For most people, golf may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of North Dakota. After all, a state known for its badlands doesnít evoke images of plush fairways and manicured greens. It turns out that there are more golf courses per capita in North Dakota than in either California of Florida. In fact, North Dakota leads the nation in this category, so if you donít like waiting for a tee time, North Dakota is the perfect golf getaway for you.
A quick glance at a few of the stateís more highly regarded courses reveals there are other reasons to look to North Dakota for a unique, memorable golfing experience. In the heart of Medora, The Bully Pulpit offers up spectacular scenery which forces players to concentrate on their games in order to avoid being pleasantly distracted. The rugged buttes which surround the course rival the views at other, more famous courses.
The Hawktree Golf Club in Bismark has a course with a slope rating of 135 and challenges golfers with elevated tees which also feature dramatic views. Like many courses in North Dakota, on a windy day the Hawktree can remind players of golf in Scotland, the birthplace of the sport. Just be sure to wear something under that kilt.
At 6,681 yards from the long tees, The Prairie West course in Mandan is a municipal course which has a little less length than many courses. Opened in 1992 Prairie West has matured into an excellent course which is as well maintained as private courses. Older still is the Maple River course in Mapleton which opened in 1966. Maple River may be a bit long in the tooth by North Dakota standards, but that just gives it more bite. Only a few minutes from Fargo, this course has a rating of 73 and plays considerably longer on the back nine, so pack a lunch.
So get out to North Dakota. Whether youíre ready to tee it up in a North Dakota golf tournament or you just want to hack your way across some badlands, youíll find plenty of places to do both in the Peace Garden state.