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The Meadows at Mystic Lake Selected as Best Casino Golf Course in Minnesota


Prior Lake, MN – The Meadows at Mystic Lake has been selected as the Best Casino Golf Course in Minnesota by the readers of Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine. The results appeared in the August 2011 issue. Readers of the magazine from 19 states and Canada voted last April for their favorite Midwest Native American casinos and amenities in a number of categories based on personal experience within the past twelve months. The Meadows at Mystic Lake is adjacent to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. Both of these enterprises are owned and operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a federally recognized Indian Tribe in Minnesota.

Midwest Gaming & Travel Editor John Robert Busam said, "Our magazine is based on a premise that people go around the Midwest trying out all the casinos. We thought it might be advantageous for our readers to hear what the other readers thought."

The 15-year old magazine received several thousand responses to the questionnaire published in their April issue. This is the tenth year the magazine, based in Waseca, Minnesota, has done the surveys. Midwest Gaming & Travel, with a circulation of 50,000, is a monthly, four-color glossy magazine with an editorial coverage area that extends across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, and to cities in neighboring states that enjoy a close proximity to riverboat, Native American, racetrack, and land based casinos.

Busam said, "The management and employees should be very proud that the people that use their facilities deemed them the best in the state."

"We are thrilled that casino patrons have judged our course as the best in Minnesota," said Director of Golf Greg McKush. "We are very proud of our championship style course and the amenities and challenge it offers to golfers. With our newly redesigned hole #3 and other changes which are coming to the course, we have created a golfing experience which is enjoyable by golfers of all skill levels."

“We have put a lot of work into The Meadows to create a golf course that is challenging, beautiful, and a joy to play,” said SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks. “We’ve created a course that we’re proud of.”

Other Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community enterprises which won Reader's Choice Awards in Midwest Gaming & Travel are Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Dakotah Meadows RV Park. The SMSC is also the owner and operator of Little Six Casino, Playworks, the Shakopee Dakota Convenience Stores, and other enterprises on the reservation south of the Twin Cities.

The Meadows at Mystic Lake was also selected as the eleventh Best Casino Golf Course in the country by Golfweek magazine. Golf Digest also named The Meadows at Mystic Lake as one of the top new golf courses in the country out of several hundred courses in their January 2007 issue.

For more information about The Meadows at Mystic Lake call 952-233-5533 or go to

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