Hazeltine: A hackers guide

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Here is the hackers guide to the 2016 Ryder Cup venue, Hazeltine...

Kimmo Ekroth is the world’s worst 9 handicapper and thankfully won’t be representing Europe in this weeks biennial match up.

He is though one of the best travelled golfers we know, one look at his Instagram @ekekimmo will give you and idea of how our Finnish friend spends most of his time.

He has recently incorporated luxury golf travel business www.golftraveller.com so others can benefit from his expertise.

As part of his job on a crucial familiarisation trips to Hazeltine he had the privilege of playing the course. We caught with him after that, here are his pretty special pictures from the trip and his top 5 things to watch out for as the action unfolds this weekend:

1) Fast, like really Fast greens 

The bent green grass greens are super slick, I would would expect them to play a key part. So maybe a good putter who thrives on fast greens will do well.

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 28: Matt Fitzpatrick of Europe and caddie Jamie Lane analyze a green prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 28, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

 

2) Swing Holes

The 7th is a short par 4 and definitely a birdie opportunity and the 10th plays severely downhill so they will have short clubs in, could be lots of halves in 3’s.  Of the others, the 12th is one where par might be enough to win a hole.

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 28: Martin Kaymer of Europe plays a shot during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 28, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

 

3) The Par 3’s are a strength 

They are a definite strength of the course, bags of diversity and they have lots of options to move tees around, 13 can get out to nearly 300 yards – which seems crazy to me!

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 28: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 28, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

 

3) Hazeltine is Huge! 

It is a massive golf course, as a Trent Jones Snr design it is not that old and almost feels like a purpose built golf stadium with the club house high on the hill overlooking the whole property

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 28: Danny Willett of Europe hits off a tee during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 28, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

4) Should be a birdie fest..

There are definitely lots of birdies out there, with multiple scoring holes, not that I took of advantage of any, but then I never do….

CHASKA, MN - SEPTEMBER 28: Sergio Garcia of Europe reacts to a putt during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 28, 2016 in Chaska, Minnesota. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

 

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