The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has ranked the toughest golf courses in the 24-county metro area.

For the golfer looking for a challenge, five of the top seven are public courses.

The toughest course is private – Spring Hill Golf club, in the west metro in Wayzata. Its slope rating is 152; USGA men’s course rating is 74.2.

The next three are public. The Wilds Golf Club is in Prior Lake. Its slope rating 150, men’s rating 74.3.

Rush Creek Golf Club is in Maple Grove with a slope rating 149 and men’s 75.7. It was founded in 1996 by W. Duncan MacMillan, a Cargill heir, with the goal to host national events. It has hosted three LPGA events and an U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Fourth is Blackberry Ridge in Sartell, near St. Cloud. Its slope rating 149 and men’s rating 74.2. It is the home course of St. John’s University.

Fifth is Hazeltine National – slope rating 148, men’s 77.8.

The sixth is Willingers Golf Club in Northfield. It has a slope rating of 74.2. It was created in 1991. There is no residential exposure.

Seventh is the Refuge Golf Course in Oak Grove, which is north of Minneapolis. Its slope rating is 148 and men’s rating 72.8.