There are more than 60 Native-owned golf courses across the United States, with tribes purchasing and reviving more tracks each year. From the Sonoran Desert of Arizona to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean, tribal courses are an integral part of Indian country's stunning and diverse landscape. Largely devoid of residential and commercial development, Native courses often allow players to fully immerse themselves in nature and wildlife. Next time you are looking for a tee time, think about reaching out to one of these courses.
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Ak-Chin Indian Community
The only true links-style course in the Arizona desert valley, the Maricopa-based Southern Dunes Golf Club offers a stunning 360-degree panorama of sweeping sand dunes against crisp blue skies. Another draw is the 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, designed in the rustic, yet sophisticated fashion of a classic Southwestern ranch home. Among Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club’s accolades are: 2016 National Golf Course of the Year west region winner by the National Golf Course Owners Association, a Top 100 Resort Course (#60) by Golfweek, Best Courses You Can Play in Arizona (#5) by Golfweek, and Top Casino Course (#13) by Golfweek.
Apache Stronghold Golf Resort
San Carlos Apache Tribe
San Carlos, AZ
(800) 272-2438 (toll free)
Designed by minimalist master Tom Doak, the Apache Stronghold Golf course is spread out over high desert terrain, with a 3,200-foot elevation and two mammoth par-5s that are over 600 yards long. Sage and mesquite trees cover the hills that rise above many of the fairways, and the par-3 5th hole is atop a 90-foot ridge. The 19th hole is at the Apache Prime Steakhouse in the Pavilion, as good a place as any to doctor your scorecard.
Cocopah RV & Golf Resort
Cocopah Indian Tribe
6800 S Strand Avenue
(800) 537-7901 (toll free)
On the banks of the Colorado River, the Cocopah RV & Golf Resort is billed as “300 acres of adult playground.” The Cocopah Indian Tribe’s 18-hole, par 73 course offers three lake holes and is open year-round. To boot, the RV camp earned the highest rating from Woodall's Campground Directory for its amenities, services and accommodations.
Huukan Golf Club
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
5835 Desert Lakes Dr.
Fort Mohave, AZ
The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is more than mid-way through a five-year renovation of Huukan’s layout. It began with the name; Huukan translates to "stick hitting a ball" in the Mojave language. That simplicity is reflected in the courses streamlined, player-friendly holes — that is, if you keep the ball on the fairways and out of the trees. Huukan also boasts a clubhouse with a pro shop and restaurant/bar.
Sewailo Golf Club
Pascua Yaqui Tribe
5655 West Valencia Road
Sewailo, meaning “flower world,” mixes the native landscape with trickling streams and crystal lakes. The challenging course measures 7,400 yards, but has five different tee boxes to test players of all abilities, and nearly 70 bunkers, some described as “deep and perilous.” The premier Tucson golf course, which opened in 2013, is widely regarded as one of the finest golfer playgrounds in the state. Daytime competition can lead to nighttime entertainment at the nearby Casino del Sol Resort’s casino and Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat open-air concert venue that regularly showcases big name musicians such as Tim McGraw and Santana.
Sewailo came in at #1 on Golf Advisor’s top-rated course list in Arizona for 2015, and #6 on its list of Top 50 U.S. courses in 2015.
Talking Stick Golf Club
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
9998 E. Indian Bend Road
Bordered by the majestic Camelback Mountain, McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak, Mother Nature provides a welcome distraction at Talking Stick Golf Club’s gorgeous 36-hole, walking-friendly course. Designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 1998, it takes advantage of the desert landscape with steep bunkers that often frame the greens.
The links-style north course and its sister, the tree-lined south course, deliver plenty of variety. Even in Arizona’s fiercely competitive market, Golfweek magazine rated Talking Stick the #15 course in the state in 2016. The club also held the title of #1 public course in Golfweek’s “Arizona Top 100 Resort Courses” for three consecutive years: 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The Talking Stick Golf Club, Gila River Indian Community, Scottsdale, AZ
Toka Sticks Golf Club
Gila River Indian Community
6910 E. Williams Field Road
The challenge of the Gila River Indian Community’s 18-hole, par-72 public course in Mesa is navigating around the trunks and overhanging branches of mature eucalyptus, mesquite, palm and palo verde trees. The towering trees guard the corners of several dogleg fairways, and the small, elevated greens are fast and true. Water comes into play on four holes, including two par-3 greens that are partially surrounded and require an accurate tee shot. Toka Sticks golf course was originally designed by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1950s as a recreational facility for personnel stationed at Williams Air Force Base.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
18200 East TohVee Circle
Fort McDowell, AZ
With stunning views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstitions, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s two 18-hole daily fee courses, Cholla and Saguaro, sit on Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation land that will never be tainted by commercial development. Golfweek honored We-Ko-Pa on its Best Resort Courses list for 2016. Designed by golf course veterans Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw and Scott Miller, the courses cater to seasoned pros and recreational golfers. Post-round, players often gather at the 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with scenic indoor and outdoor dining, golf shop and lounge areas.
Whirlwind Golf Club
Gila River Indian Community
5692 W. North Loop Road
With two 18-hole courses, the Gary Panks-designed Whirlwind Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience deep in unspoiled desert. Indigenous plant life — mesquite, saguaro, palo verde, and cottonwood — grow abundantly, reminiscent of the vegetation when the Gila River still flowed on the reservation. Despite being just 11 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the serene destination course feels far from civilization.
Barona Creek Golf Club
Barona Band of Mission Indians
1932 Wildcat Canyon Road
(888) 722-7662 (toll free)
Blending beautifully with San Diego’s rolling foothills, Barona Creek Golf Club is one of California’s most inviting golf courses. GolfWeek has named Barona Creek the 6th Best Casino Course in the U.S., the 4th Best Course you can play in California, and the 3rd Best Resort Course in California. It ranked as one of California’s top courses with a score of 74.4, and scored the Environmental Green Star Award in 2011. Barona Creek Golf Club offers four tees to accommodate golfers of all skills and abilities. In the San Diego Union Tribune's “Best of San Diego” Online Readers Poll, Barona Creek Golf Course was named Best Golf Course for 2015.
The Country Club at Soboba Springs
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
1020 Soboba Road
San Jacinto, CA
In December 2004, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians purchased this course, and hired architect Cary Bickler, a disciple of the original designer, Desmond Muirhead, who built the property in 1966. Bickler renovated the parkland-style layout with 25 new bunkers, lengthened the course nearly 250 yards and added waterfalls, rock walls and streams to enhance the with bermuda grass greens and fairways. The tribe opened the doors to its new 32,000-square-foot clubhouse in April 2008. The premier golf club in San Jacinto offers optimal conditions for year-round play. Soboba Springs’ signature restaurant, the Maze Stone, offers a beautiful lounge and terrace.
Eagle Falls Golf Course
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
84-245 Indio Springs Parkway
Architect Clive Clark created a masterpiece with a unique array of elevations and water features not usually spotted on courses open for public play. Eagle Falls Golf Course provides a fair test for the average player. Relax and spend the night at the Palm Springs Hotel for the ultimate golf getaway.
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
The 36-hole facility, set on 550 acres of Agua Caliente tribal property, was the once-private club called Canyon Country Club that was a favorite of Hollywood celebrities Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason. Former U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan also walked these fairways.
Indian Canyon offers two courses, the longer, par-72 North featuring stunning mountain views. Of the six water hazards on the course, the most notable is the lake between the 9th and 18th holes that is home to the famous Disney fountain, which shoots water over 100 feet into the air.
The South Course, remodeled by Casey O’Callahan in 2004 with LPGA legend Amy Alcott, is home to four ponds and 850 palm trees. Five-hundred washingtonia filifera, a sacred tree of the Agua Caliente, decorate the course. Once considered a hidden gem off the beaten path to Coachella Valley visitors, today Indian Canyons is in the heart of all the action in Palm Springs. Only 20 minutes from Palm Springs International Airport and 10 minutes from downtown, you can enjoy cocktails in the South clubhouse while taking in unadulterated views of the San Jacinto mountains.
Indian Canyon Golf Resort, Agua Client Band of Cahuilla Indians, Palm Springs, CA
Sycuan Golf Resort
3007 Dahesa Road
El Cajon, CA
(800) 457-5568 (toll free)
A gorgeous par-72 course, Oak Glen boasts tight fairways, tricky rolling greens, and difficult hazards in mature, landscaped surroundings. Brace yourself for the challenge beside the scenic Sweetwater River and take on the the 5th hole — one of the best holes in San Diego.
Take on another challenge with Willow Glen, a par-72 course, with demanding, narrow fairways. Willow Glen winds, rises and descends over several dogleg holes and numerous elevation changes, making for tricky shots that test even the best of players. Redesigned in 1980 by Ted Robinson, Willow Glen is a must-see for every golf enthusiast.
The 18-hole, par-3 Pine Glen course rounds out Sycuan’s golf options in the beautiful and tranquil hills of Dehesa Valley. Players can stay at the sprawling, contemporary hotel just 20 miles from downtown San Diego. In addition to its two championship golf courses and pro shop, the resort offers outdoor pools, tennis courts, a fitness center and a spa.
Whitney Oaks Golf Club
United Auburn Indian Community
2305 Clubhouse Drive
Owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian Community, Whitney Oaks Golf is just 30 minutes from Sacramento. It prides itself on its world-class features and beautifully green 18-hole course, driving range, clubhouse with bar and grill, and a fully-equipped pro shop. Join the Thunder Rewards membership to get five percent back on golf fees, pro shop purchases, and more.
Woods Valley Golf Club
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
14616 Woods Valley Road
Valley Center, CA
Players can test their strategy on this 18-hole course built into the natural contours of the Woods Valley countryside. The layout mixes wide fairways and tighter holes framed by oak trees. Similarly, the greens range from small to sprawling. Ten holes incorporate water, and bunkers are dispersed throughout.
Yocha Dehe Golf Club at Cache Creek Casino Resort
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
14455 Highway 16
The U.S. Open qualifier is held regularly at Yocha Dehe, an isolated course in California’s Capay Valley that beckons Bay Area golfers from 90 miles away, as well as players 120 miles north in San Jose and from 30 miles west in Sacramento. The trek is well worth the effort to play in this pristine setting without a residence in sight. Elevated tees showcase the engaging Brad Bell-designed course’s rolling elevation changes. Vineyards are visible from a couple of holes, and water creates challenges on the final five. Yocha Dehe Golf Club was ranked #1 in the country in 2015 by Golf Advisor users, and in May 2016, the Golf Advisor staff ranked it #17 among the top 21 casino courses in the U.S. Immaculate course conditions and hospitable staff give this daily-fee golf course a country club atmosphere.
Lake of Isles Luxury Golf Resort
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
1 Clubhouse Dr.
North Stonington, CT
A pair of Rees Jones-designed championship golf courses in New England sprawl over 900 acres of picturesque landscape, including rolling terrain, island greens and extraordinary views. The property, adjacent to Foxwoods Resort Casino, includes the 18-hole private golf course (South Course) and the 18-hole public golf course (North Course), as well as an elegant, 50,000-square-foot clubhouse. In 2016 for the 10th consecutive year, Golfweek rated Lake of Isles’ North Course #1 in Connecticut on its state-by-state list of "America’s Best Courses You Can Play.” PGA and LPGA golf pros lead the year-round Lake of Isles Golf Academy, providing personalized teaching including videotaped swing analysis, as well as indoor and outdoor practice areas.
Lake Of Isles Luxury Golf Resort, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, North Stonington, CT
Mohegan Sun Golf Club
7 Dows Ln
This private 18-hole championship course is etched in the hillsides of Baltic, Connecticut. Just 15 minutes from Mohegan Sun, the course is open to members, casino guests and convention-goers. Other amenities include a clubhouse, pro shop, driving range, banquet facility and outdoor swimming pool.
Ranked #5 in Connecticut on GolfWeek’s list of "America’s Best Courses You Can Play,” Mohegan Sun Country Club at Pautipaug is often praised for its impeccable greens.
Miccosukee Golf and Country Club
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
6401 Kendale Lakes Drive
In the heart of Miami, Miccosukee Golf & Country Club has hosted many LPGA and PGA events, including the Miccosukee Championship. In addition to its 27 holes and prime, Mark Mahannah-devised layout, the country club features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 12 tennis courts, gourmet meals at the dining facility, and a full-service pro shop with the latest equipment, merchandise and apparel.
Circling Raven Golf Club
Coeur d’Alene Tribe
27068 US Highway 95
(800) 523-2464 (toll free)
Ranked among Golf Magazine’s prestigious “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” for the past three years, the 18-hole, par-72 Circling Raven Golf Club meanders across 7,189 beautiful yards in Northern Idaho with scenic vistas (not obstructed by residences) of the Coeur d’Alene National Forest’s tall pines. After a round on this Gene Bates-designed course, golfers can relax at Twisted Earth, located inside the pro shop, for spirits and sweeping views of nature from the patio.
Firekeeper Golf Course
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
12524 150th Road
Named the #1 place to play in Kansas by Golfweek, Firekeeper is the first signature course of four-time PGA TOUR winner Notah Begay III. Just 15 minutes from Topeka, Firekeeper Golf Course was built in 2010, running as long as 7,500 yards from the back tees or as short as 4,500 yards from the forward tees.
Golfers can also conveniently partake in the entertainment mecca of Prairie Band Casino & Resort across the street and stay in one of its 297 modern rooms.
Sac & Fox Driving Range
Sac & Fox Nation
1322 US Highway 75
(800) 990-2946 (toll free)
This 12-tee driving range adjacent to the Sac & Fox Casino is perfect for long-game practice. Sets of driving clubs are available for rent.
Koasati Pines Golf Resort
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
777 Coushatta Drive
Built in the natural wetlands of Southwest Louisiana, towering pines and massive live oaks surround Koasati Pines Golf Resort. The gently rolling terrain invites relaxation, while sharp doglegs, bunkers bisecting fairways, heavily guarded greens, and 65 acres of lakes make for a demanding yet fun experience. The 18-hole, par-72 championship course includes a unique, bonus 19th "Gambling Hole" that finishes on an island green.
Tamahka Trails Golf Club
711 Paragon Place
(800) 946-1946 ext. 6300 (toll free)
Three-time host to the U.S. Open Qualifier, the 230-acre, par 71 Tamahka Trails course carries the signature stamp of architect Steve Smyers, known for his fondness of Scotland’s historic courses. The 18 holes integrate the winding creeks, oak and sycamore trees of Cajun country. The golf club is part of the sprawling Paragon Casino Resort, home to table games and slots, an array of entertainment options, and more than 500 rooms and suites.
Tamahka Trails Golf Club, TunicaBiloxi Tribe, Marksville, LA
The Club at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
6300 US 31 N
(800) 236-1577 (toll free)
The Grand Traverse boasts a variety of courses, each presenting varying levels of difficulty: The Bear, The Wolverine and Spruce Run. It has been recognized as one of Michigan’s finest golf experiences by Golf Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, Golf magazine, Travel & Leisure Golf and Links magazine. For 28 years, the resort has played host to the Michigan Open.
The Bear - The Club at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
First unleashed by designer Jack Nicklaus in 1985, The Bear has been ranked the 18th toughest course in America by Golf Digest. It offers Scottish-like terraced fairways enhanced by deep grassy knolls, trees, lakes, streams, wildlife and fruit orchards. Rarely do players get to experience so many different elements in one course.
The Wolverine - The Club at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
The Wolverine at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is designed to test the professional but also be adjusted for the novice. Water comes into play on 13 holes.
The Spruce Run - The Club at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
The course was given the name Spruce Run in 1992 because of the numerous spruce and fir trees that line its fairways and greens. Spruce Run, more forgiving than The Bear, was modified to a par-70 track during the development of The Wolverine. The Michigan Open was played on Spruce Run from 1981 through 1984.
Lac Vieux Desert Golf Course
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
N5384 US Highway 45
With 18 holes cut through the great Ottawa National Forest, players hit through a rich variety of wide, blue grasses and occasionally encounter some dense roughs that require tenacity to overcome. After a round, enjoy a drink in the Clubhouse next to the pro shop.
Sweetgrass Golf Club
Hannahville Indian Community
W339 US 2 & 41
Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the site of the Island Resort Championship, Sweetgrass Golf Club owes its challenging parkland-style layout to designer and Michigan-native Paul Albanese. Since its 2008 opening, the course has consistently ranked as a top-20 public course in Michigan by publications such as Golfweek and Golf. Golfers traverse a steel and wood bridge across a pond to reach the island green for Sweetgrass Golf Club’s signature hole, No. 15, a par-3. The green’s generous size only slightly offsets the challenge of carrying all that water and factoring in the prevailing breezes.
Sweetgrass Golf Club, Hannahville Indian Community, Harris, MI
Wild Bluff Golf Course
Bay Mills Indian Community
11386 W Lakeshore Drive
(888) 422-9645 (toll free)
The difficulty of this 18-hole course can be ratcheted up or down, thanks to the five sets of tee boxes. Wild Bluff Golf Course is a green haven with emerald fairways and looking-glass lakes. Play all day on the course and then play all night at the nearby Bay Mills Resort and Casino, which overlooks the always great Lake Superior.
Black Bear Golf Course
Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
1791 Highway 210
Tucked in the woodlands of Minnesota, Black Bear Golf Course and its two driving ranges, designed and built by Cal Bristow in 1998, provide players with stunning views showcasing the majestic beauty of the north. From the Pine River to the bent grass fairways, Black Bear is a great track for any golfer.
Dacotah Ridge Golf Club
Lower Sioux Indian Community
31042 County Highway 2
(800) 946-2274 ext. 98050 (toll free)
The Dacotah Ridge Golf Club is far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The rugged prairieland will charm golfers from around the world as the native fescue grasses dance gracefully in the wind. Renowned for its major championship golf courses, it continues to challenge even the best players. From tight fairways to fast greens, Dacotah Ridge blends premium golfing and dining to create lasting memories.
Grand National Golf Club
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
300 Lady Luck Drive
(800) 468-3517 (toll free)
Many of the championship-caliber 18 holes at Grand National hug the shores of ponds, marshes and creeks. Nestled in its 6,900 yards of fairways is the elegant clubhouse. Situated just 90 minutes north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, the golf club is next to Grand Casino Hinckley, home to five restaurants, two lounges, 24-hour entertainment and over 700 rooms.
The Meadows at Mystic Lake
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2222 Trail of Dreams
Prior Lake, MN
With its many waterfalls and an abundance of native plants, The Meadows at Mystic Lake is a sanctuary destination. The nationally acclaimed public golf course is next door to many food and entertainment venues, such as Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, The Meadows Bar and Grill and Little Six Casino.
Mount Frontenac Golf Course
Prairie Island Indian Community
31099 Ski Road
(800) 488-5826 (toll free)
Often called Minnesota's most breathtaking golf course, Mount Frontenac is a stunning 18-hole course that looks out over the Mississippi River Bluffs and Lake Pepin. Players are surrounded by beautiful trees, creating majestic, slightly fantastical scenery. With a gourmet chef and full bar, the clubhouse is ideal for large gatherings and events.
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
1450 Bois Forte Road
(800) 992-4680 (toll free)
Wrapping around the shores of Lake Vermillion and set among Minnesota’s majestic white and red pines, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, just two hours north of the Twin Cities, is a golfer’s paradise. Designed by renowned architect Jeffrey Brauer, the course measures approximately 7,207 yards from the back tees, and an extra four sets cater to players of all skill levels. At the 18th hole, when approaching the green, golfers are treated to a great view of a waterfall cascading into a pond.
Courtesy Wilderness at Fortune Bay
Hole #3, Walleye, at The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Lake Vermillion, MN.
Dancing Rabbit Golf Club
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
13120 HIGHWAY 16 W
(866) 44-PEARL (toll free)
The par-72 courses, the Azaleas and the Oaks, are built on the ancestral lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Acclaimed golf course designer Tom Fazio and PGA great Jerry Pate embraced the beauty of the lush environment and spring-fed streams when laying out the 14,000 breathtaking yards that comprise the two courses with picturesque views from Bermuda grass greens. Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at Pearl River Resort has made a number of “best of” lists, among them: "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in Golf Magazine; "Best Course in State," voted by readers of Mississippi Magazine; "Top 100 Best Resort Courses" in GolfWeek Magazine; and "Top Casino Course in America" in GolfWeek, Golf Digest and Southern Gaming.
Eagle Creek Golf Club
2742 Ben Pell Dr.
Joplin, MO 64804
In the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, the 18-hole Bald Eagle Course at Eagle Creek meanders over rolling terrain with Bermuda grass tees and fairways and best grass greens. Water factors into 11 holes with a creek trailing through the front nine. On the back nine, golfers reach higher ground with mature tree-lined fairways. Across state borders though just a half-hour drive away, in Quapaw, Oklahoma, Downstream Casino Resort provides a Las Vegas-style entertainment experience, plus a luxurious hotel with 374 guestrooms and suites.
Eagle Creek Golf Club, Quapaw Tribe, in Joplin, MO
Black Mesa Golf Club
Santa Clara Pueblo
115 State Road 399
Like New Mexico's rocky terrain, each hole at Black Mesa Golf Club is unpredictable. Located about 30 minutes north of Santa Fe, Baxter Spann designed the course to wind through the stark mesas. The course has been rated in multiple industry Top 100 lists and was recently named one of the "Ten Most Spectacular Courses in the World" by Links magazine. Black Mesa’s signature hole is the 16th, a par-5 deemed 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
Between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in Cochiti Lake, this golf club is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in New Mexico. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed track winds with the beautiful, rugged high desert terrain and its cactus-flanked arroyos. After a round, golfers can take 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
Cutting through the canyons beneath the looming 11,973-foot Sierra Blanca Peak, Inn of the Mountain Gods has been deemed one of the top 50 golf courses nationally by Golfweek Magazine, "The most underrated golf course in the southwest" by Travel and Leisure, and rated #23 in the "Top 40 Casino Golf Courses" by Golf Digest. Ted Robinson left his signature marks of creativity and varying elevation in his craftsmanship of this 1975-designed course, one of the first tribal-owned golf resorts in North America. Former Mescalero Apache tribal chairman Wendell Chino was the original innovator behind the idea of adding golf to the casino resort experience. There’s an alpine aesthetic to Inn of the Mountain Gods with its ponderosa pines, pinions, cottonwoods and aspens lining the fairways.
Isleta Eagle Golf Course
Pueblo of Isleta
4001 Highway 47 SE
(888) 293-9146 (toll free)
At the edge of the spectacular Bosque forest along the banks of the Rio Grande, Isleta Golf Course beckons with three nine-hole courses — Arroyo, Lakes and Mesa — of lush, rolling, heavily contoured fairways; manicured greens; thick roughs; and dense bunkers. The Golf Digest four-star-rated course features three natural lakes and sits just minutes away from the gaming action at Isleta Resort & Casino.
Sandia Golf Club
Pueblo of Sandia
30 Rainbow Road NE
With a backdrop of the Sandia Mountains and the snaking Rio Grande, award-winning Sandia Golf Club is the longest course in New Mexico. The 18-hole, par 72, Scott Miller-designed course routes golfers through rugged high desert landscape and grassy knolls with sparkling waterfalls and 48 strategically placed bunkers. The facility additionally features a full-size practice range with a double-tiered teeing area, a 10,000-square-foot practice putting green, a chipping green with bunker, and a small putting green next to the first tee.
Overlooking the 18th green, the Pueblo-style clubhouse restaurant and grill with a 3,000-square-foot outdoor covered patio attracts droves of golfers for post-game drinks and burgers.
Santa Ana Golf Club
Pueblo of Santa Ana
288 Prairie Star Road
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
(505) 867-9464 (local)
The first destination golf resort in New Mexico, the 27-hole Santa Ana Golf Club’s surreal setting on the Pueblo’s big mounds with eight crystal-blue lakes is framed by the Jemez Mountains to the west, the Sangre de Cristos to the north, and the Sandia Mountains to the east. The award-winning sister course to Twin Warriors Golf Club, Santa Ana Golf Club is ranked in the top 100 in the country by both Golf Digest and Golfweek. Not impressed yet? Santa Ana Golf Club was the venue for the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship.
Towa Golf Resort
Pueblo of Pojoaque
40 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM
(877) 465-3489 (toll free)
Towa Golf Club was named New Mexico's Best Golf Hotel by World Golf Awards for 2015. Located in the dramatic scenery of Northern New Mexico’s Pojoaque Valley, Towa Golf Club features the only island green in New Mexico.
Twin Warriors Golf Club
Pueblo of Santa Ana
1301 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
(505) 771-6155 (local)
Routed in and around 20 ancient cultural sites, including the sacred mesa known as Tuyuna, the course’s grassy knolls and ridges are graced with juniper and piñon pine, preserving the Pueblo’s spirit. Twin Warriors Golf Club is renowned for its world-class teaching and learning center.
Seneca Hickory Stick Golf
Seneca Nation of Indians
4560 Creek Road
Built in 2010, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course design is located just 10 miles from Niagara Falls. Named to reflect the presence of rare and protected Shellbark Hickory trees on site, Seneca Hickory Stick’s 18 holes weave around tranquil lakes, ponds and mature trees. The club’s practice facilities are realistic and oversized, including a natural grass driving range, vast putting green along with designated grass and sand chipping areas.
Turning Stone Golf Club
Oneida Indian Nation
5218 Patrick Rd
Verona, New York 13478
(877) 748-GOLF (toll free)
Courses: Atunyote, Kaluhyat, Shenendoah, Pleasant Knolls, Sandstone Hollow
Turning Stone Resort is home to five pristine golf courses, including three of the country’s premier public/resort
championship tracks: Atunyote, Kaluhyat and Shenandoah.
Turning Stone Golf Club is the site of the 49th PGA Professional National Championship in 2016, marking a return of the showcase event for PGA professionals to central New York. The Championship, previously hosted by Turning Stone in 2006, will be contested at Atunyote Golf Club and Kaluhyat Golf Club.
The first two rounds will be played on both Atunyote and Kaluhyat, with the final two rounds taking place at Atunyote.
Located on a sprawling 3,400-acre complex, Turning Stone’s five courses are surrounded by world-class amenities including four hotels, 21 restaurants and dining options, two luxurious 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 is the only resort in New York State with three AAA Four Diamond venues at one property, and it recently earned a prestigious Forbes Four Star Award.
Atunyote Golf Club
The longest of Turning Stone’s courses at 7,315 yards, Atunyote Golf Club, a Tom Fazio design that opened in 2004, was named after the Oneida word for “eagle.”
Atunyote also is the site of the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. Atunyote’s parkland setting features vast stretches of open space, gently rolling hills, a stream, small waterfalls and several lakes. The destination resort’s Atunyote course ranked #6 in New York on “Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” for 2016, for the fourth consecutive year. Atunyote Golf Club was additionally chosen by Golf Digest in 2012 as one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” and in 2011, “America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses.”
Atunyote, the site of the 2016 PGA Professional Championship, June 23-29, was also home to the former 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 BC Open.
Kaluhyat Golf Club
Measuring in at just over 7,100 yards, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course was ranked one of the Top 100 Best Casino Courses by Golfweek in 2015. Kaluhyat (the Oneida word for ‘the other side of the sky’) is marked by dramatic changes in elevation, with plateau settings offering spectacular views. Six lakes throughout the course add to the picturesque setting. Kaluhyat is a classic shot-maker’s course, where accuracy and strategy are rewarded as much as length.
For the fourth consecutive year, Kaluhyat ranked among the New York honorees on “Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” for 2016, coming in at seventh out of 15 this year.
Shenendoah Golf Club Designed by Rick Smith, the par-72 Shenendoah course opened in 2000 and earned a niche in the 2005-06 Golf Digest directory of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” In 2010, it was among Golf Magazine’s “Best Public Courses in New York State.” The course stretches to 7,215 yards at the tips, and has been the site of past Metropolitan and Central New York PGA Section events. Shenendoah was crafted from a natural landscape to create wooded parkland holes, open pastures with native grasses, sweeping landscapes and deep wooded areas and also features several low-country holes.
The Shenendoah course at Turning Stone
Editor’s Note: The Shenendoah course at Turning Stone is closed for redesign until fall.
Pleasant Knolls Turning Stone Golf Club
4727 Stony Brook Rd.
Pleasant Knolls is a player-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 surrounded by wild fescue grasses and rock outcroppings. This isn’t a pitch-and-putt course. Designed by Rick Smith, Sandstone Hollow is rated among the top 25 par-3s in the USA by Golf Event magazine – and it will push your game to the limit.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe
10325 Nu-Wav Kair Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV
(866) 284-2833 (toll free)
Sculpted by World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort’s trio of championship courses are just 25 minutes northwest of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Diamonds in the rough of the harsh desert, the Wolf, Sun Mountain and Snow Mountain courses immerse golfers in vibrant green rolling hills with 360-degree views of jagged mountains in the distance that seemingly shift colors with the sun. While several sets of tees accommodate the high-handicapper to a scratch player, the Wolf delivers the toughest run and is rated #1 among courses to play in Las Vegas by Golf Advisor.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort
Mojave Resort Golf Club
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
9905 Aha Macav Parkway
(702) 535-GOLF (4653)
Mojave Resort Golf Club has a reputation for being one of the best golf courses in the tri-state area. Located along the banks of the Colorado River, the lush layout sports wide fairways, wind-shaped sand dunes, and a stark green course that stands out against the earthy desert mountains.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
79 Cahons Road
Sequoyah National, a championship course, has over 6,000 yards of fairways and greens, a spectacular view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is open year-round. The facility offers many stellar amenities, from an expansive practice area that includes a driving range, putting greens and Callaway golf club fitting by certified PGA golf professionals.
Dakota Winds Golf Course
16849 102st SE
(800) 325-6825 (toll free)
Dakota Winds Golf Course is a 27-hole reversible course at the Dakota Magic Casino & Resort. Golfers can play 18 holes one day and the next day play a different layout on the back nine. Weather permitting, Dakota Winds Golf Course is open April through October.
Cherokee Hills Golf Club
770 West Cherokee Street
(800) 760-6700 (toll free)
(918) 384-7600 (local)
Designed by Perry Maxwell in 1924, Cherokee Hills Golf Club was renovated by Tripp Davis, known for his attention to the environmental impact of golf courses. The 18-hole course preserves Maxwell's trademark bunkering style and four of his original holes, as well as his uniquely placed tee boxes. Cherokee Hills Golf Club is just 15 minutes east of downtown Tulsa.
Cherokee Springs Golf Club
700 E Ballentine Road
Purchased by the Cherokee Nation in December 2012, the Cherokee Springs Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course, features a driving range, putting green, pro shop and on-site restaurant. The course’s most famous hole is the 6th, a par-5 that requires a shot over two ponds to reach the green. But that’s not the only chance to get wet here: Cherokee Springs Golf Club is littered with water hazards.
Cherokee Trails Golf Club
22706 S 504 Road
The nine-hole Cherokee Trails Golf Course is right next to Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah. Also renovated by Tripp Davis, it offers a professional practice facility, bentgrass greens and sparkling streams.
FireLake Golf Course
1901 S Gordon Cooper Drive
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. The course is almost 33 years old; the tribe began its second phase of renovation in January 2016. Upgrades will include new teeing surfaces, re-contoured fairways, a state of the art irrigation system, and wider cart paths.
WinStar Golf Course
777 Casino Avenue
Designed by Champions Tour Player D.A. Weibring, WinStar’s 27-hole layout stretches across 280 acres of vast green in the Red River Valley. The 10,000-square-foot rustic clubhouse is equipped with a pro shop, locker room and Legends Bar & Grill restaurant. The banquet room, which can accommodate 160 guests, features a patio that overlooks the golf course. Players can improve their game with professional instruction at WinStar Golf Academy with private lessons and swing diagnostic services. The tribe’s nearby WinStar World Casino and Resort is 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)
Just a tee-shot away from the Chinook Golf Casino and Hotel is the 18-hole Chinook Winds Golf Resort. The lush course, nestled into the mountainside, is surrounded by natural wetlands, and is a true 18-hole challenge for a golfer at any level. The semi-private golf course opened in 1926. Close to the Pacific ocean, the Chinook Golf Resort and Casino and Hotel allows many guests to enjoy the year-round season as well as beautiful beach-front weddings.
Kah-Nee-Ta Golf Course
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
6823 Hwy. 8
Warm Springs, OR
(800) 554-4SUN (toll free)
A warm, dry climate makes year-round golfing possible at the Golf Course at Kah-Nee-Ta, a par 72 championship course set in Oregon's scenic high desert. Kah-Nee-Ta is a paradise for nature lovers, also offering kayaking, hiking and fully equipped spa. The Golf Course at Kah-Nee-Ta is unique in that it offers two challenges; the flat green fairways of the front nine give players chances to score while the back nine offers several doglegs and sloping hills.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino Golf Course
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
46510 Wildhorse Blvd
(800) 654-9453 (toll free)
In the foothills of Oregon's Blue Mountains, on the Umatilla Reservation, visitors will discover 7,000 yards of lush greens with five lakes and 66 sand bunkers scattered across its 18 holes. Designed by the legendary golf architect John Steidel, the Wildhorse Resort & Casino Golf Course has been named one of America’s Top Casino Golf Courses by Golf Digest.
Spotted Tail Golf Club
Rosebud Sioux Tribe
1603 Sanger Dr.
Tribal volunteers manage this nine-hole public golf course on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation.
The Cedars at Dungeness
Jamestown S'Kallam Tribe
1965 Woodcock Road
(360) 683-6344 (local)
A rare find in the Pacific Northwest, The Cedars at Dungeness bills itself as playable year-round, despite being just a few miles from a rainforest, in Sequim, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Out of more than 50 nominees, "Best Northwest Escapes" voters named The Cedars At Dungeness the Best Golf Course in Northwest Washington for the past three years. The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe acquired the par 72, 18-hole championship course, nestled in a lush, green valley, in 2007. Nearby attractions include the tribe's 7 Cedars Casino and quick ferry rides to Victoria and Seattle.
Kalispel Golf and Country Club
Kalispel Tribe of Indians
2010 W. Waikiki Road
In December 2015, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians purchased Spokane, Washington's oldest golf course, formerly named The Spokane Country Club, which dates to 1898. Rebranded as the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, the primarily members-only establishment intends to host about 12 tournaments in 2016 — some targeted at Native American golfers. The tribe also owns and operates the AAA Four-Diamond-rated Northern Quest Resort and Casino in nearby Airway Heights.
Loomis Trail Golf Club
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
(800) 281-7002 (toll free)
Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club's sister course, Loomis Trail, close to the Canadian border on Semiahmoo Bay, is dotted with water hazards. The 10,500-foot Mt. Baker serves as the majestic backdrop for many of the Graham Cooke-designed Loomis Trail Golf Club's 18 holes. The course was rated #6 in Washington State in Golfweek’s Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play, 2016, and it checked in at #1 in Washington State according to Golf Advisor raters in 2015. Nature and players can become one as they putt on its consistently smooth, true greens and putter past an extensive canal and lake system. The Tudor-style clubhouse offers comfortable accommodations without skimping on style.
Salish Cliffs Golf Club
Squaxin Island Tribe
91 West State Route 108
(800) 667-7711 (toll free)
Adjacent to the Squaxin Island Tribe's Little Creek Casino Resort, yet secluded in 320 acres of pristine northwest beauty, this 18-hole championship golf course takes players over hilly terrain with stunning elevation changes. Owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe and crafted by award-winning architect Gene Bates, the course is frequently on "Best of" lists. Among its accolades are GolfWeek 's Top 100 Resort Courses for four consecutive years (2013-2016), GolfWeek's Top 10 Casino Courses (2011-2015), and Golf Digest’s Best Courses in Washington (2013-2015).
Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
8720 Semiahmoo Parkway
(855) 917-3767 (toll free)
The Arnold Palmer-designed Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club boasts rolling, generous, tree-lined fairways with fast and challenging greens. Rated No. 7 by Golfweek in 2012 as one of the best public courses in Washington, it’s playable for golfers of all levels. More experienced players can enjoy the challenge of a water carry at five holes and 67 strategically placed bunkers. The resort offers amenities that include a driving range, lounges and restaurants, two indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a seasonal pool and jacuzzi, as well as a sauna.
Swinomish Golf Links
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
12518 Christianson Road
(855) 794-6563 (toll free)
Just two hours north of Seattle, on beautiful Fidalgo Island, this scenic 18-hole links-style course features tree-lined fairways, approachable greens, many elevation changes and scenic views of the Pacific Northwest. The par-72 course caters to all golfers, from beginner to professional, and golf instruction is available for any level. The course originally opened as a nine-holer in 1927 under the name Similk Beach Golf Course, expanding to 18 holes in 1955. The Swinomish Tribe purchased the course in September 2013, gradually and significantly improving course conditions.
White Horse Golf Club
Suquamish Indian Tribe
22795 Three Lions Place NE
Nestled on high ground between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the peaceful surroundings of White Horse Golf Club beckons to players of all skill levels. The wide fairways and landing areas are inviting, while subtle greens and strategic bunkers offer a challenge. The 18-hole course is located just minutes from the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry.
Pine Hills Golf & Supper Club
Stockbridge?Munsee Community ? Mohican Nation
N 9499 Pine Hills Dr.
Secluded behind a curtain of towering pines in Wisconsin’s historic Northwoods, this par-72, beautiful course tests golfers’ shot-making abilities while treating them to serene surroundings.? From the Pine Hills Club House, on the highest point of the course, overlooking the 1st tee and the 18th green, visitors can gaze at awe-worthy sunrises and sunsets. The majestic log club house is also home to the warmly decorated Pine Hills restaurant, a fine dining experience with innovative weekly features, spirits and Sunday brunch.