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South Dakota

South Dakota


South Dakota, called the Mount Rushmore State after the wondrous sculpture of the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln which was carved into the Black Hills, is famous for a few other things as well. Not far from Yellowstone, where the monument is located, is the peaceful little town of Sturgis, home to 5000 people – until August, when literally half a million bikers pour in from all over the country for the annual "Born to Be Wild" motorcycle rally. South Dakota is ever the land of extremes, and its golf is no exception. The state’s populations are mostly at either end of the state. On the east end is Sioux Falls, while the west end finds the Black Hills and Rapid City. Highway 90 connects them as it crosses the state, with nearly nothing in between. Those who are driving through South Dakota may want to leave their clubs available for easy access, though. Don’t be too surprised to find that there are actually some pretty good courses to play at both ends of the Mount Rushmore State.

If you happen to have reason to be in Pierre, the state’s capital, the Hillsview municipal is one of two 18-hole courses in the area. Featuring 6,828 par-72 yards, the course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 122 on Blue grass. A Ron Farris design, this course opened in 1966, and is the only regulation-length course we can recommend in the area at this time.

Golf in South Dakota is feast or famine, but when it’s feast time, the Mount Rushmore state serves up a huge spread – a golfer’s buffet! If you have reason to be there for business or vacation be sure to sample the local fare. It can be surprisingly good out there!