Hazel­tine na­tional

Min­nesota, aMer­ica

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While Euro­pean Ry­der Cup venues have been mod­ern af­fairs since Wal­ton Heath in 1981, the US con­tin­ues to mix it up be­tween newer cour­ses and tra­di­tional clubs. This Septem­ber, it’s tread­ing the mid­dle ground when the 41st Ry­der Cup vis­its Hazel­tine Na­tional in Min­nesota, cre­ated by Robert Trent Jones in 1962.

No stranger to Ma­jor golf, Hazel­tine mem­o­rably wit­nessed Tony Jack­lin’s US Open tri­umph in 1970 and the first of Payne Ste­wart’s two US Opens in 1991. Two play­ers have fa­mously fended off Tiger here in Ma­jors, too – Rich Beem in the 2002 USPGA and YE Yang in the 2009 stag­ing. Tiger isn’t play­ing this time, but he will be there as a vice­cap­tain urg­ing his com­pa­tri­ots on to a first vic­tory since 2008.

In keep­ing with mod­ern Ry­der Cup phi­los­o­phy, wa­ter is among the main ad­ver­saries, com­ing into play on nine holes over a course that’s 500 yards longer than in 1970. Add in the guar­an­teed pres­sure of a Ry­der Cup caul­dron and Hazel­tine is sure to serve up an en­thralling spec­ta­cle. Words Jeremy Ell­wood Photography Getty Im­ages

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