Get ready for an amazing year…

Thank you for your support in 2020! Though we had many challenges to overcome, we’re so glad that the game of golf could bring us together through hard times. 2021 is going to be better than ever!

Get back to the events you love! We’ll have socially-distanced event hosting in 2021 so you can host your big day outdoors under our tents. Golf Tournaments will also have the option to provide live scoring via carts, app, and TVs.

We’ll also have a new & improved golf shop for 2021 so you can get the perfect gear to up your game!

Golf information will be sent out the week of January 25th; be sure to check your email, mailbox, our website, or our Facebook page to stay informed.

A Strange Season:
River Oaks Recap of 2020

There is so much to say about the crazy year we have all had. To simply put it, it has been a strange year. Yet, somehow, River Oaks persevered.

We had a late start to the season with Governor Walz Stay At Home Executive Order directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes. River Oaks wasn’t able to open for the season until April 18th, with only 15-hour notice after Governor Walz’s approval.

We made the necessary adjustments just in time to open. We closed our clubhouse and pro shop, staggered tee times, and ensured everyone stayed 6 feet away from others. Our grounds crew removed the sand rakes, ball washers, water coolers, and even raised the cup to eliminate the need to touch the cup or the flag. We limited doubling up in golf carts to only with household members. Our pro shop staff cleaned and sanitized carts after every round. We were limited to taking tee times only by internet or by credit card over the phone.

We made a big change to our driving range that everyone seemed to enjoy. Instead of buying range balls by the bucket, range slots were paid for by the hour with unlimited balls! Balls were cleaned and sanitized and already waiting on the range.

After May 1st, when Governor Walz allowed restaurants and bars to open up, River Oaks was able to open up our clubhouse. Despite this, we made the executive decision to limit the Eagles Bar and Grill food menu and reduced the number of people allowed in the clubhouse to only 20.

On September 2nd, the Cottage Grove City Council voted on a contract proposal for the expansion of kitchen facilities at River Oaks at a not to exceed price of $672,345. It was approved, and construction broke ground a few weeks later and completed before the end of November. The new expansion will help River Oaks achieve the financial success that COVID-19 has compromised, both in the short term and long term.

Although the kitchen expansion was a stroke of luck, we still weren’t able to host any weddings or any other large events, so we continued to double down and put most of our focus on golf. River Oaks was still able to host golf tournaments and our weekly leagues.

Despite being amid a global pandemic and despite all the major changes made to the course, somehow, 2020 was one of the more successful seasons we’ve had as a golf course in recent years. We had over 40,000 rounds of golf played this year, which is no easy task. We owe all our success to you, our guests, who came out to support us.

As a course, we worked extra hard to stay open for you and make River Oaks a safe and sanitary place for everyone. You all shared our concerns and showed your support by following our new guidelines and getting behind all the recent changes we’ve had to make to the course this season. We thank you for that.

We will see you again next season!

Just Engaged? Wedding

Just Engaged?

If you want a wedding that one will remember forever, River Oaks Event Center is your choice!

At River Oaks, we want your wedding to not only be a special day, but a once in a lifetime event filled with cherished memories. This day can often be stressful, and at River Oaks, we strive to make this a relaxing time of celebrating your new lives together. River Oaks offers to our brides & grooms so many amenities coupled with a beautiful, spacious, and elegant venue.

Just Engaged? WeddingYour guests can lounge in our banquet rooms amid comfortable furniture while they take in the sweeping views of the golf course with the Mississippi River Valley in the background. These picturesque views are great for your cherished wedding photos as well. Our friendly staff takes a hands-on approach and will be here to assist you in any way from our incredible chef and your food selection, to the room set up, to those small last-minute details to make your event perfect and unique.

Santa needs your help!

Santa needs your help!

 

Santa’s reindeer are lost on our website and we need your help to find them!

Search our website for the reindeer and submit your guess online. Everyone who guesses correctly will be entered for a chance to win a free gift card from River Oaks!

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF GOLF THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Do you have a golfer in the family and don’t know what to get them this year? Well, give them the gift of golf this holiday season!

Not sure how to give the game of golf? Well, a River Oaks Gift Card is a perfect gift for any golfer. The River Oaks Gift Card can be redeemed for all goods and services at our golf club, including greens fees, merchandise, and anything from food and beverage.

A River Oaks Membership is also another wonderful gift for a loved one who likes to golf religiously. We offer several different types of membership opportunities guaranteed to fit every kind of golfer.

  1. Junior Memberships
  2. College Memberships
  3. Individual Memberships
  4. Couple Memberships
  5. Family Memberships
  6. Senior Memberships
  7. Twilight Memberships

Give your loved ones the gift of golf! They will thank you for it.

Special News from Santa

Unfortunately, we will not be able to host our Santa Breakfast this year, but watch on Facebook for special news from Santa every Wednesday until Christmas! To bring some holiday cheer, we are having a Kids Christmas Coloring Contest online- open to kids of all ages! The winners for each of our 3 age categories (5 & under, 5-10, 11 & up) will get a $10 Gift Card.

The deadline for submission is December 16!

Check out our contest & have your kiddo enter today using the button below!

 

Black Friday is FINALLY Here!

Save on Gifts for the Special golfer in your life!

It’s the holidays- skip the stress of shopping & spend more time with your family.

Shop our Black Friday special to get the perfect gift for the choosy golfer in your life (or for yourself)!

Available Online-Only

November 25-29

Buy a $100 Gift Card and get a FREE $20 Gift Card! Limit 3 per person.

 

Black Friday is almost here…

That means we’ll have a great online deal to help you get the perfect gift for the special golfer in your life!

Mark your calendars & get ready to save 11/25-11/29!

4 AWESOME THINGS ABOUT FALL GOLF

1) Pro Shop Discounts

Every fall, you can almost always expect to see golf courses hoping to rid themselves of all their old inventory before the snowfalls. Golf shops in the fall will be riddled with deals and bargains on everything from balls, gloves, clothes, accessories, and even equipment to make room for next season’s merchandise.

2) Weather

Golfing in the fall is always a nice change of pace and a nice break from those hot and humid summer days. Golfing in the fall is also a wonderful way to witness the trees changing their colors. Fall golf should be an iconic fall activity, such as going to the apple orchard or the pumpkin patch. Also, it’s an excuse to get out your fancy golf pants and make you feel a little bit more like a pro.

3) Slower Greens

Just as the leaves start to change, so does the grass. As the weather gets colder and the humidity goes down, the grass growth slows down, and greens don’t get mowed as often. The longer grass makes greens slower and much easier to navigate.

4) Fall Rates

Business indeed slows down in the fall thanks to students going back to school and fall sports starting on TV. Most golf courses often lower their green fee rates to drum up more business. It is just another perk to golfing in the fall.

Golf Course is Closed due to Weather

The golf course is closed due to the weather as of 10/20/20.

Keep an eye out- if we get a few nice days this fall, we might open up again!

The range is closed for the season.

 

In the meantime, prepare for 2021 by becoming a member!

For details & pricing, contact us at (651) 438-2121 or by using the button below.