Writing the next chapter at Hiawatha Golf & Play
At the Bronze Foundation, we seek to create an all-inclusive, state-of-the-art golf campus that unites communities and educates and shapes the leaders of tomorrow.
Through partnerships with youth golf development organizations like First Tee, offering a home course to the university golf teams, hosting after-school programs, and providing hands-on experiential learning experiences, we’ll invest in the future leaders of our community.
We plan to preserve and celebrate this land’s great history through the creation of cultural exhibits, history tours, and educational opportunities. Thus, we will encourage future generations to make their own mark on the world, like the legends who came before us at Hiawatha Golf Course.
We want to restore our waterways. We support Alternative 6, a water management design that reduces pumping and the threat of flooding to homes near Hiawatha Golf Course. This plan preserves the historic 18 hole course.
Not only does this undertaking create hundreds of local jobs, provide thousands of dollars in community grants, and add millions of dollars in new revenue to further better our city, the operating model of the foundation will be financially self-sustaining. Revenue from daily operations will be invested back into the maintenance of the campus and our important programs.
Last summer, the board rejected a flood-mitigation plan that would have chopped the historic course in half. One election later, Hiawatha — a public course cherished by generations of Black golfers — is back on the chopping block.
Black community leaders at Hiawatha Golf Club in south Minneapolis reach out to famed Minnesota professional golfer and course designer Tom Lehman in a bid to find an ally to save the historic course.
The future of Minneapolis’ Hiawatha Golf Club, the first course in the Upper Midwest to allow Black golfers to play (1938), has taken an important turn.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd lost his life while in the custody of Minneapolis police. About two months later, spurred by massive protest and civil unrest locally and around the world…