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Golf South Dakota

Starting off in the middle of the state, there is Sutton Bay Golf Club in Agar, which is 40 miles north east of Pierre. A private club offering fishing, hunting and accommodations as well as golf, this 5000 acre cattle ranch was converted into the #1 best new course in the country in 2004, according to Golf Digest. Golfweek gave Sutton Bay #2 out of 40 in 2005. The list of awards is long and distinguished, leaves one wondering how something like this ever got lost up in South Dakota, but maybe that’s exactly where it had to be to happen. Regardless, the golf is outstanding; Graham Marsh has designed an 18 hole regulation length course offering up 7,245 par-72 yards on Bluegrass, in a setting that is nothing shy of spectacular, both intrinsically and for its tranquility.

Next in the lineup is the Meadowbrook Golf Course, in Rapid City. What’s most remarkable about this is that it’s a municipal course that got listed in the Best 100 for under $100 in 2002. This 18-hole course offers up 7,054 par-72 yards. With a course rating of 73 and a slope rating of 138 on Blue grass, no one could claim it’s particularly easy. Designed by David Arthur Gill, the Meadowbrook first opened in 1977. In total, there are 36 holes, a 20-tee driving range, and 9 executive holes which can provide a second-play or an abbreviated round if time is short. Rates are VERY reasonable, and include a cart when available.

For an example on the other side of the state, we’ll go to the 18-hole Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls. Designed by Richard Nugent, this 7,179 yard par-72 course enjoys a rating of 74.2 and a slope rating of 134. First opening in 1995, this municipal course earned a place in the top five courses in the state.