, Hazeltine National continues to redefine
itself  as  one of  the great courses  in America. Rees  Jones has tweaked his
father's  wonderful creation into an amazing layout, a far cry from the course
lambasted in Dave Hill's comments in 1970.

A  rugged,  challenging venue, Hazeltine  National gets better with age. There
must  be something to  it, as the USGA and PGA of America continue to pick the
course  as  host site  to  some  of the  finest  championships  in the  world,
including the 2016 Ryder Cup Matches.

The  practice facility  is what  you would  expect from  a high-profile  club,
enormous  with plenty of  options for your short and long game. Hazeltine is a
golf club. No tennis or swimming, just golf. Course conditioning is immaculate
from top to bottom with the greens as quick as glass and the bunkering typical
Trent Jones.

The  par threes are a great mix, the four pars are long and doglegging and the
par  fives, well, they are probably the longest set in the country. The bottom
line:  Hazeltine National  is  one terrific  golf course  that  will test  and
stimulate your game. Every club in the bag must be used to play this course.

How tough is Hazeltine? The competitive course record is 66, set by Rich Beem,
Justin  Leonard and Robert Allenby in 2002. "Really a wonderful setup, testing
all the elements of a players's game," commented Phil Mickelson. This is not a
venue that you beat, it's one that you survive. I did, and I hope to make a
return trip.to psokol@sportsnetwork.com.