I donned my finest Jos. A Bank suit, shined the shoes, detailed the car, and joined a group of coworkers at Bishops Bay Country Club for a holiday party.
As I wound my way to the club house I was surprised to find the parking lot was a good distance from the club house. It seemed odd at first, although I realized most people probably use valet for dinner hours, or shuttle around via golf cart during the summer.
The grounds are absolutely beautiful and afford a stunning view of Madison and the capital from across Lake Mendota. The inside of the club house is gorgeous, but is quite "old school" - I imagine it's similar to a traditional Scottish club. Very ornate, with heavy Victorian cues.
Our party assembled in one half of the main dining room; there are smaller, private dining rooms similar to what you might find in a very nice residence. We had two servers taking care of our group and they were fantastic. Super attentive, extremely friendly, and incredibly professional.
There were only 3 taps available - Skal, Cow, and Stella. Not a bad set of options. The wine selection was superb; we had several bottles of a Malbec that was quite nice.
Our group was provided with a buffet of hors d'oeuvres that included sausage-stuffed mushrooms, chicken satay, pepper-crusted beef tenderloin, a fresh veggie flat bread pizza, desserts, and a few other items that escape my memory (there was a lot of wine consumed that night).
At around 10:00pm they requested we move to the bar so they could close the dining room. We obliged and made our way to the sunken bar area. There was a great fireplace, heavy furniture, and more views of the capital. We had a final round of beverages and called it an evening. Everyone left impressed and pleased with the evening - if I had a few million bucks, I'd buy a place in Bishops Bay and enjoy the good-life at the country club.
Definitely a great experience. If you have the opportunity to visit, go for it.