April 23, 2018

Opening Day is Here! Kind Of.

On Saturday, May 19 2018, the Royal Golf Club 18-hole championship course will officially open for play.

Dear friends of the Royal Golf Club – we have all been patiently waiting to play our new golf course. However, Mother Nature hasn’t been very cooperative. And we’re not the only ones. We’ve heard from many other golf courses throughout the Midwest that have had to delay their course openings.

And while golfing has nothing to do with fishing, keep this mind: There’s talk that the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener, an annual event, may need to be moved (plan B) because there’s a good chance that Green Lake near Spicer, Minnesota, will still be frozen over.

If we receive no more snow and if temperatures continue to climb into the 50s and 60s, as they are forecasted to do, then we plan to open on May 19. However, if the weather takes a turn for the worst, then we may need to postpone a few days. So please watch for updates in the days ahead – on our website and Facebook page.

If you’d like to play on Opening Day, make sure to reserve your tee time through the Royal Golf Club’s website, We have added a new Tee Times Reservation page, which will allow you to reserve a tee time up to 14 days in advance for Royal Golf Club members and 7 days in advance for members of the public.

There are no advanced reservations for the Short Course or our practice areas. Play on these are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tee times also can be made over the phone through the Golf Shop at (651) 505-9070.

“We have been anxiously awaiting for this day for many months,” says Jim Leary, the Royal Golf Club’s Director of Golf. “We made the difficult decision to not open the course last Fall to allow for our course to more fully grow in. We greatly appreciate the patience of everyone who has been looking forward to playing the Royal Golf Club. To us, it’s about doing what’s right for the course (and to Arnie’s memory). We hope to be rewarded soon for our patience. I can’t wait to get out there myself.”

Here are some important dates to put into your calendar:

  • April 30 – Last day to become a member at special pre-opening rates.
  • May 19 – Opening Day
  • May 13 – Mother’s Day Brunch at Arnie’s.
  • May 22- League Play Begins
  • June 17 – Father’s Day Brunch at Arnie’s & U.S. Open