Is there anything better than the smell of fresh cut grass? Not much tops it for me anyway. May is here and it’s time to polish up the golf clubs and hit the links! South Dakota usually has a short window to golf, compared to most southern states that is, but fortunately with this past winter being so mild golfers have been swinging the clubs almost all year.
South Dakota is home to more than 130 golf courses around the state. These courses vary from your small town 9-hole course to the lavish private courses similar to Sutton Bay and everything in between. Growing up in the small town of Davis I didn’t begin golfing until I was in high school and even then I’m not sure I would call it “golfing.” I remember buying my first set of clubs for $100 at Wal-Mart. It came with three woods, 3-pw irons and a putter. At the time I thought it was the best deal a guy could find and it was for a hack like me. A group of friends and I usually drove to either Par-Mar golf course in Parker, SD, or Glenridge golf course in Irene, SD. Both are great local golf courses with friendly members and forgiving fairways.
Wanting to get a little more insight from a true golfer I asked former college golfer (South Dakota State University), Joel Harrington, what about golfing in South Dakota makes it so unique, “What makes golf in South Dakota great is certainly the vast variances in landscapes. From the flat plains of East River, to the rugged yet beautiful settings like Sutton Bay along the Missouri River, to courses in the thin and crisp mountain air in the Black Hills where the ball seems to fly forever. Great varieties indeed all across the state, if only courses in the state were closer together.”
My golf game has come a long way since the days back in Turner County, ok who am I kidding I’m still a hack, but I can occasionally get lucky and put a few pars on the scorecard. No matter the score at the end of each round I can honestly say golf has become a hobby of mine I will cherish for years to come.