The Takeaway: Hurdzan saved the best for last with a four hole closing stretch that leaves a lasting impression, but there isn’t a ton to get excited about before that. However, the remote setting near Theodore Roosevelt National Park feels serene throughout the round. Grade C
Designer: Michael Hurdzan in 2004
Cost: $69 - $109 Click for current rates
Phone Number: (701) 623-4653
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Bully Pulpit Golf Course's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 3731 Bible Camp Rd, Medora, North Dakota 58645 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Bully Pulpit is located in a remote setting near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in southwest North Dakota in an area that isn't exactly known for golf. The mountain views and colorful vistas afforded in the area look like something you’d expect is western Colorado or the southwest portion of the United States. The front nine is pretty flat with tree lined holes that have little to help them stand out beyond the appeal of the remote setting. If you played Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club or Sun Valley Resort, then you have a good idea of what to expect here. But it is the back nine that brings people to Bully Pulpit, and in particular the final four holes as it goes up to the elevated portion of the property where the holes become more engaging and exhilarating. Every single staff member or patron we talked to while at Bully Pulpit would talk about the final four holes when asked what their favorite hole(s) were. Admittedly I had higher expectations going into Bully Pulpit based on some of the pictures and its lofty ranking within the state. Unfortunately, Bully Pulpit's high ranking within the state is more a product of a lack of competition than it is being a stellar course that you need to drop everything and go play. If you are in the area then it is certainly worthy of stopping in with your clubs to tee it up, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to get there or build a trip around it.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 16th Hole – 161 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 7th Hole – 210 Yards –
Best Par 4: 18th Hole – 406 Yards –
Best Par 5: 17th Hole – 503 Yards –
Birdie Time: 14th Hole – 318 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 15th Hole – 404 Yard Par 4 –