Seth Raynor designed the course at Midland Hills Country Club in 1920. Unfortunately, many alterations to the layout have been made down the years, initially by Paul Coates, and most recently a new millennium renovation, eroded much of Raynor's work.
Fortunately Raynor’s original plans were recently discovered in the roof of club superintendent Mike Manthey’s office. The new discovery identified that the course had changed dramatically between opening in 1921 and the earliest aerial photographs from 1937. It’s therefore unsurprising that not much remains of Raynor’s work.
In 2018, the club commissioned architect Jim Urbina to create a course masterplan. The discovery of the original plans will allow Pete Dye’s protégé to restore the layout to its Golden Age intent. Work is expected to complete in spring 2021, 100 years after the course first opened for play.
Hopefully the restoration will return some of golf's most iconic template holes, including the iconic Biarritz at #12, to their former glory.
Older course in the Twin Cities that has wonderful conditions to play your best. Undulating fairways and frequent elevation changes can dictate how you want to attack small undulating greens.
This is not a course for the bombers. Doglegs are normally 200 - 240 yards out and the par fives are under 550 yards.