Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, 21,120 linear feet of golf

Four Mile Ranch Golf ClubFour Mile Ranch is located on the east side of Canon City, about 45 minutes southwest of Colorado Springs and 30 minutes west of I-25 at Pueblo. The course was designed by Jim Engh, who also designed Lakota Canton Ranch, Black Rock, and Pradera. It’s a real estate development course, but in the early stages so there aren’t homes to ruin the golf experience with each hole isolated and separate, with significant distances between greens and tees.

Four Mile Ranch Golf ClubThe Four Mile Ranch Golf Club layout is minimalist in design, without conventional bunkers, instead the natural desert scrub bordering the fairways serves as waste areas. While the first few holes are tame in terms of the natural pitch, the rest of the course takes you on a roller coast ride throughout the 4 miles of the former ranch land.There’s a lot of risk and reward holes of all types of shapes, configurations, and routes with blind shots galore. The fairways are bowled-in as are the greens, with heavy mounding which not only impacts putting, but also the approach shots. There’s elevated tees with views for miles, the scenery here is literally stunning in the late afternoons. It’s an interesting, maybe quirky layout, and can be a lot of fun while rewarding good course management. Four Mile Ranch maxes out at just over 7,000 yards to a 72-par with a 132 slope, the blue tees are 6,231 yards, 68.3/123. 

Before you leave Canon City, take the 30 minute drive west to see the Royal Gorge Bridge, a suspension bridge 1,260 foot long bridge, 955 fee above the Arkansas River, the nearby 8 Mile Bar and Grill is a good choice for lunch, since there’s no more than a trailer at the golf course. 

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Bully Pulpit Golf Course, golf in the Badlands

Bully Pulpit Golf CourseBully Pulpit is located on the far western side of N. Dakota near the Montana border just off I-94 in the town of Medora, where the Little Colorado River meets the start of the Dakota Badlands and the Grassland National Park. It is a restored western town with a history that includes Teddy Roosevelt, General Custer, and Indians.

The Bully Pulpit Golf Course is a hidden gem, built using the existing land by Dr. Michael Hurdzan on 900+ acres!! It’s a mile or more of Little Missouri riverside, and the Badlands, which is a small Grand Canyon. The Badland’s are described as “hell with the fires gone out,” and has plenty of wild bison and horses, bighorn sheep, antelope, mountain cats, coyotes, turkeys, prairie dogs, and snakes so keep you ball in the fairway.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course Some holes were designed out on the open prairie lands, some along river, others into the cottonwoods forest, and still others up in the badlands for the finishing holes, the backside is most dramatic. There’s five sets of tees from 4,750 to 7,166 yards, the middle tees play to 6,000 yards, 70.1/122, course/slope.

Not to be missed, a reasonably priced greens fee, stunning scenery, and an amazing find out in the middle of Western South Dakota.

aMedora has an amazaing variety of options as well including the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, The Medora Musical, Stargazing, the Chateau de Mores, North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Maah Daah Hey Trail among a variety of trails, and horseback riding. In terms of accommodations, we’d have to go with the Rough Riders Hotel in downtown, Theodore’s Dining Room at the hotel for dinner, the Cowboy cafe for breakfast. 

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Wasioto Winds Golf Course, a $10 Million investment in the hills and hollers of Kentucky

Wasioto Winds Golf CourseWasioto Winds is located 40 minutes southeast of Corbin, off I-75, 40 minutes west of Harlan, in The Pine Mountain State Park. The golf course, a $10 Million effort from Hurdzan/Fry, is operated by the State, and is set in a rolling valley surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains.

The main defense of the Wasioto Winds Golf Course is Clear Creek stream which traverses the layout, and becomes a lake on the east side of the course impacting play on a number of holes. It’s a roomy feel overall with tree lined fairways and wide open links style holes, a sparing use of bunkers and some moderate elevations changes. The setting is quiet, a cove in a mountain valley without development. From the tips, it plays to 7,137 yards with a 137 slope, four shorter tees, the white tees play to 5,850 yards, 68.5/126, course/slope. 

playing the dulcimer

 

There’s a small 30 room stone and wood stone Herndon J. Evans Lodge here for overnight accommodations, and multiple trails if you’re into hiking. If you happen to be in September, be sure to time your visit to coincide with the Great America Dulcimer Convention!

 

 

 

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