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-
Designer: Arnold Palmer in 1991
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
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
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 8th Hole – 213 Yard Par 3 –
Best Par 3: 16th Hole – 197 Yards –
Best Par 4: 17th Hole – 425 Yards –
Best Par 5: 18th Hole – 550 Yards –
Birdie Time: 3rd Hole – 362 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 5th Hole – 430 Yard Par 4 –