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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The Eden

Our 7th hole, the Eden, has more than likely changed the least amount out of all of our 18 holes, since inception. It’s one of the reasons it’s Jim Urbina’s favorite hole at Midland. The original Eden, is the 11th at the Old Course at St. Andrews. One of the reasons Jim likes our Eden […]

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Lauderdale

As was previously discussed, the current 6th hole used to play to the current 4th green. The hole was originally the 2nd, and played as a slight dogleg left. In the 1950’s, a green was built in it’s current location. The pond fronting the approach was also built in this timeline, as a way to […]

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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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