Try 12 different golf courses in the area for just $99! This is the perfect gift for mother’s or father’s day, graduations or as a special treat for yourself. The 2016 Player’s Card entitles you to one complimentary green fee at each of the beautiful courses listed below.
Purchase your Player’s Card at the front desk of the Post-Bulletin, located at 18 1st Ave SE in Rochester, or contact Sue Lovejoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-281-7492 to purchase over the phone and receive your card by mail.
Participating golf courses
Our favorite hole: Hole #3 is the scenic signature hole, and the tee shot requires important ball placement. The second shot is challenged by two trees in the fairway, hitting into an elevated green guarded by a bunker.
Briggs Woods Golf Course, perfectly positioned overlooking the pristine Boone River Valley of Hamilton County, boasts an 18-hole course that stretches 6,500 yards and plays to a par 72. Beautiful natural scenery, dramatic arching trees, and numerous water hazards help create a challenging, yet pleasurable, golf experience. Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” rates Briggs Woods a 4 star.
History and tradition: Briggs Woods Golf Course has over 40 years of history and tradition that generations have come to know and love. Their mission throughout the years has stood firm: to provide golfers an outstanding course, excellent service, and attentive staff who anticipate your needs and transcend your expectations.
Brooktree is one of the finest municipal golf courses in southern Minnesota. The 18-hole championship course is located in northeast Owatonna near the entrance of Mineral Springs Park. Brooktree features Master’s Bar & Grille serving lunch, dinner and a full-service bar with specialty cocktails and a beautiful patio. It’s a great destination to play, relax, and enjoy.
Our favorite hole: Hole #15, a 171-yard par-3 from the blue tees, takes a precise tee shot across Maple Creek twice. The hole is guarded by a bunker on the east side of the green. The picturesque hole is featured on the front of Brooktree’s scorecard.
The Dodge Country Club is a fantastic mix of scenic views, challenging holes, and a relaxed atmosphere that golfers often seek but rarely find. A player’s course, the Dodge Country Club, will reward you on good shots and penalize you on those not so good shots.
Our favorite hole: Number 18 is the longest hole (at 501 yards) and the toughest (number one handicap), and a great way to finish a round.
Kenyon Country Club is a river valley course. Greens are some of the best in the area. While golfing, you may enjoy wildflowers, bluebirds, frogs calling, mushrooms and more. Seniors like the short yardage, longer hitters may have to hit a draw or fade if a bit offline. The course record is 29. Two ponds come into play on three holes. Also features big oak trees, small greens, and a few sand traps.
Our favorite hole: The three downhill par 3’s (of 145-165 yards, 153-205 yards and 120-138 yards) are all classics. Everybody likes hitting downhill. The 205-yard tee box is on hole #6, which crosses the Zumbrota River. The view is spectacular.
Perched atop the bluffs overlooking Lake Pepin, Lake Pepin Golf Course is one of the best- kept secrets in Minnesota golf—and is home to the most breathtaking views imaginable. The near constant breeze adds to the “Scottish feel,” and refreshes you in the heat of the summer. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the bagpipes.
An eye on design: Blending the rugged grandeur of Lake Pepin with the dramatic, windswept terrain of bluff country, this Gordon Emerson masterpiece design stretches to 6,752 yards and features views of the lake on 12 holes.
Our favorite hole: The Schmidt Family of Lake Pepin invites you to experience the same breathtaking views that inspired their great-great grandfather, Joseph Schmidt, to settle here in the 1860s. See his beautiful stone house off hole #17.
The Legacy is a public course which offers yearly memberships, corporate outings, competitive tournaments, leagues, junior golf programs, lesson programs, practice facilities, PGA professional, pro shop, golf cart rental, club rental, snack bar, and world-class service. The golf course, as described in the 1998 Minnesota Golfer Magazine, has three kinds of holes. The center of the course is slightly hilly, with classic tree-lined fairways. To the north, rolling topography is punctuated with prairie grasses, creating Scottish-style links. And in the south, there are beautiful vistas with the internationally known college prep school Shattuck-St. Mary’s in the background.
A legacy in design, too: Noted golf architect Garrett Gill (who also designed Willingers, Majestic Oaks, and Inver Wood) designed the course, replacing the 9-holer that had been on the grounds since 1927.
Club has two 18-hole championship courses: Lowlands and Highlands. Both are scenic, offering a variety of difficulties for players of all levels. Country club atmosphere at a public facility. These 36 scenic holes overlook the Hiawatha river valley and the famed Red Wing bluffs.
Favorite hole: Highlands #17: Challenging par 3 that drops 150 feet from tee to green. Set on limestone bluffs high above the Hiawatha Valley, The Highlands’ dramatic elevation changes and 20-mile views of the Mississippi River make for between-hole, golf cart wilderness tours through one of the state’s most scenic spots. And you get to play golf, too.
Oak Summit Golf Course opened in 1992 and is a family-owned, public course that will challenge even the most experienced golfer. With rolling hills, great greens, wildlife, and mature trees, Oak Summit is one of the more scenic courses in the area.
Favorite hole: Hole #7, 557-yard dogleg right par 5 from the blue tees. There’s water on the left at the corner, and trees on the right. If you hit a good tee shot, you can get home in two.
The course is 18 holes built on 140 acres. Fairways are wide with multiple tees, greens are huge and there are tree, water, sand, and rock hazards. The course is challenging for both the advanced, the beginner, the young and the old. Full driving range and putting practice facilities.
Favorite hole: Hole #14 is a risk-reward par-5 measuring 519 yards. This dogleg left requires a well-placed tee shot. Longer hitters can try to cut the corner—over trees and prairie grasses—to give you a shot at going for the green in two.
Our favorite hole: Hole #4 (par-5, 564 yards). From the high and elevated tee you can see that, if you’re a righty with a slice, you’re probably hoping the large pines keep you from going out of bounds. The second shot, no relief, gives you a view of out of bounds both left and right and gives you a chance to reach the pond sitting 75 yards in front of the green. If you do reach in regulation, you need to stay below the hole on the fairly fast and two-tiered (back to front) green (Piper Hill’s largest green).
Zumbrota Golf Club is the perfect marriage of two different-style golf courses. The front nine is a tree-lined, classic design, while the back nine features rolling hills and a links-style design. Zumbrota G.C. is extremely well manicured. Relatively short, the oak, fir, pine, and walnut trees lining the fairways and the bunkers peppered along the course will still test even mid-handicappers. Keeps getting better every year.
Our favorite hole: Hole #10 is a great way to start your back nine experience. This par-5 measures 530 yards and is a slight dogleg left. There is a fairway bunker on the left of the landing zone, and prairie grasses to the right. A well-placed tee shot gives you the opportunity to go for the green in two.