Last week I made a return visit to Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights. Thanks go out to Mendakota member Phil Keeney for hosting our foursome.
Mendakota is a club that always seems to be tweaking things on the course. Not much had changed since my last round there, but plans are being made for several new modifications, including changes to the par-5 thirteenth and the par-4 sixteenth holes. Fairway bunkers will be added to the former, while the latter will see a new green that will bring the lake more into play.
We played on a very hot and humid day and it was one of the rare times I was happy to have a power cart. The course was in good condition and the greens were very fast. The layout and design of this course present many interesting challenges, although it would be nice to lose the power lines that criss-cross several holes. The freeway and road noise are a little distracting also, but not much can be done about that.
I played well on the front nine, but got thrown off my game on the short 312 yard par-4 tenth hole. I think that mentally impacted the rest of the back nine, which is very scenic and should be relaxing. The par-3 seventeenth hole may be the prettiest on the course, although it is a stern test near the end of a round.
Looking forward to a return visit soon…Originally published by DK on July 29, 2007 at 1:13 pm