RainDance National Golf Club, Windsor, Colorado

Harrison Minchew Golf Course Architecture Will Collaborate with PGA Tour Professional Fred Funk for new RainDance National Golf Club in Northern Colorado.
Harrison Minchew Golf Course Architecture    RainDance National Golf Club near Windsor, Colorado, 1 hour north of Denver, will be designed with a collaborative effort from Harrison Minchew as Golf Course Architect and PGA Tour Player Fred Funk as Golf Design Consultant. The golf course developer is Martin Lind of Water Valley Land Company.
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   To preserve the beautiful prairie habitat that borders the Poudre River the golf course will be carefully laid upon the expansive 325 acre golf only site. The rolling topography covered in flowering prairie with dramatic arroyos is a spectacular slice of the Colorado Front Range.
   Along with Fred Funk and Harrison Minchew close friend Mark Long, producer of the Course guide booklets for the PGA Tour, USGA, and LPGA tournament venues will also be an invaluable part of the design team.
   Fred and Mark Long as player/caddie team discussed for years their passion for golf design and what they would like to one day create as they were playing tournament golf on the world’s best courses. Originally Fred met Harrison in 2005 during his visit to the Palmer Design office in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl to learn more about golf design. In 2010 Fred contacted Harrison about teaming together on Raindance.
   Fred and Mark Long as player/caddie team discussed for years their passion for golf design and what they would like to one day create as they were playing tournament golf on the world’s best courses. Originally Fred met Harrison in 2005 during his visit to the Palmer Design office in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida to learn more about golf design. In 2010 Fred contacted Harrison about teaming together on Raindance.
   Harrison added, “Even though I have acted as lead architect on nearly 100 golf course worldwide every project was a collaboration of sorts. The courses that the client’s entire team had an open dialogue of all aspects of the design always produced the best courses. Fred, Mark and I have spent a lot of time together and are very passionate to produce a very very special course.”
   “As we have walked every inch of the spectacular Raindance site over the past 4 years we come away each time amazed pinching ourselves because of how natural and perfect the site is for golf. This is my 37th year in golf design and this beautiful land that Martin has given us is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Minchew said.
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   The course will be designed to not only be a tournament venue but also teeing areas and multiple landing areas will be provided so that all caliber of men and women players after a well hit tee shot will be able to hit the same club to a green as a Tournament Player would use. If a very good player can hit a short club to a green, teeing areas will be provided so that a double digit handicap player will be able to use the same short club after his/her well hit drive. With teeing areas moved forward Raindance will truly be enjoyable to all golfers. Also the course routing and splendid topography will make it walkable for most everyone.
   “In developing our concepts for the holes and implementing the same club/forward teeing concept, we will be able to preserve expansive native prairie and arroyos between the teeing grounds and beginning of fairways. This will allow us to greatly minimize water use and acreage of maintained turf that will allow Raindance to be a wonderful example of how courses can be environmentally sustainable.” Harrison stated.
   Fred Funk added, “The Raindance National Golf Club with its beautiful prairie habit, dramatic arroyos as a golf only venue will make it a must play. I foresee Raindance hosting some significant tournaments in the future. My friend Martin Lind has given Harrison, Mark and myself an unbelievable opportunity to allow my entry into golf course design to be a truly spectacular exclamation to my professional golf career.”


Osceola Municipal Golf Course, Pensacola, Florida

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New, Old Golf Course Reopens in Northwest Florida.

A local favorite since 1926, Osceola Municipal Golf Course received a $750,000 facelift courtesy of the City of Pensacola and the Parks and Recreation Department. Under the direction of longtime Arnold Palmer design protégé, Harrison Minchew and Lepanto Golf Construction.
   With an eye toward transforming the area’s only municipal golf course into a more profitable operation, Harrison Minchew was engaged to initiate a long overdue, "extreme makeover" to Osceola Municipal Golf Course. Its new marketing slogan is:

"Come Play Osceola Again For The First Time."

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   The First Tee facility now includes a full-service, 40-person practice facility — complete with a massive, new putting and pitching green, and separate sand bunker — while golfers on the course will enjoy reconstructed green complexes with the finest putting surface available, concrete cart paths, more bunkers around the golf course and more trees.
   During the course of the six month project, Minchew and Lepanto constructed four new holes at Osceola, including a trio of new par-3s. The course remains approximately the same length — slightly more than 6,400 yards from the back tee boxes — but the former par-72 will reopen as a par-70. In addition, the new tee areas are squared and significantly larger, with separate tees for seniors and ladies, along with junior tee markers.
   A grand re-opening event was held on Oct. 7th with the annual Mayor’s Cup Tournament. A month earlier on Sept. 7th, former U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate, a native of Pensacola, conducted a golf clinic at the new practice facility. Other local PGA TOUR Pros with ties to Osceola include Joe Durant, Heath Slocum, and Boo Weekley.
   “I grew up playing Osceola,” said Durant. “I’ve probably played it a 1,000 times. It is very exciting to see the improvements. The new driving range and practice facility are great. The added length with the new tees, new bunkers, several new holes, and character designed into the greens will make the golf course enjoyable to all types of players.”
   “This place is near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts,” said Minchew. “The entire golf course will have a new look. The greens were nondescript and now they are strategically re-contoured and much more playable. The turf quality is going to be completely different as well. Now even the best golfers will have an enjoyable challenge from the new back tees. Everyone is very excited about it.”
   The other signature element of the Osceola project is its green complexes. The grass on the greens is now MiniVerde Bermuda, the same putting surface found at revered courses like the Bay Hill Golf Club in Orlando and the TPC Stadium Course at Sawgrass.
   “The greens now will have as good of turf grass as you will find anywhere and they will be able to maintain the greens at a much higher level now,” said Minchew.


Davie Golf & Country Club, Davie, Florida

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The original Davie golf course was constructed in 1968.
   The new Davie Golf & Country Club (formerly Arrowhead Golf Course) had become very rundown when the Florida Department of Transportation decided it would need to impact several golf courses in the area because of the huge I-595 roadway expansion. For the $1.4 billion project, the FDOT manager and project lead Reynolds Smith & Hills determined it was most economical to place the needed I-595 storm water retention within the adjacent golf courses. Harrison Minchew was invited to join the project team to assist RS&H in determining the impacts and costs of placing up to 15-20 acres of storm water retention ponds in each of three adjacent courses. Harrison determined that the courses would need to be rebuilt to accommodate the fill generated from the additional ponds.
Harrison Minchew Golf Course Architecture    It was late in the process and the 17 acres of ponds Harrison had proposed for the new Davie Golf & Country Club had to be online by November 2009. Harrison's team designed, assisted RS&H in obtaining all permits, and putting together bid documents to FDOT standards in six and one-half months. To ensure the course and most importantly the retention ponds were created on time, Harrison convinced the FDOT that the prequalification of bidders was necessary and only certified builders with the Golf Course Builders Association were accepted.
   The storm drainage and ponds were completed on schedule in November 2009. Completion of irrigation installation, finish shaping, greens construction, bunker construction, land scraping and grassing is was constantly monitored weekly by Harrison. The course opened on schedule in 2010.
   The main feature of the course is a five acre filter marsh that initially accepts the runoff from I-595. It, along with more than seven more acres of aquatic plants, will add beauty and ensure good water quality. The par 70, 6350 yard golf course will have four tee areas; Celebration Hybrid Bermuda tees, fairways, and roughs, and ultra-dwarf Bermuda greens. The new ponds, tees, bunkers and greens were carefully placed to ensure that the course could be enjoyed by all golfers.
   Davie Golf & Country Club, along with the other two impacted golf courses, prove that golf courses provide valuable open space and recreation in urban areas.


Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill, North Carolina

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Harrison Minchew, served as project architect for the latest Arnold Palmer course design - noted by a Golf Digest award - as one of the top 10 Best New Private Course, 2009.
   Harrison used his 27 years of experience with the Arnold Palmer Design Company to not only design all aspects of the golf course but also land plan the entire community. He routed the course so it has views of or played along Albemarle Sound on 10 holes. Harrison also led the project management during the design and permitting phase and made many construction inspection visits to fine tune the features of the course.
   Scotch Hall Preserve is a 750 acre development located in Merry Hill, North Carolina on the expansive, pristine Albemarle Sound.
Harrison Minchew Golf Course Architecture

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