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Fairways & Greens
August 16, 2017

Majestic Oaks - So Much More Than A Golf Course
Majestic Oaks Boot Hockey League
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Majestic Oaks Boot Hockey League
Majestic Oaks #13 The Signature Course
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Majestic Oaks #13 The Signature Course
By Rhett Arens


The term that comes to mind when describing Majestic Oaks Golf Club is 'workhorse.' The staff has coined several other tongue-in-cheek monikers including: 'The Beast,' 'Entertainment Capital of Ham Lake' and 'Not Just a Golf Course, a Destination.' It is a big enterprise, a multi-faceted business that combines 45 holes of golf with two types of theater, various event venues and an extensive food and beverage service that delivers on-time and in-full. Steering this mighty ship is Majestic Oaks General Manager, Dan Jacott. Dan oversees a highly motivated staff that can reach 240 during the peak summer season and dips only modestly to 150 during the winter months when the calendar fills with boot hockey, theater productions, weddings, corporate events and more. To be sure... the dust never settles on this cornerstone of the Twin Cities golf industry.
Arriving mid-week you are likely to be greeted by a parking lot full of league players, tournament players, meeting attendee's and non-golfing diners. The practice green is humming, the carts are all properly in-place and the staff is ready for the next wave. Most courses measure their success by the 30,000 round per year benchmark. This is a general metric of operations that speaks to related revenue and associated costs. The Majestic Oaks courses will see more than 75,000 rounds in 2016 and that's just the beginning. There are 250 men's club members playing on a regular basis, an average of 165 corporate outings per year, 23 different leagues, a multitude of tournaments and 1,300 Majestic Card carrying members. Most typical summer days are what Dan refers to as a '3 Swing Day.' That means the popular Signature morning special goes out at 8:00 with a shotgun start followed by a mid-day corporate event or tournament that will wind down by the time the evening leagues tee off at 6:00. And that's just the golf related activity.
Complimenting all this golf is a 12 month calendar that includes the very popular Seasons Dinner Theatre productions running from Thanksgiving through the New Years, another full theater production in the spring, trail rides and bonfire nights during the fall, the Mystery Café comedy theater on weekends through the winter months, a full 28 team boot hockey league and numerous weddings (110 total on the books for 2016). Dan is always encouraging the staff to think creatively and is not afraid to put new concepts into practice. This has resulted in a number of revenue generators that keeps much of the staff employed during the winter months and Majestic Oaks hopping during the off-season. Did I mention the food? It's killer.
For the uninitiated, Majestic Oaks has three courses. The Signature, which is the original course built in the 60's and continuously updated and improved over the years. It has been lengthened to an impressive 7,297 yards from the tips and of course those old oaks don't stop growing, so they are still very much in play. Surprisingly many of the tee shots feel safe and in reality the course does allow plenty of fair scramble recovery space. So don't worry, you're still in play with a slice or hook. There are five sets of tee's that will accommodate all levels of play. Several dogleg holes, #9 and #13 will tempt the long hitters into cutting corners. Check the wind, it might be a good day to go for it.
The Crossroads was so named as it winds through some townhomes and eventually crosses the road to the south side through a tunnel. There are several beautiful, sweeping fairway holes that play perfectly into a gentle draw. The mix of berm filled fairways and water hazards could frustrate those who miss the targets, but in general this course is a very fair scoring track.
The Executive Nine is perfect for fine-tuning your short game. Leave the driver and the woods in the trunk, this is wedge territory. Ranging from 1,159 to 907 yards with three sets of tees, this course is also ideal for taking the first-timers for a lesson or younger kids out for a round.
It's clear that Dan has imparted his philosophy onto the staff - 'attitude is everything.' During a recent visit I was approached several times by the courteous staff to ask if I needed anything or had any questions. This type of service leads to the type of results that Dan and the Majestic Oaks team have enjoyed over the last 10 years. It mirrors Dan's other mantra: 'rounds equal revenue.' I suggest you join the fun at Majestic in any way that suits you. You have options. The golf is great, but Majestic so much more than a golf course.






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