Opportunities at River Oaks this Fall

Fall at River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center is the best time of year! With our location nestled right in the Mississippi River Valley, our grounds become even more beautiful as the leaves begin to change and we start our fall season.

When the leaves start to change, River Oaks continues to have opportunities for you to get outdoors! You can enjoy a round of golf, play in a private bocce tournament, or enjoy an evening at the bar and grill we have on site. There are many things to do, and much fun to be had! Check out the opportunities we have for you this fall below!

Sign up for golf lessons at River Oaks this fall

Golf Lessons are a great way to continue to grow your golf game during a season when things start to slow down. This fall, whether you’re interested in trying a new sport without the sweltering heat or if you’re looking to improve your fundamentals, River Oaks’s golf pro, Barret Boe, PGA has you covered.

Boe structures lessons that will fit your needs and will help get you on track to develop the right skills you can use for the rest of the Fall and into the next season at River Oaks. Regardless of your age, skill level, or experience– lessons will help you grow confidence and set you up for success.

At River Oaks, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible, and that includes golf lessons. Taking lessons during the fall season means there will be more flexibility with the lesson times to make sure it works for you! Use the link here to sign up for a lesson and learn more!

Try River Oaks Golf Course’s Toptracer driving range this fall

This Fall, at River Oaks our Toptracer Driving Range is open and ready for your use! The Fall season is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and there isn’t anything better than getting out and working on your golf swing with our top of the line Toptracer technology.

The Toptracer system is user-friendly and available with any purchase of balls for your driving range session. Toptracer is a ball tracking system that gives you real-time information about your shots, and it even stores the information for you so you can keep track of your progress. The data you get from the program includes ball speed, ball rotation, and distance– all available at your fingertips after each shot, easily making it one of the best practice tools any range has to offer.

To use the Toptracer system, you will need to download the Toptracer Range app. After creating your profile, you will be able to choose different games to play during your practice session and sort through information based on data from your golf swing.

Check out more about our Toptracer Range here. Download the app to get started, and contact us if you have any questions!

Book your tee time at River Oaks Golf Course this fall

One of our most popular activities at River Oaks this fall is the use of our golf course, located in the Mississippi River Valley. River Oaks Golf Course is an 18-Hole scenic golf course with a par of 71. We have 57 sand bunkers and three ponds throughout the course. It’s a course that is well suited for all skill levels, making it a great place for everyone to play a round of golf this fall.

During the fall months, there are typically more tee times available for you to choose from as the popular Summer season dies down. At River Oaks, we have tee times available from sun-up to sun-down, and you can choose to book an 18-hole reservation or a 9-hole reservation. If you’re interested in booking a tee time, check out our online reservation page here!

Because of more demand for tee times, we ask that if anything changes with your reservation or if you’re unable to make your tee time that you call our Golf Shop or update your tee time on the website. This will allow more people to enjoy the course this fall and make it an even better experience for everyone involved.

Use this link here to direct you right to where to book your tee time! We are excited to see you out there!

Bocce ball private events at River Oaks this fall

Are you looking for another activity to do this Fall that might not be completely golf-oriented? At River Oaks, we have two bocce courts that you can book for a private event with us to enjoy with your friends and family.

The private bocce event you can book with us includes the use of the bocce courts, an outdoor bar, and several bean bag toss games, and tents you can use for extra shade. The bocce courts are located next to the 18th hole on our golf course, and have a great view of the Mississippi River Valley below. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors and have fun while doing it!

Celebrations that work well with private bocce events at River Oaks include birthdays, retirement parties, family reunions, wedding parties, team building events, and even more! We can host a group up to 32 in a tournament style format, which is great for any party!

Do you want to book your private bocce ball event? Click on our bocce event page now!

Enjoy the views, food and service at Eagles Bar & Grill this fall

This fall is the perfect time for you to try out the Eagles Bar & Grill at River Oaks! The restaurant is a local gem for the perfect evening out or lunch with friends. The restaurant overlooks the golf course and down into the Mississippi River Valley, which is stunning in the fall as the leaves start to change colors.

With the great view, comes great service and great food. Eagles Bar & Grill boasts a beautiful indoor venue where you can enjoy a nice lunch or dinner, with friends, family, or your significant other. Our servers are top notch and provide the best service possible, putting you and your needs first.

It’s an enjoyable atmosphere with tasty American cuisine that will definitely keep you coming back for more. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax after golfing at the River Oaks Golf Course, planning a fun night out with friends, or looking for a place to bring the family, Eagles Bar & Grill is a great option for you!

Take a look at our online menu to check out what food we have for you to choose from! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Bocce Ball at River Oaks Golf Course

Do you want to enjoy an activity that is fun, sociable, and accessible to everyone?

River Oaks Golf Course has two newly built bocce courts that are ready for you! Bocce ball is a great game for the family, friends, and coworkers. The bocce courts are located next to our outside patio bar that overlooks the scenic 18th hole and Mississippi River.

We introduced bocce ball to our Golf Course to allow more people to experience and enjoy our friendly atmosphere in a competitive environment… even if they don’t know how to golf. At River Oaks, there are many opportunities to play on the bocce courts, including booking private bocce ball events, booking a private bocce ball league, and participating in one of our bocce ball leagues that we host.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more about bocce ball at River Oaks and how you can book your own event, league, or join in on a future league that we host!

Book a Private Bocce Ball Event

Bocce ball is becoming more popular in the Twin Cities Metro, and it’s a great way to socialize with friends and your family. River Oaks included bocce courts to give more people the opportunity to spend time with their friends and family– and a great way to do this is to book a private event with us.

River Oaks allows you to book private events for use of the bocce ball course and adjoining facilities. Private bocce ball events include the bocce ball courts, the outside bar and patio, several bean bag toss games setup, and tents for shade.

Booking a private bocce ball event at River Oaks is a great way to celebrate birthday parties, retirement parties, family reunions, team building opportunities, wedding parties, and so much more! It’s a great location that can host a group size up to 32 people in a tournament format.

Are you interested in booking your private bocce ball event? Check out our bocce event page now!

Play in River Oaks’ Bocce Ball League

Bocce ball leagues are a great way to participate in a competitive game that everyone can do, meet new people, and enjoy an evening out at River Oaks. At River Oaks, we host bocce ball leagues from Spring to Fall, and have leagues for different evenings and offer leagues for different age groups to get everyone involved.

River Oaks hosts bocce ball leagues on different days of the week depending on the season. Games are played at 5:30pm, The League play consists of pool matchups with the top two teams in each pool playing for the championship. Each season goes for 7 weeks, from spring to fall.

The way River Oaks formats the league games is teams will play the same team for three consecutive games to complete a match. Each game will have a 30 minute time limit, and the team that scores exactly 12 points first wins the game.

All teams in the league must have a minimum of two players with a maximum of 4 players. Players on the same team alternate turns and will have a maximum of 4 players each night. A maximum of 8 teams per league night is able to register, so make sure to register quickly once you get your team together!

Click on our River Oaks bocce ball league page to learn more and to get a spot in a league now!

Book a Private Bocce Ball League

At River Oaks, we believe in celebrating our community, friends, and having a great time while enjoying some friendly competition. If you are looking for a way to involve your friends and community by starting your own private bocce ball league, look no further!

At River Oaks, you can host a league at our courts and amenities! We have two bocce ball courts that are located by the 18th hole, overlooking the Mississippi River Valley, and they are ready to go for any private bocce ball league. We also have an outdoor patio bar that is available for use for your league, adjacent to the courts.

We are able to provide you with recommendations for running your league, although you can make the league what you want. At River Oaks, we will ensure that everything goes off smoothly for you during your season and help make it a night a week that people look forward to.

If you are interested in starting your own private bocce ball league with River Oaks, contact us on our bocce events page to get more details to learn how we can help!

Weddings at River Oaks Event Center

Weddings at River Oaks Event Center include spectacular views, beautiful landscaping, an event center you can turn into everything you envision, and a great team who will help make your dreams come true. If you’re looking to host a traditional wedding or a unique celebration, we will work to make sure that your day is everything you’ve ever imagined.

River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center is nestled in the Mississippi River Valley, and our outdoor wedding ceremony venue overlooks the landscape down to the river below. In addition to a picturesque ceremony site, we have an outdoor patio that leads to a large event center that is a great place to host your reception and design to your desire.

We have many options and packages that you can choose from at an affordable price. At River Oaks, you can have your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner all at the same location– making your wedding planning a smooth and enjoyable endeavor.

Wedding Ceremonies at River Oaks Event Center

The wedding ceremony venue at River Oaks is an outdoor venue that overlooks the scenic Mississippi River Valley, giving you a beautiful view while you say your I-Do’s. If the weather is not permitting an outdoor ceremony, we have a back up indoor option to make sure that the wedding goes on.

At River Oaks, we provide up to 200 white garden chairs for your ceremony with a beautiful wooden pergola. Also, the adjoining outdoor patio and indoor sunroom is set up for your wedding procession depending on which package you choose when booking our venue.

When you walk down the aisle and to your happily-ever-after, we want to ensure that you have the best experience possible. Our staff handle the complete set up and tear down of the chairs for the ceremony, so you will not need to worry about any added stress before or after your ceremony.

Once your ceremony is over, if you choose a package that includes our reception hall, the transition from the ceremony site to the event center is a short walk to an outdoor patio and into the event center… making it a quick transition to an unforgettable evening.

To learn more about our wedding ceremonies here at River Oaks, click on our wedding page and contact us to answer any questions!

Wedding Receptions at River Oaks Event Center

After your wedding, your guests can enjoy the views of the Mississippi River Valley while relaxing in our event space. At River Oaks, we have an event center that is 4500 square feet with an adjoining sunroom and patio you can use to host the reception of your dreams!

Reception packages at River Oaks come with a number of small details you can customize to host a beautiful reception. You will have access to the reception hall during the day, a bartender for your reception, many options for napkins and table linens, a sign that is customized to your event, and more!

River Oaks has a list of preferred vendors you can use to have a first pick of the best in the Twin Cities at a great price. We also have a team that takes a hands-on approach and will be there to assist you in any way, to make sure everything you envisioned comes to life.

If you’re interested in learning more about our reception venue, click on our wedding page and contact us for a viewing to see if we are the best fit for you!

Rehearsal Dinners at River Oaks Event Center

Before you say your I-Do’s, take time to enjoy and celebrate your upcoming nuptials! One of the great things about River Oaks is we offer a complimentary room rental for your rehearsal when you book a reception with us. Enjoy a sit-down dinner or cocktail reception to kick off the beginning of your happily-ever-after!

You can enjoy the views that we have to offer of the Mississippi River Valley, relax, and start out your wedding weekend with a wonderful experience. Our staff will work with you to make sure your rehearsal runs smoothly before your big day!

If you have questions about the offered rehearsal room rentals, please contact us or click on our wedding page to make sure it works for you!

Wedding Packages and Special Offers at River Oaks

At River Oaks, we offer various wedding packages that you can choose from to provide the template for your wedding day. Our packages are customizable based on your needs, which can be discussed and planned out with our staff upon your viewing!

We offer four current packages:

1. Ceremony Only Package: This package includes a four hour time slot for the outdoor ceremony site or our event center, complete with an aisle for the wedding party to walk down. It also includes an adjoining patio and sunroom staged for wedding processional. The package is rounded off with complete setup and breakdown of chairs and cleaning services!

2. “Hole in One” Indoor Reception Only Package: This package is set up for a reception only that is set up in the 4500 square feet event center. It also includes use of our sunroom and outdoor patio for your guests to enjoy the views of the Mississippi River Valley!

3. “The Views” Ceremony & Indoor Reception Package: This package includes the use of the outdoor ceremony area, set up with a wooden pergola and white garden chairs for up to 200 guests. It also includes our 4500 square feet event center for your reception, with use of our sunroom and outdoor patio.

4. “The Oaks” Ceremony & Indoor Reception Package: This package comes with the use of our outdoor ceremony area with a wood pergola for up to 200 people with white garden chairs. It also includes a 4500 square feet event center rental plus a sunroom and use of the adjoining patio. You will also have a champagne toast for head table, fabric draping behind the head table, 3 flameless LED pillar candles on tiered glass holders with mirror (one set per table), with up lighting placed around the perimeter of the event center.

*It’s important to note that all reception packages include these details: access to the ballroom from 10 am to midnight the day of the event, a monument sign customized for the event, color RGBIC lights surrounding the ceiling, bartender for the reception, table linens and napkins in a variety of colors, customizable table layout, complete setup and breakdown of tables and chairs and cleaning services, optional use of mirror and basic votive centerpieces and table numbers, and audiovisual/podium/microphone for your use.*

Are you interested in learning more about our packages for your wedding and reception? Click on our wedding page to set up a viewing and contact us for more information!

Why Host your Golf Event at River Oaks Golf Course?

If you’re thinking about considering River Oaks Golf Course as the place to host your golf event, you’re in the right place. Thank you for thinking about us when making this decision! We are always excited to work with golf event planners to make their vision come to life. When looking into our course, there is likely a question that is popping into your mind.

Why should you host your golf event at River Oaks Golf Course? River Oaks Golf course is a great place to host a golf tournament for many reasons. Here are a few reasons why you should give us the pleasure of hosting your event!

River Oaks Golf Course is suited for all skill levels

One of the greatest things about River Oaks Golf Course is the course is suited for all skill levels. When planning your tournament, if you’re looking to find a course that allows you to have more community involvement for everyone, this is the place for you.

River Oaks Golf Course is an 18-Hole scenic golf course with a par of 71. We have 57 sand bunkers and three ponds throughout the course. The course gives challenges for experienced golfers and some fun obstacles for those who are newer to the sport, making it a perfect location for anyone to enjoy.

All golfers are invited to our course, which makes it the perfect venue for any tournament to be held. If you are interested in learning more about how to host your tournament at River Oaks Golf Course, click on the link here to be taken to our tournaments page.

River Oaks Golf Course has beautiful greens and is wonderfully maintained

At River Oaks, we keep our golf course in peak maintenance. We have an excellent grounds crew who work hard to ensure everyone gets to golf on a course in impeccable conditions.

It’s a lot of fun to golf on a course that looks as good as the course at River Oaks. The greens are well kept and in great condition, fairways are kept clear and free of debris, and the bunkers are very well maintained. We make sure that our course is fully prepped for tournaments and in its best condition for you to enjoy.

For your tournament, you can be sure that at River Oaks Golf Course the course will be immaculate and ready to go! With wonderful greens and beautiful views of the Mississippi River Valley, it’s the perfect venue. You get a one of a kind view, a great course, and tons of fun!

Our staff make the experience one of a kind at River Oaks

At River Oaks Golf Course, we ensure that everyone who steps on the course has a spectacular time. Everyone who golfs with us is deserving of exemplary treatment and the best experience possible. Our staff are kind, attentive, and extremely helpful. They work to make sure your tournament goes smoothly and value you and your time spent with us.

When hosting a tournament at River Oaks Golf Course, it’s good to know that our staff is experienced and prepared to help bring your vision to fruition. We have many opportunities and amenities that you can use for your tournament, allowing you to have the best event possible. A great benefit about our course is our state of the art driving range. We have a TopTracer driving range that guests can utilize before their round of golf, giving them current information about each hit, making everyone feel prepared before they step out on the course. To learn more about TopTracer, check out our website!

We are also home to a beautiful event center at River Oaks. It is a great place to host dinners, benefits, award ceremonies, and other events after the rounds have been golfed. We also have a restaurant on site, Eagles Bar and Grill, which is a great place for people to kick back and relax both before and after the tournament.

Reach out to us to plan your golf event!

Why should you host your golf event at River Oaks Golf Course?

To sum it all up, our course is suited for all skill levels, it has wonderful greens and is beautifully maintained, and we have kind, attentive staff that look forward to giving you the best experience possible.

At River Oaks, we work to make sure that every event hosted is better than the last. We are dedicated to making your event the best it can be, and we will work with you to make it a seamless process.

We are excited to work with you on your golf event! Follow the link here to be taken to our Tournaments page on our website to start the process now. We look forward to talking to you soon!

Five Reasons to be a Member with River Oaks Golf Course

When considering a golf membership with River Oaks, it’s important to consider
the benefits and whether they outweigh the cost.

Memberships at River Oaks are a great opportunity for those who want to golf more
often and need a cost-effective way of doing so. Having a membership with River Oaks
gives you many opportunities, and can help you build memories and relationships out on
the course.

Of course, the more you golf, the better your investment in a membership will be.
However, at River Oaks, it’s important to consider the other benefits that a golf
membership with us will have for you. Not only will a membership be a great monetary
investment for any avid golfer, but it will provide you with better health, relationships, and
so much more.

Here are five reasons to get a membership with River Oaks:

1. Memberships with River Oaks Golf Course are a great investment!

Regardless of the other great reasons why to get a membership if you’re an avid golfer, it’s hard to miss the fact that it’s a good monetary investment. The more you golf, the better this investment is!

When looking into a golf membership with River Oaks, it’s important to recognize how often your membership will be utilized. With the membership you will have prioritized tee times which can help you get out on the course more… increasing the
value in your investment.

Golf can be expensive, but with a membership you’ll be able to account for a better investment the more you get out on the course.

With a variety of memberships to choose from at River Oaks, you’ll be able to find a plan that fits with your budget and with what you wish to get out of the course.

There are memberships for the public, seniors (age 62+), college (age 18-25), and juniors (age 17 and younger). We also offer cart memberships and range memberships for your use as well!

2. Members enjoy access to other benefits at River Oaks

Memberships at River Oaks give you access to other benefits, which makes your membership an even better deal. With a membership at River Oaks, you can golf the course while having access to discounts for golf shop merchandise and items at the
Eagles Bar & Grill.

With a membership at River Oaks, you can get 10% off any golf shop merchandise and 10% off items at the Eagles Bar & Grill. Most golfers move from the course to the Bar & Grill after their round of golf, and with a membership you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning scenery from the course and Mississippi River Valley with a good discount on top of it!

A membership with River Oaks also allows you to get priority tee times that will allow you to golf around your busy schedule with ease. You are also able to have a 14-day advance on reservations for tee times to make sure you get the best time for you!

3. Members have a more meaningful relationship with the course and staff at River Oaks

Building relationships out on the course isn’t limited to other golfers. Our staff is devoted to working to ensure you have the best experience at River Oaks, and with a membership you’ll be able to get to know our staff more with each visit.

Regardless of where you are or how you’re choosing to spend your time, being treated well and building a rapport with the staff is extremely important. At River Oaks, our staff values our customers, and with your membership, you’ll be able to get to know us even better!

We are excited to get to know you and see you in the pro shop, out on the course, or at Eagles Bar & Grill!

4. River Oaks members have more chances to escape the grind and get out to golf

A bad day on the golf course always beats a good day at the office. With a membership with River Oaks, you’ll have more opportunities to get out on the course and golf. One of the best things about golf is your ability to escape from the daily grind and play a sport you love.

The more you golf, the healthier you’ll feel– golfing is a great way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. It provides you with a moderately low-impact form of exercise that will help keep you in shape and promote overall great mental health. Studies have shown that an average golfer will burn up to 3,000 calories in 18 holes. Other studies have shown that golf is associated with reducing cardiovascular risk factors that doctors look at when assessing your heart health along with your overall
health as a whole!

If you’re looking for a healthy hobby and something to improve your overall wellness, a golf membership with River Oaks is a great way to go!

5. Memberships allow you to spend time with friends and make new ones

Golf is a social sport, and one of the best things about being on the course is the ability to socialize with your golfing friends and family. When you and a few friends join a membership, you will enjoy a few more rounds of golf with the people you love playing

Whether you golf with friends, family, or coworkers, starting a membership with River Oaks Golf Course will give you more great experiences with the people you care about.

When you have your membership, you’ll likely be able to meet more people out on the course! The more you golf, the more people you’ll meet– which means more people to enjoy a few rounds of golf with, finished with a visit to Eagles Bar & Grill. If you are a daily-fee player, it’s oftentimes more difficult to get out on the course, and less
cost-effective, which decreases opportunities to meet others out on the course.

As a member at River Oaks, your opportunities to golf will allow you to make memories with your current friends and new ones to come!

Click here to learn more about what memberships we have to offer and see what will work best for you!

Golf Leagues at River Oaks Golf Course

Are you thinking about joining a golf league at River Oaks Golf Course? Or are you looking to maybe see just what these golf leagues are all about? You’re at the right place.

River Oaks Golf Course hosts a variety of golf leagues for all different types of people. We strive to give every golfer the best experience possible, which includes providing quality competitive and non-competitive leagues for everyone and anyone to enjoy!

Follow along to learn more about our golf leagues and to see if one of them will be a great fit for you.

1. What is a golf league and how does it work?

A golf league is a group of golfers who compete with each other at a golf course… at its most simple version.

River Oaks Golf Course has a variety of house leagues held by our course to choose from, regardless of skill level or experience. Golf leagues allow you to compete with others in your league in a great environment and allows you to have at least once a week where you have golf scheduled in your calendar.

Golf leagues at River Oaks are great because you have an assigned tee time that is either set each week or within a specific period of time. This helps keep your outing organized and allows you to be prepared for your round. Each league has a set time of competition, so depending on your league you will be able to schedule it for your calendars!

In a league, you’ll be able to play in a competitive environment. At first, it can be intimidating but will only help you grow in your game. In a league you’ll be able to grow, play under moderate pressure, and even meet new people along the way.

At River Oaks, one of the reasons why people join our leagues is to meet new people and play with friends out on the course. Golf leagues are a great environment to meet new people while playing golf and to foster friendships you already have.

2. Who can compete in a golf league at River Oaks Golf Course?

The simple answer? Anyone and everyone is welcome.

However, if you’re new to golf, it is beneficial to start out in one of our beginner leagues that will help you grow your game in an environment with others at a level similar to you. We also offer golf lessons and have a great Top Tracer Driving Range that can help you get started and give you great habits and tips to improve your game.

We offer different leagues for different age groups, genders, and skill levels. On our website we have the different leagues listed– click here to see the different leagues we have to offer, or look below at the different mentions to learn more!

3. What different golf leagues does River Oaks have to offer?

Tuesday/Wednesday Senior Mens League

-Senior Men’s leagues play on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m.

-Golfers will play at the same time and with the same golfers every week.

Tuesday Couples League

-Couple’s League plays on Tuesday evenings between 5 to 6 p.m.

-This league is a great way to get out and meet other couples on the course!

Wednesday/Thursday Juniors League

-The Junior Intro League is a league designed for golfers ages 7-17 that takes place on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

-The Wednesday Juniors League is for beginners, and the Thursday Juniors League is for advanced beginners.

Wednesday Women’s League

-The Women’s League is for any woman regardless of skill level or experience, with tee times from 5 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday.

-This is a great way for women to get out, meet new people, and have a great time.

Thursday Ladies League

-The Ladies League plays from 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursdays.

-There is both a 9-hole and 18-hole division available to ensure everyone is able to enjoy!

Saturday Morning Men’s Club

-Saturday Morning Men’s Club tee times are on Saturday mornings between 7 and 10 a.m.

-This is a competitive league with various events to compete in, different week by week.

Did you see a league that interests you? Use the link here to learn more about our leagues and to sign up for one today!

4. Why should someone compete in a golf league at River Oaks?

You might be wondering why you should enter into a league with River Oaks. Be assured there are many great reasons to do so!

At River Oaks, we have a league for everyone who is looking into starting or continuing their golf career. We offer a multitude of different leagues to choose from, all specified for different needs and levels. Whether you’re starting out or have been golfing for years, we will have a league for you.

The more you play, the better you’ll get at golf. Being a part of a league with River Oaks ensures that you’ll have at least one night of golf on your schedule for the week, which will give you more chances to improve. It’s a structured form of play that is better than just practice at our Top Tracer Driving Range.

You’re able to develop more friendships with others out on the course as well when you join a league at River Oaks. You will meet and get to know other people who are out to golf just like you, building relationships that can last a lifetime. Golf is meant to be enjoyed, and in a league you’ll be able to join a competitive environment that allows you to play, spend time with friends, and improve your game.

5. How does someone sign up for a golf league at River Oaks Golf Course?

Are you ready to sign up for a Golf League at River Oaks Golf Course? Great! To sign up for a league and take the next step in your golfing career, you can click here to be taken to our website which will give you an option to sign up.

You can also contact our golf pro shop for more information, we are always willing to help and answer any questions you may have!

Ten Life Lessons Learned On The Golf Course

Golf, like many other sports, offers life lessons to those who are willing to learn. Regardless of if you’re already a golfer or thinking about starting– there are many things that you can learn from the game.

After asking a handful of golfers what they have learned while spending time out on the course, it became evident that people were experiencing the same things. Here are 10 lessons that golfers of varied ages, gender, and experience all learned while out on the course.

1. Communication and Cooperation

Golf is a great sport that can help you in building communication skills that will help you get along and cooperate with others. If you’re out on the course, oftentimes you don’t always have a four-some and you’re with random people. An 18-hole course takes a while to get through, so communication is a great tool to have.

When golfing, even if you’re in a competition it’s important to be able to cooperate with others. You can find common ground with competitors, make friends with people you’ve just met, and you will find that you’ll be able to interact with others on a
whim. Golf helps build your skills in communication and cooperation, which is a valuable skill to bring with you when you leave the course.

2. You can’t always Control the Uncontrollable

Golf is a sport where you definitely can’t expect to control every aspect of your game. Sometimes you’ll hit a shot and feel like it’s perfect… only to see that the result was horrible. If you try to control the uncontrollable, the game quickly becomes frustrating and you stop having fun.

When on the course, if you stop trying to control the uncontrollable you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and accept that sometimes you’re just unlucky. And that’s okay. There are things you can control, such as your swing, your mentality, decision making, etc… but if your shot happens to hit a sprinkler head that sends it flying 30 yards over the green, you definitely can’t control that.

3. You’ll Have Lucky Days and Unlucky Days

Golf is a game where you’ll have more bad shots than good ones. Even in a great outing, you’ll probably have quite a few bad shots. Sometimes you’ll have quite a few lucky shots, and other times you’ll have some unlucky ones. In some outings you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world, and sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches.

Learning to work through the reality that you’ll have to have unlucky days intermixed with your lucky ones is a great lesson that golf teaches us. Some days everything goes well and things all come together, and on other days nothing seems to go well at all. Golf teaches us how to deal with the mentality we need to get through the unlucky times and the persistence we need to get the most out of every day we have.

4. Persistence and Resilience

To be honest, golf is not an easy sport. Wherever you’re at in your development, things will not always go your way. If you stick with it, you’ll learn the important lessons of having resilience and being persistent with your goals.

Resilience comes with having toughness during adversity and continuing forward when things don’t go well. If you have a few bad shots in a row, it takes resilience and persistence to make a good one to break the pattern. Being persistent in practice will not only make you a better golfer, but will help you in every walk of life. It’s a great lesson to learn that will help you reach goals and grow in whatever you apply it towards.

5. Goal Setting leads to Growth

Setting goals and achieving goals is a base that people use to strive for success… and golf teaches us how to do this. Golf teaches us how to learn to set achievable goals that allow us to grow. Goal setting is an important skill– but setting achievable goals for yourself is even more important.

Growth is not always an upward slope, and sometimes you’ll fall short of your goals. Golf helps us recognize the times where new goals need to be set to get us back on track and going in the right direction. Whether it’s setting new goals to work on our
swing, our mentality while approaching the tee, etc., goals help in our growth.

6. Patience is Key

Golf teaches us patience as it is a game where you have to go shot by shot– you can’t get ahead of yourself and you have to stay in the moment. That being said, having patience is important in golf. You can’t force a great shot, a birdie, or a lower score. You can’t make a birdie with your tee shot, but you can make a double bogey or worse if you force it.

Being patient with yourself and your shots, making sure each time you approach the ball that you’re in the moment and not two shots ahead will only make you better. This is a great approach to take with you in life– be patient, in the moment, and approach each task like it’s the most important task you’ve ever done. That’s what golf can teach you.

7. Humility is Valuable

Humility is another valuable lesson that many golfers can learn while out on the course. Being humble is a powerful attribute that comes from being tested by other opponents out on the course, respecting other golfers, and recognizing other talent on
the course.

Having humility allows you to play through the good and bad while still being approachable and gives you a space to find mentors who will help improve your game. This is a great lesson that you can take with you into multiple aspects of your life, whether it’s at work, at home, or in other hobbies– humility is a great attribute to have.

8. Have Integrity in Everything You Do

Another lesson that golfers tend to learn while out on the course is what it means to have integrity. In golf, there isn’t someone there to watch your every shot. Even in tournament play, the only people there to see your every shot will be your playing

You’ll discover that there are many ways you can cheat to get better scores– but in the end, cheating the rules will only cheat yourself. Having integrity every time you step out on the course and playing by the rules will only benefit you, as integrity is a valuable lesson you can take with you off the course!

9. Etiquette and Respect

The etiquette and rules for golf is very important to know and respect for any golfer. Golf etiquette is something that people should be aware of on the course and maintain. For example, not stepping into someone else’s line, being quiet when someone is hitting, not driving the golf cart on the tee boxes and greens, fixing your ball marks, moving at the pace of the course, etc.

Following the etiquette shows your respect for the game, the course, and the others who are golfing. By showing respect, it makes it easier to communicate and work with others out on the course and gives you a great experience.

10. Have Grace for others Around You

Golf is a sport where having grace for others out on the course with you makes your experience a great one. Oftentimes you’ll meet people that come from all walks of life out on the course. If they don’t adhere to the same etiquette and rules as you,
sometimes it takes some grace to recognize the situation and cooperate with them.

Out on the course, you’ll have groups in front of you and behind you. If the group in front of you is going slower, making you wait before each hole– sometimes you need to have grace if they’re not matching your pace. There may be new golfers, older golfers who need more time, etc. Having grace for their situation is important, and will start to blend into your life off the course.

Five Steps to Get Started Golfing as a Beginner

Are you interested in learning how to golf? Great! Now that you want to learn, the next
question usually is… how do you start?

The hardest part of golf is the beginning, when you are working to try to figure out how to
hold the club, develop a good golf swing, as well as learning the rules and etiquette for the
sport. When looking at it all, it’s often overwhelming for beginners and seems exhausting to try
to figure out.

At River Oaks Golf Course, we welcome anyone who is new to golf and interested in
starting. We’ve put together 5 big picture steps to help you along the way to help break down
the process of learning golf from getting your first clubs to getting out on the course.

Step 1: Borrow clubs or purchase a beginner golf set

The first step to starting to golf? Getting some clubs.

There are a few routes you can take with this step. Golf clubs can be expensive, so you can either borrow clubs from a friend or family member to start, you can find a beginner golf set, or you can use someone’s old clubs that they may have laying around.

Before going out to purchase a set of clubs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re ready to make the commitment to golfing. For beginners, you will really only need a few clubs to start with. You’ll want to have a driver, a wood or hybrid, a 7-iron, a 8-iron, a 9-iron, and a putter. Whether you purchase a beginners set, have hand-me-down clubs, or found a few clubs on
Facebook Marketplace, you should be able to work with what you have.

Another good thing to keep in mind is when you’re starting out even if you don’t have a complete set of clubs, if you go to a teaching or instruction clinic the instructor will oftentimes have extra clubs to use if you need them.

Step 2: Learn the basics of golf

Learning the basics of golf, from the mechanics of your swing to the rules and etiquette on the course is tough, but it’s also a lot of fun.

As a beginner, you will want to start out by learning how to grip and swing your clubs. If you have a friend or family member who is willing to walk you through it, that’s always a good way to begin. An easy way to do this is just working on your swing in your backyard or going to the driving range at River Oaks.

One of the best ways to learn how to golf is to start out with lessons. Lessons from a golf pro will give you the opportunity to learn the fundamentals and the proper mechanics of a golf swing, giving you a great base to build off of. Starting out with bad habits means you’ll have to spend time trying to break them in the future, so it’s always recommended to develop good ones
from the get go.

Lessons at River Oaks Golf Course are with our resident golf pro, Barrett Boe. He works with individuals of all levels, and focuses on teaching the basics of the golf swing. If you’re wondering why you should take lessons at River Oaks, we have a great post to look at here.

To sign up for lessons with Boe, click here to be taken to the page!

When starting out, you will also want to familiarize yourself with the terminology, rules, and etiquette that comes with the sport. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the different types of clubs you’ll find in your bag, the types of holes that you’ll come across on the course, areas you’ll find out on the course, and how score is kept in the sport.

A lot of times these things come from spending time on the course, but it’s always a good idea to learn some of these things ahead of time.

Step 3: Consistent practice and persistence

As a beginner, it’s important to not just attend one lesson or clinic and be on your way. Learning to golf is a process, and it takes a few lessons to be able to develop the solid base you’ll need to continue to grow with good habits. River Oaks has many opportunities for you to practice your golf game before you even touch the course.

After a lesson, it’s a great time to practice your swing and things you’ve learned at the driving range. River Oaks Golf Course has a Toptracer Driving Range that gives you real time information about your shot. It connects to an app on your phone and allows you to practice by playing games while on the range that will help you improve. Are you looking for more information about what our Toptracer Driving Range does for you? Check out our post about it here!

River Oaks also has a practice green to work on your putting skills, just to the left of the club house. While it’s a lot of fun to hit a few balls at the driving range, it becomes more of a mental game when you get closer to the hole. By practicing your putting skills, you’ll be able to develop more confidence in yourself which will transition with you onto the course.

Once you feel confident in your swing, that’s when it’s time to take your game to the course.

Step 4: Find a group or person to golf with

Before signing up for a tee time on the River Oaks website, you’ll need to find a partner
or group to golf with. Golf is the type of sport that anyone can play together regardless of their
skill level. If you have some friends or family who golf, it’s a great idea to start out on the course
with them!

Most golfers are willing to join in on a round of golf if you ask, or are willing to make
plans to go out in the future. If you attend a golf clinic, it’s always a good idea to ask the others
in your group if they want to join you, as you’ll all be at a similar level and learn together.

River Oaks Golf Course allows you to set up tee times on our website. When booking a
tee time, you can schedule 2 to 4 golfers at the times available. Check out our tee times here to
get yourself scheduled to play the course!

Step 5: Start golfing on the course

Are you ready to get out on the golf course? Great!

When you start golfing on the course, sometimes golfing 18 holes can be overwhelming for a beginner. River Oaks Golf Course gives you the option to only do 9 holes instead of the 18. Just make sure when you register your tee time on our website that you select the 9-hole option instead of 18.

When starting the course, make sure to show up on time for your tee time, and then start by hitting off the tee! Another thing to do is to make sure that you’re keeping pace with the course. There will be groups teeing off after you, so you and your partners will want to make sure you’re maintaining a good pace throughout the course.

For beginners, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that your score doesn’t matter– you’re golfing to improve yourself and get better and to learn more about what golf is all about. Keep your score to have a reference, but don’t worry about how you do. We all start somewhere, the majority of people you’ll be playing with will be happy to help you along.

Don’t worry too much, and take it one step at a time. If you end up needing any guidance along the way, reach out to any of the staff at River Oaks. We’ll be happy to help!

Click this link to set up your tee time now!

The Toptracer Range at River Oaks Golf Course

River Oaks Golf Course is home to a cutting edge technology used on the driving range– Toptracer.

Toptracer driving range utilizes lasers to detect ball movement in real time while you work on your swing at the driving range. It’s a great tool that can be used by anyone… and at River Oaks, it’s free when you purchase a bucket of range balls in the pro shop.

What exactly is the Toptracer driving range?

Spending time at the driving range is a must for anyone who is looking to golf and develop their game. Driving ranges are perfect for those looking to develop and spend time on their golf swing… but the Toptracer Range makes everything even easier.

Toptracer is a ball tracking system that uses cameras to track the golf ball in flight and provides you with data that you can use to elevate your game to the next level. You are given real time information about your shots, making it a great tool for when you hit the driving range to practice.

You don’t have to be a pro to be able to use the Toptracer driving range. Guests of all ages, handicaps, and skill levels are able to use the app while playing interactive games to develop their skills. Your data is stored in the app from the practice sessions, making it easy to track your improvement over time.

Not to mention, if you go to River Oaks to use the Toptracer driving range, it’s free. After paying for your range session, you will only need to have access to the app to use the system. As always, if you have any questions about the app or the system, ask one of our employees, who are always willing to help.

How do you get started with the Toptracer range?

Are you interested in learning more about the Toptracer driving range at River Oaks? Great!

The Toptracer driving range comes free with the purchase of your range balls. Be sure to ask in the clubhouse for your use to make sure you’re in the correct bays to use the system. Using the Toptracer range is one of the greatest ways to improve in your game and gain confidence on the course. Once you have your range balls, in order to use the service you will need to download the Toptracer app, which you can do here.

After you download the app, this is where the fun begins. You will need to create a profile so you can keep track of your shots and have access to your history as you use the system. The app will connect to River Oak’s Toptracer lasers and will allow you to track your shots on the range.

At River Oaks, you’re able to access different games to play within the app. The app allows you to compete on a larger scale, and connects you to various leaderboards across the database of the program. You can play against people all around the world, if you choose to do so.

The app will tell you everything that you would ever want to know about your shot. Good shots, great shots, bad shots– it will track it all. There are several cameras along the River Oaks driving range that will track the shots from your bay. It’s a great tool to use to track distances of your shot, your ball flight, speed, and angles of your trajectory.

For pros and serious golfers, this is extremely important data that can be used to help you improve. The driving range has never been more productive or more fun!

Many golfers, regardless of experience, use and value the Toptracer range at River Oaks. Feedback from our golfers shows that it’s easy to use and improves your confidence in the distance with your clubs, which transitions onto the course!

What games are available on the Toptracer app?

In the Toptracer app, you’ll have access to many different games and practice tools to improve your golf game and accuracy. The following are a few examples of what you can expect to see on the app for your use!

Warm Up

The app has a warm up mobile game mode, which allows you to see all of your shot stats without saving any data- which is a great way to start out and warm up.

My Practice

This module allows you to store your shot data over time and allows you to collect data and learn the characteristics of each club that you have in your bag.

Precision and Precision Series

These are two different modules that track your accuracy and consistency in hitting different shots. The data from these modules are stored on your profile and allow you to keep track of your consistency over time.

Capture the Flag

In this module you aim at physical targets along the range to collect flags in the 15 target game.

Closest to Pin

This game has you taking three shots on some of the most iconic holes in golf– how close can you get?

Going to the driving range at River Oaks Golf Course

It’s time to experience this for yourself! At River Oaks, go to the driving range and take full advantage of the free Toptracer sessions that will help you grow as a golfer.

Start out by downloading the app and heading to the driving range– in the pro shop we can help you get started and set up for your session. Click here to learn more!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Golf Lessons – Why Should You Take Golf Lessons at River Oaks Golf Course?

At River Oaks Golf Course, one of the easiest ways to get out and start golfing is to start out by taking golf lessons. Golf lessons are offered by the on-site golf pro, Barret Boe, PGA. They are a great way to get involved in the golf course whether you’re a beginner or if you have been golfing for years!

Beginners should definitely take golf lessons, as you’ll be able to develop your golf game. In just a few lessons you’ll gain confidence that will carry you throughout the 18 holes. The more confidence you have, the more fun the game becomes.

Even if you’re not a beginner and you’re out of practice, or you’re not seeing the improvement you want– golf lessons are a good tool for you. So many golfers find themselves in a plateau or a rut where they aren’t seeing their scores improve. A great way to work on your development is to get lessons and continue to refine your mechanics and continue to grow at the sport you love.

River Oaks Golf Course is a great place to take lessons to start your golfing journey or if you’re looking to take it one step further!

Start Golfing and Start a Life-long Hobby

If you’re looking into lessons, there’s a good chance that you’re new to golf, which is great! At River Oaks, we are excited to get you on the course and the lessons provided by our golf pro will help place you on the right track to suit your needs.

If you’re looking into starting to golf, there are many reasons why you should go to the course and start today. Golf is great for many reasons, starting with the amount of exercise you are able to get while out on the course. You are able to get great exercise while golfing the 18-hole course, as some courses will have you walking around 4 miles by the time you’re done!

Golfing is also a great sport to start because not only do you get to exercise and spend time outdoors, but you get to make new friends and join a great community at River Oaks. By starting at our course with lessons, you’ll be able to insert yourself into the community right away and make connections that are long-lasting.

We invite you to challenge yourself if you’re new to golfing and to reach out to us today to start your lessons with our resident golf pro! Click the link here to learn more and to sign up!

Lessons Help Develop a Solid Foundation for Any Golfer

Why take lessons from a golf pro at River Oaks? Great question.

Like any other sport, you will want to learn the fundamentals before you find yourself thrown into the middle of the game. Barret Boe, the golf pro at River Oaks Golf Course, works with you to make sure you learn the basics so you build a solid foundation before you start. He structures the lessons to help you grow as a player and develops individual plans to help you be successful.

Boe has given over a thousand lessons to players at different levels in their game. He has worked with beginners, high schoolers, college athletes, and even professional golfers and you can be one of them.

For those who are starting out, it’s very easy to develop bad habits instead of learning the right techniques. That’s one of the most important reasons why you should start out with a few lessons to learn the core techniques. Starting from gripping the club to the mechanics of your swing. Lessons will help build your skill set and set you up for a great experience on the course.

In the lessons at River Oaks, you will learn how to hold your club, how to swing the club, and all the mechanics that go into hitting the ball at the perfect point of your swing. Starting with lessons will give you the tools you need to start off on the right track!

Even if you have been around for a while, there is always information to give and things to fine-tune. If you’re finding your game starting to plateau or if you’re seeing yourself start to decline, one of the best things you can do is fine-tune your skills with some lessons. During the lessons, you can learn the adjustments you need to make to continue to grow and get better.

Lessons are Catered to Your Individual Needs

At River Oaks, you will be able to have your lessons catered to your needs. There are many circumstances where you may need to adjust your swing or stance. because of prior injuries or aches, and lessons are a great way to make your golf game work best for you.

With lessons at River Oaks, Boe works with you to make sure that everything is smooth and comfortable at every step of your swing. He makes adjustments based on the needs of the different players and makes sure everyone feels safe while learning and developing.

If you need to make adjustments and aren’t sure how to do it or how it may affect your overall game– lessons are a great way to get questions answered and to work on adjusting your shot. Throughout your golfing career, you may need to make adjustments based on unforeseen injuries or illnesses. Lessons are a great way to integrate those adjustments into your game so you can keep doing what you love.

Sign Up for a Golf Lesson at River Oaks Golf Course

Are you ready to take the next step in developing your golf game? Start by taking lessons at River Oaks.

At River Oaks, there are packages you can choose from to make it work with your schedule. In regards to the time of year, lesson times can be adjusted and are flexible to work with your schedule so you have the best experience possible.

You can set up one lesson to see what it’s all about or you can jump into a four lesson clinic, just click here to learn more and sign up!

We look forward to seeing you soon.