Golf is played in nearly every corner of the United States, and Indian Country is home to some of its most spectacular tracks. More than 60 tribally owned golf courses take advantage of stunning landscapes where panoramic views typically include mountain ranges not obstructed by buildings. Renowned golf architects and designers etched many of these courses into desert valleys, rolling hills, plateaus or peaks, winding around and through bodies of water and verdant vegetation. We recommend using this directory as a resource when planning your next golfing excursion. While we don’t admit to any favorite destinations on this list, we think, given their novelty, that the floating island greens at Circling Raven in Idaho, Koasati Pines in Louisiana, Sweetgrass Golf Club in Minnesota and Towa Golf Resort in New Mexico are worthy of your attention. Stay dry and let it fly!
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, Ak-Chin Indian Community
48456 AZ-238, Maricopa, AZ
(480) 367-8949. Akchinsoutherndunes.com
The Ak-Chin Southern Dunes sprawls across 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation and is the only links-style course in the Arizona desert valley,. The Fred Couples and Schmidt Curley-designed course tests players of all skill levels. While the fairways are wide and forgiving, they lead to small, undulating greens protected by challenging traps—there are 109 bunkers strategically scattered across 18 holes. “This course has been a regular host to the PGA tour qualifying tournament and when the greens are in tournament condition, they are some of the fastest in the country,” Notah Begay III says. Among the many awards the Troon-managed facility has received, it recently added the prestigious 2017 Player Development Award from the National Golf Course Owner's Association for its welcoming atmosphere for new and returning golfers. The nearby Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino makes Southern Dunes an inviting weekend getaway.
Sewailo Golf Club, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
5655 West Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ
(520) 838-6623. casinodelsolresort.com/ sewailogolfclub
PGA pro Jason G. Montoya (Santa Ana Pueblo) calls Sewailo Golf Club “the best golf course in the Tucson area,” which is considerable praise in light of the region’s stiff competition. “Designed by my good friend Notah Begay III, this is a lengthy test on an exceptional playing surface,” he says. “The green speeds can be challenging, with very playable roughs.” Nearly 14 acres of lakes, streams and creeks, and four waterfalls create a more parkland than desert-style golfing experience at Sewailo’s 18 holes, which stretch nearly 7,400 yards from the tips (you can choose from five sets of tees). Take careful aim to avoid the 67 deep and perilous bunkers sprayed across the par-72 course, and play smart on the dou-ble-dogleg 10th hole. “Numerous water hazards and few forced carries offer a great balance for the recreational and skilled player alike,” Montoya adds. “This lay-out is worthy of hosting a PGA or LPGA Tour.” Sewailo means “flower world,” and the course earns that title with more than 30,000 plants and native flowers. (Pause to admire the 500 rose bushes along the No. 9 and 18 fairways.) Service never fails to impress at Sewailo, where small yet thoughtful gestures go a long way, like ice chests with bottled water at every restroom and at many greens. After your game, enjoy a nice meal at PY Steak-house at Casino Del Sol Resort.
Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass Gila River Indian Community
5692 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, AZ
(480) 940-1500. whirlwindgolf.com
Renowned golf architect Gary Panks carved 36 holes out of Chandler’s ancient desert landscape. Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass offers two unique, 18-hole courses: Cattail and Devil’s Claw. Cattail, which made Golfweek's Top 30 for the best courses to play in Arizona in 2017, challeng-es players with deep canyons and pristine lakes. Devil’s Claw’s delivers high mounds and undulating fairways, including a split-fairway at the par-4 ninth hole. Despite being just 11 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Air-port, the tranquil destination course feels far from civilization.
Apache Stronghold Golf Club, San Carlos Apache Tribe
US-70, San Carlos, AZ
(800) 272-2438 (toll free). apache-gold-casino.com/golf
Test your risk/reward mentality at Apache Stronghold, where even veteran players will require time to strategize their next shot. Despite course designer Tom Doak’s minimalist taste, the 18-hole, par-72 course takes full advantage of its rolling, high desert landscape, peaking at 3,200 feet above the valley. Fairways snake down hills dotted with sage and mesquite trees on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The lengthy course stretches 7,500 yards from the black tees; five tee options accommodate more casual players. Two epic par 5s run over 600 yards. Because of its high elevation, the course offers cooler temperatures in summer than nearby Phoenix and Tucson, and gets milder winter weather. Golfweek reviewers ranked Apache Stronghold the 16th best course in Arizona on its 2017 state-by-state list. With a clubhouse and driving range, and mountain and desert vistas, Apache Stronghold promises a fruitful visit.
Cocopah RV & Golf Resort, Cocopah Indian Tribe
6800 S Strand Avenue, Yuma, AZ
(800) 537-7901 (toll free) (928) 343-9300. Cocopahrv.com
Visitors rave that Cocopah RV & Golf Resort on the banks of the Colorado River is Yuma’s best-kept secret. You can drive, chip and putt your way across 300 acres of what is essentially an adult play-ground. The signature of this easily walked, 18-hole, par-73 course are straight and narrow fairways. The golf resort boasts three lake holes and is open year-round. The RV park, a mecca for snowbirds, offers well-maintained grounds with large sites for big rigs, as well as great services and amenities, including a swimming pool.
Huukan Golf Club, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
5835 Desert Lakes Dr., Fort Mohave, AZ (928) 768-1000. mojavegolf.com
Huukan Golf Club features the area’s only tree-lined fairways, a double blessing since they block the persistent desert winds. Narrow fairways and small greens test a player’s touch and nerves, but won’t frustrate less-experienced golf-ers. A warm-up area has chip-ping, putting and sand bunker sites allow for much-needed prep time before your 18-hole round. Huukan’s expansive clubhouse includes a pro shop, restaurant/bar, indoor and outdoor seating in a covered patio that provides a welcome respite from the desert heat.
Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino ResortYocha Dehe Wintun Nation
14455 Highway 16, Brooks, CA
(530) 796-4653. Yochadehegolfclub.com
Eagle Eye is the name of the first hole and it grabs your attention immediately with an intimidating tee shot from an elevated tee that measures over 450 yards,” Begay says. “Located only a couple of hours north of my alma mater, Stanford University, Yocha Dehe gives players a chance to take in the ambience of the beautiful rolling hills of northern California. And, for those golfers who like to mix fine American wines with golf, the vineyards of Napa Valley are just over an hour away.” A U.S. Open qualifier is held regularly at Yocha Dehe, an isolated course in California’s Capay Valley without a residence in sight. The immaculate, Brad Bell-de-signed course and hospitable staff lend this daily-fee golf course a country-club atmosphere. Based on reviews by Gold Advisor readers, Yocha Dehe ranked No. 12 on the publication's list of Top 50 golf courses in the U.S.
Talking Stick Club, Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community
9998 E. Indian Bend Road. Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 860-2221. Talkingstickgolfclub.com
Talking Stick Golf Club offers two distinct golf courses that cater to players of varying skill levels: the O’odham and Piipaash (formerly North and South courses). The sister courses blend with their tranquil desert surroundings, while Camelback Mountain, McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak serve as picturesque backdrops. Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the O’odham “is a links-style course with wide fairways and large greens,” Montoya says, and the Piipaash “is a park-style course with many lakes and creeks.” Montoya runs The First Tee Program for youth at Talking Stick Golf Club, which offers a variety of educational golf programs, in addition to boasting the largest public practice facility in the valley. While there are many internationally popular golfing destinations in Scottsdale, reviewers consistently give Talking Stick high marks. Golfweek raters, for instance, put Talking Stick’s O’odham course at No. 21 on its list of best courses you can play in Arizona in 2017. The club held the title of No. 1 public course in Golfweek’s “Arizona Top 100 Resort Courses” for three consecutive years: 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Toka Sticks Golf Club, Gila River Indian Community
6910 E. Williams Field Road, Mesa, AZ
(480) 988-9405. Tokasticksgolf.com
Toka Sticks, a tee-to-green grassed track, is guarded by tree trunks and overhanging branches that defy the typical golfer’s strategy. Mature eucalyptus, mesquite, palm and palo verde tower over and around fairways at this 18-hole, par-72 public course in Mesa. Several pins are on tricky, sloped greens. Water presents an extra challenge on four holes, including two par-3 greens that require an accurate tee shot. Good news for out of town visitors: no need to pack your clubs. Toka offers new Callaway Golf rental clubs for men, women and juniors.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
18200 East TohVee Circle, Fort McDowell, AZ
(480) 836-9000. wekopa.com
“Every tee shot is breathtaking, and every view is surreal,” golf pro Steve W. Tooshkenig (Ojibwe, Delaware and Potawatomi), a Nike N7 Ambassador, says of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. “When you’re golfing at We-Ko-Pa, you feel a peace and a presence that only can be felt while walking this well-manicured course. You have elevated tee shots, elevated greens, and the course is always in excel-lent condition.” We-Ko-Pa's two courses, Saguaro and Cholla, have some things in common—both are meticulously maintained and offer unobstructed mountain views of the Sonoran Desert. Golf-week ranked Saguaro at No. 1 and Cholla at No. 10 among the best golf courses you can play in Arizona in 2017. Nationwide, the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed Saguaro course received a No.33 ranking on Golfweek’s Best: Resort Courses, 2017 list, and the Scott Miller-de-signed Cholla course came in at No. 67. And for the first time ever, We-Ko-Pa earned a spot on Golf Digest’s 2017-18 list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses.We-Ko-Pa’s Cholla course recently reopened in late Oc-tober 2016 after a $1.8-mil-lion renovation project that includes new greens, bunkers and irrigation infrastructure. Both tracks are a good challenge for seasoned pros and recreational golfers alike. Post-round, players often gather at the main clubhouse’s We-Ko-Pa Grille to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining with spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstitions. You can stay a while at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, a AAA Four Diamond property.
Barona Creek Golf Club, Barona Band of Mission Indians
1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA
(888) 722-7662 (toll free), (619) 387-7018. barona.com/resort/golf
“Barona has views of the mountains and small, wandering creeks that surround you. The greens are sneaky with false fronts and gapping sand traps waiting to test your game,” says golf pro Issac Henry-Cano, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. Situated in Lakeside, a half-hour's drive northeast of San Diego, the inviting Barona Creek track took the 8th spot on Golfweek's 2017 list of the top courses to play in California. When standing atop the raised 15th tee, take a moment to marvel at views of the entire desert valley.
The Country Club at Soboba Springs, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
1020 Soboba Road, San Jacinto, CA
(951) 654-9354. Sobobaspringscc.com
“Great layout,” says Native golf pro J.C. Wright of this par-71, 18-hole course, adding that the club hosted an official PGA TOUR Nationwide Tour event in 2009, drawing stars like Rickie Fowler. Well-maintained fairways framed by mature cottonwoods and manicured greens are only the beginning of the excellent golf experience at Soboba Springs. Waterfalls and streams greet players at several holes. The 32,000-square-foot clubhouse features the signature bar and grill Maze Stone, boast-ing 36 beer selections.
Eagle Falls Golf Course, Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA
(760) 238-5633. eaglefallsgolf.com
A hidden gem in the Coachella Valley, Eagle Falls’ 18-hole, par-72 challenge is well-maintained and visually stunning, with varying elevations and water features. Renowned golf architect Clive Clark carved this unique masterpiece into the desert landscape. Eagle Falls Golf Course is renowned for its friendly and helpful staff, and of-fers a fully-staffed pro shop and snack bar. Enjoy a weekend golf getaway with an overnight stay at the nearby Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.
Indian Canyon Golf Resort, Agua Caliente Band Of Cahuilla Indians
1097 Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
(866) 465-3914, (toll free) (760) 327 6550. Indiancanyonsgolf.com
A jewel of Palm Springs since 1961, this formerly private club once hosted Hollywood celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason. Indian Canyon Golf Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The longer, par-72 North Course has stunning mountain views and six water hazards—including the lake between the 9th and 18th holes that also houses the famous Disney fountain, which shoots water over 100 feet into the air. The South Course plays around four ponds and features 850 palm trees and 500 washingtonia filifera, a sacred tree of the Agua Caliente. Indian Canyon is also home to a large grass practice facility, two clubhouses that offer panoramic views from virtually every seat, and two golf shops that sell customized merchandise as well as Nike N7 apparel.
Lake of Isles Luxury Golf Resort, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
1 Clubhouse Dr., North Stonington, CT
(888) 475-3746. Lakeofisles.com
Explore 36 holes of world-class golf in New England at Lake of Isles, adjacent to Fox-woods Resort Casino. “Exceptional views and challenging holes make these courses some of the most engaging in the northeast. Lakes, tall trees and rock features woven into the design create an experience that puts your game to the test,” Begay says. The pair of Rees Jones-designed courses include the 18-hole private golf course (South Course) and the 18-hole public golf course (North Course). In 2017, for the 11th consecutive year, Golfweek rated Lake of Isles’ North Course as No. 1 in Connecticut on its state-by-state list of the best golf courses you can play in the U.S. The 900-acre Lake of Isles property is managed by Troon Golf, and, in addition to the two golf courses, includes an elegant clubhouse and a state-of-the-art golf academy with four indoor teaching studios. PGA and LPGA golf pros lead the year-round Lake of Isles Golf Academy, held at indoor and outdoor practice areas.
Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA
(951) 770-8210. pechanga.com/indulge/journey
“Journey at Pechanga is a wonderful sanctuary set amidst the mature live oaks and mean-dering hills of the Temecula Valley,” Begay says. “The variety in hole designs keep players engaged while they try to navigate the elevation changes and the unique setting of this southern California gem. Enjoy the ideal weather and impeccable condition of this wonderful course built by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.” After tackling the challenges of this links-style, par-72, 18-hole course, relax with breathtaking views and great food at the clubhouse bar and restaurant, Journey’s End. Journey at Pechanga made Golfweek's 2017 list of the 30 best golf courses to play in California.
Sycuan Golf Resort, Sycuan Tribe
3007 Dahesa Road, El Cajon, CA
(800) 457-5568 (toll free), (619) 442-3425. www.sycuanresort.comsycuanresort.com/golf
You can play 54 holes at San Diego’s only three-course golf resort, including 36 holes of championship golf (Oak Glen and Willow Glen). If that’s too daunting, players can fine-tune their game on the 18-hole, par-3 Pine Glen course. Sycuan Resort sprawls across 425 acres in the serene Dehesa Valley, and all 100 guest rooms offer views of the golf courses or swimming pools. The contemporary resort also includes a pro shop, tennis courts, fitness center and a spa. Plus, Sycuan Casino is just a four-mile, complimentary shuttle ride away.
Whitney Oaks Golf Club, United Auburn Indian Community
2305 Clubhouse Drive, Rocklin, CA
(916) 632-8333. Whitneyoaksgolf.com
There are no parallel fairways at Whitney Oaks. Each hole blazes a unique path, and greens are fast and true. The clubhouse, with its sports-bar vibe, sits above the 18th green. The United Auburn Indian Community also owns the nearby Thunder Valley Casino Resort, where luxury accommodations, spa treatments, a pool and entertainment entice golfers to enjoy a weekend retreat.
Woods Valley Golf Club, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
14616 Woods Valley
Road, Valley Center, CA
(760) 751-3007. Woodsvalleygolfclub.com
In late 2013, the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians purchased and began renovating Woods Valley Golf Club, which opened in 2004. Today, magnificent, tree-lined fairways and rolling slopes are highlights of the 18-hole, par-72 championship course. Designed with an emphasis on strategy and shot-making, the course winds and bends with the natural contours of the countryside. Ten holes incorporate water, and bunkers are dispersed throughout. The Birdies Bar & Grill is an excellent breakfast or lunch option.
Mohegan Sun Golf Club, Mohegan Tribe
7 Dows LnBaltic, CT
(860) 862-9660. Mohegansungolfclub.com
This 18-hole championship golf course is etched into the hillsides of scenic southeastern Connecticut. Just a 15-min-ute drive from Mohegan Sun, the private course is open to members, casino guests and convention-goers. Golfweek rated Mohegan Sun as No. 6 in Connecticut on its 2017 state-by-state list of the best golf courses you can play in the U.S. Mohegan Sun Golf Club also offers ideal practicing grounds with 18,000-square-foot natural turf tee. Other amenities include a clubhouse, pro shop, banquet facility and outdoor swimming pool. After a round of golf, continue the merriment at Pautipaug Pub, an upscale pub with full bar that serves salads, signature sandwiches, burgers, and steaks.
Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
6401 Kendale Lakes Drive, Miami, FL
(305) 382-3930. miccosukee.com/golf-club
Miccosukee Golf & Country Club has played host to many LPGA and PGA events, including the Miccosukee Championship, a tournament on the Web.com Tour from 2003 to 2012. The par-72 course offers 27 holes of prime, Mark Mahannah-designed layout in the heart of Miami. The open-daily, lighted practice facility and putting green accommodate up to 50 golfers. The country club also features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 12 tennis courts, a restaurant and a full-service pro shop. Banquet facilities can host up to 500 guests.
Circling Raven Golf Club, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
27068 US Highway 95, Worley, ID
(800) 523-2464 (toll free), (208) 686-0248. cdacasino.com/golf
“The scenery is breathtaking. I could not believe how spread out the course is. There is so much wildlife,” sys Alexandrea Schulte (Northern Ute), a professional golfer who has been playing the 18- hole, par-72 Circling Raven Golf Club since 2012. Schulte attributes the course’s vibrance to “the community, the staff and how well they maintain it every day.” Circling Raven tops Golfweek's 2017 list of the best golf courses you can play in Idaho. Snaking across 7,189 yards among wetlands, wood-lands and Palouse grasses, the Circling Raven course traverses the rolling hills of Northern Idaho. “Don’t get ahead of yourself on hole No. 8,” Schulte advises. And don’t miss Circling Raven’s famous, par-3 floating island green, No. 14. After the Gene Bates-designed course has put your skills to the test, grab a cocktail and meal at Twisted Earth, which has a scenic patio.
Firekeeper Golf Course, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
12524 150th Road, Mayetta, KS
(785) 966-2100. Firekeepergolf.com
“Located on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, this layout is exceptionally maintained, with great definition between fairways and rough,” says Montoya of Firekeeper Golf Course, which runs 7,500 yards from the back tees and just 4,500 yards from the forward tees. “This holds true around the greens. The prairie native grasses can be quite challenging. On these large greens, a two-putt is never a given. There is nothing contrived here, and it feels like Firekeeper has been there for-ever.” Named the No. 1 place to play in Kansas by Golfweek in 2017, Firekeeper is the first signature course designed by Begay’s NB3 Consulting. Fire-keeper also made the national Top 100 list on Golfweek's Best: Resort Courses, 2017. It’s a 15-minute commute from Topeka, and visitors can also take advantage of the entertainment, dining and shopping at the adjacent Prai-rie Band Casino & Resort, and stay in one of the resort’s 297 modern rooms.
Sac & Fox Driving Range, Sac & Fox Nation
1322 US Highway 75, Powhattan, KS
(800) 990-2946 (toll free), (785) 467-800. sacandfoxcasino.com/amenities
Hone your long game at this 300-yard driving range adjacent to the Sac & Fox Casino. A con-venient, self-service cabin sells buckets of balls, and sets of clubs are available for rent. The range has lights, but the typical hours are sunup to sundown.
Koasati Pines Golf Resort, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
777 Coushatta DriveKinder, LA
(337) 738-4777. coushattacasinoresort.com/golf
Koasati Pines is full of surprises. Three holes have split fairways, and water is present at seem-ingly every turn, with 65 acres of lakes spread over the 18 holes. The par-72 course rolls and doglegs around the natural wetlands of Southwest Louisi-ana. Tall pines and massive live oaks frame the relaxing resort. Settle ties or bets or simply pro-long the fun at the bonus 19th “Gambling Hole” that finishes on an island green.
Tamahka Trails Golf Club, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
711 Paragon Place, Marksville, LA
(800) 946-1946 ext. 6300 (toll free). paragoncasinoresort.com/attractions/golf
Tamahka Trails Golf Club is un-dergoing a quiet resurgence. The initial phase began in summer 2016, and guests immediately noticed the enhanced atten-tion to details throughout the property—from complimentary use of the practice facility to the signature mango-scented ice towels for overheated guests. In recent months, Tamahka Trails launched a new logo and website, reversed the nines, introduced an inclusive rate structure, and more. The tribe is also installing new landscaping around the course and club-house. Next up: Tamahka Trails will renovate its bunkers. After the bunker overhaul, the three-time U.S. Open Qualifier host will easily compete again for the most prestigious amateur events in the south-central U.S. Carrying the signature stamp of architect Steve Smyers, contem-porary design meets a reverence for Scotland's legendary courses at the 230-acre, par-71 Tamahka Trails. Smyers deftly integrated the creeks, oak and sycamore trees of Cajun country into the 18-hole course.
The Club at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
6300 US 31 N, Acme, MI
(800) 236-1577 (toll free), 231-534-6000, grandtraverseresort.com/golf
Three unique, 18-hole cours-es—The Bear, The Wolverine, and Spruce Run—each de-signed by an acclaimed architect, shape the drastically different golfing experiences at The Club at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Since 2011, The Bear at Grand Traverse has consistently earned a coveted spot on Golf Digest's 100 Best Public Courses in America list. The Bear “leap-frogs over 12 water hazards between first and last hole,” the publication states. The Jack Nicklaus-crafted Bear earned the No. 20 spot on Golfweek's 2017 list of the best golf courses you can play in Michigan. The Wolverine course challenges the scratch golfer (water hazards on 13 holes), but can accommodate the novice. The Spruce Run, site of the Michigan Open in the early 1980s, pays homage to the numerous spruce and fir trees that line its fairways and greens—there’s nowhere better than Grand Traverse to explore the Northwoods beauty of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The resort has hosted the Michigan Open for 28 years.
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
N5384 US Highway 45, Watersmeet, MI
(906) 358-0303, lvdcasino.com/Content/Golf-Course
Play 18 in Michigan’s great north woods over roughly 200 acres of Ottawa National Forest. A variety of rich blue grasses form the fairways that lead to USGA greens of PennLinks Bentgrass that deliver smooth-ness and good ball speed. The Lac Vieux Casino and the connected 132-room Dancing Eagles Hotel are steps away from the golf course.
Sweetgrass Golf Club, Hannahville Indian Community
W339 US 2 & 41, Harris, MI
(906) 723-2251. islandresortandcasino.com/entertainment/sweetgrass-golf-club
Aromatic sweetgrass, a sacred and ceremonial plant, grows along this championship course in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Each of its 18 holes are named after or pay homage to an Indian legend. Spanning 7,300 to 5,000 yards with its multiple tees, Sweetgrass Golf Club is a natural work of art, designed by Mich-igan-native Paul Albanese, and a cultural extension of the Han-nahville Indian Community. The club’s stunning, signature No. 15 hole requires a high shot onto a generous island surrounded by rock outcroppings. Sweet-grass Golf Club’s challenging parkland-style layout offers ideal competition grounds for its Is-land Resort Championship. The winner of the annual event earns an automatic exemption onto the following year’s LPGA Tour, not to mention a substantial purse. In 2017, Sweetgrass was rated No. 13 among Golfweek's list of the 20 best golf courses you can play in Michigan.
Wild Bluff Golf Course, Bay Mills Indian Community
11386 W Lakeshore Drive Brimley, MI
(888) 422-9645 (toll free), (906) 248-3700. wildbluff.com
Admire the beauty of Lake Superior from up high while playing a round of golf at Bay Mills Resort & Casino’s 18-hole championship Wild Bluff Golf Course. Five sets of tee boxes offer plenty of options while navigating this verdant course and its lakes. Cap your exhilarating day of golf with a great drink or dinner at Wild Bluff’s Players Lounge, and perhaps continue the fun at Bay Mills Resort and Casino.
Black Bear Golf Course. Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
1791 Highway 210. Carlton, MN
(218) 722-8633. Golfatthebear.com
Black Bear Golf Course and its two driving ranges, nestled in the woodlands of Minnesota and designed and built by Cal Bristow, showcase the majestic beauty of the north. From the nearby Pine River to the bent grass fairways, Black Bear offers an intriguing round for every player.
Dacotah Ridge Golf Club, Lower Sioux Indian Community
31042 County Highway 2, Morton, MN
(800) 946-2274 ext. 98050 (toll free), (507) 697-8050. Dacotahridge.com
Far from civilization and noise, the wild prairielands of the Dacotah Ridge Golf Club thrill golfers from around the world. Tight fairways give way to fast greens at this 18-hole, Rees Jones-designed championship course that challenges even the best players. It covers 7,109 yards of wetlands, the wind-ing Wabasha Creek, a 14-acre lake and mature trees. Dacotah Ridge also excels at dining, a post-round necessity, with Wabasha Creek Restaurant, a full-service restaurant and bar. Coming in at No. 7, Dacotah Ridge made Golfweek's 2017 list of the best golf courses you can play in Minnesota.
Grand National Golf Club, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
300 Lady Luck Drive, Hinckley, MN
( 800) 468-3517 (toll free), (320) 384-7427. grandnationalgolf.com
Make the rounds on 18 holes of championship layout at Grand National Golf Club, where ponds, marshes and creeks hug the course, and hardwood native trees set fairway boundaries. Located just 90 minutes north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the golf club is next to 24-hour entertainment at Grand Casino Hinckley, home to five restau-rants, two lounges, and over 700 guest rooms.
The Meadows at Mystic Lake, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2222 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake, MN
(952) 233-5533. Golfthemeadows.com
Meadows at Mystic Lake ranked No. 9 on Golfweek's 2017 list of the best golf courses to play in Minnesota. A natural sanctuary of waterfalls and abundant native plants, the championship-caliber course is next door to many food and entertainment venues, including Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, The Meadows Bar and Grill and Little Six Casino.
Mount Frontenac Golf Course, Prairie Island Indian Community
31099 Ski Road, Frontenac, MN
(800) 488-5826 (toll free), (651) 388-5826 Mountfrontenac.com
This golfer’s paradise just south of Red Wing, Minnesota, over-looks the beautiful Mississippi River Bluffs and Lake Pepin. With fairways surrounded by majestic trees, challenging, short, par-4s require deft navigation around trunks and branches. Post-round, the clubhouse, with a gourmet chef and full bar, is ideal for large gatherings and events.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
1450 Bois Forte Road Tower, MN
(800) 992-4680 (toll free). Golfthewilderness.com
On the shores of Lake Vermil-lion and set among Minnesota’s majestic white and red pines, Wilderness fairways alternate between high and low ele-vations. The 18th hole treats players to a waterfall cascading into a pond. “This course in northern Minnesota cuts its way through some of the most beautiful forest in the region and provides a variety of tee boxes in order to accommodate all golf-ers,” Begay says. “The Jeff Brauer design incorporates granite rock outcroppings, forest and lakes into a layout that provides a true ‘getaway’ experience. It’s a re-mote destination, but definitely worth it!” Wilderness at Fortune Bay was rated No. 2 on Golfweek's 2017 list of the best golf courses to play in Minnesota, and No. 42 on Golfweek's Best: Resort Courses, 2017. Since 2011, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay has made Golf Digest's Top 100 Public Golf Courses rankings, and 2017-18 is no exception. This year the harmoniously-de-signed course came in at No. 57.
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
13120 HIGHWAY 16 W Choctaw, MS
(866) 44-PEARL (toll free), (601) 663-0011. dancingrabbitgolf.com/ courses
While oaks and pines tower year-round at Dancing Rab-bit Golf Club, it’s the colorful azaleas that transform its 18-hole Azaleas Course each spring into a slice of southern heaven. Golf Digest placed Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at The Azaleas at No. 99 on its 2017-18 list of 100 Greatest Public Courses in America. The publication gave props to Dancing Rabbit's other 18, the Oaks Course, also created by acclaimed golf course design-er Tom Fazio and PGA great Jerry Pate. Built on the ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, both the Aza-leas Course and Oaks Course embrace the area’s lush environ-ment and spring-fed streams.
Black Mesa Golf Club, Santa Clara Pueblo
115 State Road 399, Espanola, NM
(505) 747-8946. blackmesagolfclub.com
Ranked the No. 7 must-play course in New Mexico by Golfweek reviewers in 2017, Black Mesa Golf Club is as unpredictable as it is fun. Baxter Spann designed the course to wind through New Mexico’s stark mesas and rocky terrain. Its signature #16, a par-5, is dubbed the “Stairway to Seven” for its difficulty.
Cochiti Golf Club, Pueblo de Cochiti
5200 Cochiti Highway, Cochiti Lake, NM
(505) 465-2239 or (505) 465-2230. cochitigolfclub.com
Chochiti Golf Club’s elevated tees are known to prompt play-ers to repeatedly snap photos of the track winding over rugged high-desert terrain, flanked by cactus arroyos. Tucked between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course is well worth a drive. “Finding it is like finding a needle in a haystack, but it’s a great golf course. A must-play when visiting the area,” Wright says. After a round, golfers can have a drink while drinking in the views at the Stone Kiva Bar and Grill.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Championship Golf Course, Mescalero Apache Tribe
287 Carrizo Canyon Road, Mescalero, NM
(800) 545-9011, (505) 464-7945. innofthemountaingods.com/activities/champion-ship-golf
Cutting through the canyons beneath the looming 11,973-foot Sierra Blanca Peak, Inn of the Mountain Gods lends an alpine aesthetic with its ponder-osa pines, pinions, cottonwoods and aspen-lined fairways. “This course will always have a special place in my heart for a number of reasons,” Begay says. “Golf brought my family together ev-ery May for the annual Wendell Chino golf classic there. My brother Clint and I competed in this Native event since the age of 10 and have loved the course ever since.”The 1975 Ted Robinson classic became one of the first trib-al-owned golf resorts in North America. “I also have a deep admiration for former Presi-dent of the Mescalero Apache Nation, Wendell Chino, the innovator who combined high-stakes bingo, golf and hotel into the modern Native American destination resort,” Begay says.
Isleta Eagle Golf Course, Pueblo of Isleta
4001 Highway 47 SE, Albuquerque, NM
(888) 293-9146 (toll free), (505) 869-095. 0isleta.com/golf
Explore three distinct nine-hole tracts at the edge of the spectacular Bosque forest along the banks of the Rio Grande. The public, daily-fee Isleta Golf Course features three natural lakes that interact with the Arroyo, Lakes and Mesa courses featuring heavily contoured fairways, manicured greens, thick roughs, and liberal bunker placement. The Golf Digest four-star-rated course sits just minutes away from the gaming action at Isleta Resort & Casino.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe
10325 Nu-Wav Kair Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV
World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye sculpted all three of Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort’s trio of championship courses: Wolf, Sun Mountain and Snow Mountain. The Wolf Course made Golf-week's Best: Resort Courses, 2017 list, coming in at No. 78. Mean-while, Golf Advisor reviewers named Sun Mountain the No. 1 course in Nevada in 2016, and No. 34 in the U.S. A mere 25 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip, this diamond in the desert immerses golfers in vibrant green rolling hills and offers 360-degree views of jagged mountains in the distance. While several sets of tees accommodate everyone from the high-handicap-per to a scratch player, the Wolf delivers the toughest run. The Wolf howls at 7,604 total yards—the longest course in Nevada—with heavy undula-tions and a stunning 15th-hole island green. Resort staff favor Sun Mountain and point to its quality conditions and indigenous desert landscape (not to mention a monstrous mountain backdrop). Snow Mountain, the resort’s original course, entertains with seven holes with water, traditional Dye railroad-tie bunkers, dogleg finishing holes, and the best Par 3s on the property.
Sandia Golf Club, Pueblo of Sandia
30 Rainbow Road NE, Albuquerque, NM
(505) 798-3990. sandiagolf.com
“It’s very easy to be distracted by the overarching presence of the Sandia Mountains that stand as the backdrop for this 18-hole venue,” Begay says of Sandia Golf Club. “Players that venture out in the early morning will enjoy the sun as it rises over the mountain top and likely avoid the winds that make club selection difficult. Be sure to adjust your yardages for the mile-high elevation—it will boost your drives an extra 15-25 yards.” The par-72, Scott Miller-designed course routes golfers through rugged high desert landscape with crystal-clear waterfalls, and is decorated with 48 strategically placed bunkers. Sandia is also home to a full-size practice range with a double-tiered teeing area, a massive practice putting green and a chipping green with bunker. A love of golf and southwest-ern cuisine merge at the Pueblo-style Sandia Grille, where guests gravitate toward the covered patio overlooking the 18th green.
Santa Ana Golf Club, Pueblo of Santa Ana
288 Prairie Star Road, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
(505) 867-9464 (local). mynewmexicogolf.com/ santaana_course
“It’s near the Rio Grande, with amazing views of the Sandia Moun-tains,” Montoya says of Santa Ana Golf Club, the first destination golf resort in New Mexico. Large Pueblo mounds and eight looking-glass lakes enhance this award-winning sister course to Twin Warriors Golf Club. Santa Ana Golf Club also served as the venue for the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship. “This is where my heart calls home. Learning the game of golf here during summer golf camps, this became my home. Of the 27 holes of golf, the Tamaya Nine is my favorite; it tests you off the tee and on the greens. The Cheena Nine is great for a closing back nine when playing competitive golf and for a fun round,” Montoya adds.
Towa Golf Resort, Pueblo of Pojoaque
40 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM
(877) 465-3489, (toll free), (505) 455-9000. buffalothunderresort.com/golf
Awarded the No. 1 Best Golf Resort in North America by the Annual World Golf Awards in 2015, Towa was de-signed jointly by 20-time PGA winner Hale Irwin and noted golf course de-signer and landscape architect William Phillips. The Boulder Nine, The Piñon Nine and The Valley Nine twist and turn around indigenous topography and rock formations. New Mexico's only island green can be found on Towa's Boulder Nine.
Twin Warriors Golf Club, Pueblo of Santa Ana
1301 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
(505) 771-6155 (local). mynewmexicogolf.com/twin_hometamaya.hyatt.com/en/hotel/ golf.html
“I was part of the team that opened Twin Warriors in 2001 and was promoted to head golf professional in 2004, my first head professional posi-tion,” says Native professional golfer Derek Gutierrez, director of sister Santa Ana Golf Club. “Those two items alone make this my favorite. Additional reason, its location on the Pueblo of Santa Ana! Routed in and around 20-plus cultural sites of previous habitation and activity, this is a very special place that overlooks the Rio Grande and Sandia Mountains. It’s a true gem by golf course designer Gary Panks, who involved several of the Pueblo’s tribal member’s input when routing the golf course—always a challenging but fair test of golf. Layout and conditions here are worthy of hosting a PGA or LPGA tour event. In exception-al condition year-round with amazing views in all directions.”
Seneca Hickory Stick Gol,f Seneca Nation of Indians
4560 Creek Road, Lewiston, NY
(716) 754-2424 .www.senecahickor ystick. com
Just 10 minutes from Niagara Falls, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course weaves through some of Western New York’s most beau-tiful topography, highlighted by tranquil lakes, ponds and mature trees. The rare Shellbark Hickory trees on site are protected. The club’s practice facilities include a natural grass driving range, a vast putting green and desig-nated grass and sand chipping areas. The Hickory Grill at the clubhouse is open daily.
Turning Stone Golf Club, Oneida Indian Nation
5218 Patrick Rd, Verona, New York 13478
(877) 748-GOLF, (toll free). turningstone.com/golf
Courses: Atunyote, Kaluhyat, Shenendoah, Pleasant Knolls, Sandstone Hollow
Choose among five courses here, including three of the country’s premier public/resort championship tracks—Atunyote, Kaluhyat and Shenendoah—at Turning Stone Golf Club. The course played host to the 49th PGA Professional National Championship in 2006 and 2016.
Turning Stone’s five courses are part of a 3,400-acre complex of world-class amenities, including four hotels, 21 restaurants and other dining options, two lux-urious spas, a 120,000-square-foot Las Vegas-style gaming floor, legendary concerts and shows, and several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues. Turning Stone recently won 2017 Forbes Travel “Four Star” ratings in three categories: hotel, restaurant and spa. The Lodge, an elegant, Adirondack-style, all-suite hotel, received the honor for the second straight year. Wildflowers Restaurant in The Lodge and Ska:ná: Spa also scored the coveted Forbes Four Star recognition.
Turning Stone is the only business in Central New York to hold three different AAA Four Diamond Awards within one facility: The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers Restaurant, the only restaurant in Central New York to garner the four-diamond rating.
Atunyote Golf Club
Atunyote, site of the 2016 PGA Professional Championship, was also home to the Turning Stone Resort Championship (2007-10) on the PGA Tour, and in 2006 it was the site of both the 39th PGA Professional Championship and the B.C. Open. “[PGA stars] Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar are past champions of the [Turning Stone Resort Championship] event, and they were both impressed by the entire facility,” Begay says. “Players won’t find a more finely manicured golf course in the country. The first year Tiger Woods played the Atunyote course during the NB3 Foundation Challenge, he called the greens, ‘some of the finest putting surfaces’ he’d ever played.”
Since 2011, Atunyote has consistently earned a spot on Golf Digest's list of “America's 100 Greatest Public Courses,” and the 2017-18 rankings put Atunyote at No. 75. At 7,315 yards, The Tom Fazio design is the resort’s longest course. Each hole at Atunyote, the Oneida word for “eagle,” is named for an indigenous bird. For instance, #1 is the Red-Tailed Hawk, #5 is Kingfisher, and the 16th is dubbed Great Blue Heron.
Kaluhyat Golf Club
Kaluhyat is another course at New York's Turning Stone Resort ranked among Golf Digest's Top 100 Public Courses in the country for 2017-18. Kaluhyat (No. 90 on the list) opened a year before its sister course, Atunyote. The trademark of Kaluhyat, the Oneida word for ‘the other side of the sky,’ is its dramatic elevation changes, with plateau settings offering spectacular views. The course traverses hilly property that has dense forest and six lakes.
Measuring in at just over 7,100 yards, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course ranked among the New York honorees on “Golfweek's Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” for 2016, coming in at seventh. Kaluhyat, along with Atunyote, hosted the 2016 PGA Professional Championship.
Shenendoah Golf Club
After a nearly year-long rede-sign, the par-72 Shenendoah has re-opened with seven new holes. The course originally debuted in 2000, designed by Rick Smith, and the acclaimed golf course architect returned to Turning Stone to lead the redesign. The course’s 18 holes of PGA-level golf comply with stringent Audubon International standards for environmental protection and preservation.
Pleasant Knolls — Turning Stone Golf Club
4727 Stony Brook Rd. Vernon, NY
Pleasant Knolls is a play-er-friendly recreational course, offering a relaxing nine holes of par-36 golf. It features wide-open fairways, fast greens, challenging water hazards and gently rolling terrain.
Sandstone Hollow was built with the busy golfer in mind. The result: a nine-hole, par-3 that winds through woods and wetlands, with greens surround-ed by wild fescue grasses and rock outcroppings. This isn’t a pitch-and-putt course. Designed by Rick Smith, Sandstone Hol-low is rated among the top 25 par-3s in the USA by Golf Event magazine—and it will push your game to the limit.
Mojave Resort Golf Club, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
9905 Aha Macav Parkway, Laughlin, NV
(702) 535-GOLF (4653). mojavegolf.com
Mojave Resort Golf Club molds to the banks of the Colora-do River, where wind-shaped sand dunes and earthy desert mountains are juxtaposed against a stark green course. The front nine caters to high handicappers, but the back tees offer challenges for more advanced players.
Sequoyah National Golf Club, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
79 Cahons Road, Whittier, NC sequoyahnational.com
With spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, the championship-caliber, year-round Sequoyah National Golf Club measures 6,600 yards. The Robert Trent Jones II design— with bluegrass fairways and immaculately groomed bent grass greens—creates an idyllic 18-hole journey of challeng-ing yet scenic golf. Guests can also practice their swing at the expansive practice area that includes a driving range.
Earlier this year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians approved a $200 million plan to add 600-800 more rooms in another hotel tower, as well as 100,000 square feet of conven-tion space to Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.
Dakota Winds Golf Course, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate
16849 102st SE, Hankinson, ND
(800) 325-6825 (toll free, (701) 634-3000. dakotamagic.com/golf dakotamagic.com/golf
There’s nothing like experi-encing a familiar track from a fresh vantage point, which is completely doable with Dakota Winds’ reversible 27-hole course. Open to all ages April through October, Dakota Winds Golf Course is adjacent to the Dakota Magic Casino & Resort. The Pro Shop is fully stocked with all new clothing and clubs, and the friendly staff is happy to assist with club fitting, lessons and even re-gripping of clubs.
Cherokee Hills Golf, Club Cherokee Nation
770 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK
(800) 760-6700 (toll free), (918) 384-7600 (local). hardrockcasinotulsa.com/ golf
Rated the No. 5 best course to play in Oklahoma by Golfweek reviews in 2016, Cherokee Hills Golf Club is just 15 minutes east of downtown Tulsa. The 1924 Perry Maxwell design was renovated in 2004 by Tripp Davis, known for his attention to the environmental impact of golf courses. The 18-hole course preserves Maxwell's trademark bunkering and four of his origi-nal holes, as well as his uniquely placed tee boxes.
Cherokee Springs Golf Club, Cherokee Nation
700 E Ballentine Road, Tahlequah, OK
(918) 456-5100. cherokeecasino.com/ tahlequah/golf/cherokee-springs-golf-course
Cherokee Springs Golf Course’s signature hole, the par-5 No. 6, requires an approach shot over two ponds to touch the green. But that’s not the only leap you’ll need to make to avoid getting wet: the course is littered with water hazards. Visitors can also hone their swing at the driving range, which features a putting and chipping green.
Cherokee Trails Golf Club, Cherokee Nation
22706 S 504 Road, Tahlequah, OK
(918) 458-4294. cherokeecasino.com/tahle-quah/golf/cherokee-trails-golf-course
Seated next to Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah, the nine-hole Cherokee Trails Golf Course, also renovated by Tripp Davis, offers a professional practice facility, bentgrass greens and sparkling streams.
FireLake Golf Course, Shawnee Tribe
1901 S Gordon Cooper Drive, Shawnee, OK
(405) 275-4471. firelakegolf.com
Currently undergoing a full-course renovation, FireLake Golf Course is tentatively scheduled to reopen in late summer 2017. Upgrades will include new teeing surfaces, re-contoured fairways, a state of the art irrigation system, and wider cart paths. The 6,595-yard course is lined with native grass, and the greens have been con-verted to Champion Bermuda. Surrounded by 11 beautiful lakes and with a natural creek that cuts through the middle of the course, water is a main player at FireLake Golf course. FireLake Mini Putt plans to officially open in late May 2017.
Kalispel Golf and Country Club, Kalispel Tribe of Indians
2010 W. Waikiki Road, Spokane, WA
(509) 466-9813. kalispelgolf.com
Located on the North Side of scenic Spokane, Washington, the historic Kalispel Golf and Country Club provides the ultimate inland Northwest golf experience, a picturesque set-ting along the Little Spokane River that includes world-class dining and the highest levels of service. Known as the best-maintained course in the region with natural land-scaping, very few fabricated contours and the opportunity to see wild animals wandering the fairways, this remarkable par-72 course provides an enjoyable round for golfers of all skill levels. Pacific Northwest Golfer Mag-azine recognized Kalispel Golf and Country Club’s par-3 17th as one of the “Great Holes of the Northwest” for 2017, among just four holes that received the honor.
WinStar Golf Course, Chickasaw Nation
777 Casino Avenue, Thackerville, OK 1-800-622-6317. winstarworldcasino.com/golf
The D.A. Weibring-designed 27-hole layout stretches across 280 acres in the Red River Valley. WinStar’s 10,000-square-foot rustic clubhouse is outfitted with a pro shop, locker room and its Legends Bar & Grill restaurant. The banquet room, which can handle 160 guests, features a patio that overlooks the golf course. Players can hone their game with a private lesson at the WinStar Golf Academy taught by professional instruc-tors or take advantage of swing diagnostic services. Keep the fun rolling at the neighboring WinStar World Casino and Re-sort, the world’s largest casino, featuring over 500,000 square feet of gaming floor.
Chinook Winds Golf Resort, Chinook Indian Nation
3245 NE 50th, Lincoln City, OR
(888) CHINOOK (toll free), (541) 994-8442. chinookwindscasino.com/golf
The lush and mature Chinook Winds Golf Resort is cut into a mountainside, and nestled within old-growth timber. The semi-private, 18-hole course opened in 1926. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean attracts visitors year round to Chinook Golf Resort and Casino and Hotel, and offers an alluring set-ting for beach-front weddings.
Ocean Dunes Golf Links, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
5647 Highway 126, Florence, Oregon
(877) 374-8377. threeriverscasino.com/golf
Watch as your golf ball soars over a gorgeous expanse of green between swaths of wind-swept coastal forest at Ocean Dunes Golf Links. The Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves serve as an audio backdrop to these 18 holes on prime real estate on the Central Oregon Coast. Architect William Robinson de-signed holes that wind through wild dunes to offer challenges under varying conditions. The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians own Ocean Dunes Golf Links, as well as the affiliated Three Rivers Casino Resort in Florence and Coos Bay. The Florence-based Three Rivers won first-place for best regional casino in the 2017 Register-Guard Readers' Choice awards.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino Golf Course, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
46510 Wildhorse Blvd, Pendleton, OR
(800) 654-9453 (toll free), (541) 276-5588. wildhorseresort.com/golf/golf
Designed by the legendary golf archi-tect John Steidel, the Wildhorse Resort & Casino Golf Course is immaculately kept, 7,000 yards of lush greens in the foothills of Oregon's Blue Mountains enhanced by five lakes and 66 bunkers scattered across 18 holes. “It plays host to an Annual Indian Tournament that brings folks from all over the Western U.S., owned by the Umatilla Indian Community,” Wright says. The play/ lodging packages are unbeatable.
Spotted Tail Golf Club, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Rosebud, South Dakota 57570
Tribal volunteers manage this nine-hole public golf course on the Rose-bud Sioux Reservation. “This place will always hold a special place in my heart, since this is where it all began for me, on my home reservation,” Wright says. “It was not designed by any big name. No construction. The course was just laid out as it lies.”
The Cedars at Dungeness Jamestown, S'Klallam Tribe
1965 Woodcock Road, Sequim, WA
(360) 683-6344 (local). 7cedarsresort.com/golf
For four consecutive years, Cedars has been voted the Best Golf Course in KING-5 Evening Magazine’s Best Northwest Escapes. Ten years ago, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe purchased Cedars, which opened in 1970 in Sequim, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. A rare find in the Pacific Northwest, Cedars is playable about 300 days per year. The 18-holes course also hosts a variety of tournaments for fundraising purposes and community fun. Nearby attractions include the tribe's 7 Cedars Casino and quick ferry rides to Victoria and Seattle.
Loomis Trail Golf Club, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine, WA
(800) 281-7002 (toll free), (360) 332-1725. semiahmoo.com/golf
On Semiahmoo Bay near the Canadian border, Loomis Trail is dotted with wa-ter hazards. The 10,500-foot Mt. Baker serves as the majestic backdrop for many of the Graham Cooke-designed 18 holes. The Loomis Trail course was rated No. 5 in Washington State in Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Cours-es You Can Play, 2017. The Tudor-style clubhouse offers comfortable accom-modations without skimping on style.
Salish Cliffs Golf Club, Squaxin Island Tribe
91 West State Route 108, Shelton, WA
(800) 667-7711 (toll free), (360) 462-3673. salish-cliffs.com
With 600 feet of elevation changes and monumental distances between some of the greens and tee boxes, Salish Cliffs demands that golfers use a cart. Explore 18 manicured holes over lush fairways and smooth greens that rise and fall over hilly terrain. Owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe and crafted by award-winning architect Gene Bates, the course frequently qualifies for "Best of" lists. Salish Cliffs ranked No. 57 on Golfweek's Best: Resort Courses, 2017 list, and came in at the No. 4 best course to play in Washington State according to Golfweek reviewers. While it’s adjacent to the Squaxin Island Tribe's Little Creek Casino Resort, the championship course re-mains secluded in 320 acres of pristine northwest beauty.
Semiahmoo Country Club, Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
8720 Semiahmoo Parkway,Blaine, WA
(855) 917-3767 (toll free), (360) 371-7015. semiahmoo.com/golfsemiahmoo.com/golf/semi-ahmoo-country-club.htm
The Arnold Palmer-designed Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club offers a relaxing round of golf over rolling, gener-ous fairways with fast greens. Rated No. 9 in Washington on Golfweek’s 2017 state-by-state list of the best golf courses you can play across the country, this 7,005-yard, tree-lined master-piece brings water into play on five holes and further challenges players with 67 strategically placed bunkers. The resort ame-nities include a driving range, lounges and restaurants, two in-door and outdoor tennis courts, a seasonal pool and jacuzzi, as well as a sauna.
In May 2017, Semiahmoo was recertified as an Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary, joining less than 900 locations worldwide that can claim the designation. First certified in 1993, Semiah-moo has been recertified every three years since, proving the country club adheres to proper energy and water conservation, wildlife and habitat manage-ment, waste management, and more.
Swinomish Golf Links,Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
12518 Christianson Road, Anacortes, WA
(855) 794-6563 (toll free), (360) 293-3444. swinomishcasinoandlodge.com/golf/the-course
A scenic links-style course on beautiful Fidalgo Island, Swin-omish’s tree-lined fairways guide players to approachable greens. Elevation changes offer views of the Pacific Northwest, and in the distance, Mount Baker. The course opened as a nine-holer in 1927, expanding to 18 holes in 1955. The Swinomish Tribe purchased the course in Sep-tember 2013, and has gradually and significantly been improv-ing course conditions. In Fall 2016, the tribe began the first phase of a $20-million expan-sion and renovation project to its nearby Swinomish Casino & Lodge. The AAA Three Diamond Award-winning ho-tel's 98 rooms capture breath-taking views.
White Horse Golf Club, Suquamish Indian Tribe
22795 Three Lions Place NE, Kingston, WA
(360) 297-4468. clearwatercasino.com/white-horse-golf-club
Nestled on high ground be-tween the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the peaceful sur-roundings of White Horse Golf Club beckon players of all skill levels. “White Horse Golf Club has a fantastic practice facility with grass tees and numerous targets to hit to, and is extremely tough from the back tees,” Isaac Henry-Cano says. The 18-hole course is just minutes from the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry.
Pine Hills Golf & Supper Club, Stockbridge Munsee Community Mohican Nation
N 9499 Pine Hills Dr., Geshman, WI
(715) 787-3778. pinehillsgolf.net
While the course is just 30 minutes west of Shawano, the outside world slips away when you enter this oasis of towering pines in Wisconsin's historic Northwoods. All 18 holes on the par-72 course test a golfer’s accuracy. From the Pine Hills Club House, the highest vista overlooking the 1st tee and the 18th green, visitors can gaze at lovely sunrises and sunsets. The elegant log clubhouse is also home to the warmly decorated Pine Hills restaurant, which offers a fine din-ing experience with innovative weekly features, spirits and Sunday brunch.
Indian Hills Golf Club, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
6991 Lakeshore Rd, Lambton Shores, Ontario
(519) 786-5505. Indianhillsgolf.ca
Indian Hills Golf Club in Lambton Shores is home to “some of the most challenging holes in all of Ontario,” Steve W. Tooshkenig says of the First Nation-owned 18-hole course. “This course will test your shot-making ability. Tree-lined fairways make each tee shot challenging and you won’t find any fast-er greens in the area. This is a must-play, a golf course that keeps getting better and better every year.”