Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, has agreed a long-term partnership with Love Golf Design that will see the Georgia-based firm reimagine the course for the 2029 Ryder Cup.
Love Golf Design is led by Davis Love III, who captained the USA team to victory at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. The firm will examine the course and surrounding property, including greens, fairways, playing distances, irrigation, drainage and routing, to create a master plan that will also identify infrastructure improvements needed to deliver consistent championship playing conditions.
“My brother Mark, our architect Scot Sherman, and I are thrilled to be working with Hazeltine National Golf Club to reimagine the golf course and get ready for the 2029 Ryder Cup,” said Davis Love III. “I’ve played major championships here and while serving as the captain of the 2016 Ryder Cup, the support we got from Hazeltine for our Ryder Cup Team was incredible. We’re excited to help Hazeltine move into the next chapter of their major championship life.”
Watch: a video announcing the partnership between Hazeltine and Love Golf Design
The team at Hazeltine chose Love Golf Design after a year-long architect selection process. “For us to have success in our mission of hosting major championships and delivering exceptional experiences, we need a leading golf course architect to shepherd our master planning process. Selecting the right team was extremely important to the Board and our Architectural Selection Committee,” said Dan Mulheran, Hazeltine’s club president. “Not only were we looking for a partner but also a team who has the right background to ensure our championship course continues to be one of the best in golf.”
Hazeltine’s course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1962. Rees Jones has consulted for the club since 1987 and his work included substantial alterations to the course for the 1991 US Open and the rebuilding all 18 greens in 2010.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work on such a grand scale here at Hazeltine,” said Love Golf Design architect Scot Sherman. “Hazeltine is blessed to have plentiful land, which gives us the room to create some thought-provoking strategies, so we are excited to have the master planning process underway. Davis, Mark, and I believe the variety of the site lends itself for timeless character and we’re pleased to be working with the storied property that’s situated along Lake Hazeltine.”