Somerset - Minnesota - USA

Somerset Country Club,
1416 Dodd Road,
Mendota Heights,
Minnesota (MN) 55118,

  • +1 651 457 1224

  • Golf Club Website

  • 13 miles SE of downtown Minneapolis, via the MN-55 highway

  • Members and their guests only

The Somerset Country Club course is an old Seth Raynor design that first saw the light of day in 1919. Unfortunately, many seasoned commentators now feel that much of the old master’s work here has been diluted down the years.

Stanley Thompson and Bob Moote are said to have carried out renovation work in the early 1950s whilst Geoff Cornish and Brian Silva are credited with changes to the layout in the late 1970s. Unfortunately, neither project is deemed to have been particularly successful.

Still, trademark replica holes by Raynor are very much in evidence. On the front nine, there’s an “Alps” at the 375-yard 7th hole, followed immediately after by an “Eden” at the short par three 8th whilst the back nine features an uphill “Cape” at the 437-yard 10th and a downhill “Biarritz” at the long par three 12th.

The 237-yard 12th is still a pretty formidable hole, played as the final leg of a "Bermuda Triangle" of holes that open the back nine at Somerset. With water left and out of bounds right, it requires a rather heroic tee shot to reach a green that’s split in two by the trench running through the middle of the putting surface.
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