Category Archives: Golfing

Fishing – no ice, no waiting – in North Dakota

I’ve posted before about my husband – a Minnesotan who has become one of North Dakota’s biggest promoters because of the accessible (and pretty fabulous) hunting and fishing here.  Well this guy LOVES his Missouri River.  It’s no secret that this has been the warmest winter on record in North Dakota.  Most of the state had little to no snow all season and now the daytime highs have consistently been in the 50s, 60s and even 70s from border-to-border.  So what does that have to do with my dear hubby and fishing?  As I was being informed of the boat ramps that have opened in Bismarck and Mandan he also reminded me that in some states, there’s a season opener that’s still weeks away. Here in North Dakota, our walleye/pike season never “closes” or “opens.”  And as many anglers know – that spring bite can be awesome.  HOW awesome?  Just last week a new state record lake trout was caught.

Royce Johnston of New Town reeled in the 16-pound, 6-ounce lake trout from the Garrison Dam Tailrace (on the Missouri River). The 33.5-inch fish broke the old record by more than two pounds. The previous record of 14 pounds, 4 ounces was taken from the Tailrace in 1982.

Fishing North Dakota is easy! Just visit the Game and Fish Department for licensing, waterways and boat ramps. You can also get the latest with the North Dakota Outdoors on Facebook.  Follow @OutdoorsND on Twitter for great information around the state because, not only is the fishing open, golf courses are opening too! The first we’ve heard of are Heart River in Dickinson, Pebble Creek in Bismarck and the Edgewood and Rose Creek courses in Fargo. Several others have told us that they could be opening in the coming weeks!

And if you happen to be going out tomorrow on the Missouri River – it’s expected to be 80-degrees and you can look for my hubby in a green Fisher.


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Summer travel tips

If you’re traveling North Dakota this summer, look for state tourism personnel in unlikely places – like rest areas and gas stations.  We’ll be out-of-the-office Fridays in July, providing traveler assistance in terms of route and destination information as well as asking for brief travel information – like how long you’ve been planning your trip and if you’re traveling for business or pleasure.

And speaking of travel tips – here are a few resources to keep in mind as you’re planning your summer getaway.

Several travelers have been asking about flooding affecting their favorite North Dakota city or attraction.  The Tourism Division is keeping tabs on all affected routes and sites.  If you have questions, we can help.  Call our travel counselors at 1-800-435-5663.  Here are some hot updates:

For more North Dakota news – be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

And a quick “congratulations” to North Dakotan Amy Anderson who finished 63rd in her first professional golf tournament – the U.S. Women’s Open.  Golf the legendary courses that Amy has played in North Dakota – affordable, accessible, scenic golf in the state with the most courses per capita.


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And the least laziest state goes to… North Dakota!

North Dakota was named the least laziest state in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek on yesterday. This has been a five-year study (2005-2008) using data from BLS American Time Use Survey.

So what makes a state lazy (was my first thought)? They were very clear that they did not mean lack of work ethic or engagement, but it was measured by leisure time spent doing sedentary activities compared with activities that require more physical effort, such as exercising and even working. In North Dakota, the least inactive state, people sleep 8 hours, 4 minutes; watch 2 hours, 19 minutes of television; socialize for 40 minutes; and relax for 22 minutes. The average time North Dakotans spend working is just over 5 hours. The average for the U.S. population: 8 hours, 35 minutes sleeping; 2 hours, 38 minutes watching television; 44 minutes socializing; 18 minutes relaxing; and 3 hours, 23 minutes working.

I think this study reinforces why North Dakota is so Legendary. When I think of the passion of this state, I think how important  recreation and being active is. Hunting and fishing, hiking and biking, canoeing and kayaking, golfing and birding, it seems endless. Recreation is important to many travelers and ND has the scenery and the space to keep ya movin’.

The summers are breathtaking, full of everything green, fresh and the happiness of people to just be outside all day, which many travelers are aware of. I think many are surprised, however that this is still a very active state all year-long. Fall is starting to become one of my favorite months, with temperatures in the mid 70’s, it is perfect weather for all outdoor recreation. Winter is not far behind with my latest favorite activity being cross-country skiing (there is something about working up a good sweat in the snow). Finally, spring… ohh how I do love our springs here! Fresh leaves, flowers, smells, golf courses starting to open and I am back at running season. It’s too hard for me to pick my favorite season, I guess that’s why having 4 seasons makes North Dakota Legendary!

What’s your favorite season, does it have to do with your favorite recreational activity?

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It’s tee-time in North Dakota

I can’t believe I haven’t “talked” your ear off yet about all the golf courses that are open in North Dakota.  Right now it’s a much shorter list to tell you which courses aren’t open – I think there might be a handful still shaking off winter.  From Fargo to Medora, Grand Forks to Wishek – courses are open and rounds are being played.  Have you dusted off your clubs yet?

North Dakota has a lot of notable courses.  We’re known for having the most courses per capita than any other state and having some of the most affordable play a golfer can find.  In Bismarck-Mandan, there are seven courses in the immediate area.  There’s one course in particular that I think is super cool.  It’s the Wee Links Golf Course in Minot – also known as the Jack Hoeven Junior Course.

This course has nine holes varying in length from 100 to 150 yards.  And the best part – it’s $1.00 a round for kids.  Except for Fridays.  Kids under 12 play for free on Fridays.  Adults can play too – so bring your clubs and your camera.  Get out there and enjoy!


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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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It’s a free weekend at TRNP

Bully PulpitVisitors can tour, ride, hike and explore Theodore Roosevelt National Park for FREE this weekend!  It’s part of a National Park Service effort to bring more visitors into the parks.  Entrance fees will be waived June 20 and 21.

There are numerous activities at TRNP, including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, canoeing/kayaking, wildlife viewing and even fishing!  Don’t forget to visit Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Cabin located next to the visitor center of the South Unit.

Nearby Park towns of Medora and Watford City have amazing hospitality and activities all their own!  And the Maah Daah Hey Trail is recognized for being one of the nation’s best backcountry hiking/biking/riding trails.

Legendary Bully Pulpit Golf Course has a special going on now as well:  Play a round, then replay 18-holes the same day or following for only $39.50.


Golf, golf, golf, golf, golf

Seems like a lot of people are talking about GOLF lately.  Actually, in the office there’s a conspiracy forming to get to the driving range at lunch tomorrow … and then next week we’ll all come in early and stay a little late so we can play 9 at lunch.  (Sounds like a plan.)

Golfweek has again given some North Dakota courses their “Seal of Approval.”  The Links of North Dakota ranked #90 on their list of Top 100 modern courses, and was joined by Hawktree, Bully Pulpit, Souris Valley and Medicine Hole on the 2009 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play list.  Many courses are taking online tee times.  Join our conspiracy!

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Posted by on June 10, 2009 in Golfing


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