minikahda club

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Golf Course Practice Range Renovation


The Minikahda Club is one of Minnesota’s oldest and most prestigious
golf courses. The course was originally designed by Willie Watson,
who also designed Interlachen Country Club, and Robert Foulis. The
course has since undergone numerous renovations including work by
Thomas Bendelow and Donald Ross. Improvements have included
repositioning of greens, lengthening of holes and, more recently, the
extensive removal of trees and complete the reconstruction of over 100 sand bunkers.

Herfort Norby was retained to assess and redesign the existing practice facilities and driving range. The existing rangewas too narrow, too short and had insufficient teeing area. Proposed recommendations included incorporating the reconstruction of the
existing tennis course area and parking lot in order to balance soil requirements, address Minnehaha Creek Watershed requirements and to minimize construction costs. The new range includes a 40,000 square foot practice tee, artifi cial turf teeing area, target greens, new state of the art irrigation system, short game practice facility and two practice sand bunkers. The project was completed in October of 2011
and opened in the summer of 2012.


Herfort Norby was responsible for all aspects of
the project including preparation of detailed plans,
watershed and City permitting, bidding, contractor
selection and construction administration.


Jeff Johnson, Superintendent
3205 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: (612)926-4167 or
Cell: (612)221-9832