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Hacker's Guide Announces 2010 Hacker's Favorite Award Winners for Minnesota

The Hacker's Guide, a Minneapolis-based golf course rating organization, and pub
lisher of the Hacker's Guide to Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Golf Courses, has
just announced the 2010 Hacker's Favorite Award winners for Minnesota. These 25
courses represent the best of breed based on total score and their award is a re
flection of their excellence when it comes to catering to the needs of average g
olfers (hackers) across the state.
Minneapolis, MN, March 18, 2010 -- The Hacker's Guide, a Minneapolis-based golf
course rating organization, and publisher of the Hacker's Guide to Minnesota & W
estern Wisconsin Golf Courses, has just announced the 2010 Hacker's Favorite Awa
rd winners for Minnesota. These 25 courses represent the best of breed based on
total score and their award is a reflection of their excellence when it comes to
catering to the needs of average golfers (hackers) across the state:
Coffee Mill (Wabasha) Eagle's Landing (Ft. Ripley)
Little Crow (Spicer) The Jewel (Lake City)
Ruttger's â The Lake (Deerwood) The Refuge (Oak Grove)
Crosswoods (Crosslake) Breezy Point â White Birch (Breezy Point)
Falls Country Club (International Falls) Cragun's â Dutch's (Brainerd)
Wapicada (Sauk Rapids) Territory (St. Cloud)
Cragun's â Bobby's (Brainerd) Greystone (Sauk Rapids)
River Oaks (Cottage Grove) Deer Run (Victoria)
Purple Hawk (Cambridge) Braemar (Edina)
Grand View â The Preserve (Pequot Lakes) Rose Lake (Fairmont)
Village Green (Moorhead) The Wilderness (Tower)
Eagle Creek (Willmar) Giant's Ridge â The Quarry (Biwabik)
Blackberry Ridge (Sartell)
The Hacker's Guide, begun in 2008, rates courses on five different areas, taking
into account forty different factors that affect a golfing experience. For the
Minnesota guide, members of Team Hacker, a group of more than 55 golfers assigne
d to rate courses, visited all 248 18-hole public golf courses in Minnesota. For
comparison, the two leading golf course review guides are Zagat's and Golf Dige
st. For the state of Minnesota, Golf Digest lists 121 courses, Zagat's only 17.
Hacker's Guide: 248 courses.
The rating system is designed to rate each course on five different categories:
hospitality, playability, usability, facility and value. These categories are th
en weighted and a final score obtained. In addition, each course receives a 400-
word review that gives readers insight into each course. Each course was sent a
2010 Hacker's Favorite Award certificate acknowledging their award and hopefully
golfers will visit these courses when they choose where to golf this summer.
The Hacker's Guide was the brainchild of Bruce Stasch, a self-describe hacker wh
o noticed a lack of good local golf guides for the average golfer. He published
The Hacker's Guide to Twin Cities Golf Courses in 2009 and recently introduced t
he Hacker's Guide to Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Golf Courses which contain 28
3 courses -- every 18-hole public golf course in Minnesota and western Wisconsin
.
I leafed through all of the major golf magazines, watched Golf Channelà ® and rea
d any course rating guide I could get my hands on trying to learn about courses
in my area. I soon realized that unless it was a review of a top golf course, I
couldn't find anything about courses that fit my game or my budget, said an exas
perated Stasch. We created Hacker's Guide to be the leading source for informati
on and opinions on local courses.
According to Team Hacker member Dennis Delmont, I read several national golf mag
azines and cannot relate to the $200 greens fees and $300 a night resorts that t
hey feature. Being a retired police officer, I have the time to play now and, as
a member of Team Hacker, I have the opportunity to play courses that are availa
ble, affordable and playable for someone with my limited skills and budget.
Even golf courses seem to like the Hacker's Guide. The guide is really accurate
and a good reflection of our course, said Beth Bloomquist, clubhouse manager of
Viking Meadows in East Bethel, Minnesota. It gives people access to our course s
o they have an idea of what they can expect when they get here. Playing for the
first time is no longer intimidating.
In 2011, the Hacker's Guide will publish the Hacker's Guide to Midwest Golf Cour
ses, a huge book of every public 18-hole golf course in Minnesota, Wisconsin, No
rth Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa for a total of almost 700 courses. This book,
without question, will be the largest and most ambitious golf course rating proj
ect ever undertaken in the five-state Midwest region.
About the Hacker's Guide:
The Hacker's GuideTM is the first complete state-by-state golf course rating sys
tem since the United States Golf Association established par and slope ratings.
Starting with the Twin Cities Metro area as a test market, the Hacker's Guide is
being rolled out to eventually include a review of the close to 9,000 public ei
ghteen-hole golf courses nationwide.
The Hacker's Guide to Minnesota and Western Wisconsin Golf Courses ($19.95) and
the Hacker's Guide to Twin Cities Golf Courses ($14.95) are both being distribut
ed by Adventure Publications from Cambridge, Minnesota, the region's leading dis
tributor of local titles, and can be found at major retailers like Barnes & Nobl
e, Borders, Nevada Bob's, Holiday Stationstores, Love from Minnesota, online at
Amazon.com, area golf courses or at www.hackersguides.com and www.hackerscentral
online.com.
About Hacker's Guide Founder:
Bruce Stasch, is the founder of Apex Golf Enterprises and originator of the Hack
er's GuideTM a rating system which has been created to rate all eighteen-hole pu
blic golf courses in the country and eliminate the mystery of choosing a golf co
urse appropriate for a golfer's game. In addition, he operates a blog and podcas
t about golf and equipment called Golf Gear News, and he is a frequent contribut
or to Tee Times Minnesota Golf & Living, Worldgolf.com and Minnesota Meetings &
Events. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Eve and two dogs BJ an
d Annie.
Contact:
Bruce Stasch
Apex Golf Enterprises
Minneapolis, MN 55412
612-386-9062
ultimatehacker@hackersguides.com
http://www.hackersguides.com