Bounded by the mighty Missouri River to the south of a massive 2,000-acre property, the 18-hole golf course at Dakota Dunes Country Club lies within a large residential and business park development in the south east extremity of The Mount Rushmore State.
Arnold Palmer with Ed Seay designed the course and it debuted in 1991 when Arnie played a round to officially open the layout. It then became a fixture on the PGA Nationwide Tour for almost a decade when it hosted the Dakota Dunes Open between 1993 and 2001.
It was widely acknowledged during the days of that tournament that the 463-yard, par four 9th was one of the toughest holes on the card; thanks mainly to the large waste bunker that runs to the left of the narrow landing area on the fairway and the cunning undulations of a fiendishly contoured two-tier green.
Dakota Dunes is a solid track for this part of the country. What the course lacks in visual appeal, it makes up for in difficulty. The average golfer will not have much of a chance of breaking 100, and the elite golfer will likely not break 70. With that being said, Dakota Dunes lives up to much of the legacy of many other Palmer Designs: Lacking in excitement and over utilizing water features. Don't get me wrong: Dakota Dunes is a fine course, in great shape, and fun to play. But do not expect this course to blow your socks off or retreat from the legacy of traditional AP Designs. The finishing hole is great, with dunes along the Missouri river providing risk-reward and great visuals off the tee. If the entire course followed this model, It would be a true gem of the midwest.
Very nice Palmer design just north of Sioux Falls in residential development. Very good conditions with gentle fairways and a nice mix of strategic play and bomb it opportunities.
Greens were quite slow the day we played and it affected the overall enjoyment factor. Played at 6500 that day due to windy conditions. Not the very best in South Dakota but worth the time if you like Palmer designs and good playing conditions.