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Sneak Peak at Painted Woods New Nine Holes

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The Painted Woods golf course in Washburn is no longer the same little 9 hole course it once was.
Adding nine new holes, spread out over 150 acres.

President Trevor Leidy says, "You don't play all the old holes and then come out and play new holes, there intertwined so you will play three holes on the old course and six on the new, then make the turn and vice versa. We wanted to make sure we blended the old with the new."

Jared Piepenburg and I headed out to break in the new holes before anyone else.

In 2010,the physical work began to create the new layout, President Trevor Leidy designed the course, and when it came to finding a shaper, they were able to bring in a well known name.

"Randy Workman, he's from Dallas Texas, he was here last year for 4 months, he's coming back for the grand opening. But he shaped for Nicklaus and for Faldo."

When coming out to play the new holes you may find it challenging. With 40 to 50 foot elevation changes, down hill tee shots, plenty of tall grass, and a creek that runs through most holes, Jared and I learned our lesson quick, stay in the fairway.

Leidy explains to us the unique and challenging signature hole of their new design.

"I think it's just kind of unique to North Dakota--it's a real sharp dog leg, you play around this crick bend here, it's about 35 feet down to the crick, just provides great views of Western North Dakota, encompasses everything we wanted here at Painted Woods, the crick the high grass, the mounting behind the green, it's all framed just perfect, but it's still a real playable hole, the landing area is real ample, and in front of the green is real benign, so I think even the average player will have no trouble making the par here or the bogey."

It currently costs 40 dollars to play all you want all day out here, and because this is such a community course they have decided to keep the prices low so, it's still only going to be forty dollars to play eighteen with a cart.

"We're trying to be a little bit more upscale but we want to still keep the prices where the average person will want to come out and play us five times a year instead of just once," said Leidy.

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