Formerly known as Bloomington Golf Club, Minnesota Valley Country Club sits adjacent to the great Minnesota River and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The club is the proud owner of a Seth Raynor course dating back to 1924 that features a scorecard full of holes with replica design features, such as the Redan 2nd, Eden 7th and Biarritz 11th.
Author Daniel Wexler commented as follows in The American Private Golf Club Guide: “The last of Seth Raynor’s three Minnesota designs, Minnesota Valley retains more of Raynor’s original layout than either of the others… The best replica is the 172-yard Redan 2nd, with the standard back-left fallaway toughened considerably by adjacent out-of-bounds.”
In 2018 Bill Bergin completed a sympathetic course restoration, which included bunker renovation, drainage works, fairway width restoration, and significant adjustments to the green complexes. Additionally, Raynor templates such as Short, Principal’s Nose and Prize Dogleg have been added or enhanced.
Minnesota Valley, a 98-year-old Seth Raynor creation, is a solid throwback golf course that employs old template holes like the biarritz and redan. The track, which plays to a par 73, is extremely well manicured with very few blades out of place. Despite the fact that progress has grown around every corner, the property still has a tranquil, serene feel to its acres. The greens and fairways are not too daunting of a task to take on, but this can lead sometimes to a flat or uninteresting hole; some holes at Minnesota Valley run together. I do think the collection of par threes, particularly the second--the aforementioned redan--and 12th--a short hole with a visually appealing tee ball over a small pond with a rock wall--are a strong group. Conditions are always great, and there's a lot of history. Take advantage of an invite to Minnesota Valley.