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Summer Summary: Golf Courses in Indian Country

Indian Country is home to some of the best golf courses in the country.
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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

(480) 836-9000

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

(760) 833-8700

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

(888) 475-3746

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

(800) 523-2464

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.

Koasati Pines

Coushatta Tribe

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,
Marksville, Louisiana

(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

(906) 358-4226

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.

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Dacotah Ridge Golf Club

Lower Sioux Indian Community

31042 County Highway 2,
Morton, Minnesota

(800) 946-2274

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

(952) 233-5533

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

(800) 545-9011

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

Sandia Pueblo

30 Rainbow Road N.E., Albuquerque

(505) 798-3990

Honors galore have been bestowed upon Sandia fromGolf 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

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

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

Cherokee Nation

22706 S. 504 Road, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

(918) 458-4294

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.,
Pendleton, Oregon

(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.