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Hawktree Golf Club (Bismarck, North Dakota)

Hawktree Golf Club logo Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

The Takeaway:  Tons of elevation changes and serious hangtime on tee shots leave a lasting impression at North Dakota’s best public course. Jim Engh always makes sure you have fun and Hawktree is no exception.  Grade B

Quick Facts

Designer:  Jim Engh in 1999

Cost:  $55 - $85 ($30 for a cart) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (701) 355-0995

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Hawktree Golf Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 3400 Burnt Creek Loop, Bismarck, North Dakota  58503 – UNITED STATES

Photos:  See additional photos of Hawktree Golf Club

What to Expect:  Hawktree is located in a nice neighborhood on the outskirts of Bismark with homes around the perimeter of the property. Like virtually all courses that Jim Engh works on, the thing you are going to notice right off the bat is the amount of movement in the property. Jim doesn't design courses to be walked on; he designs courses to have fun on. As such, there are plenty of elevated tee shots where you can watch your ball soar but that is countered with a handful of holes that have to ascend back uphill and test your grit. Tee shots that leave the fairway can be difficult to find due to the thick fescue style grass that frames many of the holes, so if you aren't feeling confident with your driver you better make sure to hit a club that can find the short grass. You won't find the traditional white sand at Hawktree since it was determined that the high winds that can roll through the Dakota's would whisk it away, as such, black coal slag from a local power plant was used for the bunkers which works perfectly while delivering a unique contrast to the course. The shaping of the bunkers is unique for players that aren't familiar with Engh courses with his "muscle" style shaping paired with pot bunkers dropped in here and there. Water is also a major factor throughout the routing with nearly half of the holes bringing Burnt Creek into play while a trio of others play around ponds. Jim doesn't try to beat players up with his designs and is going to give you plenty of birdie opportunities to take advantage of. In addition, you'll find that the course doesn't play as long as the scorecard indicates due to the number of downhill holes. Those elevation changes will prevent most players from walking the course and encourage them to take a cart. When all is said and done, Hawktree is a lot of fun and the best public course in the Roughrider State. Jim Engh has designed more compelling courses such as Black Rock, Redlands Mesa, and Lakota Canyon, but ultimately North Dakota should be thrilled to have Hawktree.

By the Numbers

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Falcon 72 7085 74.7 140
Falcon 2 72 6902 73.8 139
Falcon 3 72 6654 72.7 137
Hawk 72 6420 71.7 134
Hawk 2 72 6028 69.9 126
Eagle 72 5635 68.1 121
Eagle 2 72 5251 66.4 116
Owl (Ladies) 72 4868 68.9 118

Individual Hole Analysis

Signature Hole:  3rd Hole – 164 Yard Par 3 –

3rd Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (164 Yard Par 3)
3rd Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (164 Yard Par 3)

3rd Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (164 Yard Par 3)
3rd Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (164 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 3:  15th Hole – 203 Yards –

15th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (203 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (203 Yard Par 3)

15th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (203 Yard Par 3)
15th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (203 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  4th Hole – 412 Yards –

4th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (412 Yard Par 4)
4th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (412 Yard Par 4)

4th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (412 Yard Par 4)
4th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (412 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  7th Hole – 569 Yards –

7th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (569 Yard Par 5)
7th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (569 Yard Par 5)

7th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (569 Yard Par 5)
7th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (569 Yard Par 5)

7th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (569 Yard Par 5)
7th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (569 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  16th Hole – 326 Yard Par 4 –

16th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (326 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (326 Yard Par 4)

16th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (326 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (326 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  12th Hole – 483 Yard Par 4 –

12th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (483 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (483 Yard Par 4)

12th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (483 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (483 Yard Par 4)

12th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (483 Yard Par 4)
12th Hole at Hawktree Golf Club (483 Yard Par 4)

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