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1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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Phone: 612-230-6528
Email: wirthgolf@minneapolisparks.org
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Rates

Adults 18+

18 Holes

Monday-Thursday
Green Fee: $28
With Cart: $45

Friday-Sunday, Holidays
Green Fee: $33
With Cart: $50

18 Holes With a Patron Card

Monday-Thursday
Green Fee: $21
With Cart: $38

Friday-Sunday, Holidays
Green Fee: $25
With Cart: $42

9 Holes

Daily
Green Fee: $20
With Cart: $31

Rates listed do not include sales tax.

Adults 55+

18 Holes

Monday-Friday
Green Fee: $25
With Cart: $42

Saturday-Sunday, Holidays
Green Fee: $33
With Cart: $50

18 Holes With a Patron Card

Monday-Friday
Green Fee: $19
With Cart: $36

Saturday-Sunday, Holidays
Green Fee: $25
With Cart: $42

9 Holes

Daily
Green Fee: $20
With Cart: $31

Rates listed do not include sales tax.

Twilight

After 3 pm

Green Fee: $22
With Cart: $33

After 5 pm

Green Fee: $16
With Cart: $27

Juniors

18 Holes

Daily
Junior Rate: $13
First Tee Rate: $10

Rates listed do not include sales tax.

Rentals

Cart
18 Holes: $17/person
9 Holes: $11/person

Pull Cart
18 Holes: $5

Golf Clubs
Rental Sets: $12

Hours

Course is closed for the season.

Theodore Wirth Golf Club

Part of: Theodore Wirth Regional Park

theodore wirth minneapolis golf

Amenities

Clubhouse Amenities

  • Drinking Fountain
  • Fireplace Room
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Locker Room
  • Parking Lot
  • Pro Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Restroom Facility

Outdoor Amenities

  • Family Tees
  • Practice Green
  • Restroom Facility

Improve Your Game

Good to Know

Golf Course Policies

USGA Golf Rules

Minneapolis Parks Gift Cards are redeemable and available to buy at any golf course or driving range

On-course beverage service

Winter activities:

Improve Your Game

Join a league or take group or private lessons from a golf professional.

Course Profile

Par: 72

Yards: Blue - 6575 | White - 6295 | Red - 5285 | Gold - 5666 | Junior - 3646

PGA Professional: No

Rentals: Cart, Pull Cart, Golf Club Set

Out of Bounds

  • Roadway on Holes 7, 9, and 10
  • Fence on Holes 1, 2, 9, 12 and 13
  • Water Hazards on Holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

Size: 280 acres

Neighborhood: Outside Minneapolis City Limits

Service AreaSouthwest

Commissioner District4

 

Wirth Golf Club is one of the oldest public courses in the state. The front nine is beautifully set around Bassett Creek with a few man-made lagoons to heighten the challenge. It also offers several scenic views of the Minneapolis downtown skyline. The back nine offers completely different challenges with its rolling hills and mature trees and is a good test of one's golfing skills.

The clubhouse is modeled after a Swiss Chalet and is rather unique in itself. The lower level serves as the clubhouse while the upper level is reserved for rentals such as wedding receptions and various other parties of 100 people or less.

Wirth Golf Course offers a nine-hole Par 3 course also set among the mature trees and rolling hills of the Theodore Wirth Park area. The Par 3 course is located just down the road at 1325 Wirth Parkway.

audubon international certified

Audubon International Certification
Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status encourages courses to protect and conserve natural resources and the character and integrity of the land. Certified courses demonstrate efforts to improve environmental quality in planning, public/member involvement, wildlife and habitat management, integrated pest management, water quality management and water conservation practices.

Tournaments & Events

Host Your Event Here

The Fireplace Room in the Wirth Chalet has a rustic feel with vaulted ceilings and a large wood-burning fireplace. For available dates, rental rates and more information email our Event Consultant or call at 612-230-6427.

Theodore Wirth - Goodbye to the Temporary Greens.

Grand Opening of new back 9 - Guest Day Golf Tournament
"Come back and Play Theodore Wirth, it will be "Wirth" your time"
In coordination with the Wirth Golf Association

-Public Golf Event-

Sunday, July 15, 2018
8AM Shotgun Start

Registration begins at 7AM
Tournament Fee: $35 per player, payable to Wirth Golf Association.
Includes lunch and a ticket for prize drawing.
Golf Fee: $50 with Cart Per person
Prizes: Award Ceremony to follow Event Luncheon after play.

Team Play Prizes - Top Finishers Two Person Best Ball Net Score (Flight A & B)
Individual Play Prizes - Top Finishers for Individual Gross & Net Stroke Play 
Prizes - One Ticket Included (must be present to win)

Hole Events - Closest to the Pin #8 & #12 and Long Drive - #16

Gross & Net Skins Game - Not included in Tournament Fee (optional)

Are not available to play on Sunday July 15?  Stop by to see photo displays of the new improvements, historical timeline, refreshments, and experience the new Olivia's Café.


A bit about the project:

Theodore Wirth Golf Club spent the past few years redeveloping its historical grounds.  The original nine-hole course opened in 1916 as Glenwood Golf Course and was later expanded to 18 holes in 1919.

The concept of the renovations of the course currently known as Theodore Wirth Golf Club named in 1938 after the former Minneapolis Parks Superintendent who served almost 30 years came from the vision of building a new Adventure complex to expand winter sledding, cross country skiing and adventure based leisure experiences.  

In 2011 Minneapolis Park Board explored the options of reducing the impact which winter activities were having on turf quality and the playability on the golf course.  In 2014 the Loppet Foundation begin its journey to expand winter activities that could attract high scale events to our community.  

Beginning in 2017 Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and the Loppet Foundation collaborated to jointly fund the project in Theodore Wirth Park to re generate the quality of leisure experiences to our visitors.

The golf renovation was conducted by Kevin Norby of Herfort-Norby Golf Course Architectural Firm in collaboration with MPRB staff from the Golf and Planning Departments .  We built a brand new 18 in an area that used to be forested hillside along the old 17th and 18th greens that will now be used exclusively for Winter Activities and Summer Adventuring,  complete with a 360 yard par 4 that will now play as the finishing  hole.  The shot aligns with the Downtown Minneapolis Skyline for a signature nature escape in the heart of the city. We built the new short par-3  hole 12, complete with a paved cart path that loops through the woods and takes you to the creek crossing to the long par 5. The new greens were elevated and the bunkers and surrounds were designed to create a look which is consistent with the course’s 1920’s styling.  Norby said, “we spent a lot of time working on the shaping of the greens and greenside surrounds so they would match the style and character found throughout the rest of the course.  We also renovated all the existing bunkers to reduce the size and to provide a consistent golden-age look throughout the course.”

Our 18 hole course will have a new playing experience throughout the back 9 hill sides and the classic skyline front has remain the same.  If your game does not align with an 18 hole golf experience, you are still in luck.  Join us at our Par 3 golf course adjacent to the new Trailhead facility for golf or disc golf play experiences which have also had some redevelopment enhancements.  The Trailhead Facility will house a training space, rental shop, Bike maintenance station, and relaxing parkside seating.   New this year at Theodore Wirth is Instructional Golf Classes for adults and kids.  If you have not had the opportunity to learn how to play, this is the season to get out and become Golf Ready!

In the 100 years of operation, we not only celebrate the rich history and tradition of the lands but also welcome the first ever Female Golf Manager to Minneapolis Golf and Theodore Wirth Golf Club.  Roxann Maxey has over 20 years in Golf and Facility operations through event management, food and beverage, business development, community outreach and marketing.   “As the new manager of Theodore Wirth Golf Club, I am enthusiastic to increase revenue, develop standard operating procedures for staff development, and create a sense of community around our great gem known as Theodore Wirth Park. I am excited for the opportunity to become part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Team!”

Theodore Wirth Park will become the new “Eat Street” of the North complete with Olivia’s Organic Café specializing in Gluten Free Meal Options and other Boutique dining experiences out of the Chalet Clubhouse, the Trailhead will house Cajun Twist featuring southern comfort food.  We hope to see you in the park enjoying all the new amenities the park has a little something fun for everyone. Theodore Wirth Golf Club will host its Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Sunday July 15th with a Tournament play experience.  We hope to see you “swinging” by soon, it will be “Wirth” your time.

History

Golf at Glenwood

A golf course at Glenwood was finally constructed in 1916, nine years after it had first been suggested in a park board report. The first course was only nine holes and featured clay tees and sand greens. An instructor was hired for the first summer and the popularity of the course exceeded expectations. Although Wirth recommended a charge of 25 cents to play the course, the board voted to make play free that year. More than 12,000 rounds were played the first season and an estimated 1,000 more rounds were played during an unseasonably warm November after the course had officially closed for the year. The course was created in what must still be record time: the park board approved creating the course at the end of April—Wirth estimated it could be done for $500—and it was opened for play in June. By that time the Glenwood-Camden Parkway had been completed north to Lowry Avenue.

The next season more than 50,000 rounds of golf were played on the course, prompting Wirth to call for a second golf course. Two years later, in 1919, the Glenwood course was extended to 18 holes and a second course of only six holes was opened at Columbia Park That year Wirth also proposed for the first time that the golf course needed a suitable club house instead of the two temporary shelters that had been constructed. The club house was built three years later in two stages, a second story was added in 1923. Wirth, who was a native of Switzerland, recommended the Swiss Chalet architecture for the club house. Ever the gardener, and a man who was meticulous about the appearance of the parks, Wirth persuaded the board in 1923 to ban the use of spiked shoes on the golf courses. It is not known when that decision was reversed.

Wirth wrote in the 1924 annual report that hundreds of golfers had been turned away from the Glenwood course and the expanded Columbia course. The inability of the two courses to accommodate all the golfers who wanted to play led that year to contracts to acquire Armour (Gross) Golf Course and Meadowbrook Golf Course. With the increased demand for golf and the higher standards set by the two new courses, Wirth suggested in 1925 that the greens at Glenwood be upgraded from sand to grass and that an irrigation system be installed on the fairways. The price tag of $25,000 he attached to those proposals must have been too much for the park board, however, because the greens weren’t converted to grass until 1935. By that time, during the Great Depression, the use of the golf courses had dropped dramatically. The improvements to the Glenwood course—as almost all park improvement projects in the 1930s—were done as federal work relief projects.

Despite hopes that golf course fees would pay not only for the maintenance of the golf course, but other improvements in the park, the Wirth golf course (renamed along with the rest of the park in 1938) operated at a loss through the 1950s. As golf’s popularity picked up again in the early 1960s, the park board added a par three course to WirthPark in 1962 and hired a golf course architect to redesign the back nine of the larger course in 1968. At the same time the Columbia course was lengthened from 4,600 yards to 6,200 yards. The Chalet at Wirth Park was updated extensively in 1998 and in 2004 bronze statues of Theodore Wirth surrounded by playing children were installed between the parkway and the club house. The statues were a gift form the Minneapolis Parks Legacy Society.

A disc golf course was added to the Par 3 course in 2011.

The concept of the renovations of the course currently known as Theodore Wirth Golf Club named in 1938 after the former Minneapolis Parks Superintendent who served almost 30 years came from the vision of building a new Adventure complex to expand winter sledding, cross country skiing and adventure based leisure experiences.

In 2011 Minneapolis Park Board explored the options of reducing the impact which winter activities were having on turf quality and the playability on the golf course.  In 2014 the Loppet Foundation begin its journey to expand winter activities that could attract high scale events to our community.  

Beginning in 2017 Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and the Loppet Foundation collaborated to jointly fund the project in Theodore Wirth Park to re generate the quality of leisure experiences to our visitors. 

The golf renovation was conducted by Kevin Norby of Herfort-Norby Golf Course Architectural Firm in collaboration with MPRB staff from the Golf and Planning Departments. We built a brand new 18 in an area that used to be forested hillside along the old 17th and 18th greens that will now be used exclusively for Winter Activities and Summer Adventuring,  complete with a 360 yard par 4 that will now play as the finishing hole. The shot aligns with the Downtown Minneapolis Skyline for a signature nature escape in the heart of the city. We built the new short par-3 hole 12, complete with a paved cart path that loops through the woods and takes you to the creek crossing to the long par 5. The new greens were elevated and the bunkers and surrounds were designed to create a look which is consistent with the course’s 1920’s styling. Norby said, “we spent a lot of time working on the shaping of the greens and greenside surrounds so they would match the style and character found throughout the rest of the course.  We also renovated all the existing bunkers to reduce the size and to provide a consistent golden-age look throughout the course.”

Our 18 hole course will have a new playing experience throughout the back 9 hill sides and the classic skyline front has remain the same. If your game does not align with an 18 hole golf experience, you are still in luck. Join us at our Par 3 golf course adjacent to the new Trailhead facility for golf or disc golf play experiences which have also had some redevelopment enhancements. The Trailhead Facility will house a training space, rental shop, Bike maintenance station, and relaxing parkside seating. New this year at Theodore Wirth is Instructional Golf Classes for adults and kids. If you have not had the opportunity to learn how to play, this is the season to get out and become Golf Ready!  

In the 100 years of operation, we not only celebrate the rich history and tradition of the lands but also welcome the first ever Female Golf Manager to Minneapolis Golf and Theodore Wirth Golf Club. Roxann Maxey has over 20 years in Golf and Facility operations through event management, food and beverage, business development, community outreach and marketing. “As the new manager of Theodore Wirth Golf Club, I am enthusiastic to increase revenue, develop standard operating procedures for staff development, and create a sense of community around our great gem known as Theodore Wirth Park. I am excited for the opportunity to become part of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Team!”

Theodore Wirth Park will become the new “Eat Street” of the North complete with Olivia’s Organic Café specializing in Gluten Free Meal Options and other Boutique dining experiences out of the Chalet Clubhouse, the Trailhead will house Cajun Twist featuring southern comfort food. We hope to see you in the park enjoying all the new amenities the park has a little something fun for everyone. 

Theodore Wirth Golf Club will host its Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Sunday July 15th with a Tournament play experience.  We hope to see you “swinging” by soon, it will be “Wirth” your time. 

Park history compiled and written by David C. Smith.