Club History

Celebrate 100 Years of History

In our town there is a harmonious convergence of two rivers, the Minnesota and the Blue Earth. These rivers created a meandering valley. Above the valley are vast prairies and farmlands as far as the eye can see. In the spring, the lands are a shimmering blue earth of plowed fields in preparation for planting. In autumn, it is golden and ready for harvesting.

In the winter of 1919, a group of men had the audacious idea to buy 160 acres of this land and build a golf course, even though there were only two sets of golf clubs in Mankato. The land knows its history: It was once the sacred land of the Dakota Nation, and then, for one hundred years, the members of the Mankato Golf Club have been its respectful stewards.

This beautiful land of ours is more than a golf course, however. It is foremost a community; a growing, thriving community of people. It is the people: the members, the employees, and their collective memories, that bind us all together. It is for these two reasons, the land and the people, that we Celebrate 100 Years of History.

The Front Nine

Mankato Golf Club got its start just as World War I was ending. The Great War had taken a great toll on life. In the United States, 5 million boys and men had been drafted. By the end, almost 117,000 had lost their lives. President Woodrow Wilson worked to restore the morale of U.S. citizens. One way he did that was by touting his favorite pastime, golf. 

In the 1890s, golf was virtually unheard of, but within the next quarter of a century, it became one of the most popular sports in the country. By 1918, it was estimated there were more than 2,500 President Woodrow courses in America. But there wasn’t one in Mankato.

What Mankato did have, though, was a group of men dedicated to the sport: attracted by the camaraderie of the game and united in a dream of building a golf course and creating a golf club in their community. One day over lunch at the Elks Lodge, the group pulled out a paper bag and began taking minutes, signifying the first official meeting on December 31, 1918. And so the Mankato Golf Club began.

Minutes from First Board Meeting
H.A. Patterson’s $100 Shares of the Capital Stock of the Mankato Golf Club
Invoice from Architect
Club House Plans
Club House Plans
Clubhouse After the Tornado of 1929
Original Course Design
Original #7 Green
Thursday Night Dance Invite

The Spirit of the Game

As soon as the Mankato Golf Club opened the members began playing competitive golf. In 1920, as soon as there were pins in the cups, the club had its first Men’s Club Championship. The winner was H. J. Rabe, who went on to win four more times in the first decade. In 1921 Miss Cornelia Mansfield won the first Ladies Club Championship.

Through our 100 Year History there have always been tournaments and events for men, women, and children; mixed events for husband’s and wives, parents and children; and member-guest competitions for family and friends. Golf has been the cornerstone of our coming together.

Beyond the Men’s and Women’s Championship, which have been played every year over the last 100 Years, there have been the Bi-Play, Tri-Play, President’s Cup, Director’s Cup, King of the Hill and the MGC Cup for men. And the women have had their President’s Cup, Fuller Cup, Mother-Daughter Tournament, Buddy Matches and Bean Jar Team Competition.

The Krugel Invitational Tournament 1968
The Krugel Invitational Tournament
Women’s Club Championship
Women’s Club Championship
MGC Pro Loren Krugel 1958
Men’s Club Championship
Jr. Golf
Jr. Golf
Bean Jar

Centennial Events

Hickory Shaft Day
June 22, 2019
Open to all MGC members (golfing and non golfing)

Generations Family Carnival
June 23, 2019
Open to all MGC members (golfing and non golfing)

100 Year Gala
September 14, 2019
Open to all MGC members


Mankato Golf Club
The Complete History 1919-2019

This passion is evident in this beautiful book chronicling the Mankato Golf Club’s rich history. Envisioned and compiled by a dedicated committee who researched every nook and cranny of the golf world to get the tidbits of information they are proud to share with you. From 1919 to 2019, the Club has certainly become an icon in Mankato.

Order your copy today by downloading the order form below today.

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Thank You Mankato! 

We invite everyone from Greater Mankato to enjoy our wonderful course and clubhouse.

Open to the Public for Dining March 19-26, 2019

Open to the Public for Golf Memorial Day Weekend, March 25-27, 2019

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22 Mar

All you care to eat Fish Fry

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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All you care to eat plated fish dinner.  This includes Choice of potato, Chef’s special coleslaw and delectable toast.

This is eat in only- Make your reservations now!

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24 Mar

Breakfast Buffet

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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Sunday Breakfast Buffet
All of your breakfast favorites 

and a few specialties

Bring the family!

Reservations are wonderful 

Club closed at 3:00pm

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25 Mar

Clubhouse Closed Mondays

All Day

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Clubhouse is closed

If you would like to make a reservation for an upcoming event, lunch or evening dinner email Cheryl –CHERYL@MANKATOGOLFCLUB.COM

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26 Mar

Clubhouse Closed Tuesdays

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26 Mar

Spring Open House and Membership Drive

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 26th from 6-8:00 for the Mankato Golf Club Spring Open House and Membership Drive.

Mankato Golf Club is excited to invite prospective and current members for a special evening including a wine tasting, appetizers and an opportunity to explore all the value and amenities associated with membership at Mankato Golf Club. Since 1919 Mankato Golf Club has been known as the premier private golf facility in southern Minnesota featuring a family friendly private club experience, a classic 18 hole championship golf course, extensive practice facility, heated swimming pool, exceptional casual and fine dining, and above all the perfect environment to enjoy fun and relaxation with family and friends 12 months a year.

Memberships are limited and this is the time to take advantage of the 2019 Membership Drive specials including our new “Net Zero” initiation special with reduced dues for two years.

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27 Mar

Clubhouse Opens At 3pm On Wednesdays

3:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Clubhouse is closed

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