Chamber Celebrates Newly Opened Royal Golf Club Restaurant and Clubhouse

Jim Leary cuts the ribbon at the Royal Golf Club welcome celebration. Photo courtesy Artistic Product Photography.

November 2017 (Lake Elmo, MN) –The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce celebrated The Royal Golf Club on November 16 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a Chamber Mixer, hosted by the new golf club. The Chamber welcomed the Royal Golf Club into the greater Stillwater-Lake Elmo community and celebrated the opening of Arnie’s restaurant and bar (which is open now throughout the winter months), as well as the golf club’s completely refurbished 26,000-square-foot clubhouse.

The 18-hole championship golf course, designed by legendary pro golfers, Arnold Palmer (the back nine are known as The King in honor of Palmer) and Annika Sörenstam (the front nine are known as The Queen, in honor of Sörenstam), will open in spring 2018.The 18-hole course is complemented by a six-hole par 3 course called The Short Course. Both courses have been designed to appeal to all golfers of all ages and abilities.

Along the periphery of both courses is a major upscale home development called The Royal Club. It will feature 291 single-family homes and villas. The first phase, consisting of 73 homes is under development now. The development is expected to be completed over the next several years in phases.

The Royal Golf Club is a complete transformation of what was once known as 3M’s Tartan Park Golf Course. The $365 million development encompasses 428 acres.

Within the beautifully designed clubhouse, Arnie’s is a full-service casual restaurant led by head chef Dennis Dahl, who has more than 30 years of experience as a country club chef. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and also offers a brunch on weekends. Arnie’s features family-friendly comfort food utilizing organic and locally grown ingredients wherever possible. Dinner entrees include walleye, salmon, Southern fried chicken, pork chops, and Angus beef and range in price from $15 to $28.

The restaurant and grand ballroom open up to an outdoor patio which looks out on Horseshoe Lake as well as the first and tenth holes of the course. The new clubhouse features multiple meeting rooms for local organizations to host meetings, retreats, and conferences. The grand ballroom, which can be configured into smaller rooms, can host up to 300 guests, and additional private meeting rooms are also available.

Future plans for the clubhouse include a private fitness center and pool, three miles of walking/running trails and two miles of rustic wooded trails, as well as a children’s park.

“We are very pleased to have the restaurant and clubhouse open, and our real estate development is moving along nicely as well,” said Jim Leary, Director of Golf for the Royal Golf Club. “We are excited to open the new public golf course in the spring, and the golf shop is already open — stay tuned for more announcements in the coming months!”

For more information on golf, real estate, the clubhouse and Arnie’s visit the club’s website at


The Royal Golf Club

11455 20th St N

Lake Elmo, MN 55042



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