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Tee to Green: Roughrider Golf Course

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Our tour of golf courses in Northwestern North Dakota continues tonight.

In this week's Tee to Green Derek Hackett takes us just north of Minot, to a well guarded golf course next to The Minot Air Force Base.

"Surrounded by security checks and stashed behind barbed wire fences is a nine hole course many forget about--or don't realize is even public.

(Jerry Brown/ Course Manager)" There's no Security Checks, just right off highway 83, we're on the left."

Disguised as a part of the Minot Air Force base the Rough Rider golf course is 6500 yards-- a par of 36...

But don't let your guard down-- your first test on these links is right away--- on hole number one."

(Jerry) "It's a dog leg left. Nice tough hole, you can't see the green, so you're shooting up straight ahead then you want to get far enough to go straight again if you can.

Fittingly, the defense of the fairways on this par five at the Air base is burly... they're narrow and forefied by trees.

"My Game i try to go straight ahead, down the center the fairway, or maybe left-center.

Your force off the tee isn't nearly as important as what you do next.

"that's the one I wanted right there. You have to have a good second shot, My drive wasn't that great but my second shot was good."

However, the greens are just as hard to breach..

The green is pretty hard, they have a sand trap on each side of the green, Left and right so it has a little challenge to it.

Navigating around the barricade of trees and splitting the sand traps is just the start of the battle. The Greens are fast.

"I can't do no better than that."

With the surrounding security of the landscape--conquering this hole is tough -- However, gaining access to the pin is worth the Rough ride.

At the Minot Air Force base, Derek Hackett, KX Sports"


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