2009 PGA Championship Event Guide
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Chaska, Minnesota is where you will find the Hazeltine National Golf Club. The former president of the United States Golf association Totton P. Heffelfinter, made the decision to create a golf course capable of hosting major events and hired Robert Trent Jones to design it.
Before anything took place, many financial difficulties ensued, along with other problems. At one point, it looked as if the course would never open. However, the problems were eventually overcome, and Hazeltine opened, named after the nearly Lake Hazeltine.
Jones originally had the design set for a length of 7,410 yards. The goal of the design was something demanding that would act as a test to each of the players on the course. The course finally opened in 1962 and had its first golf championship in 1966, the Women's US Open. The (men's) US Open played in 1970 caused many complaints among players, due to the difficulties with the course and windy conditions. This spured many of the changes with the course. It would take 7 years for a major tournament to return, when in 1977, Hazeltine hosted the women's U.S. Open once more.
It was not until the 1980 PGA Grand Slam of Golf that large alterations to the course started. There was a committee put together on the revision of the course. The "upgraded" Hazeltine made a debut in 1983 for the U.S. Senior Open. The Championship turned out a success and increased prestige of the course on theinternational golf scene.
Robert Trent Jones son, Rees, took over course design in '86 when it was awarded the 1991 U.S. Open. The course underwent extensive changes in preperation for the prestigious championship. Some changes included additional tees, repositioned bunkers, and adjusted fairways, resulting in more rave reviews. In 1994, the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship was held at Hazeltine, followed by the 1999 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship.
Presently, Hazeltine has firmly established itself as one of the esteemed major championship venues. In 2001, the U.S. Men's State Team Championship was held, followed by the 2002 PGA Championship. The U.S. Amateur Championship was held at Hazeltine in 2006. Now the PGA Championship returns for August 10-16, 2009. Make sure to grab a program on your way in.
1900 Hazeltine Blvd.
Chaska, MN 55318
Free parking is available for spectators attending the PGA Championship at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Shuttles will take spectators over to the PGA Championship site at the Hazeltine National Golf Club from there.
Any wheelchair bound Patrons have reserved designated parking. The shuttles are ADA approved with lift capabilities. The convention store will manage all transportation and shuttle need and you can contact them at (877) 472-7275
Prohibited Items inside Hazeltine National Golf Club:
- Any personal types of electronics, such as cell phones, camera phones, BlackBerry's or the equivalent, pagers, radios, televisions, Palm Pilots, hand-held games, MP3 players, IPods, etc
- Food, bikes, coolers, ladders, signs, banners, and metal spiked golf shoes
- Weapons, regardless to whether you have a permit or not
- Knives, any kind which include pocket knives
- Bags larger than 12" x 12" x 12" in natural state
- No oversized arm chairs, however you may bring small portable/folding chairs
- No cameras permitted Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16, 2009
- No unlawful or dangerous items as deemed by the PGA Championship personnel
Any of the above items brought to the PGA Championship will result in the spectator not receiving admittance to the event and they will ask them to return the prohibited item to where they had brought it from.
- Monday, August 10 through Wednesday, August 12, 2009, spectators may bring cameras during the practice rounds and receive autographs
- Water is allowed, however if it is not Aquafina the label must be removed
- Rain jacket or poncho
*If you are traveling by plane, the best airport closest to everything is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Use their website to determine the right terminal you should come and go from : http://www.mspairport.com/
Edina, MN 55435
Here is a great place for fine dining, unique shops, along with other specialty stores. Its a little bit of this and that wrapped within a stylish package. http://www.galleriaedina.com/
1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
This is where you will find live horse racing with indoor and outdoor seating. There is a full restaurant and bar. Feel like playing a little poker, then join in on the Card Club, which plays 24/7. http://www.canterburypark.com
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
If you have the feeling of wanting to get away or need some relaxation, then this place may do the trick. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the place to go. They offer over 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens and natural areas, along with eco demonstration sites. If you don't feel like walking then have a motorized tour. You'll even find a cafe style restaurant, gift store, and small conservatory. This kind of place you could enjoy alone or with the family.
Mall of America
5000 Center Court
Bloomington, MN 55425
One of the largest malls in the world, this is the perfect place for virtually anyone. There is a Nickelodeon Universe an Underwater aquarium, along with many things for the younger kids. As for the big kids, there is plenty of places to shop and eat. Mall of America does not lack in things to do, always offering something for everyone.
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que
14601 Highway 7
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que has received many positive reviews by customers over the years. If you are craving BBQ, then this may be a good place to check out. They have the option of dining in or taking out.
112 N. 3rd St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
112 Eatery received a 93.1 by critics and rated 7 out of 10 according to a reader's poll within the area. One critic commented on how it the restaurant was one of a kind, with a chef that is one of the best. The restaurant features a small six-seat bar, with a stained glass backsplash. The design is of comfort and good taste. Thirty items are on the menu and only six are limited to full portion. The food served in an elegant style featuring slow cooked lamb, homemade stingozzi, which is fresh long pasta. Other items may include various seafood items as well. Its advised to have reservations at times of dinner or your chances of getting in are very slim. They don't have children menu's, but do make pasta, burgers, and fries. 112eatery.com
114 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
If you are looking for some good breakfast, then you may want to check this place out. They also offer lunch and dinner with a selection of beers. They have a little bit of everything, from morning to night.
528 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414-1716
Casual fine dining restaurant, which offers eclectic American Cuisine. All of the food is made by and hand and from scratch with top quality and fresh local ingredients and according to the season. They offer a three course-tasting menu at $45 a person, which customers can choose off the menu. A la Carte is also available. Dinners only served at 5pm, 7 days a week. Reservations are accepted. http://www.restaurantalma.com/
88 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1100
The Bank restaurant, formerly known as the Farmers and Mechanics Bank, is an elegant styled restaurant, known for excellence. They received Best restaurant and cocktail awards in 2008. http://www.bankmpls.com/