Bergin’s Minnesota Valley renovation enhances course’s Raynor footprint

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    Bergin has worked to enhance the Raynor footprint at the club

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    The course is set to reopen this spring

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    An aerial shot of the course at Minnesota Valley taken in 1937

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Golf course architect Bill Bergin has completed a restoration of the golf course at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minnesota.

It is thought that Seth Raynor laid out the 1924 course, and that his associate Ralph Barton was the on site construction foreman. Bergin has worked to enhance the course’s Raynor footprint, having worked on a number of historical restoration projects over the past year.

Template holes on the course, such as the Redan, Biarritz, Short, Double Plateau and Prize Dogleg, have either been reintroduced or renovated as part of the recent work.

The course’s greens have been expanded, with corners squared and ramps recovered.

The bunkers have also been rebuilt, and now include Better Billy Bunker liners. The course also features bunkers in the shape of the Principal’s Nose, Snake and numerous long rectangular shapes that are synonymous with Raynor’s design work.

The Minnesota Valley course will be reopening this spring, and follows on from similar restoration projects Bergin has recently led at the Donald Ross-designed Chattanooga Golf & Country Club course in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was originally designed by AW Tillinghast.