There are hundreds of excellent golf courses throughout the region, and golfers are constantly surprised at what they can find in places they never thought possible. They’re also surprised to find out that they can play golf on many courses six to seven months a year amid national parks and spectacular scenery.
In Montana, the eagles on the golf courses are real. And so are the deer and the elk, but keep your mind on your game.
From the Jack Nicklaus designed Old Works course, in Anaconda to the spectacular Eagle Bend in Bigfork, there is always the hazard of being distracted by the stunning scenery and fly-fishing daydreams. Montana boasts more than 70 golf courses. From first-class resorts, to elegant country clubs and delightful “country” course, Montana is a great place to spend your golfing vacation. For more information visit www.VisitMT.com
Legendary Golfing in North Dakota
North Dakota has more golf courses per capita than any other state in the nation, but it’s not only the quantity, but the quality, that sets our courses apart from the run-of-the-mill layouts. Combine some of the world’s legendary designers, working with the legendary North Dakota outdoors and you get some truly Legendary golf courses. For instance:
Hawktree Golf Course at Bismarck was No. 1 in Golf Digest’s 2005-06 ranking; ranked No. 49 in Golfweek’s Top 100 Best Modern Courses; ranked No. 2 in Golf Digest’s Best New Affordable Public Courses in America in 2000; rated Top 10 Golf Plus, Jamie’s Top 10; and ranked No. 24 in Golf Digest’s Greatest Public Courses 2007-2008.
Bully Pulpit Golf Course at Medora was ranked No. 1 in Golf Digest’s Best New Affordable Public Course 2005. Bully Pulpit was designed by Michael Hurdzan, who called it the “best site he’d ever seen without ocean views.”
The Links of North Dakota near Ray and Williston was ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses 1995-2007; ranked in Golfweek’s 100 Best Modern Courses 1997-2007; ranked No. 9 in Golf Magazine’s Thrifty 50 “Value Course Guide” in September 2004; rated a Must Play Golf Course by Zagat Survey’s America’s Top Golf Courses 2003-2007; and ranked No. 85 in Golf World’s Best Golf Courses 2002.
You can even golf the Lewis & Clark Golf Trail in North Dakota. The trail consists of a number of courses in communities along and near the Missouri River, the waterway used by Lewis and Clark on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. For more information visit www.NDTourism.com
Golfing in South Dakota
With a variety of courses and inexpensive green fees, golfing in South Dakota is a must for both the casual and avid player. Pack your clubs and keep your game sharp on your next road trip. For more information visit www.TravelSouthDakota.com
The Links are Longer in Wyoming
Don’t forget your driver if you’re golfing in Wyoming, because all those wide-open spaces mean long links — and haven’t you heard? The ball flies further at our high-altitude courses.With almost 100 courses around the state, you’re guaranteed nine or 18 holes worth of breathtaking scenery, challenging layout and friendly service. Check out a few of these golfing experiences you can only get in Wyoming:
- Swing away with a landmark view of Devils Tower from almost every tee box at the Golf Club at Devils Tower in Hulett.
- Find a taste of scenic Yellowstone country at several northwest Wyoming courses, like Tenton Pines and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis.
- Play from the grasslands to the wetlands in one course at The Powder Horn Golf Club near Sheridan.
- Keep on eye out for Western wildlife, like bison, at Rochelle Ranch Golf Course in Rawlins.
- Work a history lesson into your round at Trail Ruts Golf Course in Guernsey, which is on the Oregon Trial and close to the State Historical Site.
For more information visit www.TravelWyoming.com