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Friday Night Fish Fry is Back!

Friday Night Fish Fry is Back!

Starting February 19th, 4:30-8:00

 

Dine In:

Reservations are required with limited capacity seating.

 

Carry Out:

Order in advance, choose your pick up time.

 

News from the club… ⛳️

Football is over… it’s time to kick off the 2021 Golf Season​!

Coming soon to River Oaks… Toptracer Range!

Stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, find more about this exciting new feature in the video below.

Additional New Features Coming This 2021 Season:

Renovated Golf Shop that will feature a social area, shuffleboard, more clothing and televisions

Tents – We purchased 2400 square feet of tents to host more events outside

Live Scoring – Offering live scoring for tournaments on our carts, through our app and in the clubhouse and golf shop

New parking lot and landscaping

Bocce Ball Leagues

Sunshades over our patio for a better dining experience

Join us for our Fish Fry at Eagles Grill and Patio!

Starting February 19, join us on Fridays for our Lenten Fish Fry!

Reservations are required with limited seating capacity.  To-go orders are available online through OpenTable. For more information and to view the menu, click below!

Purchase your 2021 Membership today!

New for 2021 is our Twilight Membership!

We offer a variety of memberships to suit each golfer.

Click below for more information!

Sign up now for our Golf Leagues!

Featuring Senior, Women, Men and Junior Leagues for all ages and abilities. 

New times, days and lessons for 2021.

New to Golf?

Want to know what to do when you step foot on the first tee or arrive to the course?

We have opportunities to learn what you should expect.

Plus, Compelling Social Experiences, such as:

Golf Tournaments and Outings

Special Events and Banquets

Weddings

Bocce Ball

Wine, Spirits and Beer Dinners

We look forward to seeing you here at River Oaks soon!

Let’s Keep in Touch!

Don’t miss a beat! Stay up to date by following us on Facebook.

If you love our course, make sure you like our page!

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!

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!

 

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.

We are OPEN!

The golf course will be reopening the weekend of October 30th- weather permitting. We are currently taking online reservations for Saturday, October 31st and beyond. We will make a decision soon if we can open as early as Friday, October 30th.

Please book your tee time using the button below. We can’t wait to see you!

 

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.

RIVER OAKS KITCHEN EXPANSION!

In June, Governor Walz allowed for the allocation of the 841.4 million from the state’s share of Federal CARES Act funds to local governments who had eligible costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Cottage Grove submitted the Coronavirus Relief Fund Certification form to Minnesota Management and Budget, and by the end of July, the City received $2,813,281.

The CARES Act Funding went towards many different facets of the City; including public safety measures, disinfection of public areas, staff teleworking equipment, unemployment costs for furloughed workers, and COVID leave costs. After all these expenses, there were still funds to be shared.

Aerial view of the progress made on the new River Oaks kitchen expansion.

Due to COVID-19, the staff has been challenged to maintain efficient operations for food and beverage service here at River Oaks while assuring protection to employees and patrons through a safe work environment. The current two-kitchen system accompanied by the lack of storage space and doors on the main level poses complications in food preparations, traffic patterns, touchpoints, and delivery and storage. This led to the Parks and Recreation Department to put together a proposal that would help mitigate these problems and make River Oaks a safe place to work and keep their guests happy.

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. The construction will break ground in the next few weeks and is expected to be completed before the end of the year. This new expansion will help River Oaks achieve the financial success that COVID-19 has compromised, both in the short term and long term.