Golf enthusiasts around Minnesota are finding it harder and harder to fuel their love of the game as golf courses around the state shut down. As we transition into, and become acclimated in, the age of technology, are the youth of America enjoying golf games on their preferred mobile devices instead of getting out on the green? Whatever the trend, popularity of the game is dwindling and causing many golf courses around the country to shut down; Minnesota is no exception.

 

Having hosted 3 PGA tours and 17 U.S Golf Association Championships over the years, Minnesota has a history rich in golf. In fact, more people play golf in Minnesota per capita than any other state in the union. Approximately one resident of every five in the Gopher state hits the green each year. Given golf’s popularity in Minnesota, the fact that so many courses are forced to shut down should speak volumes.

Fairways are turning into front yards in the Twin Cities Metro area. In 2017, the region traded in 900 acres of golf course for housing developments. In less than 20 years, Minnesota has closed the doors on nearly 70 golf courses, some of which originated in the early part of the 1900s. With fewer golfers, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to justify keeping golf course land allotted for golfing. Many city officials wonder if golf courses should get turned over to the private sector.

For busy Americans, it might also be getting more difficult to carve out three or four hours to play 18 holes. There’s probably some natural ebb and flow in the sport’s popularity, similar to what tennis, skiing, and racquetball experienced. In this day and age, we’re seeing a different set of priorities and interests. And, Millennials don’t seem as interested in playing golf as their baby-boomer parents either.

In Minnesota, there’s another major factor: weather. A good weather year with warm spring temperatures can be a boon for a golf course. On the flip side, a rainout weekend can be devastating.

 

Solution:

Whatever the reasoning, if you’re a golf lover in Minnesota, you don’t have to mourn the loss of your golf course quite yet. In fact, you can play for FREE as a member of Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi, conveniently located at the bend of the river in Clear Lake, Minnesota. There are still many golf courses available for your scheduled tee-time.

In the great state of Minnesota, we are home to 10,000 lakes (actually 11,000 for those of you keeping track), the biggest mall in America, an amazing state fair, we are considered one of the best states to work in as we are home to 19 fortune 500 companies, and of course we have the great Mississippi River. That was just a short summary of all the great things this state has to offer, but what about all the great things you can find at TCCOM? The winter has worn off, so get ready to embrace all of the benefits of a great Minnesota summer at TCCOM.

Water is a huge part of our lives as Minnesotans and there is no shortage of water activities here. The Mississippi River runs right through our backyard. Fishing anyone? You can catch walleye, bass, northern pike, and pan fish out of your boat. You can also walk the banks of the sand bar, take a little dip into the water to cool off, or take a little adventure in a canoe or kayak. The water fun doesn’t stop with just the river, you can run on over and cannonball into our outdoor swimming pool. The pool is the perfect place to plunk yourself on one of those 90 degrees’ summer days. Whether you’re 9 months or 90 years old you will enjoy the pool.

Take advantage of all the green summer brings and hit the 9-hole golf course. Multiple tournaments are put on each summer here. A great benefit is that golf is free for members at TCCOM. In addition to a golf course, TCCOM has pickle ball, basketball, and tennis courts. If that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, you could also play some bocce ball. Minnesota weather can be so unpredictable all year round, which is great for a good conversation starter, but for those rainy days we have quilting and crafts to do as well.

End the day sitting around the campfire. Throw a hotdog or s’more on for supper and desert and call it a perfect day. We are lucky to live in such a great state and be surrounded by such great people. With the summer season approaching, there is no shortage of benefits that TCCOM has to offer.