In September of 1915, an avid group of golfers took over a lease of 100 acres of land from Mayo Clinic doctors E.S. Judd and D.C. Balfour. Harry Turple, a Red Wing Course Golf Professional, was brought in to lay out a nine-hole course - and Rochester Golf Club was born. The members desired a more challenging golf course and as luck would have it, a Mayo Clinic physician married the daughter of noted golf course architect Albert Warren (A.W.) Tillinghast.
Rochester Golf & Country Club entered a new century of service in 2016, and a great deal has changed over the past 100-plus years. The old clubhouse was leveled and replaced with a Tudor-style building. Dining and meeting spaces were completely remodeled, bringing a fresh, modern feel to the traditional design of the clubhouse. A multi-purpose outdoor event venue was built near the 10th tee, and the swimming pool area grew into a true aquatic destination.
Yet the biggest change to Rochester Golf & Country Club is still underway. Under the direction of renowned golf course architect Tom Doak, the acclaimed 18-hole golf course is undergoing substantial renovations to restore the course to its original A.W. Tillinghast design. Long known for its challenging but playable course and breathtaking views, the course will reopen in 2019 offering members and guests alike new and lasting memories as the story of Rochester Golf & Country Club continues.