Golf course battles for survival
Golf course battles for survival
“A gem off the beaten path.”
It’s 89 years old.
It’s the backdrop in hundreds of local pictures memorializing graduations, weddings, proms, retirements, birthdays, homecomings, anniversaries, team sport gatherings, college sport signings, to name just a few.
It’s open year around.
You can take your grandkids sledding there and still get a beer.
It’s open to the public.
What is it?
Many of you have guessed; it’s the Zumbro Valley Recreation Club.
It is one of the oldest golf courses in the region having been founded in 1926 by Sam Lord, Howard Tollefson, Carlos Leuthold, Ole Stenstad, Dr. C. L. Nelson, Lloyd Leuthold, Dr. S. A. Helebrandt and Paul Leuthold.
The windy river meanders across four of the holes. Red, blue and black tees are offered to entice new golfers but yet keep the seasoned veterans challenged. Ben Langan, golf superintendent, just completed his fourth year of keeping the course in pristine condition. During the off-season, Langan can be found working in the clubhouse.
For a change of pace and scenery, Zumbro Valley invites the general public to relax in their course-side restaurant, full-service bar and expansive wrap-around deck that offer spectacular valley views of a the golf course. The menu features popular American fare with daily specials. Kathy Thorn, a familiar face, came on board as general manager this past August.
“She’s the heartbeat of Zumbro Valley. Kathy and Ben make an amazing team,” said board member Tara Bradford.
Bradford explained that thefive board members; Josh Fjerstad, Tonya Carlson, Hally Marshall, Jason Fritz, herself and several volunteers are seeking pledges from the current member base – about 150 families – and anyone else who would like to see the club stay open. The facility now generates enough revenue to cover its overhead but servicing its debt is weighing down the golf course and clubhouse.
For more information or to make a pledge to help keep the course open, please contact Tara Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 507-421-6905.
During the winter, the clubhouse is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Daily lunch and dinner specials along with favorite items off the menu such as hand-pattied burgers, maple hot wings and Friday night fish dinners are popular. Call ahead and take-out is available as well.
Zumbro Valley’s full-service bar boasts popular domestic and non-domestic draught and bottled beer, ciders, malt alternatives, rail to top-shelf liquors, wines and non-alcoholic beverages. The weekday happy hour is from 4 to 6 p.m.
Whether planning a golf tournament, groom’s dinner, wedding, charitable event, holiday party, business meeting, class reunion, anniversary or birthday celebration, Zumbro Valley can provide a spectacular setting for the event. Menu options can be made to order ranging from a more casual setting up to a formal affair. Events may be hosted on the main level, lower level or both. Thorn is happy to assist in booking an event and staff members understand that each event is unique and will assist with each individual request as it arises.
Zumbro Valley Recreation Club is located at 25202 615th Street (Mantorville), the phone number is 507-635- 2821, and the email address is email@example.com.