Mapping Minnesota’s lost golf courses

Not long after I began this ongoing folly of researching and writing about Minnesota’s lost golf courses in 2012, I published a map of the state’s lost courses on Google. It was on the rudimentary side, sort of the Google Maps version of chiseling onto the wall of the cave with a sharpened stone.

I recently finished Version 2 of the map, and it is, I think and hope, much better. There are more courses on it, as I have since uncovered a handful that I missed in my book and have listed41 42 43 44 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 courses (updated as of July 2017) that have closed up shop since the year 2000. I have color-coded the locators into eras in which the courses were abandoned (before 1950, 1950-99 and 2000-present) and added more information on many of the courses.

Without further adieu (as in adieu to the 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 139 140 141 142 143 144 145  146 147 148 and counting courses currently included), the map can be found here: Minnesota’s lost golf courses: The map

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Joe Bissen is a Caledonia, Minnesota, native and former golf letter-winner at Winona State University. He is a sports copy editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and former sports editor of the Duluth News-Tribune. His writing has appeared in Minnesota Golfer and Mpls.St.Paul magazines. He lives in St. Paul, MN.  Joe's award-winning first book, Fore! Gone. Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses 1897-1999, was released in December 2013. Click here to order

5 thoughts on “Mapping Minnesota’s lost golf courses

  1. Joe

    There was a golf course east of Owatonna -Hiden Creek which closed in 2010. It was only open for a few years but I do know it was open in 2007 and I think I played there in 2008

    1. Swing and a miss by me, Rob. I knew about Hidden Creek but inexplicably failed to include it. Thanks for weighing in. My Google map and website entry have been updated.

  2. Do you have details on Rolling Green par 3 in Fairmont? I played there as a kid, but has probably been closed for 10-15 years.

    1. I don’t have any info on Rolling Green Fairways, other than what I can find on Internet searches. It appears to have closed in 2002 or 2003. But thanks for bringing it to my attention; I need to add another lost course to my map and website.

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