Summer Summary: Golf Courses in Indian Country
Apache Stronghold Golf Club
San Carlos Apache Tribe
Highway 70, San Carlos, Arizona
(800) 272-2438; (928) 475-7800
Par-72 championship course located in high desert terrain, with a 3,200-foot elevation and two par-5 holes that are longer than 600 yards.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Cholla and Saguaro Courses
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
18200 E. Toh Vee Circle, Fort McDowell, Arizona
The Cholla course was designed by Scott Miller, while the Saguaro course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Ranked number one in the state of Arizona in Golfweek’s 2011 Best Courses You Can Play list.
Barona Creek Golf Club
Barona Band of Mission Indians
1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, California
(888) 722-7662; (619) 443-2300
Situated among the rolling hills of east San Diego County, this Gary Roger Baird–designed course was named one of Golfweek’s 2011 Best Courses You Can Play.
Indian Canyons Golf Resort North and South courses
Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians
1097 E. Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California
Situated at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Indian Canyons offers two distinct courses,. The South course is a par-72, 6,582-yard championship course. The North course is a par-72, 6,943-yard course.
Lake of Isles North and South Courses
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
1 Club House Road, North Stonington, Connecticut
Admired course designer Rees Jones put his stamp on the courses of Lake of Isles, which surround the 90-acre eponymous lake.
Circling Raven Golf Club
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
37914 South Nukwalqw, Worley, Idaho
This par-72 course is splayed out over wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. Ranked number two in Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in the state of Idaho as well as a Top 100 Courses You Can Play by Golf Digest.
777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, Louisiana
(800) 584-7263; (337) 738-4777
Renowned architect Kevin Tucker designed this 7,617-yard championship course among picturesque lakes.
Tamahka Trails Golf Club
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
711 Paragon Place,
(800) 946-1946, ext. 6300
The host of 2001, 2003 and 2004 U.S. Open qualifiers, this course offers 50,000 square feet of fairways and greens and 10,000 square feet of practice greens.
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
N5384 U.S. 45, Watersmeet, Michigan
Laid out on more than 100 acres of Michigan’s Ottawa National Forest in the state’s Upper Peninsula, this 18-hole, 6,200-yard golf course is wrapped around the tribe’s ponds.
Dacotah Ridge Golf Club
Lower Sioux Indian Community
31042 County Highway 2,
Built on 240 acres of countryside that includes natural wetlands, this 18-hole course was ranked seventh in the state in Golfweek’s 2011 Best Courses You Can Play.
Meadows at Mystic Lake
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2400 Mystic Lake Drive, Prior Lake, Minnesota
Bentgrass fairways that are surrounded by mounded wildflowers and fescue are part of the stunning landscape that make the Meadows at Mystic Lake’s 7,144-yard course so enjoyable.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and Wolf Courses
Las Vegas Paiute Indian Tribe
10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada
(800) 711-2833; (702) 658-1400
Renowned architect Pete Dye designed the three championship courses at the base of the Spring Mountains in the southern Nevada desert.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Mescalero Apache Tribe
287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, New Mexico
With a bevy of honors (Golfweek’s 2011 Best Courses You Can Play and Golf Digest’s 2011 Top 40 Casino Golf Courses), this majestic course designed by Ted Robinson has an island fairway, lush fairways and fast-breaking greens.
Sandia Golf Club
30 Rainbow Road N.E., Albuquerque
Honors galore have been bestowed upon Sandia from Golf Magazine (2005’s Top 10 New Courses You Can Play) Golfweek’s 2011 Best Courses You Can Play and Best Casino Courses and number 28 on Golf Digest’s Top 40 Casino Courses. One round at this golf oasis carved at 5,300 feet above sea level into the Sandia Mountains explains why.
Dakota Winds Golf Course
Sisseton and Wahpeton Courses
16849 102nd Street S.E., Hankinson, North Dakota
(800) 325-6825, ext 548
Located east of the Dakota Magic Casino, this 27-hole course offers great play-and-stay packages.
Cherokee Trails Golf Club
22706 S. 504 Road, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
This difficult, beautiful course is laid out among natural rock outcroppings and brooks.
Wildhorse Resort and Casino Golf Courses
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
46510 Wildhorse Blvd.,
(800) 654-9453; (541) 276-5588
This 18-hole championship golf course was designed by John Steidel and is situated at the base of the Blue Mountains.
Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
8720 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, Washington
(800) 231-4425; (360) 371-7015
This tree-lined beauty was designed by none other than golf legend Arnold Palmer, offering a difficult course with water hazards on five holes and 67 bunkers.