This Upper Midwestern state shares a border Canada and one that is currently enjoying an economic boom thanks to its wealth of natural resources. Sitting in the Great Plains, this is a state with huge expanses of natural and untouched land. Being so far north, the golf season here is a short one but when the weather allows it has some gems to be discovered!
In the state capital, Bismarck, Hawktree Golf Club is a unique, dramatic and distinctive golf course that makes the best of its setting in the rolling grounds of the prairie. One of the standout features of the course are the black sand bunkers which add a cool twist and a bit of character to this already charismatic course.
If you prefer more of a links-style test, then The Links of North Dakota is the place for you. This is one of the best value golf courses you will ever play. With bentgrass carpeting the fairways, tees and greens this is a fast running course that sits on the banks of the Missouri River which adds to that links feel. With wind almost always blowing here and over-85 bunkers to avoid, this is more like a classic British links than an American course.
Natural landscapes are a big feature in North Dakota and the next course is one that uses this fact to its most magnificent potential. At Bully Pulpit Golf Course you get a completely immersive experience as you make your way through natural woodland, meadows, and holes that run alongside the Little Missouri River. The signature ‘Badlands Holes’, the 14th- 16th, take you through a rugged fairway gorge giving you a golfing experience that you will not forget!
Finally, there is King’s Walk, an aptly named course as it is an Arnold Palmer Signature Course. The fast running turf and the whispy fescue grass rough makes this reminiscent of the great links courses of Scotland and Ireland. This course is set in beautiful natural prairie land has been built with many subtle mounds and sculpted bunkers to really cap-off that links feel.