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Last Minute Vacation Planning

As the summer is winding down and students are gearing up to go back to school, you may find yourself wanting to go on one last vacation before summer is over. Since North Dakota has a lot to offer, you are in luck because there are still a ton of fun things going on! Check out upcoming events in North Dakota:

Grand Forks is having their annual Rollin’ on the River event August 24-25! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Keep the Ball Rollin’ Golf Tournament at King’s Walk Golf Course and Rockin’ Rollin’ Rally & Feast in Lincoln Drive Park at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Rollin’ on the River inline skating marathon takes place on the city streets of Grand Forks, with the Alerus Center as the starting point at 7:30 a.m. You can also enjoy an evening of great blues music in the heart of beautiful downtown Grand Forks at the Blues on the Red Music Fest event. Top musicians from around the country will provide the free entertainment, while vendors sell such delicious cuisine.

Check out central North Dakota and see all the fun things going on. In Minot, the North Dakota State Fairgrounds play host to Motor Magic, Labor Day weekend in Minot. The largest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest, Motor Magic provides entertainment for auto enthusiasts of all ages. Nodak Speedway races and drag racing on the Magic City International Dragway kick off the motor mayhem. Motor Magic continues with more to see and do Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

If you want to head to the Bismarck-Mandan area, Mandan is hosting its annual Wild West Grillfest! Celebrate Mandan’s farming and ranching heritage with a grilling competition, beer gardens, a variety of live entertainment all day, inflatable games, hayrides, art and craft vendor booths, Pride of Dakota tent and dance Friday night on August 17-18. There will be live music by The Roosters on Friday and Dirty Word on Saturday.

Or you can head west to Medora to see all the funs things they have to offer. The Medora Musical is a great show that goes through September 8. Stop in for a great meal at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue or maybe play a round of golf on the world renowned Bully Pulpit.  Maybe you just want to do a little hiking; well Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to explore with the whole family or as private getaway!

For more events and attractions, go to the North Dakota Tourism website. Who knows what kind of adventure is out there for you!

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Family Fun

 

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A golf lesson from North Dakota

8-7-06 006The September 12th issue of Golfweek has just arrived in the office.  In it, Senior Writer Bradley Klein talks about the future of golf – and the lessons to be learned from North Dakota.

“There’s a serious lesson to be gleaned from the spirit of North Dakota golf.  In ar era when the industry struggles to retain players, the future of the game requires making sure that golf is inexpensive, accessible and socially welcoming.”

North Dakota isn’t world renown as a golf destination.  BUT, those of us who swing a club now-and-then are proud of the fact that we have the highest number of courses per capita and the highest golf participation per capita.  There are 115 courses in the state, some have received international acclaim (Bully Pulpit, Hawktree, The Links of North Dakota, and King’s Walk).

Read the Golfweek article, then book your tee time for some fabulous fall golf in North Dakota!

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2009 in Attractions, Golfing, ND in the News

 

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Kings’s Walk noted by Palmer himself

kingswalkArnold Palmer and his design company were recently asked to pick a favorite course from their nearly 200 designed courses.  They said they couldn’t pick just one.  They chose their top 16 – including King’s Walk in Grand Forks.  The course, as described in Palmer tribute publication “Kingdom 14″:

King’s Walk offers classic golf course design in a natural prairie setting.  Starting with a completely flat site, over 650,000 cubic yards of earth was excavated to allow the course to roll and flow around hundreds of individual mounds, deep ravines, steep ridges and two large lakes.  Large, bent grass greens are well protected and framed by beautifully sculpted bunkers, mounds and collection areas.  Tall fescue grasses blend the course into its surroundings and help to complete this masterpiece.

 

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