The Gopher State’s own golf author, Joe Bissen, was on hand last week to discuss and sign copies of his new book, “Fore! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses,” at the Minnetonka 2nd Swing Golf store.

“I’d say it was an overall success,” said Matt Garten, store sales and service associate. “It was nice having Joe here, and I know the customers definitely enjoyed what he had to say.

“It’s a pretty interesting book. A lot of great photos and information lost by time, if you will.”

A number of people attended the event about Minnesota’s departed courses, both the good and bad, from days gone by.┬áBissen, a St. Paul Pioneer Press sports copy editor from Caledonia, collects much of Minnesota’s otherwise forgotten golf history.

Garten said Bissen may be back later in the season, when golf is more on people’s minds.

Bissen’s book “Fore! Gone.” is also available for purchase online.

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