Valley View Golf Course
By R.J. Smiley
Valley View Golf Course and the wonderful clubhouse that houses Eagle Ridge Restaurant & Lounge are perched high on the hilltop above the city of Belle Plaine with a view of the Minnesota River that lies in the distant valley below. Opened in 1991, Valley View has become an integral part the thriving community located on Highway 169 between Mankato and The Cities. Valley View is a combination of a friendly, well kept golf course, restaurant and clubhouse suitable for fine dining or a large wedding.
The golf course that plays to a par of 71 is a study in contrast. More than a few simple words are required to describe the infinite variety of interesting shots created on the beautifully designed holes that are carved into the severely rolling terrine. Seldom does a golfer have the opportunity to face everything that Mother Nature has to offer. The holes most open to the elements are on the hilltop where the wind can do strange things with a golf ball; and the woods and water on the lower levels make strategy, the mental part of the game, important where the scoring occurs. The large greens are maintained with good pace and most golfers tend to under play the breaks that are accentuated by the river valley below. If there is one word to describe Valley View Golf Course…. the word would be FUN!
Eagle Ridge Restaurant & Lounge has become famous for the weekend food specials that always feature a combination of interesting fare. The price is reasonable and the menu is varied. If a weekend tee time is in your sights, schedule a mid-afternoon time and stay for dinner. With a capacity of 230 for a sit down dinner, Eagle Ridge has become a favorite for sponsors of golf outings and future brides who want to have an impressive wedding reception.