Vote for Minnesota’s Dream 18 16 Jul 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (July 8, 2014) – The 2014 “Minnesota Dream 18,” sponsored by Explore Minnesota, is a challenge that invites Minnesota golf enthusiasts and travelers alike to vote for their favorite 18 public golf course holes in the state. Hundreds of public golf courses and communities statewide will have a unique opportunity to showcase local offerings in an effort to earn a spot in the Minnesota Dream 18.

The effort takes just a few simple clicks: visit and enter Minnesota public golf course name and hole number when prompted.

All participants will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a new set of custom-fitted Ping clubs and tour bag, courtesy of Minnesota-based golf retailer 2nd Swing, or a Stay & Play package for four at a select Minnesota golf resort. Voting ends July 31, 2014. Participants are encouraged to show their support via social media throughout the summer, using hashtag #MNDream18 and following along as the action unfolds on Explore Minnesota’s FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest accounts.

“Minnesota is a premier Midwest golf destination, offering hundreds of public golf courses statewide,” said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota. “Golf is a great way for travelers to explore the state, and the Minnesota Dream 18 will promote the diverse golf opportunities and travel experiences available only in Minnesota.”

Known as a top U.S. golf destination, Minnesota offers more than 400 public golf courses statewide, characterized by beautiful natural settings, excellent conditions, variety of course levels, quality and affordability. In addition, there are more than 100 private courses and several championship courses throughout the state. Minnesota was also the first state to host all 13 USGA championships, is home to the Champions Tour – 3M Championship, and will host the Ryder Cup in 2016.

The Minnesota Dream 18 will be announced in early fall 2014. All holes can be nominated at, with the Dream 18 selected and vetted from those holes that get the most votes. Additional updates will be made once the Dream 18 lineup for 2014 is announced.