Golf Courses Near Minot, ND
Minot, located in north-central North Dakota just 50 miles south of the Canadian border, is most famous for being the home of Minot Air Force Base. Rough Rider Golf Course, a 9-hole golf course right on the base, welcomes public tee times for a relaxing round. The top public course in Minot is Vardon Golf Club, which occupies the original site of the private Minot Country Club. Located on the Souris River, the playing field, rebuilt in 2013 after an epic flood, features a restoration of the 1929-vintage front nine designed by Tom Vardon, brother of the great Harry Vardon. At Souris Valley Golf Course, Minot’s easy-to-walk, parkland-style 18-hole muni, the Souris River winds through much of the playing field and crosses several fairways. Minot also features two 9-hole facilities: Apple Grove Golf Course, a treelined executive course that is well suited for beginners and players who are short on time; and Jack Hoeven Wee Links Golf Course, a 9-hole par-3 muni layout designed with kids in mind.
Minot, which has a population of about 50,000, is widely viewed as one of the best places to live in North Dakota. Early in the 20th century it earned the nickname “Magic City” because it grew so fast. Nowadays it is a hub of agricultural productivity, especially durum wheat. Minot annually hosts the North Dakota State Fair every July. A top attraction is the Dakota Territory Air Museum which boasts an impressive collection of World War II aircraft. In the downtown area you’ll find the Taube Museum of Art and Roosevelt Park Zoo, along with many local shops, and restaurants. You can even get some putting practice in downtown Minot at The Putt District, a 14-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf facility with a lounge and Pride Dairy ice cream, a favorite North Dakota brand.