A vintage color postcard of The Minikahda Club.

Trans-Mississippi and The Minikahda Club
At the heart of America's Golfing History



 

Both the Trans-Mississippi and The Minikahda Club of Minneapolis have a long and hallowed golf history not only separately but together as The Minikahda Club has hosted the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Golfing Championship 6 times since 1904, including the 1912 which Harry G. Legg won for an unprecedented 4th consecutive time. 

Harry Legg would go on to win again in 1916 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina Minnesota. In addition Harry would have 4 runner up finishes putting him either 1st or second 9 times in 11 years one of amateur golf's more amazing records

Run by The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, The Trans-Mississippi is one of the most important Amateur Golfing Championships played, is held at a different course each year near or west of the Mississippi River. Held for over 100 years it has had among its modern winners golfing greats  Ben Crenshaw, George Archer, Bob Tway and the "Golden Bear" Jack Nicklaus, a back to back winner in 1958 and 1959.

Originally a Mid Amateur tournament for golfers 25 years or older it is played now with no age restrictions on entries.

 

The Minikahda Club, has a long and storied history outside of it's Trans-Mississippi linkage. The first 9 holes built in 1899 under supervision of the club's first golf professional, Willie Watson, and Robert Foulis, oldest of the Foulis brothers. 

Only seven years later, in 1907, the club purchased the property needed for an 18-hole layout and under the direction of Walter Jaffray, one of the Minikahda Club founders and Executive Committee member of the United States Golf Association, along with Robert Foulis and Robert Taylor a new 18 hole golf course was created.

Thomas Bendelow a storied golf course architect was brought in later to review the course and propose any minor changes he saw fit. Mr. Bendelow was a renowned golf architect at the time and this was probably done to receive has "seal of approval". 

Less than 10 years later, Donald Ross was hired for a complete rebuild after "Chick" Evans embarrassed the club and the USGA by winning the 1916 US Open with an astounding Open record score of 286 using only 7 clubs. His record  would stand a yet to be duplicated 20 years. 

11 years later, hosting the 1927 US Amateur Golf Championship the club and USGA were some how vindicated when the great Bobby Jones crushed Chick Evans for the title 8 & 7. The 1927 was the 3rd of Jones's 5 United States Golf Association Amateur victories.

Over the following years the club would host 3 additional United States Golf Association events; the 1957 Walker Cup, the U.S. Women's Amateur  in 1988, and most recently in 1998 the 30th Curtis Cup matches.

Most recently the golf course has once again gone through a complete redesign by Ron Prichard who while restoring the great Donald Ross features of the past has brought the course forward making it ready for championship quality golf in the 21st century


A bronze of Harry Legg commissioned by The Minikahda Club

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