Looking to play the best golf courses in North Dakota? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in North Dakota.
North Dakota is a state without a major city. However, there are international airports in both Fargo and Grand Forks and they allow for access to the golf centres.
Although the region is not as mountainous as the states to the west, steep ridges and rocky bluffs make North Dakota scenic from a golfing point of view.
The best North Dakota golf courses list below is generally made up of moderately length courses that golfing enthusiasts should find very enjoyable.
1. Bully Pulpit Golf Course
Located in Medora, Bully Pulpit Golf Course has quickly established a top reputation having opened for play in 2004.
A par-72 course located in the North Dakota Badlands, Bully Pulpit is near the Little Missouri River and architect Michael Hurdzan designed a moderately lengthy course at 7,166 yards.
Golfers have been impressed by the iconic venue, particularly the so-called “Badland Holes,” a trio of holes late in the round that reference the geography of the region.
For those looking for more to do than just golf, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the greater area in a region that is popular for golf, parks and breathtaking views.
2. Hawktree Golf Club
Jim Engh designed the golf course at Hawktree Golf Club, which opened in 2000.
At a par-72, this is not the longest course as it measures a moderate 7,085 yards from the back tees known as the Falcon Tees. The shortest tees for this public course is 4,868 yards.
The Hawktree course features a total of four tee options that guarantee that all skill sets will find a setup to suit their ability.
Located near both the Missouri River and North Dakota ranchlands, this championship golf course, with Burnt Creek trickling through it, offers 18 unique holes.
Architect Jim Engh worked with the natural elevation changes (a golf cart is recommended) to create both a challenging course with natural hills, vibrant coloring, rough-prairie grasses, and uncommon black-sand bunkers.
The venue has earned a #2 ranking for “Outdoor Activities” in the Bismarck area according to TripAdvisor.
3. Links of North Dakota
The Links of North Dakota golf course, designed by Stephen Kay, opened in 1995.
Formerly the #1 golf course in North Dakota according to Golf Digest, it offers a genuine links style and lakeview bluffs.
The course features five tees options with the backs measuring 7,092 yards for course length while the closest tee shaves off 750 yards, down to 6,242.
Located 28 miles from Williston, golfers can expect a championship golf course that’s entirely dry despite the proximity to the Missouri River.
There are several dozen bunkers to contend with so golfers will have to play a strategic game to break handicap.
4. King’s Walk Golf Course
The King’s Walk Golf Course, a public venue, has an association with one of golf’s most famous names: course-designer Arnold Palmer.
First opened in 2002, this par-72 course has a moderate length of 7,166 yards (forward tees about 5,400 yards).
Expect fescue grass, mounds, deep ravines, ridges, and two significant lakes at King’s Walk, which is close to the Red River and likewise very close to the Minnesota/North Dakota border.
5. Fargo Country Club (Championship Course)
The private Championship Course at the Fargo Country Club is one of the most historic courses in North Dakota.
With 18 holes as of 1916, the golf club goes back to 1898 with just nine holes before 1916. This par-72 course that was designed by Willie Watson is a relatively short 6,966 yards in length.
The host of the 1995 USGA Junior Amateur Championship, patrons enjoy views of the Red River from this scenic course.
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