ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- It's about this time when area golfers squeeze in as much time on the green as possible, but for one area club this year will be the last time golf is played on the course.
Meadow Lakes opened in 1997 and used to be a vibrant spot for golfers to really push themselves and spend a great afternoon together, but now that experience is coming to an end.
From those who have just arrived to those who have been there since the beginning, there is a story. For those that have played at Meadow Lakes Golf Club, soon those stories will be all that remain.
This will be the last year that the course is open. Members were just informed of the decision to sell, and the choice is a hard one to swallow.
"We've got a brotherhood out here, a group of about 40 guys that get together, and we're going to miss the course," says James Rush, a member of the club since opening day. "I actually worked out here for three to four years and help mow. It's going to be sad to see it go."
It is a site that has seen better days with patchy greens and tree branches littering the cart trails.
Even with those issues, first time players still are impressed.
"You've got potential here for a really good course," explains David Barrone, a long-time golfer spending his first day at Meadow Lakes. "A nice lay-out and the greens could be very, very tough. So, it's sad they can't make money and it's sad another course has to close, but that's the way the game of golf is going."
Some area businesses are interested in buying the clubhouse, but once the season is over, the era of golf at Meadow Lakes will be over as well.
Golf courses around the country are going through hard times. According to the National Golf Foundation, 157 courses closed while only 19 opened nationwide in 2011.
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