LAKE ELMO, M.N. — The highly anticipated Royal Golf Club designed by Arnold Palmer and Annika Sorenstam opened Friday May 18, 2018.
The previously owned 3M Tartan Park course celebrated its reopening with a visit from Annika Sorenstam and APDC vice president Thad Layton.
“Mr. Palmer would not want us to regret he is not here to see the grand re-opening. He’d want us to enjoy it and have fun” Layton shared during an opening Q&A session. The APDC Design Team was onsite early and often to give the course a head-to-toe makeover and heighten the beauty and strategic interest for every level of player.
The idyllic site was blessed with bold glacial topography, pristine natural lakes, and mature trees providing a rich canvas on which to build a compelling new course.
The front nine, the Queen’s Nine, was designed by Annika Sorenstam, her first U.S. project. While the back nine, known as the King’s Nine, was designed by APDC.
“This course is for any golfer of any gender, any skill and any age,” Sorenstam said. “We love for every hole to have its own story.”
Royal Golf Club offers multiple teeing options to play from 3,907 yards to 6,901 yards and a par of 72. “It’s all the golf you ever wanted,” Layton said, “whether you play it from 4,000 yards or 7,000 yards”.
“We enjoyed collaborating with Annika. Our respective philosophy on design was very much in alignment in that golf should be fun.” Layton shared. “Her enthusiasm and love for growing the game was apparent throughout every phase of the project.”
Blending both nines together with the interesting native contours gave the team the opportunity to design an engaging set of green complexes that fit gracefully into the natural landscape. Layton says, “we are confident that the greens at The Royal Golf Club are unique to the Minnesota golf scene and that the course will become a must play for every local golfing enthusiast.”
The Arnold Palmer Design Company is an internationally recognized leader in the golf course design industry with courses in more than 27 countries worldwide and over 40 years of award winning experience.
For more information, visit http://royalclubmn.com/