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A History of Indian Hills Golf Club

In the late 1960s 18 individuals from the eastern suburbs of St. Paul decided a new private country club should be built in the area. They bought 400 acres of beautiful wooded, gently rolling land dotted with ponds from a local farmer in the city of Grant, a sparsely settled suburb just west of Stillwater. In addition to the golf course, the developers offered 60 home sites for sale, most of which bordered the links.

Don Herfort, a local architect, was hired to design the course. He was assisted by Gerald Mogren, a land contractor and developer from Maplewood who spearheaded the development for the owners group. Mogren was a skilled heavy equipment operator and shaped much of the ground for the project. He was also in the sod business, which meant large areas of the course would be sodded instead of seeded, which was the usual method when building a golf course.

Construction began in 1968 and 12 holes were ready for play by the Fall of 1970. Prospective members could play for free as long as they brought back loose rocks in the bag provided to them.

By Spring 1971, a beautiful course sodded mainly with Kentucky Bluegrass awaited members. Two membership options were available. One was to pay a $75 fee and then pay a green fee for each round played. This was available for only one year. The other was a full membership, either single or family, which cost a one-time fee of $450, most of which was refundable upon leaving the club. Annual dues of $350 were an additional charge. Many families were excited to try this beautiful new private golf club on the east side of the metro area.

Over the years, Indian Hills is proud to have hosted the Minnesota State Open and for 15 years was co-host of the Tapemark Charity Pro Am, which is still going strong after 35 years. The club also has hosted the MGA Senior 4 Ball, MGA Men's 4 Ball, MWGA Ladies 4 Ball, MWGA Mid-Handicap Championship and hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional qualifying. The club has also hosted many other state events for men, women, seniors and juniors.

Indian Hills has a proud heritage of more than 40 years. It is currently owned and managed, by Michael Regan a son of one of the original 13 owners.

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