Golden Valley Country Club - Minnesota - USA

Golden Valley Country Club,
7001 Golden Valley Road,
Golden Valley,
Minnesota (MN) 55427,
USA


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Completely surrounded by housing, with a road and railway track cutting through the property, the old Tom Bendelow course at Golden Valley Country Club does its very best to keep the modern world at bay.

Formed in 1914, Golden Valley’s first course was a 9-hole affair, laid out by the founding members. Three years later, Tom Bendelow was commissioned to improve the original course and in 1919 the Scotsman was called back in to extend the course to 18 holes.

In 1926 A.W. Tillinghast was hired to renovate the course and his remodelling work took three years to complete. Naturally, further course changes have been implemented down the years.

The club states that in 1998 it “embarked on a restoration project to return the course to the original A.W. Tillinghast design.” For some reason, poor old Tom Bendelow’s original efforts have been swept under the carpet, perhaps because little or none of his early work remains.

Incidentally, Ron Forse was the architect in charge of the 1998 restoration.

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Description: Completely surrounded by housing, with a road and railway track cutting through the property, the old Tom Bendelow course at Golden Valley Country Club does its very best to keep the modern world at bay. Rating: 5.3 out of 10 Reviews: 3
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Joe Egan

One of the oldest golf courses in the state of Minnesota, Golden Valley Country Club is an anomaly because of its seven par fours, six par fives, and five par threes. There are never more than two par fours in a row, which makes for an interesting layout. Golden Valley begins with back-to-back par fives and ends with one as well. I thought the course was decent albeit a bit underwhelming. The bentgrass is well manicured and the staff is great, but there are a lot of uninteresting holes. Conversely, my favorite offering has to be the visually appealing 17th, a par three protected by a bunker on the left and a pond on the right with no room to miss on either side. If we are ranking courses strictly on the track itself, which is fair, then GVCC isn’t deserving of top 20 status in Minnesota. I could absolutely see why someone else might consider Golden Valley one of the state's elite because of its spectacular clubhouse and noted history; I just cannot bring myself to feel the same way. Golden Valley can still be one of the premier facilities in the state without necessarily having a premier golf course.

February 18, 2022
5 / 10
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Tim Affeldt

Really nice track - Par 73 w 6 par 5s and 5 par 3s. Incredible club house - really well taken care of. Great and very difficult greens

August 20, 2021
7 / 10
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Jim Loss

Old School A.W. Tillinghast design at 6600 yards. Straightforward golf with numerous false fronts on fast greens and tree lined fairways. Not an exciting golf course just one that will challenge your putting and short game ability.

August 06, 2020
4 / 10
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