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Dakota Dunes Country Club (Dakota Dunes, South Dakota)

Dakota Dunes Country Club logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  The course is highlighted by the 8th, 17th, and 18th holes where the Missouri River comes into view, but the severe overgrowth of trees makes the layout difficult to enjoy through several stretches.  Grade C-

Quick Facts

Designer:  Arnold Palmer in 1991

Cost:  Private

Phone Number:  (605) 232-3000

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Dakota Dunes Country Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 960 Dakota Dunes Blvd, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota  57049 – UNITED STATES

Photos:  See additional photos of Dakota Dunes Country Club

What to Expect:  Dakota Dunes gets its name from the neighborhood development it sits in and not because of any dunes you may be expecting to enjoy on the property. In fact, rather than an expansive property highlighted towering dunes, players are routed through a neighborhood with an abundance of overgrown trees. In fact, some holes are so tight that you hardly have a corridor to play through. It is a type of claustrophobic golf that is usually reserved for the heavily pined areas of the Pacific Northwest. The biggest highlight to the course by far is when the Missouri River comes into view late on each nine and players are released from the holds of housing and trees. The routing is handicapped by the restraints of the subdivision which is one of the biggest pet peeves among golf architecture aficionados which is unfortunate for Arnold Palmer’s effort here. In the end, Dakota Dunes may be one of the better offerings in South Dakota but that is more due the lack of competition than it is a tip of the cap the course’s greatness.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Palmer 72 7157 75.8 141
Blue 72 6497 72.8 133
Green 72 5928 70.7 125
White 72 5408 68.2 117
Red (Ladies) 73 5036 71.4 125

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  8th Hole – 213 Yard Par 3 –

8th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (213 Yard Par 3)
8th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (213 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 3:  16th Hole – 197 Yards –

16th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (197 Yard Par 3)
16th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (197 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  17th Hole – 425 Yards –

17th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (425 Yard Par 4)
17th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (425 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  18th Hole – 550 Yards –

18th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (550 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (550 Yard Par 5)

18th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (550 Yard Par 5)
18th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (550 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  3rd Hole – 362 Yard Par 4 –

3rd Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (362 Yard Par 4)
3rd Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (362 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  5th Hole – 430 Yard Par 4 –

5th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (430 Yard Par 4)
5th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (430 Yard Par 4)

5th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (430 Yard Par 4)
5th Hole at Dakota Dunes Country Club (430 Yard Par 4)

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