In this week's installment of Tee to Green, Derek Hackett introduces us to yet another hidden gem. A golf course established in 1995-- in the middle of oil country.
"(Derek Hackett)Nationally recognized "
(Ronnie Scwartz/ Golf Pro) We're golf digest top 100 places to play in the united states."
The Links of North Dakota is well hidden against some of the barest landscapes in the country--adjacent to blank buttes, valleys molded by the Missouri river and land occupied more often by wildlife than hordes of golfers. This picturesque 18 hole course is a break from the rumbles in the Bakken.
(Ronnie)It's one of the most beautiful places really in the US, let alone up here in the middle of the chaos and mess of the oil fields."
Located about 30 miles south of Ray
The charm on this course starts on hole number two---
(Ronnie) It's one of my most scenic. It's a blind tee shot, but once you get over the hill after the tee shot, it's just a beautiful approach shot."
(Ronnie) It's a par 4. It's not a long hole.....it's 330 yards from the back tees......
Aside from the sultry sun you won't sweat many hazards out here-- it's a throwback to a traditional Scottish links course.... No rampant river to navigate nor tall trees impeding your play.... Just plenty of wind and sand..
(Ronnie) We have 80 or 90 bunkers out there. So even though there isn't water hazards or stuff like that there is bunkers for hazards... and the native grass. If you hit your ball in that you're probably not going to find it.
This course is designed to play firm and fast-- the fairways are 50 percent bigger than average..., we have wide fairways so it's pretty hard to miss the fairways-- and the greens are second to none...." (Ronnie) That's not an exaggeration, we have the nicest greens in North Dakota"
Helping to rake in those accolades and giving us the perfect solace in the heart of oil country.
Southeast or Ray, Derek Hackett, KX Sports.