The Dacotah Ridge Golf Course offers a number of geographical sleights-of-hand in its name. For one, it’s located in southwest Minnesota and not quite near either of the Dakota states. The Wabash is a river best known as the principal water passage of Indiana, but here the Wabasha Creek serves as the principal water hazard at this Rees Jones-designed course. If you’re not keen on such trivia, and only upon finding an adventurous round of golf in the Minnesota foothills, then continue reading.
Jones has constructed a number of casino-affiliated courses for golfers looking to live large, potentially losing as many golf balls as they do chips at the poker table. Dacotah Ridge may provide such an opportunity, as both the Wabash and a series of irrigation ponds will require either well-judged carries or well-placed approach shots. Although the large fairway bunker complexes around the course will certainly not help your score get any lower, they’ll at least help you find your ball.
The course is located just four miles and, with a peak season rate of less than $70, perhaps it's wise to skip the casino altogether and just camp out at the golf course?
This very well might be my favorite of all of the Minnesota courses. If you love a true links style course that is protected by the winds and bunkers. You would love this gem!
Located in the Lower Sioux Indian Community in southwest Minnesota, is an example of prairieland golf at its finest. The rolling hills, native grasses and the fast and clear Wabasha Creek, a tributary of the Minnesota River, gives each hole natural drama and definition.
Make no mistake this course can hold its own and there is a reason that it is a Top 5 course in Minnesota for nearly every golfer that plays it. You will hit every shot imaginable. Shots made more interesting when the prairie wind blows. Not a gentle breeze to cool the warm summer sun. A wind that can make the best golfer cringe when the pin you are seeking is at a 45 degree angle and the flag is hanging on for dear life.
Had the best drive of the day to the middle of the dogleg. 160 yards to negotiate into the wind that was gusting to 40mph. Flushed a 3 metal that ended up 10 yards short of the green. Didn't know whether to laugh, or cry.
The people here are tremendous and always looking to help. You WILL remember the time you played Dakotah Ridge.
If you’re looking for a fantastic public golf course offering in southern Minnesota, you’ve found it: Dacotah Ridge earns every accolade and more. Uncharacteristic for the region it resides in, Dacotah Ridge sports very few trees. In fact, they’re completely absent on 12 of the 18 holes, five of which hug a large pond in the middle of the property that provides for the best views on the course. The track’s challenges lie within a few blind shots you’ll encounter and the mammoth white bunkers, some of which are larger than the green beside them, which can be a bummer.
A few of the best holes: the par four 10th, a downhill approach shot the player needs to carry over Wabasha Creek to a thin green; the picturesque par three 11th, a drive that requires a carry to the green over the aforementioned pond; and the par five 18th, a dogleg left that possesses (no joke) about half the trees on the golf course. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find any single hole on the back not considered strong.
With Dacotah Ridge, Rees Jones gave southwest Minnesota its premier golf course. It’s worth the trip from the Twin Cities and one of the greatest values you'll find in a public track.
I played this place for the first time Friday May 15th and thought it was delightful. Quality is unmatched in Southern Minnesota.