Monday, October 17, 2016

Why Do Leaves Change Their Colors?

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October brings a variety of colors to Central Minnesota, especially along the Mississippi river. We are fortunate to have some of the most impeccable views on our course because of our location. The leaves change from green to red to orange and finally yellow before they cascade down to the ground. This is a stunning time of year, but have you ever asked yourself why the leaves change color like they do?

The real scientific reason as to why leaves change isn’t certain, but we know the basics.
It all breaks down to a few different chemicals and proteins found within a leaf’s structure. As you may remember from biology class, chlorophyll (which is necessary for photosynthesis in plants) gives leaves their rich green color. Carotenoids are the dominant pigment found in fall leaves and produce yellow colors in other plants, such as bananas, daffodils, and carrots. Anthocyanins, which give organisms their red color, are also triggered in leaf cells during autumn. Anthocyanins are also found in apples, strawberries, blueberries, and cherries.

Chlorophylls and carotenoids are present in the leaf’s cells during the growing season, but it is not until the fall when anthocyanins (the red colors) form within the cell. Anthocyanins are often produced as a result of bright light and an excess of sugar within the leaf’s cells.

When the days shorten and the daylight dwindles in the beginning of Autumn, the veins of a leaf begins to become clogged by cells and trap sugars that promote the production of anthocyanins. As the green colors fade away, the yellows and oranges begin to peek through. Anthocyanins, which produce bright red colors, begin to come through after the sugars start to get trapped within the leaf cells. As soon as the all of the connection tissues are sealed and the leaf has completed its metamorphosis of color, it then falls to the ground.

Central Minnesota has some of the most vibrant colors in the fall, especially along our golf course along the Mississippi river. Now that you know why we get to see these magnificent colors, be sure to stop by St. Cloud Country Club for a round to see the color-changing for yourself!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wedding Themes that are Perfect for Fall

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Are you in the middle of planning a fall wedding? Well, congratulations! As the leaves turn and the weather cools down, autumn makes for the perfect time to share vows. Find inspiration in the beautiful shades of the season, and relish in the warmth and comfort of the season. Explore some of the themes below for some wedding inspiration:


Whether you are both teachers, met on the school playground, or share a deep love of literature, a back-to-school theme could be an A+ idea! You could take this idea literally and add accessories that play off pencils, chalkboards, and cherry red apples to take it back to the classroom, or you could find inspiration from your favorite books. Are you Harry Potter fans? Throw a Hogwarts-inspired wedding with wands, robes, and potion bottles. More of a Tolkien fan? Have your wedding party and guests decked out in hobbit and elf ensembles. The possibilities are endless!


For a more toned down celebration, take advantage of the full beauty of Fall with a harvest wedding. Infuse your wedding venue and reception with hay bales, pumpkins and gourds, wildflowers, and cozy elements. You can easily incorporate rustic and country elements for a romantic flair. Serve heart-warming comfort foods as appetizers and serve warm apple cider to really bring out the best of this season.


For fans of this late fall celebration, why not go all out? Incorporate a black and red theme for gothic and vampy vibes. Schedule a zombie-themed engagement photo session. Go playful with orange, greens, and purple for a kid-friendly event. Play up these themes with whimsical candles and sophisticated versions of Halloween décor for a spooky and romantic affair. Take inspiration from The Nightmare Before Christmas for a fun, pop culture-infused celebration!


Earthy and Inspired

With the beauty of the season, take inspiration from the great outdoors! Infuse earthy elements like pinecones, cranberries, and mosses for nature-inspired décor. Choose earthy autumnal shades for your wedding colors, like burgundy, maroon, purple, orange, and gold. Incorporate soft amber lights to let the textures and warm colors of the season shine. Use the changing of the colors for truly beautiful and memorable wedding pictures.

Whatever theme you choose for your upcoming nuptials, get inspired by the season, and let the St. Cloud Country Club help you plan the wedding of your dreams. For more information, reach out to the St. Cloud Country Club for a beautiful and stress-free wedding.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Before you Swing: Preparing for a Round of Golf

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No matter the sport, all athletes go through a pre-game warm-up to enhance their ability; no one hops out of bed ready to perform. Taking the time to warm-up before a round of golf gives you a chance to prepare your body and your game for what's to come.
Different golfers have different routines when it comes to starting a round of golf. Below, we have listed a few important pre-game rituals for you to incorporate before you start your next round:

Stretch Out

Stretching is an important part of any form of physical activity. The importance of stretching comes from warming up your muscles and getting them loose and flexible for the upcoming workout. Five minutes of warm-up stretches can prevent pain and will benefit you in the long run. For a few examples, check out this list of different stretches from the Mayo Clinic that will improve your performance.

Warm-up Your Putter

One of the major mistakes that amateur golfer make is not arriving on the green early enough to practice and warm-up. It’s important to put in that time. Make sure you get to the course early so you won’t feel rushed. You don’t need to spend the entire time at the driving range, either. Practice a few putting techniques on the putting green before you start on the bigger swings. Not only will practicing before a round help you understand the speeds for the green, it also gives you time to warm up your stroke.

Practice Tricky Shots

Many golfers assume that your drive is the most important swing in golf, but what happens when you drive your ball into a bunker and have not had the chance to warm up the shot? Practicing a few shots that may come about while on the course is a smart idea. Preparing yourself with pitching, chipping and sand shots will give you a handle on how the round will play out. 

By utilizing some of these warm-ups into your routine, you will see improvements in your golf skills. Everyone is different, however, and not all gain the same benefits from the same warm-ups. Finding a routine that works well for you is key.

Visit our website to learn about memberships, take a video tour, or contact our staff.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer Swimming Safety Tips

St. Cloud Country Club's pool has made its anticipated return this past Memorial Day weekend. With the reopening of the pool, we highly encourage you and your family to stop on over and hop in the warm water. And afterward, possibly swinging on the beautiful golf course or any of the other great activities that are offered.


When coming to the Country Club’s pool, we want to make sure that you are staying safe this summer, especially with children around. Here are a few need-to-know tips on staying safe at the pool:

Wear a certified life jacket

To put it simply, life jackets save lives. Whether you are a strong swimmer or not, life jackets are always beneficial to keep around. Wearing a life jacket means a higher probability of safety towards you or your children.

Be supervised

When swimming, you should stay in a designated area that is supervised by certified lifeguards or at least by a parent. When supervising someone, make sure you are clear of distractions, as an incident can erupt at any moment’s notice.

Never swim alone

Always swim with a buddy. Sticking to the buddy system allows that extra factor of having someone else being responsible for you, ensuring that your safety is their number one priority, as their safety is yours. 

Keep safety equipment around

This includes reaching or throwing equipment to extend to someone in trouble, having a cell phone handy, being aware of or keeping a nearby first aid kit, and having those life jackets within reach.


Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen protects your skin from the powerful rays of the sun that cause sunburns or even lead to skin problems or cancers. Use a waterproof sunscreen, and be sure to reapply it when necessary. Stray clear from direct sunlight; even when in the water the sun can reach you!

Drink plenty of water. Even if you aren’t thirsty, make sure you stay hydrated. Dehydration begins before you feel thirsty, and the most revealing sign of dehydration (aka: sweating) can get overlooked when enjoying a day in the water. The more the temperature rises and the longer you are outdoors, the more water you should consume.

The pool at the St. Cloud Country Club may be open for its members only, but do not be weary, as you can become a member in mere minutes! The pool is one of many great activities at the Country Club and is awaiting your arrival. Come on in, the water is more than fine - it’s fantastic!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We Dared. We Compared.

The St. Cloud Country Club believes that it offers its members and their families the absolute best overall value and EXPERIENCE in Central Minnesota.

We decided to take the average annual cost with everything included for a family to join a public golf club in St. Cloud and compared it to the cost and everything included in our memberships. Here’s what we found...

The annual cost for a family to join a public golf club in St. Cloud is approximately $1800 (including a "range" fee).

The annual cost for a family to become St. Cloud Country Club Members varies from approximately $2400 - $3300. (Depending on the age of the family)

So, the cost differential is approximately $600-$1500 ($50-$125 per month). The question is then, what does a family get for the additional cost? The answer(s):

  • The Family is treated as Members, not "season pass holders."
  • 4 hour (or less) rounds of golf.
  • The most beautiful, well-groomed golf course in Central Minnesota.
  • A large outdoor pool and a wading pool for the kids, overlooking the Mississippi river, complete with lifeguards.
  • An outdoor deck, overlooking the Mississippi. Perfect for cocktail hour.
  • A fantastic dining experience.
  • Holiday events/special events (Christmas, Easter, Mothers day, etc., etc.)
  • Two clay tennis courts.
  • Free access to facilities for events.
  • Junior golf program for kids.

Interested in a membership? Contact us today at 320-253-1331 ex. 101, or email Tom Olson at

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meet Norm & Jasen

The St. Cloud Country Club offers much more than just great golf. We also have a first class kitchen, with first class cooks. Head Chef Norm Maish and Assistant Chef Jasen Merkel, among others, make the dining experience at our club delicious and exceptional. We put Norm and Jasen under the spotlight, asking them a series of questions about themselves. Here is what they said:


Norm Maish
Head Chef
How did you get started in cooking?
I have always loved to cook. I have cooked in various restaurants in St. Cloud area. 10 years ago when my Mom passed, I went back to school for a culinary degree, in order to support my sister. Ever since I have had a passion for cooking.

What do you like most about working at the Country Club?
The people, everyone is so welcoming and inviting. The staff, and the members as well, everyone is really nice here.

What’s your favorite dish to make at the Country Club?
Stuffed chicken with the cherry brandy sauce.

What’s your favorite Country Club dish to eat?
The Reuben.

Hobbies outside of cooking? What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters. I enjoy watching them play their sports. I also like to fish and hunt.

If you could be any food in the world, what would you be?

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life?
Crab cakes.

What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
Knowing that the customer is satisfied with the food that they are getting, as well as seeing their reactions when tasting the food I cooked for them.

How do you like your steak?
Medium rare.

How do you like your eggs?
Over medium.

Cooking disaster story?
It was the St. Cloud State President inaugural, I was cooking for the event, and I had some student helpers. I accidentally forgot about one student working in the freezer for 3 hours. Luckily there were a few ovens nearby, so we could heat her back up.

First meal you have ever cooked?
Sausage and eggs.

Gordon Ramsay or Rachael Ray?
Gordon Ramsay.

Cooks choice: If you had to recommend one meal at the country club, what meal would that be?

The prime rib.

Jasen Merkel
Assistant Chef
How did you get started in cooking?
I started as an accountant major, got a basic job as a dishwasher, and decided to change my major to culinary arts.

What do you like most about working at the country club?
The member oriented culture. I get to know each member on a personal level. It is great to see the same customers each week and get to know their personalities.

What’s your favorite dish to make at the Country Club?
Seafood, salmon.

What’s your favorite Country Club dish to eat?
Bang Bang shrimp tacos.

Hobbies outside of cooking? What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy training my two dogs, hunting, fishing, and traveling. I also enjoy trying different breweries with my wife.

If you could be any food in the world, what would you be?
A sauce, because sauce is versatile, it can pair with different kinds of food, and is universal. If I had to be a specific kind of sauce I would be a spicy sauce.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life?

What’s the most satisfying part of your job?
Pleasing the members.

How do you like your steak?
Medium rare.

How do you like your eggs?
Over easy.

Cooking disaster story/worst nightmare?
Getting ready for Mother's Day brunch and having ¾ of your staff call in sick.

First meal you have ever cooked?
Honey cashew chicken.

Gordon Ramsey or Rachael Ray?
Gordon Ramsay.

Cooks choice: If you had to recommend one meal at the country club, what meal would that be?

Bacon wrapped scallops.

Now that you know more about Norm and Jasen, make sure to stop in next season to try some of their dishes! Many are unaware that our restaurant is open to the public during the season, and we often host many fun events and dining specials in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. To learn more about our restaurant and event services, visit our website.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Host your Event at the St. Cloud Country Club

Planning a large event can seem daunting at first. You have to find a venue, find a caterer, find decorations, invite everyone, set up, clean up, and hope you get to relax a little bit throughout the party. At St. Cloud Country Club, we aim to help you plan a stress-free event that you can enjoy.

Our clubhouse is a premier venue choice; it overlooks the Mississippi River and has amazing views of the golf course winding throughout the property. We strive to create an environment that is stress-free and fun for everyone.
Our clubhouse is able to accommodate events with up to 200 people in attendance. Our Professional Event Coordinators work to assure that all events are organized to your standards and requests. Whether you are looking to hold a work meeting for 10, a birthday party for 50, a corporate event for 100 or a wedding of 200, our Professional Event Coordinators can ensure you and your group have a stress-free event.

With any event reservation, we take the time to walk through our menu so that you can decide on the best meal options. Our on-site Expert Culinary Team is known for their 5-star meals and their positive attitudes. There is no minimum for food and beverages allowing us to work together and customize a menu to fit your needs.

We are one of the leading full-service venues in the St. Cloud area and a leader in best room rental value for Central Minnesota. The best part is you don’t need to be a member of the St. Cloud Country Club to reserve and event with us! Over the past two years, we have been awarded Vendor of Distinction from the Central Minnesota Wedding Association, and we have been one of Central Minnesota’s Premier Wedding Reception venues of choice for decades.

Looking to reserve your event with the St. Cloud Country Club? Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at 320-253-1331.