Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the U.S. Bank Skyway Open?

February 21st, February 22nd, and February 23rd, 2014 marks the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open in downtown Minneapolis.

This 18-hole scramble mini-golf tournament will feature professionally designed golf holes by leading Minneapolis-based architects and contractors set up throughout the downtown skyway system.

Each participant will be given a round of golf and Friday golfers receive complimentary admission to the 19th Hole Celebration valued at $30.

When is the event being held?

Friday, February 21st, Saturday, February 22nd, and Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 in the Skyways of downtown Minneapolis through City Center, 50 S 6th Street, RBS Plaza, Gaviidae, and IDS. Golfer check-in is located on the 1st floor of City Center at 30 S 7th St, Minneapolis.

The course will be open to the public the following dates/times.

Friday, February 21, 12pm to 9pm

Saturday, February 22, 10am to 6pm

Sunday, February 23, 10am to 4pm

Check-in/registration desk will close on Friday at 7:15 pm and 30 minutes prior to the time the course is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

How many people can sign up?

Online pre-registration will be limited to foursomes, as will walk-up registration on Friday. Saturday and Sunday‘s play is available for walk-up foursomes or individual sign up.

Who can play?

Anyone can play!  Putters and golf balls are provided.

How much does it cost?

On Friday, February 21, the cost is $160 per foursome with earlybird specials available, all which includes 4 tickets to the Basil's 19th Hole Celebration (valued at $30 per golfer) held on Friday evening. On Saturday, February 23, the cost is $20 per adult and $5 per child. A special family pre-purchase rate of $35 is available on Saturday for foursomes consisting of 2 or more children.  ($40 for walk-ups.)

What is the 19th Hole Celebration?

The 19th Hole Celebration will be open from 7:00pm to 11:00pm on Friday, February 22. The event is free for Friday golfers complete with complimentary food and drink, entertainment, music, awards program and more. Tickets to the 19th Hole Celebration are available for purchase for non-golfers for $30 in advance and $35 at the door.  We will also have maps for all golfers.

Where do I go to check in at my tee time?

You should arrive on the street level of City Center within 15 minutes +/- of your tee time.

Parking

There are several lots that are close to the course including the Central Parking lot in City Center/Marriot (entrance on north side of 7th St in-between Hennepin Ave and Marquette Ave) and the Macy's parking lot (entrance on south side of 7th St in-between Hennepin Ave and Marquette Ave).

Who does the U.S. Bank Skyway Open Benefit?

The charitable goal of the U.S. Bank Skyway Open is to raise money for The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. The Clubs' mission is: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Clubs provide safe havens for children ages six to eighteen through five core program areas: Character & Leadership Skills, Education & Career Development, The Arts, Health & Life Skills and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Reaching more than 13,500 young people throughout the year with over 500 youth attending daily, the organization has a great opportunity to address the most challenging issues facing young people while preparing them for a fruitful and positive future.

The organization serves the areas of greatest need throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul – reaching out to young people living in traditionally underserved neighborhoods. Members also receive valuable environmental education at Voyageur Environmental Center, located just west of the Twin Cities. Typically looking for a safe and fun place to spend time with their friends, youth are rewarded with much more when they become Club members. In addition to recreation, they find programs that help them succeed in school, learn new skills, and make positive life choices.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities or to get involved please go to www.boysandgirls.org.

What prizes are going to be given out?

Team/Participant awards:

  • Best dressed team (to be judged at the Basil's 19th Hole Celebration)

Hole design awards:

  • Top Design
  • Greenest Green
  • People's Choice
  • Best Student Design - A first this year!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many and varied volunteer opportunities at the U.S. Bank Skyway Open.  Volunteers receive free parking.  Check out available volunteer assignments here.

Who is the Downtown Network?

The Downtown Network is a committee of the Downtown Council whose members live, work or help to build downtown through the networking, socializing and contributing opportunities provided by the group.   The Downtown Network provides a variety of programming to its members including: a Professional Development luncheon series, networking events, Lawn Bowling, Timberwolves/Twins game nights, Happy Hours, and  many volunteer opportunities. The Downtown Network has become especially popular with top local employers that are seeking ways to quickly integrate their new recruits into the Minneapolis area. Find out more about the Downtown Network at: www.downtownnetwork.org.