Troy Burne, Hudson, WisconsinOriginally published by DK on August 2, 2020 at 7:20 pm
https://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=11863&i=667845&p=54Originally published by DK on August 1, 2020 at 1:19 pm
The Baker National red barn on #1Originally published by DK on August 1, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Les Bolstad with John and MikeOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2020 at 12:14 pm
2.5 pounds of Montana craftsmanshipOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm
Summer in full swing at BrookviewOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2020 at 2:49 pm
They added nine holes and changed the name to Stones Throw Golf CourseOriginally published by DK on July 25, 2020 at 2:44 pm
As I started reading through Joe Bissen’s new book, More! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses Part II, I realized that not only are there a lot of closed courses I actually played, there are also a large percentage of the courses I included in my Minnesota Golden Links CD-ROM back in 1999 that are no longer here (43 by my initial count). Joe was kind enough to include a chapter with a list of all the closed courses he knows about, so I thought it would be fun to go back to my original Photoshop files and post the screens for the ones that are no longer open for play (pics after the jump – please excuse the ancient Photoshop techniques and poor color corrections).
Joe says in the introduction to the new book that he isn’t as interested in the courses that have closed recently, but it’s amazing how many of the entries in my 1999 guide are gone (including a few that opened after my guide and are already closed). There are a number of inconsistencies between his list and my guide, as I only included public courses that were members of the Minnesota Golf Association (MGA). Make sure and check out his original book Fore! Gone: Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999, as well as his website. Fun stuff.
Albert Lea Golf Club, RIP 1912 – 2006
Birch Bay Golf Course, RIP 1965 – 2015
The Bridges of Mounds View, RIP 1995 – 2006
Brockway Golf Course, RIP 1935 – 2004
Carriage Hills Country Club, RIP 1967 – 2005
Elm Creek Golf Links, RIP 1960 – 2013
Fort Ridgely State Park Golf Course, RIP 1927 – 2017
French Lake Open Golf Club, RIP 1985 – 2015
The Greens at Howard Lake, RIP 1995 – 2013
Greenwood Golf Links, RIP 1985 – 2006
Hampton Hills Golf Course, RIP 1960 – 2003
Hayden Hills Golf Club, RIP 1972 – 2018
Hidden Creek Golf Club, RIP 1996 – 2009
Hollydale Golf Club, RIP 1965 – 2019
Irish Hills Golf Course, RIP 1985 – 2009
Ironman Golf Course, RIP 1960 – 2017
KateHaven Golf Course, RIP 1981 – 2014
Lakeview Golf, RIP 1956 – 2013
Links of Byron, RIP 1994 – 2013
Lone Pine Country Club, RIP 1967 – 2002
Maplebrook Executive Golf Club, RIP 1974 – ???
Meadow Lakes Golf Club, RIP 1998 – 2012
Meadowbrook Country Club, RIP 1984 – 2008
Meadowwoods Golf Course, RIP 1991 – 2004
Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, RIP 1995 – 2017
Orchard Gardens Golf Course, RIP 1967 – 2004
Parkview Golf Club, RIP 1969 – 2013
Pine Meadows Golf Course, RIP 1921 – 2004
Pine River Country Club, RIP 1981 – 2010
Prairie View Golf Links, RIP 1983 – 2013
Red Rock Golf Course, RIP 1932 – 2016
Rich Acres Golf Course, RIP 1980 – 1999
Ridgewood Country Club, RIP 1987 – 2016
Rolling Green Fairways Golf Course, RIP 1977 – 2003
Rolling Hills Golf Course, RIP 1970 – 2016
Root River Country Club, RIP 1962 – 2014
Sauk Centre Country Club, RIP 1921 – 2013
Silver Springs Golf Course, RIP 1974 – 2009
Thompson Oaks Golf Course, RIP 1997 – 2017
Valley View Golf Club, RIP 1992 – 2015
Wendigo Golf Club, RIP 1995 – 2011
Wilderness Hills Golf Course, RIP 1995 – ???
Woodland Creek Golf Course, RIP 1989 – 2010
Originally published by DK on July 21, 2020 at 8:02 pm
Bluff Creek appears to be under some sort of alien attackOriginally published by DK on July 18, 2020 at 12:59 pm
Curtis on 7 tee, Stonebrooke Golf ClubOriginally published by DK on July 17, 2020 at 1:46 pm
Applewood Hills with John and CathyOriginally published by DK on July 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm
Approximately 127 turtles are hiding in this photoOriginally published by DK on July 11, 2020 at 1:46 pm
I don’t think that’s the real reasonOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 6:23 pm
Golf courses I’ve played that are no longer open:
- Valley View, Belle Plaine
- Carriage Hills, Eagan
- Rich Acres, Richfield
- Hudson GC, Hudson
- Wendigo, Grand Rapids
- Brockway, Rosemount
- Parkview, Eagan
Can’t remember the last new one that opened around here…Originally published by DK on July 7, 2020 at 9:46 am
I’ve been fortunate to continue working through the pandemic, but it’s been tough to take time away (especially since I’m the only IT person left). Thanks to the support of my boss and one of our awesome game day staffers, I was able to take a week off without looking at work email once. We originally intended to spend the week on Isle Royale National Park, but the ferry and Rock Harbor Lodge decided to scrap the whole 2020 season and our reservations were cancelled.
Plan B was to stay the first half of the week at Lutsen Resort and the Fourth of July weekend on Lake Vermilion (at Fortune Bay). Those plans changed as the temperatures kept rising – it was even hot along the usually cool shoreline of Lake Superior and we discovered upon check-in that Lutsen Resort does not have air conditioning. They were accommodating by offering us a full refund, but there were really no other options in Lutsen or the surrounding spots (Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage). Fortune Bay could get us in early, so we set off on highway 1 through Ely and decided to spend the whole week on Vermilion.
Fortune Bay has done a nice job with COVID safety and procedures. They had temperature checks set up on the entry road, mandatory face masks and lots of signage, plexiglass and hand sanitizer. The casino floor had basically every other machine turned off, but they kindly turned on my favorite game for the week (big thanks to EJ). I think I made it worth their hassle, though, while still getting a lot of quality playing time. They had Frozen-themed giveaways on Thursday and Friday for 100 points earned (an Olaf waffle maker on day one and an Olaf snow cone maker on day two), so I spread my playing time out accordingly. Marisa really, really wanted these, so I was happy for the solid play-through.
Food options during the week were a little limited, but what was open was solid. We stopped at the Ely Steakhouse on the way over from Lutsen and they were following all of the state orders for in-person dining. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vermilion Club was following just about none of the rules, which blew us away (maybe “VC” really stands for Virus Central). We still ate there twice in-person and had take-out a third day, because Poor Gary’s pizza and the bleu cheese and chicken wings are Northland classics (hopefully we were personally careful enough).
Back at Fortune Bay, I hit the Wilderness Grill four times, having great experiences each time. The new chef used to work at Alma in Minneapolis and I really liked all of the sandwiches I tried (pulled chicken, walleye, porchetta and cheeseburger). Their new fries are reminiscent of the state fair classics. In the casino proper, we had a wonderful dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse and stopped several times at the Gold Mine Grill, which is getting better with service and staffing (they’ve always had great coffeeshop-style food options). The Tamarack Buffet was closed for service, but was the room was being used for socially-distanced overflow seating.
Thought I would play a lot of golf during the week, but the temperatures were warm and I just didn’t feel like going every day. I did drive down to Coleraine to play Eagle Ridge with the Millers and got in a twilight round on The Wilderness with John, Cathy and Bonnie. The whole region needs rain badly, so there were some near-dead areas on both courses (especially in the roughs). The Wilderness also has a lot of behind the scenes changes: the contract with KemperSports was not renewed and former golf GM Tom Beaudry and superintendent Vince Dodge have both moved on to the state of cheese. Still love that course, though, and it continues to be the one I’ve played the most.
It was also great to hang out at Dacha Batinich on Birch Point again with Mary and the crew. Big thanks to John and Cathy for taking us out on the boat for a pizza picnic (and for taking Sasha and Marisa out again later in the week). Skip-Bo games and great conversations make that little cabin a very special place indeed.Originally published by DK on July 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm
Wilderness Grill: chicken, walleye, cheeseburger and porchettaOriginally published by DK on July 4, 2020 at 7:07 pm
The Wilderness at Fortune BayOriginally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 12:14 am
Such a shame – it was a really nice course beforeOriginally published by DK on June 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm
12th green, Ridges at Sand CreekOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm
https://magazine.golfcourseindustry.com/article/june-2020/rethinking-golf-carts.aspxOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Hole 8 @ Hidden Greens Golf Course, Hastings, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2020 at 12:31 pm
Post-round Angry OrchardOriginally published by DK on June 12, 2020 at 12:27 pm
Will I ever get another ace?Originally published by DK on June 11, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Grand Marais mini golfOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm
I’ve loved Shadow Creek since the first time I played it and I’ve played it over 100 times but can’t say I’ve mastered it…Originally published by DK on June 4, 2020 at 10:55 pm
Windsong Farm, Independence, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on June 4, 2020 at 9:18 pm
Troy Burne, Hudson, WisconsinOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Faribault Golf & Country ClubOriginally published by DK on May 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm
Valleywood #8, Apple Valley, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2020 at 6:36 pm
COVID cups @ Boulder Pointe, Elko, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 12, 2020 at 8:37 pm
River Oaks in Cottage Grove, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm
Cannon Golf Club, Cannon Falls, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on May 6, 2020 at 3:37 pm
Great to see the Schusters, thoughOriginally published by DK on May 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm
Well-earned retirementOriginally published by DK on May 1, 2020 at 9:48 am
Rolled right by the pinOriginally published by DK on April 27, 2020 at 9:02 pm
Well, mostlyOriginally published by DK on April 23, 2020 at 7:42 pm
https://www.golf.com/tour-news/photo/2017/04/02/new-masters-media-centerOriginally published by DK on April 6, 2020 at 5:57 pm
Old shot of the Banff Springs courseOriginally published by DK on January 13, 2020 at 8:27 pm
https://www.golf.com/best-golf-courses-top-100-courses-world-2020-2021/Originally published by DK on November 26, 2019 at 1:26 pm
Kapalua Plantation – closed for remodelingOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2019 at 9:55 pm
My new golf gloveOriginally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 7:18 pm
Rush Creek is still first classOriginally published by DK on October 3, 2019 at 8:27 pm
The tee markers at the newly reopened Braemar Golf CourseOriginally published by DK on September 27, 2019 at 5:51 pm
Different, but great to see Phil and MikeyOriginally published by DK on September 21, 2019 at 2:05 pm
Phalen Park is probably off the list for another 11 yearsOriginally published by DK on September 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm
Nice work by the King and the QueenOriginally published by DK on September 4, 2019 at 6:48 pm
Mississippi National with the boysOriginally published by DK on August 14, 2019 at 10:50 pm
But still very playableOriginally published by DK on August 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm
Nice round, Leo (Stonebrooke 17th)Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 11:58 am
Now we just need a win over OaklandOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm
The muniest of the munisOriginally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
Summer can be exhaustingOriginally published by DK on June 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm
We love you now, GoldenrodOriginally published by DK on June 22, 2019 at 10:05 am
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/06/24/inside-the-cultish-dreamworld-of-augusta-nationalOriginally published by DK on June 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm
It was so, so awfulOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2019 at 1:49 pm
Nice to see Mr. Berry tooOriginally published by DK on June 8, 2019 at 6:36 am
The sharpie is dying, thoughOriginally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm
Number 16 @ Windsong FarmOriginally published by DK on June 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm
…at Gross National (and I played poorly).Originally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 4:02 pm
Shot 91 from the whites, Ridges at Sand Creek, Jordan, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 19, 2019 at 2:45 pm
People have said a lot of thing about the Masters over the years, but the ability to follow Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia for their entire first round in HD on my AppleTV with no commercials, announcers that don’t scream and silence the majority of the broadcast (aside from the birds chirping) is about as good as sports TV gets, in my opinion. Add in a work-from-home snow day blizzard outside (with wife and daughter safely inside) + hot pizza from across the street + new levels in Two Dots = my favorite day in weeks.Originally published by DK on April 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Golf is like bicycle shorts. It reveals a lot about a man…Originally published by DK on April 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm
When I was three years old, Bob Klas, Sr. and Pat Cody founded a charity golf tournament at Southview Country Club to raise money for Minnesota children and adults living with developmental disabilities. I started supporting the event after tournament president Phil Callen read about my CD-ROM guide to Minnesota golf in a Pioneer Press story written by Gregg Wong (who also wrote about the tournament). This started an 18 year run that included multiple versions of the tournament website, thousands of lines of code, hundreds of photographs and one very stressful long weekend every June. I even got to play in the event one year, shooting two embarrassingly high numbers and failing to make the cut.
Last year, the Klas family decided to find a new group to continue the tradition and the tournament has transitioned to the leadership of the Minnesota Section of the PGA. They have launched a new website and will take over all tournament operations this year. I plan to add a Tapemark section to this site, so that people can still view the old scoreboard pages and view some of my favorite photos from past tournaments.
Last Friday, Bob Senior died at the age of 91. My condolences go out to the entire Klas family, many of whom I have had the pleasure to spend considerable time with since joining the Tapemark family. That’s really what it was too, a family. It was always so great to see Bob Senior at the drawing banquet and driving his golf cart around on tournament weekend with wife Sandy by his side. His son Bob Junior is a wonderful person too, although I’m not 100% convinced he really likes golf all that much.
Pics and obituary after the jump. UPDATE: the 7MM Tapemark page is here.
Robert C. Klas Sr. Age 91 February 26, 1928 – March 8, 2019 Passed away at Lilydale Senior Living in Lilydale, MN, surrounded by family. Former President and CEO of the Tapemark Company in West St. Paul, Bob was a continuing member of the Board of Directors. Born and raised in Wabasha, MN, he was the second oldest of nine children. It was when he was in high school that Bob began his career in business when he purchased, along with his older brother Dan, a full-sized portable popcorn stand. It was through his paper route, home chores, the popcorn business, and his living away from home while working the rails as a teenager that he learned the importance of dedication and hard work. Upon graduating from Wabasha High School in 1946, Bob spent the following two years in the U.S. Navy before entering Hamline University in 1948. It was when he was a student at Hamline that Bob met and married the former Frances Alexandra “Sandra” Boardman. Together they raised six children. Upon graduating from Hamline, he soon was hired at the one-machine Tapemark Company. Bob eventually purchased Tapemark, building it into one of the premier tape- and adhesive- label printing companies in the Upper Midwest before transforming the business into a medical device and pharmaceutical contract manufac-turer with end-use customers located throughout the world. In 1967, Bob was named “Small Businessman of the Year” by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. Tapemark was twice voted Best Managed Company in its industry under his leadership. Later in his career, Bob led a turn-around of WTC Industries, serving as its Chairman until the company was sold to CUNO Industries. Parents of two special needs children, Bob and Sandy were deeply connected to the Saint Paul Association for Retarded Children. It was this association that inspired Bob to found and co-direct the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in 1972. Annually held over three days each June, the Pro-Am is recognized as part of the unofficial Grand Slam of golf for the MN PGA Section. Over its 47-year history, the Pro-Am has raised nearly $8 million for special needs children and adults. Included in his numerous business board memberships was his time as Director and Chair of WTC Industries. A very proud alumnus of Hamline University, Bob served two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees, and later was elected a Life Trustee of Hamline in recognition of his long support and dedication to the University. He is survived by his wife Sandra; his children Margaret (Phil) Johnson, Robert (Linda) Klas, Elizabeth (Reid) Polome, Thomas and Christine (Brian) Nelson; his grandchildren Katherine Johnson, Charles Johnson, Scott Klas, Lauren Klas, Annie Polome, Samuel Polome, Christopher Polome and Kate (Jonathan) Plett; his great-grandchildren Noah Johnson and Lily Plett; sisters Mary Peterson, Janet Roberts and Alice (Chuck) Harrison; sisters-in-law Mary Lou Klas, Louise Klas, and Evelyn Morse; as well as many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Preceded in death by his daughter Frances; parents Thomas and Gertrude; brothers Daniel, James and William; sisters Carol Carr and Harriet King. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 235 Wentworth Avenue West, West St. Paul from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15 at the United Church of Christ, 317 2nd Street West, Wabasha, MN, at 1:00 PM. A visitation will also be held at the church one hour before the funeral service. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha. Memorials preferred to the United Church of Christ in Wabasha.
Originally published by DK on February 22, 2019 at 10:25 am
- My wife and daughters, who are so kind and whip-smart
- Everyone who has supported my recovery
- Driving on my own
- The Saint Dinette cheeseburger
- Our Lowertown loft
- The choo-choo
- Progressive jackpots
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- Code (that works)
- Live music
- A well-struck golf shot
- Sunshine (on my shoulders)
The flip side of that other mini-post…Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm
I’ve never been big on year-end lists or goal summaries here, but I’ve always done a fair amount of goal-setting privately. This past year has put a different spin on my perspective, so I thought it might be useful to share a few things as 2019 gets started. In hindsight, a lot of my previous health goals seem rather vain compared to plain old recovery. And how fortunate was I in the past to just want to run faster, bike farther or finish another marathon? Now, regaining my normal vision (without prism lenses) is goal #1, followed closely by getting cleared to resume driving and riding a bike. I’m very thankful that the outlook for all of these things is good – much of this might happen by the middle of March.
Since Dr. Tummala gave me the OK to resume treadmill running, I’ve felt good the past week, with three slowish runs totaling 7.1 miles. I also did one nine mile ride on a stationary bike and resumed doing light dumbbell repeats. Not really sure what workout goals to set for 2019 – the only race I’m registered for is the Get in Gear 10K in April and I’d really like to participate in the Bike to Work challenge again in May. Beyond that, I just want to stay consistent all year and not have any big gaps in my charts (which happened twice in 2018). It would be nice to return to regular weekly runs with WeRunMpls once the ice melts and I’d love to reschedule a ski trip for next season (Banff, Colorado or Schweitzer). Lots of golf outings to schedule with people too.
The doctors cleared a return to air travel already, but money and time will be limited. The original plan was to give each person in our family a trip for their respective milestone birthday in 2019, but all of those plans are on hold for the time being. Most likely options? A quick Las Vegas trip after the Final Four and maybe a work trip to the annual Cisco conference, which is in San Diego this year (June 9-13). And of course Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in both Florida and California this year, but that will likely fall in the Tokyo/Lanai/Switzerland dream trip category for the time being.
With the Vikings season over, my job shifts focus to the Final Four on April 6th and 8th. We have four large events before then (two trade shows and two dirt shows), but there is a lot to do before “the road ends” in Minneapolis. Then we get to break down that setup for Garth Brooks and his sold-out stadium tour before prepping for Summer X Games (version 3.0). Since X Games moves to early August, there won’t be a lot of time between that and football pre-season. With all that work to do, maybe I should start daydreaming again about building a tiny cabin on the North Shore to escape to with the family…
Wow, how lucky am I to be writing this post? Happy New Year to all of you – may 2019 be full of love, health and prosperity!Originally published by DK on January 1, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Number 14 at Sand CreekOriginally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 11:22 am
Quick, fun trip to Vermilion to celebrate Mr. Schuster’s 50thOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2018 at 11:44 am