North Dakota

Located in America’s Midwest Region, with the International Boundary defining its Canadian border to the north, less than a million people live within the Roughrider state’s territory so it’s one of the least populated of all fifty American states. They might be few in number but North Dakotans are said - at least by their own tourist authority – to be the friendliest people in the whole country.

The North Dakota Golf Association has been organising amateur golf tournaments for men since 1915 and it currently acts as the governing body to just over 100 clubs in the state, ranging from Bois de Sioux Public Golf Club in the east to Williston Municipal golf course in the west. The North Dakota Women’s Golf Association performs a similar function for lady members whilst the Minnesota Section of the PGA looks after 17 clubs staffed by PGA professionals.

The Links of North Dakota course lies on the north shore of Lake Sakakawea and this layout, along with the Jim Engh-designed Hawktree course, near Bismarck, are regarded as North Dakota’s best two in state offerings. Other top tracks designed by high profile architects include Bully Pulpit (Michael Hurdzan), Oxbow (RTJ2) and King’s Walk (Arnold Palmer).

Our North Dakota Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - North Dakota


1st North Dakota - Best in Area

Located a couple of miles outside the state capital Bismark, the course at Hawktree Golf Club burst onto the golf scene at the end of the 1990s...


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Links of North Dakota

2nd North Dakota - Best in Area

The Links of North Dakota is routed across sandy ground on Lake Sakakawea – this huge body of water was created when part of the Missouri River was dammed.


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Bully Pulpit

3rd North Dakota - Best in Area

Bully Pulpit’s 18-hole layout lies close to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, named after the 26th President of the United States who once used it as his favourite hunting ground.


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King's Walk

4th North Dakota - Best in Area

As the site for the course at King’s Walk was totally flat, Arnold Palmer moved over half a million cubic yards of soil to create some movement in the land before routing the fairways around the newly fashioned contours.


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5th North Dakota - Best in Area

The oldest golf club in the Roughrider state, Fargo Country Club proudly hosted the US Boys Junior Championships in 1995 and the Women’s Trans National Championships in 2001.


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6th North Dakota - Best in Area

Sheltered by the giant cottonwoods in a gallery forest of the Missouri River, the tree-lined fairways of the Riverwood Golf Course extend to a total length of exactly 7,004 yards from the tips.


7th North Dakota - Best in Area

Laid out on the west bank of the meandering Red River that separates North Dakota from Minnesota, Oxbow Country Club’s course is a Robert Trent Jones Jnr layout from 1974 that extends to a modest 6,621 yards from the back tees.

Medicine Hole

8th North Dakota - Best in Area

Located close to the city of Kildeer, the Medicine Hole golf course is a captivating little 9-hole affair that Jim Engh designed in 2004.


9th North Dakota - Best in Area

Situated to the north of Fargo, on the banks of the Red River, the Edgewood Golf Course has been regarded as the top public golf facility in the area since its inauguration in the mid-1920s.


10th North Dakota - Best in Area

Devastating floods destroyed the course at Minot Country Club in 2011 so members decided to relocate, hiring architect Jim Engh to create a brand new 18-layout in another part of town. This new track opened to much acclaim in 2015.