As the 41st Ryder Cup begins at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, many VAA employees are rounding out their Minnesota golf season to watch the best of the best in action. VAA provided professional civil and structural engineering services in the complete rebuild of Hazeltine’s clubhouse and surrounding site in 2010/11 to prepare for the 2016 competition.
Large timbers salvaged from the original 40-year-old structure were used in the new clubhouse entryway, ceilings and mantel pieces of the 50,000 SF facility. A pair of steel trusses creates aesthetic functionality by framing a mechanical equipment well and ultimately a column-free ballroom. With transitions from the hardscapes near the clubhouse to the rolling hills at the first tee, Hazeltine welcomes locals and spectators from across the pond for the famed rivalry.