North Dakota Course Touted in Golf Digest


MEDORA, N.D. -- The Bully Pulpit Golf Course near here has been named the 'Best New Affordable Golf Course of 2005' in the January issue of Golf Digest.
Designer Mike Hurdzan, of Columbus, Ohio, said he wanted to prove a point when he saw the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation property along the Little Missouri River.
'I was a little perturbed by people over the years that had made the accusations that I didn't know how to do a golf course in a minimalist fashion,' he said.
The Golf Digest honor provides 'some vindication there,' Hurdzan said. 'I'm loving every minute of it.'
The Badlands bluffs provided Bully Pulpit with its signature holes above the river valley. Hurdzan said he got help from Bismarck contractor Jack Marquart.
'The biggest challenge we had there was a very deep erosion that had occurred where the 16th hole is,' Hurdzan said.
Foundation President Randy Hatzenbuhler said the board considered different locations for a golf course over the years.
'They were all too small, or at best were just a nine-hole-course,' he said.
Board member Bill Clairmont of Bismarck chaired the committee that oversaw Bully Pulpit construction and found the land for it, Hatzenbuhler said.
'It was reasonably close to town and it looked to me like you could put a golf course on it, and there was extra land,' Clairmont recalled.
'I think it is good for Medora and all of western North Dakota; it needs all the help it can get,' he said.
North Dakota already has the Hawktree golf course and The Links of North Dakota (Red Mike) near Williston.
'And now Bully Pulpit. That is three great courses,' Hurdzan said. 'North Dakota rightly should be a golf destination.'
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