Brookview Celebrates 50 Years With City
Since becoming a municipal golf course in 1969, Brookview has served Golden Valley in a number of ways, including as a hub for community activity. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, here’s a look back at some highlights.
Built in the 1920s, Brookview Country Club was a privately owned and operated 18-hole course until purchased by the City.
In 1966, a City committee began negotiating a purchase agreement for the club, and in June 1967, residents passed a $1.6 million bond issue to complete the deal.
The City began operating Brookview Golf Course in 1969 as an enterprise fund, meaning it is completely supported by user fees. No taxpayer money goes toward maintenance, operations, or capital improvements.
Redesigned And Reconstructed
The course was built on a flood plain and designated to hold overflow from Bassett Creek. Until the 1980s, flooding was manageable but quickly becoming more than an inconvenience. With construction of nearby highways and commercial properties, flooding became so bad many holes were unplayable for weeks on end. In 1984 Brookview redesigned seven holes, bridging fairways and adding ponds to help eliminate flooding in areas of play.
In 1989 a harsh winter killed grass and left greens in poor condition, and by spring 1990, 17 of 18 greens were entirely dead. For the first time under City operation, Brookview’s regulation course closed for a redesign and the clubhouse was remodeled. A grand reopening was held May 1991.
A Year-Round Recreation Destination
To serve more community members, in 2014 Brookview added a lawn bowling facility north of the clubhouse and changed its name to Brookview Golf & Lawn Bowling. That winter Brookview groomed two trails for fat tire biking as well as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring, and winter walking. In winter 2015, Brookview partnered with Gotta Go Gotta Throw to create an 18-hole disc golf course on the Par 3.
In late 2015, the City Council approved plans to redevelop and expand the Brookview facility to further serve the community. The new Brookview opened Dec 1, 2017 with a Golf Shop, upgraded lawn bowling green, and new Par 3 building. In addition, the building now features a sports bar and restaurant, a three-story indoor playground, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces.
Brookview Golf & Lawn Bowling is celebrating its 50th in style with a full weekend of activities and live music July 26-28. Enjoy live music, golf and lawn bowling deals, food and drink specials at Three One Six Bar +Grill, and much more.
Visit the Brookview Golf website for more information.