Owatonna - Minnesota - USA

Owatonna Country Club,
1991 Lemond Road,
Minnesota (MN) 55060,

  • +1 507 451-6120

  • Dan Jacott

  • Joel Goldstrand, Gerry Pirkl

  • AJ Lindenbaum

Golf has been played on the grounds at Owatonna Country Club since at least 1919, beginning with a nine-hole loop. Although the architect’s name for that original nine has been lost to time, Minnesota standby Joel Goldstrand came during the early ‘70s and added an additional nine to complete the proper 18.

The most recent contribution to the club’s current layout was work handled by Gerry Pirkl, which resulted in three holes — nos. 2, 3 and 13 — being completely redesigned from tee-to-green. The final result is a comfortable round for membership, peaking at just 6,300 yards from the back tees. The majority of Pirkl’s work was with regards to maintenance, and his creation of numerous ponds has helped alleviate the flooding issues the club was facing.

One hole that certainly did not become less challenging because of those updates was No. 17: Despite playing at just 315 yards, there are now retention ponds on both sides of the fairway. You want to pull driver, but your wiser self may want to pump the brakes.

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Description: The unheralded Minnesota professional Joel Goldstrand – pioneer of reversible 9-hole courses – laid out the initial nine holes at Owatonna Country Club in 1973 and Gerry Pirkl later added the second nine. Rating: 4 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Joe Egan

South of Interstate 35 about an hour south of Minneapolis sits Owatonna Country Club. Membership is elated about having a private course of this caliber in a small town, and they should be. OCC has a great clubhouse, and the staff is wonderful too. Though the scale of Owatonna is very small, they have a good routing for what they set out to accomplish at this Joel Goldstrand design. Bentgrass greens, typical of the area, are in relatively good shape and benign. The bunkers probably need a little TLC. My favorite holes—and certainly the prettiest on the property—are 11 and 13, two par threes requiring forced carries over water. 3 and 17 are a few other fine offerings. Other than that, a lot of the holes are forgettable at Owatonna, and that can put a damper on your experience. For what it is, OCC is just fine for a small town country club. That’s the way they like it, too. One might even consider it a hidden gem in the North Star State.

February 04, 2022
4 / 10
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