10 Things to Know About Hazeltine National Golf Club
1. Opened in 1962, the 7,674-yard Hazeltine National was designed by Robert Trent Jones and later redesigned by his son, Rees Jones.
2. The course was originally named “The Executive Golf Club” and was intended to be part of a series of Executive Golf Club’s around the U.S.
3. The course is named in honor of the adjoining Lake Hazeltine.
4. In its storied history, Hazeltine National has hosted two U.S. Opens (1970,1991), two PGA Championships (2002, 2009), two U.S. Women’s Opens (1966, 1977), U.S. Senior Open (1983), U.S. Amateur (2006) and U.S. Mid-Amateur (1994).
5. The Signature Hole is the par-4, 402-yard, sixteenth. Framed by Lake Hazeltine on the right and a menacing creek on the left, the hole is both picturesque and challenging. The green is a raised peninsula that falls off on all sides. At Ryder Cup 2016, Premier Golf’s chalet will overlook the 16th fairway allowing views of the tee and green.
6. In 1970, Hazeltine National hosted the U.S. Open and the course received lots of negative media coverage as many of the big name golfers didn’t break 80 on the first day.
7.Every Monday, May through October, Hazeltine National hosts corporate and charity tournaments.
8. The golf course is hilly with narrow fairways, smallish greens, mature woods and picturesque lakes.
9. In 1999, current PGA Tour star Luke Donald won the NCAA individual championship at Hazeltine National playing for Northwestern University.
10. In the 1991 U.S. Open at Hazeltine National won by Payne Stewart, six people were struck by lightning near the 11th tee.