Minnesota’s lost golf courses, since 2000: The list

Since 2000, by my count, 55 golf courses in Minnesota have closed and/or been abandoned (I am continually updating that number as I find more courses, or as they close down). This list, last updated on Oct. 14, 2017, is posted without commentary. Feel free to offer additions, corrections or commentary.

To my knowledge, there is no similar list that is this complete.

Albert Lea Country Club (1912-2006)

All Seasons, Cottage Grove (1993-ca. 2006)

Begin Oaks, Plymouth (2000-2014)

Brainerd Country Club/Pine Meadows (1920s-2004)

The Bridges of Mounds View (1995-2006)

Brockway, Rosemount (1935-2004)

Carriage Hills, Eagan (1967-2005)

Cedar Hills, Eden Prairie (1940-2000)

City View, Cold Spring (1999-2015)

Country Air, Lake Elmo (closed circa 2016)

Countryside, Shafer (2001-circa 2013)

Country View, Maplewood (1930-2004)

Deer Meadows, Cambridge (2000-?)

Elm Creek, Plymouth (1960-2013)

Fort Ridgely State Park Golf Course, Fairfax (1927-2017)

Fred Richards Executive Course, Edina (1956-2014)

Fritz’s Resort Golf Course, Nisswa (1972-2006)

Greenwood, Wyoming (1985-unknown)

The Greens of Howard Lake (1995-2013)

Hampton Hills, Plymouth (1960-2003)

Hidden Creek, Owatonna (1996-2009)

Higbee’s, Wahkon (closed 2013)

Holiday Park, Hayward (1966-2011)

Irish Hills, Pine River (1985-2009)

Ironman, Detroit Lakes (1960-2016)

KateHaven, Blaine (1981-2014)

Lakeview, Orono (1956-2013)

Links of Byron (1994-ca. 2013)

Maplebrook, Stewartville (1974-unknown)

Maple Hills, Maplewood (opened 1954)

Meadowbrook, Mabel (opened 1984; shown below, 2014 photo, after course’s closing, with the former kidney-shaped ninth green in the foreground and clubhouse in the background, courtesy of Ross Himlie Photography in Rushford) mabel

Meadow Lakes, Rochester (1998-2012)

Minnetonka Country Club, Shorewood (1916-2014)

Mississippi Dunes, Cottage Grove (1995-2017)

Mulligan Masters, Lake Elmo (circa 2000-08)

Oakdale Par 3 (1994-2009)

Orchard Gardens, Burnsville (1967-2004)

Parkview, Eagan (1969-2013)

Pike Lake Golf Course, Canosia Township (1921-2017)

Ponderosa, Glyndon (1962-2015)

Prairie View Golf Links, Worthington (1983-2015)

Red Oak, Minnetrista (1969-2013)

Red Rock Golf Course, Hoffman (1932-ca. 2016)

Rolling Green Fairways, Fairmont (1995-2013)

Rolling Hills, Pelican Rapids (circa 1970-2016)

Sauk Centre Country Club (1921-2013) (Note: This course has reopened as Old Course Sauk Centre, partially rerouted and redesigned. I am still pondering whether to consider Sauk Centre CC a lost course.)

Silver Springs, Monticello (1974-2009)

Stone Bridge, Otsego (1999-2009)

Tartan Park, Lake Elmo (opened 1965, closed December 2015. The grounds are being converted into The Royal Golf Club, scheduled to open in 2017, but it’ll be a total rebuild of Tartan Park, so I’m considering Tartan Park to be a lost course.)

Town & Country Golf Course, Moorhead (1963-2007)

Valley View, Belle Plaine (1992-2015)

Wendigo, Grand Rapids (1995-2011)

Wilderness Hills, Holyoke (1995-unknown)

Woodbury Par 3 (1975-2003)

Woodland Creek, Andover (1989-circa 2010)

 

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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

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7 thoughts on “Minnesota’s lost golf courses, since 2000: The list

  1. My family (of 10) grew up in the old hilltop golf course house in the 50’s and 60’s. We (my brothers and sisters) have lots of pictures of the place after the course shut down. I lived there from 1955 to 1970. The house still stands and is occupied. I watched the 1965 tornadoes in Fridley from the back yard. good memories.

  2. Joe… I used to play in men’s night at meadowbrook in Mabel. The owner, Jim Gunderson was an avid golfer and real character. During a charity tournament there one year, Gunderson bought $1 million hole in one insurance for one golfer, to take one shot, on the par three 8th hole. I ended up being that golfer… Jim had to video the shot as proof if I made it, and there were about 75 people in carts watching. I hit a good shot, landed just short of the hole, and and just missed going in. Up to that point it might have been the biggest event at the golf course. Sad to hear it closed

    1. Ha! Very interesting, Mark. Just guessing you might have lived around Spring Grove. I, too, played MaCal Grove almost every day from about 1974-80. The course I grew up on. My uncle, the late Andy Schwartzhoff, was the longtime superintendent/manager. I suspect we knew / know many of the same people, even if I probably a fair amount older than you. Thanks for taking a look at my website.

  3. I currently live at the property of Greenwood in Wyoming. I have no info on the course, other than most the land is now farmed, and rented out for hunting. Also soon to be all developed.

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