Our Most Recent History over our Centennial Season in 2019
The highlight of the Mankato Golf Club’s centennial season was a fantastic weekend of events and fellowship with members and guests of all ages in late June.
Kicking off the weekend was a Hickory Shaft event followed by the Supper on the Lawn. The day began with a presentation by our master of ceremonies Bill Reed who is a distinguished member of the Hickory Shaft Society. Mr. Reed gave a half hour presentation on the history of hickory shafts, the golf ball and golf courses dating back to the inception of the Mankato Golf Club in 1919. Following the presentation groups headed out to the golf course to try their hand at using hickory shafted clubs in a 9 hole scramble event with most members dressed in the classic garb of those who would have used hickories in the past. During the round helicopter rides above the golf course were a special edition to the day, what a view! Following the round all players and many more members and guests enjoyed a wonderful supper while enjoying the barbershop quartet that meandered their way among the tables of those telling stories of the day on the golf course and in anticipation of another special event planned for the very next day.
The second special event of the weekend was the Family Generations Carnival. This was a day in tribute to the family carnivals of years past at MGC with some added twists. The carnival was kicked off with a show by the Mankato Lancers, a fantastic marching band made up of young people of all ages that also has a very rich history in the Mankato area. Once the band finished the sounds of the carnival were filled with that of Jeremy Poland and Lantz Dale who performed from the 1st tee throughout the afternoon. The activities of the day were diverse with something for all ages. Around the putting green you could find many games for the kids, off of the deck was a beer garden with bingo, around the perimeter of the course you found course superintendent Fred Taylor giving hayrides with an old tractor, on the short game range there was a hole-in-one contest and on the practice range was a constant stream of people doing helicopter rides above the golf course and downtown Mankato.