North Dakota

Consider taking a ‘prairie dog tour’ through the Badlands, which boasts scenic, bargain-priced courses like Bully Pulpit (Teddy Roosevelt’s nickname for the White House). This terrific layout, its fairways flanked by creeks, dunes, and canyons, has a dizzying 200-foot elevation. In Bismarck, the top track is Hawktree, a links-style design by Jim Engh framed by tall prairie grasses and deep bunkers filled with native black coal slag. Also noteworthy is the Links of North Dakota, a windswept, links-style course near Williston; and Minot Country Club, a sporty 1919 track with excellent greens. As for the deeply eroded Badlands, they’re barren but beautiful.

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