Town and Country Club
For the ultimate St. Paul golf experience, treat your clients to an outing at the Town and Country course, where the first round of golf in Minnesota was played in 1893, and its landmark clubhouse, designed by Cass Gilbert, architect of the Minnesota Capitol and many of Summit Avenue’s grandest homes. On Mondays, groups of 100 to 120 players gather for made-to-order egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos before spending the morning on the challenging, hilly par 72 course, followed by brats, burgers, and chicken on the grill on the outdoor patio.
300 N Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul, 651-646-7121, tcc-club.com
The Minnetonka Country Club
Your clients can experience vintage Lake Minnetonka style at this venerable club, tucked into a quiet corner of Shorewood just west of Excelsior. Established in 1916, the original nine-hole course designed by Scotsman Tom Bendelow is now an 18-hole par 72 course, legendary for its pristine quality. On Mondays, groups of eight to 144 golfers enjoy a lunch of burgers grilled to order on the patio and a round of golf, followed by a buffet dinner of prime rib, walleye, and other specialties served in a private dining room.
24575 Smithtown Rd., Shorewood, 952-474-5222, minnetonkacc.com
Golden Valley Country Club
Take your clients back to the early days of golf in Minneapolis with a tournament at Golden Valley Country Club. Originally established in 1916 as the Minneapolis Golf Club, the club was later renamed Golden Valley Country Club, and A. W. Tillinghast, one of golf’s most prolific architects, was invited to design the 18-hole par 73 course. On Mondays, groups of 100 to 144 golfers enjoy hearty box lunches, golfing on Tillinghast’s scenic and imaginative terrain, and a celebratory dinner of miso-lacquered salmon, Caribbean chicken, and other specialties in the contemporary clubhouse overlooking the 18th hole.
7001 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, 763-732-4100, gvgcc.com
The Minneapolis Golf Club
Connoisseurs will appreciate the spirit of friendly competition at this golf-only club, established in 1917 after members of the original Golden Valley Country Club voted to open a new club on a larger piece of land in St. Louis Park. On Mondays, groups of 100 or more golfers can gather for a deli buffet lunch, golf on the par 72 course by Scottish course designers Willie Park, Jr., and Donald Ross, and gather for a social hour by the pool with cocktails, awards, and prizes.
2001 Flag Ave. S, St. Louis Park, 952-544-4471, minneapolisgolfclub.com
Mendakota Country Club
For an “only in Minnesota” experience, pick up your clients at the airport and drive six miles to Mendakota Country Club, a golf ball’s drive from the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. Established in 1925 by a golf-loving farmer who used his barn for the clubhouse and tin cans for the holes, it became Mendakota Country Club in 1957. On Mondays, groups of 72 or more players convene for client appreciation outings and charity tournaments featuring a cookout lunch, a round of golf on the beautifully landscaped par 72 championship course, and a steak dinner in the clubhouse.
2075 Mendakota Dr., Mendota Heights, 651-454-2822, mendakotacc.com