The Maiden

The 5th hole at Midland, has an interesting past. It has served as the opening hole, as a tough par 4 (no gentle handshake to open a round), was eventually converted to a par 5 for scorecard yardage, it played as a par 3 and had two greens for a period, and it acted as […]

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Short

The current 4th hole was originally the 2nd. You played from the current 6th tee, and played to the current 4th green. In the picture below, you’ll notice the driving range West of what is now Hwy 280, the clubhouse in its original location, and the bottom left corner, where the current 6th green is […]

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Punchbowl

The current third hole, which used to be the original 18th at Midland, is a hole that remains very much the same as it was 100 years ago. And if you think about that, it was an extremely difficult closer! Being almost exactly the same length, and comparing how far the average player hit it […]

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Road Hole

The second hole at Midland, the Road Hole, has an interesting, and somewhat cloudy, history. Raynor modeled it after one of the most famous golf holes in all of golf, the 17th at the Old Course at St. Andrews. It’s important to remember that Raynor never traveled to the UK or Scotland himself to see […]

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Virtual Tour

2020 seemed to be all things virtual, so why not start a digital tour of the Master Plan implementation. I tried my best to document the most interesting aspects of the project, and will sprinkle in reasons behind the changes, highlighting strategy, aesthetics, construction methods, history, “Templates”, challenges, and some fun along the way. The […]

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Week 2 ……. to Week 16!

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein was correct. Time doesn’t care about our plans! My plan was to blog the progress of the Master Plan work, but that didn’t happen. There just wasn’t enough time. I didn’t plan for the unknown, which was how […]

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Week 2

Week two. Our architect, Jim Urbina, along with shapers Joe Hancock, and Zach Varty, got off to a phenomenal start, because of the preparation work from Hartman Co. during week one. If you played this week, you experienced a lot of horsepower and progress. We were so effective, that we moved forward with roughing out […]

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Help Needed!

Today we are starting the seeding process to the Fairway expansions on the back 9, and we need everyone’s help. We need carts to not drive through them, as once the seed germinates early next week, cart traffic will kill the young seedlings. The success of this process will really depend on your cooperation.   On […]

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The Stage is Set

On Monday, the golf course Master Plan work begins. #1 and 5 greens will go to temporaries in their fairways. You will see Hartman Constrution, along with our staff, begin the labor-intensive demo process. Because of design changes, both of these greens need a large amount of soil hauled to them. That soil will come […]

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