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3/7/2011 Member Profile
Moorhead Country Club: A Community Presence

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The Moorhead Country Club is feeling good, thanks in large part to their flood fighting efforts. Record flooding temporarily closed part of the course in 2009. 

“As a country club, the main impetus is the golf course,” says Head Golf Professional Larry Murphy. “We needed continued protection of the golf course and surrounding area.”

The country club joined with the City of Moorhead to help develop permanent flood protection for the area around the country club. According to Murphy, the club provided the easements necessary for the city to build flood protection, including a levee and pump station that now protect the country club to 42 feet and gives them access to 18 holes of golf.

“We are extremely happy with the way the flood mitigation worked out,” says Murphy. “The public, private and government venture was as pleasant as can be for everyone involved. No one lost. It really was a win win situation.”

The city moved quickly, conducting the major part of the renovation in July of 2010 with minimal disruption of play. By October, the project was completed. The country club’s hole #7 was completely redesigned and work was also done to holes 2, 5 and 14.

“We’re constantly trying to improve things on our golf course,” says Murphy. “We want to be part of the community and play a part in flood protection. Now we have.”

When they’re not working on the local flood efforts, the country club has plenty to keep them busy. Begun in 1937 as a horse riding stable and nine hole golf course, today the country club has over 330 members, 18 holes of golf, a swimming pool, Robert W. Anderson Championship 18-Hole putting green and more. The club has been in its current location since 1973 and encompasses 110 acres in Moorhead.

The country club offers many amenities to its members. The club has a full service golf shop with services including private and group lessons, club fitting, club storage, locker facilities, rentable golf carts, game improvement clinics and more. There are also a variety of golf events, including couples night and the award winning junior golf program, a six week summer program that introduces members’ children and grandchildren to the game of golf.

The clubhouse is open year round and hosts a variety of events including corporate events, weddings and private parties. A chef and staff are employed full time in the restaurant so you can get “anything from hamburger to lobster,” says Murphy.

Then there’s the pool, which has had a major impact on the club, according to Murphy. The club employs lifeguards and has full food and beverage service as well as children’s swimming lessons, private pool parties, water slide and children’s wading pool.  

Murphy is quick to point out that the country club offers something for everyone. “Our motto is family, friends and fun,” he says. “Moorhead Country Club is where families gather, friendships form and people have fun. We strive to make this a complete family experience.”

As the country club looks to the future, they feel confident in their position moving forward. According to Murphy, future improvements will be more fun and visible for visitors and members and involve infrastructure improvements such as redecorating the clubhouse.

“We feel really good about our position in the community,” he says. “We’re looking forward to the upcoming years and being part of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community.”

Learn more: www.moorheadcountryclub.com

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