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New Troy Burne Event Center shines, aims for community niche

General Manager Chris Sauer, Events Coordinator Lauren Pellowski, River Valley Catering Sales Manager Betty Brueske and Troy Burne Marketing Sales Coordinator Heather Melstrom get ready for the Chamber of Commerce’s golf-tournament dinner in the new event center’s restaurant and banquet room. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Chuck Nowlen)1 / 2
A quiet spot with a superb view on the new event center’s outside deck.2 / 2

With stunningly beautiful scenery as a backdrop, Hudson’s Troy Burne Golf Club and Event Center wanted to fill a vacant local niche for business and civic gatherings, weddings and private parties but the big, 14-year-old tent outside wasn’t cutting it anymore.

“Yeah, the tent was a big decision. It needed updating,” noted General Manager Chris Sauer, whose uncle, Gary Sauer, bought the club in 2010. “We knew we either had to put money into an upgrade or an addition.”

The club also wanted to make sure its event center measured up to the five-star public course that’s been drawing golf aficionados from far and wide since 1999. A year-round restaurant and events calendar was another goal.

“We have one of the top golf clubs in the Midwest. We just didn’t have the event center it needed,” Sauer recalled.

After a year of construction, mission accomplished on all counts.

More than 2,000 luxuriously appointed square feet have been added to the main clubhouse just off County F, including a lavishly windowed banquet and dining room for up to 300 people, panoramic views, a top-notch restaurant and bar, and a separate meeting room for 150 if needed.

“It’s now a complete event center,” said Events Coordinator Lauren Pellowski. “It really is one of the biggest event centers in Hudson.”

Added Betty Brueske, sales manager for River Valley Catering, which handles food service for larger assemblies: “We did a buffet for our local homeowners earlier this year, and they were just blown away with what was going on with the events center. … If you look at it from either the inside or the outside, you can’t tell if it was part of the original building or not.”

’Great’ community value

Several local observers noted that with the closing of the Hudson Golf Club, the area lost an events niche that until now had gone unfilled.

“There was a huge need for events space in Hudson. There aren’t many around anymore,” said Sauer. “So this project is very important to Troy Burke Golf Club.”

Brueske summed it up this way: “It’s going to be of great value to the community.”

The first major booking of 2014 was the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau’s annual golf tournament and fundraiser on June 23.

“We’ll have a beautiful, plated dinner tonight,” Sauer said proudly in a tournament-day interview at the new facility.

With the golf and wedding seasons in full bloom, the timing of the event center’s debut “is very good … It’s perfect, really,” he added.

The club’s core golf clientele continues to be well-served. The 225-acre course, after all, was designed by PGA standout Tom Lehman and has been named Best Twin Cities Public Course by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It was also nominated for Best New Public Course by Golf Digest magazine, among other honors.

“The course is as good as it gets,” Sauer said.

The event center’s meeting room, which can be left open as part of the restaurant and banquet room or closed off at a client’s request, is named after Lehman.

The new setting is also perfect for weddings, not just outdoors in the spring and summer but throughout rest of the year as well, Sauer noted. A brand new ceremony spot and parking lot are coming soon.

“So the center will be very attractive for any bride and groom,” he said.

Year-round service will also accommodate any type of corporate and business meetings clients in any season. Another specialty throughout the year: private and business galas and holiday parties.

“The difference about us, I think, is that we’re a setting that’s different from any of the others that are around,” Sauer said.

Troy Burne Golf Club and Event Center can be reached by telephone at (715) 381-9800 or (877) 888-8633. The club’s website:

Chuck Nowlen

Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.

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