Montgomery National Golf Club’s ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ inspired by owner’s love for The Beatles – WCCO
MONTGOMERY, MN (WCCO) — There’s a place in our state where you can “hit” a good drive down the fairway, while surrounded by Beatles hits.
In this week’s Finding Minnesota, John Lauritsen takes us to Montgomery where the Beatles and the sand bunkers collide.
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It’s both a song and a forecast that every golf course owner wants to hear. Greg McKush hears it every day, even when it rains.
“A lot of people will say your landlord must really like the Beatles. Usually I just say yes, he does,” McKush said.
His love for the Beatles started in college, around the same time he was becoming a very good golfer. So when he bought Montgomery National Golf Club five years ago, he decided to combine his two loves by taking golfers on a Magical Mystery Tour.
“It didn’t happen overnight, he just kept getting new layers. For example, all of our holes are named after different Beatles songs,” McKush said.
Hole #1 is perhaps the most sacred. A few years ago, McKush’s friend John had a heart attack while on the green. Luckily he survived, and that’s how the first hole got its name.
“We’re going to call this hole a ‘day in the life’ for you. He said, I’d rather it be called ‘A little help from my friends,'” McKush said.
It also takes a little help from the ground crew to keep the Yellow Submarine so yellow. McKush painted it that distinct color right after he bought it.
“It was a prop from the movie Tora, Tora, Tora! I guess they had two and they blew one up and they didn’t need a second one,” McKush said.
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Hole #10 is called “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” because the sand trap is shaped like a 50-foot Olson guitar.
“It’s really cool, but you don’t want to be in the neck. A lot of people are cursing me for putting it here,” he said.
“Hit right after the yellow submarine but not enough to cross the water is the worst. (It happened) many times,” said golfer Gary Kleugel.
Walking into the pro shop is like walking down Penny Lane.
“We painted a piano like McCartney’s piano,” McKush said.
“It’s wonderful. Great course. Very well maintained. And it’s fun. I love the Beatles theme,” said golfer Lucresia Fose.
“There’s not another one in the country that I know of that’s even music-themed,” said fellow golfer, Jack Gorman.
And there is more to come. McKush builds an event center as well as a new pro shop. Partly because he needs more space for all his Beatles stuff.
“It will be a sanctuary for the Beatles. I have lots of cool memories. So it will be all Beatles,” McKush said.
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McKush plans to call the new bar he’s building at the center of the event “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Pars Club.” It is scheduled to open this fall.