|In 1919, Seth Raynor, golf course architect, utilized the amazing elevation changes throughout the 160 acres where Midland Hills Country Club resides. He is one of the most well known golf course architects, and currently has 13 courses ranked in the top 100 (as rated by Golfweek). Mr. Raynor was an architectural partner of Charles Blair Macdonald, who is considered by many the father of golf course architecture in America.|
Seth Raynor's strategic and classic design principles are found throughout Midland Hills: flat bunkers, rolling fairways, large greens and specific architectural designs of holes. Holes such as: The Biarritz, The Eden, The Redan, The Short, The Alps, The Punchbowl, The Knoll, and The Cape are all present here at Midland Hills. Over the years, the Club has allowed trees and shrubs to mature and screen the course from surrounding areas to give the golfer a feel of serenity. Like a true classic course, Seth Raynor emphasized short walking distances from green complexes to the following tee complexes, as golf carts were not implemented in 1919. As you can see, even though Midland Hills has celebrated our 90th anniversary, several of the "Raynor" staples have stood the test of time.
Golf Course Superintendent Mike Manthey, Assistants Mike Paape and Mitch Granholm, Mechanics Jim Pollock and Evan Walsh manage the Golf Course at Midland Hills. The course has undergone several changes in recent years, including the installation of a new irrigation system, new cart paths, additional drainage systems and redesigning the bunker complexes. Also, the addition of tee boxes throughout the golf course has made the golfing experience more challenging and enjoyable. With the improvements over the past 10 years, the club continues to promote and strive towards Seth Raynor's intent for Midland Hills.
The Board of Directors, Green Committee and Golf Shop work with the Green Staff to produce a course of the highest standards. Our annual objective is to strive to be the best-maintained private golf course facility in the metro area. The goal is to provide a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for our members and their guests. Our daily charge is to present and sustain the highest caliber golf course. Finally, we aim to accomplish these goals and objectives while operating a fiscally responsible and agronomically sound annual maintenance program.