Hiawatha Golf Course is a Public, 18 hole golf course located next to Lake Hiawatha is south Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The golf course was built when dredging began in 1929. Over 1.2 million cubic yards were dredged out of the previously swampy Rice Lake area creating Lake Hiawatha on the 28th Ave. side. The course was created on the west shore of the lake using the dredged fill material. The clubhouse was built in 1932 for $14,864. The course opened in 1934. Extensive remodeling to front nine holes in 1993 and the back nine holes in 1999 have given Hiawatha patrons of all abilities a Championship-type golfing experience.
Hiawatha is a long course, generally flat with mature trees and small greens. Two fairways and four tees border Lake Hiawatha. Minnehaha Creek flows into Lake Hiawatha through the back nine holes. There are 12 ponds and 30 sand traps strategically placed throughout the golf course.
Par for the course is 73. From the back tees the course plays to 6,645 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5,796 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 7, a par-5 that plays to 540 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 3, a par-3 that plays to 126 yards from the back tees.
Watch out for # 9, a 438 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 10, a 510 yard par-5.
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The June 2014 floods did extensive damage to both Hiawatha and Meadowbrook Golf Course. Both courses will need millions of dollars in rennovation. City officials plan to rebuild the courses but admit that the courses will not reopen until at least 2017.
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