The Takeaway: A unique layout full of character including back-to-back par fives twice and starting the second nine with back-to-back par threes. While not a traditional country club course, it is a lot of fun and offers plenty of memorable shots. Grade B
Designer: Jim Engh in 2015
Phone Number: (701) 852-3591
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Minot Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1912 Valley Bluffs Dr, Minot, North Dakota 58701 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Unique, fun, quirky, outside the box, extreme, and engaging are all words that could accurately describe Minot Country Club. If you have a parcel of ground that you would think has no business being a golf course, Jim Engh is the guy you call and let his creative juices go to work which is exactly what happened at Minot. The North Dakota native was called in to design a course that would work on extreme terrain with steep hills and a river carving along the low ground. The result is a course that features back-to-back par fives on the front, back-to-back par threes to start the back, and back-to-back par fives to finish the course on. You'll also find incredibly compelling green complexes, plenty of punchbowl putting surfaces, and lots of creative ways to try and get the ball close to the hole. The high sides of the bowls are shaved tight enough that you can use the slopes on approach shot and chips to work your ball to different quadrants of the greens, which is incredibly enjoyable to try and pull off. While the majority of tee shots play from an elevated tee, that is countered by a significant number of uphill approach shots that will reward aerial approaches and thwart the ground game. The original Minot Country Club course was destroyed in 2011 from flooding that came from the Souris River and so the new one was built on higher ground in 2015. While the former course has been resurrected as Vardon Golf Club, the new Minot course is a much more engaging and fun course to play. In the end, Minot is not for everyone. If you mainly value traditional courses where everything is in front of you devoid of blind shots and the occasional quirky bounce, then Minot won't be your jam. But if you enjoy creative green complexes, unique hole designs, and elevated tees, then Minot will be an absolute hoot to play; especially in a state that is generally known for flat, uninspiring ground.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 2nd Hole – 540 Yard Par 5 –
Best Par 3: 11th Hole – 181 Yards –
Best Par 4: 12th Hole – 389 Yards –
Best Par 5: 14th Hole – 546 Yards –
Birdie Time: 6th Hole – 321 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 7th Hole – 268 Yard Par 3 –