Well before the boom of mainstream golf was even remotely on the horizon, and certainly well before Gordon Cunningham put together the first set of an 18-hole golf course on Golf Links Drive, the city of Red Wing partnered with the Wendell Pittenger Group to manage the very special property at Mississippi National. And with the unveiling of an additional 18-hole golf course of memorable shot-making being put in play via the Highlands golf course opening in 1999, golfers from near & far have shown up in the Red Wing, MN area to drop shots at their hot spot– Mississippi National.
While the Highlands Course quickly grew into one of the favorites on the Minnesota golf courses scene, the truth is that the Lowlands Course was the one to achieve wild praise from the local contingent who continuously supported the golf course. Then, tragically, a feud ensued, to where the city had to make a difficult decision to close both sets of Golf Links on Golf Links Drive. Fortunate for Red Wingers, though, some folks had a different idea…
Thus, the Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation was formed by a group of Mississippi National’s most passionate forward thinking members; each of whom recognized the value that Mississippi National’s presence in the community of Red Wing. A volunteer board was thoughtfully constructed and fundraising began. After raising enough funds and gathering the support of the community RWMGC presented a plan to Red Wing City Council to manage the golf facility. A deal was struck and the right to reopen this gem of a facility with the support of Red Wing City Council and the citizens of Red Wing was granted. And so, the spring of 2014 will mark the first year under a new mentality, and an exciting future lies ahead at Mississippi National Golf Links.