Club History

Saint Paul Pioneer Press, October 9, 1955.

River Group to Build Clubhouse


The Pool and Yacht Club, Inc. is building a new clubhouse in Dakota County. Construction of the building will start with a cornerstone ceremony on the banks of the Mississippi River at Lilydale near the mouth of the Minnesota River. Its nautical theme will be borrowed from Ol' Man River.

At present, the club includes a kidney shaped swimming pool and dressing rooms, a cocktail lounge near the pool where meals are also served, and a stone terrace on the waterfront with a grill and boat docks.

This picturesque site was chosen by Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson for their home. It was the envy of many a boatman and river captain who passed by, until the flood of 1951. Rampaging waters almost carried the home away, prompting them to sell the property to a private club, so others could enjoy the beauty of the river.

Al Svensson of Golden Valley designed the building to achieve maximum scenic views of the Mississippi River. The building will stand 18 feet above ground with a large open-air deck cantilevered out from the main floor. Fronted with glass and facing the river will be the circular dining salon with a large ship's wheel as the central motif set in the ceiling. The cocktail lounge will feature a room shaped like the prow of a ship. A second, smaller dining room, to be called the Captain's Cabin, will be used for private parties and board meetings.

The Pool and Yacht Club held its grand opening of the NEW clubhouse on May 1, 1956.

Distinctive Fine Dining

"The Best Kept Secret in the Twin Cities" is the phrase that best describes our Pool & Yacht Club. Situated on the south shore of the historic Mississippi River, it provides a "One of a Kind" dining experience for members and their guests. There is no other private or public fine dining restaurant in the Twin Cities that provides such a magnificent view, while serving superb cuisine and attentive service. That's why we say The Pool & Yacht Club is... "The Best Kept Secret in the Twin Cities."

Come give us a try!

The members of The Pool and Yacht Club have enjoyed their own PRIVATE get-away for almost 50 years. We would like you to join our satisfied members for your own private dining experiences. Imagine dining on the banks of the Mississippi or enjoying poolside service under the summer sun. You will be greeted by a service staff who knows you personally and holds your enjoyment as their top priority. You can expect all this and MORE at The Pool & Yacht Club.

Club membership is offered to a select group of people each year. You will appreciate the club's unique atmosphere where family and guests are always welcome. We hope that you will consider a membership at our club soon.

Please call us at the club, and we will arrange for a GUEST MEMBERSHIP PASS so you and your guests can experience an evening at the club before you join. Just call 651.455.3900 and request a pass to be mailed to you TODAY.