Chaska Town Course, Among The Finest
By R.J. Smiley
Chaska Mayor, Bob Roepke made the following statement prior to opening Chaska Town Course in 1997, “Our vision is that Chaska will be home to both the best private (Hazeltine National) and the best public courses in Minnesota.”
The State of Minnesota has a distinct record of having hosted every USGA Championship. No other state has hosted all the Championships! What courses hosted the most recent USGA Championship? You guessed it, Chaska Town Course and Hazeltine National – 2006 USGA Amateur Championship.
The Chaska Town Course, designed by golf course architect Arthur Hills, has won many awards over the years. The most recent, Golf Week listed Chaska Town Course as the 23rd best municipal course in America. Chaska Town Course is a really nice place to play golf.
Reasons Why Chaska Town Course is Great!!
Great Design: Arthur Hills had a beautiful piece of property to work with featuring every natural element that Minnesota golf has to offer. The end product is a golf course with a blend of long holes, short holes and six sets of tees. Perfect for golfers of any ability. When you play the Town Course remember that Billy Horschel shot that amazing round of 60 in the qualifying round of the 2006 Amateur. (That 60 is the lowest round ever in USGA Championship history. And, he hit it in the water on the 18th but still made a birdie.)
Great Condition: Chaska Town Course was built and is maintained to strict USGA specifications. The greens will not be quite as fast and the rough is not quite as thick as they were when the USGA held their competition but the rest of the course will be the same, perfect!
Birthday Club: If you are a member of the birthday club, you receive a free round of golf on your birthday. Becoming a birthday club member is easy, simply go to the Chaska Town Course home page www.chaskatowncourse.com and click birthday club then register. The Town Course also has a loyalty program for frequent players. Each time you play you earn credits toward a free green fee. Pay for ten rounds and get one free. Not bad for a great course. If you are a real bargain shopper the Monday Morning Special is a deal. It costs just $41 to walk or $54 to ride whether or not you live in Chaska.
Wonderful Junior Golf Programs: John Kellin, golf professional and general manager, with two girls of his own, understands the value of getting kids on the course early. A few years back he convinced city fathers to start a kids play free program, now kids play free, with a paying adult, every Sunday afternoon after 5:00 pm all season long. Chaska Resident Junior Golf Program, is a seven week introduction to golf program where for five weeks kids learn about golf the last two weeks they play the Chaska par 30 golf course. What a deal for $95. Resident Junior Golf Card may be purchased by Chaska residents who are full time students ages 10 to 21. The card allows students to play golf at specific times seven days a week. The cost of the card is $275.
Charlies Grill, The Best 19th Hole In The Metro Area
The view from the deck of Charlies Grill overlooking the stunning 18th hole is something to behold. The vista is so big you will feel like you are in the “Big Sky” country of Montana. But, when you taste the walleye sandwich you will know you are still in Minnesota. The pecan laced cracker crumb breading blended with the chipotle tarter sauce makes this walleye better than mom used to make. Charlies also has a menu for the junior golfers in your family. The menu selections featuring such favorites as mac n cheese and grill cheese sandwiches. Great salads and wrap sandwiches are also favorites with the regulars. My preference – any sandwich with the “fresh daily” breads from Saint Agnes Bakery. Friday night the Charlies features a walleye dinner with all the trimmings and Saturday is BBQ rib night with half or full racks available. There are many fine restaurants in the area but Charlies Grill is near the top of any list.
Back in 1997 Mayor Bob Roepke got it right. Chaska Town Course is among the finest public golf courses in Minnesota!