With nearly 100 acres of greens and tree-lined fairways to maintain, there’s always something to do at Dwan Golf Course. Assistant Maintenance Superintendent Jason Raabe keeps the links in good condition. Taking care of an 18-hole, par 68/70, golf course is a year-round task. Raabe has worked at Dwan Golf Course since 2004, progressively taking on roles with more responsibility.
“I like being outdoors and this job works out well for that,” Raabe said. “I love working with the machines and the people.”
He knows some of the golfers, especially the regular ones. Sometimes, patrons stop by the maintenance shop and say how much they enjoy the course and how well it’s maintained. Dwan Golf Course, 3301 West 110th Street, is one of the city’s star attractions and amenities.
Raabe encourages golfers of all skill levels to come play the course.
“If you haven’t played in a while, we changed the green speeds and pace of play. We’re trying to make the game more enjoyable here,” he said.
Dwan Golf Course is known for its customer-friendly offerings, and Raabe’s dedicated work helps make that possible. It’s a welcoming place. Some patrons almost become family.
“I was born and raised in Bloomington and have lived here my whole life. The longer I’m in Bloomington, the smaller it feels,” Raabe said. “You really get to know people. It’s a big city that can have a small-town feel, and Dwan is like that too. Each year it’s one of Minnesota’s busiest courses, yet I see familiar, friendly faces every day.”