Former Proctor student opens miniature golf course in his hometown – Reuters

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PROCTOR – Luke Lindstrom wanted to bring something positive to his hometown. The 2013 Proctor High School alumnus earned an entrepreneurship degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2018 and knew he wanted to open a fun business.

“I’ve always said that if I was going to open a business, I wanted it to be something fun for everyone,” Lindstrom said. “And I think mini golf is quite unique in that people of all ages and abilities can play it together. You don’t have to be good at it and it’s not just a matter of score; it’s more a matter of fun.”

Lindstrom and her mother, Kim Sorenson, worked together to create the Rogue Eagle Mini Golf at 26 Waterview Drive in Proctor. The course is having a soft opening right now, with a grand opening coming later this year or early next season.

Sue Kase hits the ball over a water hazard at Rogue Eagle Mini Golf.

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“We had a little opening for family and friends, but then people started showing up and asking if we were open and we kind of turned them down,” Lindstrom said. “And we were like, you know, why turn people down? Let’s just open up and see how it goes. So far so good.”

Although Lindstrom didn’t know what business he wanted to go into, his mother’s dream of building a mini-golf course helped him finalize his decision.

“She wanted to build one for a long, long time, but life happened and it just didn’t happen,” Lindstrom said. “But she’s always had the same entrepreneurial spirit as me, so we finally decided it was time for this to happen, otherwise we never would.”

Lindstrom developed the course’s business plan in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has driven up building material costs and led to shortages, supply chain issues and other challenges.

“That was the hardest thing, not having the equipment or the supplies that our builders needed,” Lindstrom said. “It’s been a long road to get here, but now that everything is pretty much here, it’s good.”

Man spinning a wheel of chance
Nick Kase spins the wheel of chance at the Las Vegas-themed hole at Rogue Eagle Mini Golf. The wheel gives golfers advantages or disadvantages, depending on where it stops.

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The course was designed and built by Harris Miniature Golf, a New Jersey and Pennsylvania based mini golf design company.

“We gave them quite a bit of information about the holes and tweaked some things here and there,” Lindstrom said. “But they did all the technical side of things like designing the lecture notes.”

Panels.
Signs direct Rogue Eagle Mini Golf golfers to different holes, each with a different theme.

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The course’s theme revolves around the course’s mascot: an eagle named Bogey. The bird participates in a mini-golf tournament with his animal friends and goes to various places on the 18-hole course. A short description on the course scorecard tells the golfer the story.

“So we have a California-themed hole; we have the horse racing themed Triple Crown holes; and we have a hole in Las Vegas,” Lindstrom said. “I hope as you go through the course you learn that golf is more about fun than scoring.”

Lindstrom said the reaction to the course has been very enthusiastic.

“We see a ton of excitement and happy faces, which is really nice,” Lindstrom said. “The most encouraging thing is that, like most courses, we have a special where you can do a second round after your first at half price. I’ve never done that in my life, but we’ve had several people go and come in. So it was surprising.

More is yet to come to the attraction. Lindstrom said the course will soon open a small cafe where players can get quick snacks, coffee and ice cream. Also soon to come is a paved driveway and parking lot.

Family golf.
A family plays near two metal palm trees at Rogue Eagle Mini Golf.

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