Today I paid a visit to Bent Creek Golf Club in Eden Prairie, home of head pro and Minnesota Section PGA secretary Paul Kelly. Bent Creek is a par-71 private course that opened in 1958 and was designed by Don Herfort. PK was kind enough to let me have a cart to drive around and take photos (watch the Photo Gallery for uploads soon).
There has been some uncertainty about Bent Creek that was recently clarified by the Eden Prairie city council. According to this page, the council passed an interim ordinance temporarily prohibiting areas of new development on courses for 12 months. Bent Creek was privately owned by two people and one of them passed away. The remaining owner wanted to sell to developers, but this action by the city effectively blocks any non-golf development.
The course itself was in great condition and offers a lot of elevation change on the front nine. The back side is flatter, but has a lot of water. The tips play to 6,514 yards with a rating of 72.4 and a slope of 136. For information on membership, call the Bent Creek office at 952-937-0789.Originally published by DK on May 10, 2007 at 11:39 pm