Golf News for Tuesday, July 2, 2013 | People

Chris Strange new golf course superintendent at Minot Country Club in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. -- Minot Country Club and OB Sports Golf Management recently announced the appointment of Chris Strange to the position of golf course superintendent. Scheduled for opening in late 2014, Minot Country Club in Minot, North Dakota will boast a par-72 layout designed by acclaimed golf course architect, Jim Engh. Initially Strange will work with OB Sports on construction and grow-in efforts for this new layout. Upon opening of the club, Strange will oversee all aspects of agronomy, golf course maintenance, horticulture and ongoing sustainability efforts.

"Chris emerged from a distinguished group of superintendent candidates. His qualifications are unique for this property due to his keen understanding of golf course design and specifically, Jim Engh's distinct design style," stated Luke Beardmore, senior vice president of agronomy, construction and landscape for OB Sports (management company of Minot Country Club). "We are extremely pleased to have Chris join our team and know that his is the perfect individual to create exceptional playing conditions at Minot Country Club day in and day out for our members and guests. Chris has a contagious enthusiasm and passion for his craft, and we are all very honored to be part of such an exciting new project" added Beardmore.

Strange boasts over twenty seasons of experience at wide variety of prestigious private clubs in similar climates. Prior to his appointment at Minot Country Club, Strange was the first assistant superintendent at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado (2012 - 2013) where he provided world-class conditions for this private club that is set to host the 2013 Solheim Cup. He served as the lead assistant superintendent at the prestigious Sanctuary Golf Club in Sedalia, Colorado from 2002 through 2012. He gained valuable construction experience at Eagle Springs Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado where he served as a foreman from 1997 to 2001 and started his agronomy career at Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado (1996) and Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen Colorado (1992-1995). Strange is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture with a concentration on Turfgrass Management from Colorado State University - Fort Collins.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to join the team at Minot Country Club and OB Sports," stated Strange. "I feel very privileged to be part of this wonderful opportunity, and look forward to establishing Minot Country Club as the premier facility in this market. As an avid golfer, I approach agronomy from a golfer's perspective, and I believe in maintaining the course in a 'fast and firm', tournament-ready state, while also preparing a visually stunning course. We look forward to providing those types of superior conditions that allow the club to be a great source of pride for the membership and the community," added Strange.

For more information on Minot Country Club call 701-852-3591 or visit

About Minot Country Club
Scheduled for opening in late 2014, Minot Country Club will boast a par-72 layout designed by acclaimed golf course architect, Jim Engh. The original Minot Country Club, which was built in 1928, was located on a different site and suffered from devastation incurred from the flood of the Souris River in 2011. Shortly thereafter a group of courageous members decided to rebuild a "new" Minot Country Club. New land was procured for the project and Engh was tasked with the design of the new golf facility. Upon completion, the course will be appealing to members of all abilities and will feature four sets of tees ranging from 4,686 yards to 7,029 yards. The golf course features dramatic views and elevation changes, a natural stream and valley, and a natural design that takes full advantage of the land's features. In addition to world-class golf, Minot Country Club will have a new clubhouse featuring golf shop, restaurant, grille, conference room and locker room facilities. There will also be a practice facility with short game area, a member pool and other year round family friendly activities. For more information on Minot Country Club or for Membership Information call 701-852-3591 or visit You can also "Like" Minot Country Club on Facebook at or follow Minot Country Club on Twitter at

About OB Sports
Scottsdale-based OB Sports Golf Management is a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success that currently manages over forty premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, including such award winning properties as Somerby Golf Club in Rochester, Minnesota, Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Monarch Beach Golf Links in California, Tetherow Golf Club in Oregon, and Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, Arizona, to name a few. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. For more information on OB Sports, visit, call 480-948-1300. You can also "Like" OB Sports on Facebook at, follow OB Sports on Twitter: or view the OB Sports You Tube Channel at

Kris Strauss 480-518-5003

Stacy Norton 701-852-3591