Historic Bemidji Town and CC completes renovation

By |  October 28, 2014 0 Comments

The historic Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji, Minn., recently completed renovations based on visions of how the course may have appeared when it opened in 1919.

According to golf course architect Kevin Norby, who oversaw the project, Bemidji Town & CC is one of the oldest courses in Minnesota.

“While some of its unique Golden Age character was lost when some of the greens were rebuilt in the 1990s, by and large the course has retained much of its original classic character with naturally undulating fairways, elevated greens and small ribbon-style bunkers,” Norby says. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know who the original architect was.

Norby began working with the club in 2011 when he developed a long-range master plan for the course. The master plan laid out a detailed vision and approach for increasing membership and outside play by restoring and enhancing the classic character of the course.

“We wanted to provide a unique experience that would be more enjoyable for the average golfer while providing the challenge and strategy that the more skilled, low-handicap golfer might be looking for,” Norby says. “We removed trees to widen and restore fairway corridors, added new irrigation around the greens and rebuilt all of the bunkers with a premium white sand and a more classic style.”

Duininck Golf was the contractor on the project.

“The Club is delighted with the result and is looking forward to the next phase of master plan improvements,” says Rick Grann, general manager.

Kevin Norby is the owner and senior architect of Herfort Norby Golf Course Architects and also recently completed renovations at Minnesota Valley CC – a 1924 Seth Raynor design – and Moccasin Creek CC in Aberdeen, S.D.

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Hole No. 3 after renovations

Hole No. 18 before renovations.

Hole No. 18 before renovations

Hole No. 18 after renovations.

Hole No. 18 after renovations

Photos: Bemidji Town and CC

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