Best Public Golf Courses in South Dakota

Much like Wyoming, I still harbor a childlike fascination with South Dakota.  A land seemingly so vast and endless, I imagine myself a frontier explorer with endless wonder of what lies over the next hill. I’ve been fortunate to spend some time in the Mount Rushmore State, but it’s almost all been ...

Willow Run Golf Course

Willow Run received a prestigious “Four Star” rating from Golf Digest.  And it’s not hard to see why.This Joel Goldstrand design isn’t just one of the most scenic you’ll find anywhere; it offers a ton of opportunities for risk and reward.  Locals say to pick your spots carefully.  One bad swing ...

Hart Ranch Golf Course

Just outside Rapid City, you’ll find Hart Ranch Golf Course. Elevation change is the prominent feature here.  The vistas from the course’s highest points are breathtaking but you’d better stay focused.  Club selection will make or break your round. Locals and visitors alike flock to this facility ...

Tomahawk Lake Country Club

Lawrence Hughes might be one of the most understated architects of the Golden Era.  We’re talking about the 1930’s, give or take a decade or two.  He’s the guy who designed Tomahawk Lake Country Club.We’ve got another niner on our hands here.  That’s a theme in smalltown South Dakota.This track is ...

Belle Fourche Country Club

There’s a theme in South Dakota with golf courses that have “country” and “club” in their name.  While that implies that they’re “member’s only” facilities, that’s usually not the case.So goes the story at Belle Fourche Country Club.This place is one of the nine-holers I dream about.  The town of ...

Broadland Creek Golf Course

The finest facility in the city of Huron is Broadland Creek. This track is right in front of you.  No surprises or blind shots.  With that being said, penalty areas and well-placed bunkers come into play on a number of holes.The greens are large and undulating.  In the summer, they can be quick as ...

Boulder Canyon Country Club

Boulder Canyon is the newest golf course in the Black Hills region. Located just a short drive from the world-famous town of Sturgis, this course winds its way through boulder country and affords unforgettable views in every direction. Boulder Canyon also prides itself on providing an ...

Rocky Knolls Golf Course

Always having my eye out for a good nine-holer, there’s no way I was going to leave Rocky Knolls off my list. Located in the quaint town of Custer, this track affords stunning views of the Black Hills.  Don’t get too distracted though, narrow fairways ask for straight shots off the tee. Having ...

Hillcrest Golf and Country Club

It’s all about family at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club in Yankton.  Your family, absolutely.  But it’s their goal to make you feel like family when you come to play. This is a semi-private facility that has a robust private membership.  However, they welcome the public with open arms ...

Meadowbrook Golf Course

The clear local’s choice in Rapid City is Meadowbrook Golf Course. Designed by David Gill, this parkland design is an absolute classic.  Stately cottonwood, spruce, and fir trees line the fairways and tell you exactly where to place each shot. Rapid Creek comes into play on many holes so take ...

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