Minnesota Golf Courses in the City of Rochester
Copyright 2006 Dana Buttenhoff Minnesota golf courses come in a wide variety, from 9-hole mom and pop operations to 54-hole resort complexes and we have been discussing different destinations in this series of articles. Today we will highlight the city of Rochester in the southeastern portion of the state. Rochester is located approximately 85 miles southeast of the Twin Cities on Hwy. 52. Rochester is known worldwide as the home of the Mayo Clinic. There are plenty of places to stay and other activities to participate in while in Rochester when you are done golfing.
A good reference site is www.rochestercvb.org, which is the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, but we are here to primarily discuss the golf opportunities that Rochester has to offer. The golf courses in Rochester and telephone numbers are: · Eastwood Golf Club 1-507-281-6173 · Maple Valley Golf & Country Club 1-507-285-9100 · Meadow Lakes Golf Club 1-507-285-1190 · Northern Hills Golf Club 1-507-281-6170 · Oak Summit Golf Course 1-507-252-1808 · Rochester Golf & Country Club 1-507-282-3170 · Soldier’s Memorial Field Golf Course 1-507-281-6176 · Willow Creek Golf Course 1-507-285-0305 As you can see there are plenty of opportunities to play golf in Rochester. You can either come for a weekend or stay for a week and never have to play the same golf course twice.
Eastwood Golf Club: Eastwood Golf Club is city owned golf course that is located in the southeastern part of the city. This facility is an 18-hole course that plays 6,205 yards from the back tee markers. Par at Eastwood Golf Club is 70. The course rating is 69.6 and the slope index is 121. The green fee for 18-holes is $26.75 and golf cart rentals are available for $24.00 for 18-holes. If you have a group outing planned in the Rochester area you can rent the entire golf course for half or full day. Contact the golf course management staff for more details.
Maple Valley Golf & Country Club: Maple Valley is a par 71, 18-hole golf course. The course plays at 5,916 yards from the back tee markers with a course rating of 68.1 and a slope index of 108. Maple Valley Golf Course is located approximately 15 minutes south of the city of Rochester in the beautiful Root River bluff country. Elevation changes in this area of the state are quite dramatic so don’t let the yardage of this course deceive you. Weekend 18-hole rates are $31.00 plus tax. A power cart can be rented for $14.00 per person plus tax. Meadow Lakes Golf Club: Meadow Lakes Golf Club is an 18-hole par 71 “links style” course and has water hazards on 15 of the 18 holes.
There are two island greens featured at Meadow Lakes. There are four sets of tee markers to choose from to challenge golfers of all abilities. Power carts are also available for rent. After your round of golf, don’t forget to stop in the lounge for cold refreshments. Northern Hills Golf Club: Northern Hills Golf Club is a city owned golf course that is located in the northwestern part of the city. Northern Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole facility that plays 6,335 yards from the back tee markers with a course rating of 70.9 and a slope index of 129. Green fee for 18-holes is $26.75 and golf cart rentals are available for $24.00 for 18-holes.
If you have a group outing planned in the Rochester area you can rent the entire golf course for half or full day. Contact the golf course management staff for more details. Oak Summit Golf Course: Oak Summit Golf Course is located five miles south of the city of Rochester and just ¼ mile west of the Rochester Municipal Airport. Oak Summit Golf Course is an 18-hole par 70 facility that features 4 sets of tee markers. The course plays 6,434 yards from the back tees with a course rating of 71.0 and a slope index of 118. The cost to play at Oak Summit Golf Course is $25.00 for 18-holes with power cart rental available for $14.00 per person additional.