Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center
Hyland Greens is Managed by Three Rivers Park District
On Monday, March 1, 2021, the Bloomington City Council approved terms of a 3-year agreement for Three Rivers Park District to manage Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center beginning with the 2021 golf season.
For course information, visit threeriversparks.org/location/hyland-greens-golf-course.
How We Got Here
Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center has been owned and operated by the City of Bloomington since 1974. With its 9-hole par 30 layout, 30+ station all-grass driving range, and short game practice areas, it is a facility that caters to players of all ages and abilities. However, the course has operated at a significant financial loss for more than a decade. In 2020, the course remained closed due to budgetary pressures driven primarily by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The citywide budget crisis that arose as a result of COVID-19, in addition to capital investment needed at Hyland Greens prompted City staff to think creatively about how to continue delivering services and providing amenities to residents in the most cost-efficient manner possible. Last October, Parks and Recreation staff met with Three Rivers Park District leadership to explore potential programming and operating partnerships at Hyland Greens Golf Course. The conversations were very productive with all parties involved acknowledging the expertise of Three Rivers in golf operations and instructional programming. Three Rivers currently owns and operates Baker National Golf Course, Cleary Lake Golf Course, and Eagle Lake Golf Center, and operates Glen Lake Golf & Practice Center and Parkers Lake Golf Center through a cooperative agreement with Hennepin County.
As a result of those preliminary discussions, at its January 11, 2021 meeting, the Bloomington City Council authorized City staff to pursue a partnership agreement with Three Rivers Park District for the management and operation of Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center and to initiate a community outreach and engagement effort to gather resident and user input. This input was gathered via a survey on blm.mn/letstalk, and through other means from January 26 through February 12, 2021. The sentiment among more than 1,000 respondents was overwhelmingly positive, with most either specifically in favor of a partnership with Three Rivers, or generally enthusiastic about the prospect of the golf course resuming operations in 2021, regardless of management.
At its Monday, March 1, 2021 meeting, the Council reviewed and discussed the term sheet for the prospective partnership as well as the outreach and engagement response and approved a 3-year agreement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why partner with Three Rivers? How will Three Rivers enhance this golf amenity and what are the benefits to the City?
Three Rivers is a trusted partner with significant golf-related operational and programing experience. A partnership with Three Rivers would enhance this golf amenity for the residents of Bloomington while reducing the City’s fiscal obligation to the facility. Three Rivers continues to offer an inclusive golf experience for all ages and abilities to learn and grow the game of golf. Three Rivers’ efforts will complement the offerings available at Dwan Golf Course, which will remain under City management.
Three Rivers currently owns and operates Baker National Golf Course, Cleary Lake Golf Course, and Eagle Lake Golf Center and operates Glen Lake Golf & Practice Center and Parkers Lake Golf Center through a cooperative agreements with Hennepin County and the City of Minnetonka (Glen Lake). While the 2021 season will focus on golf operations, including the course, driving range and leagues, Three Rivers intends to bring instructional programming for all ages and abilities, including First Tee programs, to Hyland Greens starting in 2022.
Is the City no longer responsible to subsidize Hyland Greens from the general fund?
Financial shortfalls have persisted at Hyland Greens for more than a decade, requiring general fund subsidies to offset operating losses and ultimately prompting an extensive operational review by staff, golf industry consultants and a resident task force in 2016 to help determine the future of the course. Three Rivers has assumed responsibility for the operating budget including maintenance.
Who maintains the property?
Three Rivers has assumed operational control of Hyland Greens and handles the day-to-day management, including maintenance of all golf course grounds.
Is there still FootGolf?
Under Three Rivers management, FootGolf is not being offered in 2021 at Hyland Greens. FootGolf is available at Three Rivers’ Baker National, Cleary Lake and Eagle Lake golf facilities.
What will happen to the 10 acres adjacent to Normandale Boulevard?
The City retains ownership of the entire Hyland Greens property. Future uses of the 10 acres of land adjacent to Normandale Boulevard (“old driving range”) are not currently part of this agreement with Three Rivers.
What is the long term vision Three Rivers has for Hyland Greens?
Three Rivers’ immediate vision is to make Hyland Greens operational again starting in the 2021 golf season. As the partnership evolves, Three Rivers will work with the City on recommendations for priority enhancements and improvements. The long-term vision is to continue to provide opportunities for the community to enjoy and to enhance the instructional programming and leagues available at Hyland Greens.
What happened to the proposed partnership with the Minnesota Section of the PGA and the PGA REACH Foundation?
In 2019, the City staff from the Parks and Recreation Department and representatives from the Minnesota PGA entered into discussions about a potential partnership to make Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center the “Home of Golf” in Minnesota. These discussions stalled at the end of 2019 due to a change the Minnesota PGA’s leadership and furthermore with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the Minnesota PGA informed the City that it was currently unable to commit to the partnership due to operational and fundraising challenges caused by COVID-19. Together, the City and Three Rivers would continue to pursue the involvement of, and possible partnership opportunities with, the Minnesota PGA and PGA REACH.
Three Rivers Park District Golf Courses
Three Rivers operates 63 holes of golf at five locations with driving ranges across the Twin Cities metro area.
- Baker National Golf Course
- Cleary Lake Golf Course
- Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center
- Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center
- Parkers Lake Golf Center
Video courtesy of TwinCitiesGolf.com, Inc.