Redan

The 16th at Midland, Redan, is one of the most unique renditions of the most commonly copied Template hole you might ever see. If you’ve ever played a Raynor-designed Redan, then you know Midland’s has a different take. This doesn’t make it bad. Actually, as Jim Urbina put it, it makes it wonderfully unique, and […]

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Pond

The 15th at Midland, named Pond, by Jim Urbina, is a fantastic short par four. But studying Raynor’s drawing (and according to Urbina), it was originally, and arguably, an all-world, short par 4. The first thing to notice in the drawing below, is how the pond came out into the players eye off the tee, […]

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Alps

The original 12th, now the 14th, at Midland is an original Raynor Alps. A rare Template, mainly because the correct topography was needed to find the hole, in its natural state, without having to move a lot of earth as part of the design process. Raynor, undoubtedly, was more than pleased when he found the […]

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Leven

The 13th at Midland was determined by Jim Urbina to play as the template, Leven. The history of the original 11th has a lot of unknowns, as well as a few assumptions. Unfortunately, proof of those assumptions cannot be found. Because of Raynor’s drawing, there is an assumption that the hole originally had 2 fairways; […]

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Biarritz

The 12th hole, Biarritz, is one of the most unique Raynor Template holes, and Midland’s does not disappoint. The history of the Biarritz is interesting, and just like many Templates, comes with differing opinions on how the hole should be presented. Most of the differing opinions revolve around if there should be greens height of […]

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Westward Ho!

“Wind, I consider, the finest asset in golf; in itself, it is one of the greatest, and most delightful accompaniments in the game. Without wind, your course is always the same, but as the wind varies in velocity, and from the various points of the compass, you not only have one course, but you have […]

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Valley

We’ve made the turn, and onto the back nine. The staff is regrouping, about to enjoy cooler days,  beautiful Fall sunshine, and the spark of momentum is propelling us towards the finish line. As a player, if you had a poor front nine, the back is where you hope to find that spark, and the […]

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Halftime

We’re at the halfway point in the project. Now’s a good time to take a step back, and explain some of the things that were happening, behind the scenes, during construction. Mostly, regarding Midland’s staff: First, we were exhausted. The adrenaline of such an exciting project had worn off by this point, and we realized […]

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Cape

The current 9th, originally the 5th hole, now plays as the Cape. There has been a common misnomer that a tee shot over water has been the only trait that defines the Cape Template. However, Jim Urbina’s definition of a Cape is a combination of a risk/reward tee shot, that continues all the way to […]

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The Knoll

Midland’s 8th is the Knoll Template. A short, but fierce par 4, with a green perched upon a hill (or Knoll), in which most surrounding sides of the green surface fall off sharply. CB Macdonald got the inspiration for the hole from the 4th hole at Scotscraig Golf Club in Fife, Scotland. There are many […]

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