Hawktree - North Dakota - USA

Hawktree Golf Club,
3400 Burnt Creek Loop,
North Dakota (ND) 58503,

  • +1 800 620 6142

  • Charles Ruppert

  • Jim Engh

  • Not known

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, quickly vying with The Links of North Dakota at Red Mike Resort as the number one course in the Roughrider State.

Jim Engh was the architect behind the contemporary design at Hawktree, weaving eight of the fairways in and around Burnt Creek with another three holes constructed around three man made lakes.

Elevation changes in the routing – such as at the par three 3rd and the par five 18th – offer some wonderful panoramic views of the local landscape but the abiding feature here is one rarely found on a golf course – black sand!

Actually, the bunkers are filled with black coal slag (a neat way of solving the problem of losing sand when storms blow through the mid West states) and they give the course its own rather distinctive stamp in a golfing world where most modern courses are constructed with snowy white sand traps – hat’s off to Jim Engh for daring to be different!

Architect Jim Engh commented as follows:

“Originally, the clients wanted to use an expensive white bunker sand. I suggested that with the North Dakota winds and prairie, the white sand would be brown in very short order. The discussions continued for months, then one day, while meeting with the greens superintendent at his shop, I noticed a coffee can full of a material that appeared to be black sand. As it turned out, this was the remains of the coal that was burned at a nearby power plant. Typically, it was used to sandblast stripes from highways. After some convincing with the clients and a test bunker, the decision was made to use the alternative substance.”

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Description: 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... Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 1
I’m a big fan of Engh’s work and Hawktree is one of his best, although Tullymore for me is better. The course feels and looks so natural, poured over the landscape. The black crusty sand takes some getting use to but it creates another unusual feature which sticks in the memory. It’s true, the wind here is relentless so you’ll need a linksy game to play this unsung track well. One of my favourite and best value courses in the US.
September 09, 2009
8 / 10
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