Crazy About Majestic Oaks Golf Club
By Tim Cotroneo
Anyone who has ever told you that the game of golf is dead has never been to Majestic Oaks Golf Club on a Friday afternoon. If you position yourself on the right edge of the front parking lot entrance, you’ll spy golfers to your left on the Executive nine, more golfers to your right on their Crossroads Course, and a legion of golfers in the distance at the Signature Course.
Then there are the golfers hoisting a beverage, and joking with friends, at the Oaks Bar & Grill patio. Step inside and you’ll see more golfers in the air-conditioned comfort of the Majestic mega-clubhouse. Once indoors, it’s highly likely you’ll encounter a wide-eyed engaged couple placing golf talk on the back burner just long enough to tie a ribbon around their wedding reception details. They’re smiling because they’ve scored one of Majestic’s highly coveted banquet and meeting rooms.
If you need a witness to the banner year that is 2021, ask the ever-ready Majestic Oaks General Manager Emmett Lincoln, Jr. for the best word to assess business. “This year has been crazy fun. Our 27 leagues, our rounds, our junior program, and our wedding business has been crazy busy,” Emmett said.
Nearly 50 Years Of Golf
It’s hard to believe that almost 50 years have flown by since Majestic Oaks opened their doors in 1972. The original course, named the Golden Tee, was born on the site of a 500-acre family farm.
In the early 70s, and long before GPS, many wondered if city golfers would make the 25-minute trek north to Ham Lake. At that time, Ham Lake was home to fewer than 7,000 residents.
After a slow start, Majestic Oaks gained steady momentum in the 80s. In the decades that followed, Majestic Oaks generated notoriety while playing host to the Minnesota Vikings Celebrity Golf Tournaments. The course also served as the home of the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame from 1989 to 1991.
Three Courses Triple Option
The Majestic Oaks of today is known as a golf bonanza. First and foremost, there’s the natural beauty of the tree-lined 7,300-yard Signature Course. Golfers can expect elevation changes, doglegs both ways, and a serene ambiance. Austin’s Jon Chaffee owns the Signature course record with a 64.
For golfers who like multiple options, there’s also the shorter and tighter Crossroads Course. The Par 72 course opened in 1991 and this Garrett Gill-design checks in at 6,300-yards.
If you prefer working on your short game, or a more leisurely golf endeavor, Majestic sports a Par 28 Executive Course. This course includes a Par 4 on 233-yard, 4th hole. The Executive is a great venue for teaching kids the game or a relaxing couples’ night out.
Benefits Of An Arcis Players’ Membership
Majestic offers added appeal to the golfer looking for a long-term relationship, or a golf experience that delivers a little something extra. In 2015, Majestic Oaks became an integral part of the Arcis network of 58 nationwide golf courses.
What this means during the winter months is that an Arcis Member can play golf at a discount at one of the warm winter weather courses in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. Arcis features both public and private venues considered to be some of the best 18-hole tracks in the country.
As an Arcis member through Majestic Oaks, golfers receive a bounty of local perks and discounts. Here in Ham Lake, an Arcis member receives unlimited range balls, member only rates on all three courses, advance tee time bookings, and free weekly game improvement clinics. Majestic Head Professional Adam Erickson calls the Arcis membership “the best deal in town.”
After Golf Hours
GM Emmett Lincoln, Jr. and his team work tirelessly to make Majestic Oaks a site that is more than just a golf destination. The course’s restaurant offerings, banquet and wedding facilities, monthly special events, and evening entertainment make Majestic one of the northern suburbs top “go to” spots.
“People have known about us for years with regards to our golf tournaments and wedding reception reputation. Now we’re also known for our The Seasons Dinner Theater, The Mystery Café, Open Mic Night, Dueling Pianos, Bingo two times a week and specialty bingo in the ballrooms, Oktoberfest, Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving Brunch, Boot Hockey Leagues, Cornhole Leagues, Boutiques, other live music and events,” Emmett said.
As I was speaking with Emmett, I couldn’t help but notice the wonderful aroma emanating from the kitchen. “That’s Chef Trent Anderson’s smoked ribs. He’s an incredible chef,” Emmett said.
Make It A Majestic Summer
As our Minnesota summer speeds by, mark your calendar to include a round at Majestic Oaks’ Signature, Crossroads, or Executive Course. Located just 25 minutes north of Minneapolis, the Majestic Oaks team is ready to show why golfers have fallen crazy in love with their trio of golf courses for almost 50 years.