Flood waters wiped out golf in the Magic City two years ago...
That included the Minot Country Club.
With a location right on the Mouse, much of the course was hit hard -- so hard, the club members sold the land.
But now a new course is in the works...
Perry Olson shows us what is planned.
It was a shocking sight early from the 2011 flood...the Mouse turning to rapids almost as it crashed through the Minot Country Club...it proved devastating -- the club sold the land, and until now, has been searching for a new home. It appears they have it...and soon, a course they feel will rival the best in the state will be found here, southeast of Minot.
(Ryon Boen - MCC Board Member) "This is going to be a Jim Engh designed golf course and will be top notch. He builds some of the nicest courses in the country if not the world. He is a ND man so he is interested in doing something for Minot and ND and that is exciting." (Doug Larson - MCC Board President) "He saw three or four different sites around Minot that were potential sites for a course...and we are going with his number one rated place."
Engh is recognized as one of the best in the business...and his design should have golfers challenged...and excited...and it should start soon.
(Ryon Boen - Minot Country Club) "We are very very close to putting the course out for bid and we are going to be breaking ground hopefully early spring as soon as we can to start building the course." (Perry Olson - KX News) "It will take a few years to develop this site into the new Minot Country Club. Until then however, members will still be able to golf...at the old Minot County Club location." (Ryon Boen - Minot Country Club) "If you join now you can golf that course as if you are a member of that course. If you join MCC you can golf at the old site until September of 2014. Join now and golf and when the new course opens come back to the MCC in its new location."
Developers purchased the old site...and it should open this summer -- all 18 holes. Boen hopes that ability to golf there now will entice people to become paying members today...knowing that soon this layout will be ready for play. The site will bring a new type of golf experience to Minot -- almost a Hawktree feel, another Engh design north of Bismarck. Sure it is a few months off...but that itch to play is getting strong...
(Doug Larson - MCC Board President) "There is a lot of excitement even among some of the members who were skeptical that this can happen."
It appears that it is happening...and the first tee ball could go off late next summer...or early in 2015. In Minot, Perry Olson, KX News.
The membership drive kicks into high gear a week from today -- with a Tom and Jerry party at the Sleep Inn and Suites.
There you can learn more about membership opportunities, and plans for the course and club.
For more information, visit the Minot Country Club on Facebook...or contact Stacy Norton at the number on the screen.