Start making plans FORE golf season
It may not look like it right now, but golf season in North Dakota is just around the dogleg. Traditionally, courses in the southwest part of the state get an early jump on things, so keep an ear out for happenings in Dickinson, Medora, Bismarck, Mandan and such. It might be a while before you can tee it up, but now is the time to get fitted for new clubs, stretch, make plans and hit the indoor driving range.
When you do get out, make sure you try all the nationally ranked courses in the state, but don't limit yourself to those courses. Bully Pulpit Golf Course at Medora is the 94th best public course in the country for 2014. The Links of North Dakota at Ray was 53rd and Hawktree 78th among the 100 Greatest Courses and The Links was the No. 1 course in North Dakota in 2013-14.
Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson and Prairie West Golf Course at Mandan will also be taking reservations soon, followed by Bois de Sioux in Wahpeton, Souris Valley in Minot and Hillcrest in Jamestown.
If you're tired of paying $150 for a single round of golf, pay $165 for The Triple Challenge and play Bully Pulpit, Hawktree and The Links. Looking for something a little different? Golf the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail, a collection of 18- and nine-hole courses along the Missouri River.
In the east, Edgewood Golf Course in Fargo and Arnold Palmer's King's Walk in Grand Forks provide challenges in the Red River Valley, and a unique 27-hole links-style course awaits at Dakota Winds Casino in Hankinson.