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Spearfish Canyon Golf Club By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

fully open during construction

SPEARFISH — Spearfish Canyon Golf Club has served as the Northern Hills’ first 18-hole golf course since its most recent expansion in 1988. The entrance is on the turnoff into Spearfish Canyon, just off of Colorado Boulevard. Ponderosa pine, oak, and Black Hills spruce trees surround the par-35 front nine, which measures 3,128 yards off the longest tees. Push-up greens are small. The front nine opened shortly after the club was established in 1921. Distances from the longest tees go to 561 yards off the par-5 ninth hole. Rolling hills and large greens are featured on the back nine. This par-36 section measures 3,529 yards from the longest tees.

Back-nine distances from the longest tees range from 187 yards on the par-3, 11th hole to 564 yards off the par-5, 12th hole. Number 8 is regarded as the course’s signature hole because of the scenery. The 183-yard, par-3 hole includes a prominent view of Spearfish Canyon. Crews continue work on a master plan construction project that will include a driving range on the grounds. Work on realigning the holes and the creation of that new driving range began right after Thanksgiving 2018. Crews from Tri State Construction, LLC, in Belle Fourche were able to complete all major earthwork. Spearfish Canyon Golf Club General Manager Rob Kortan said the desired completion date is mid-June but could be sooner, depending on the spring weather. All of the course’s 18 holes will be open during the season even among construction,

Kortan said. He added there may be one or two days when a tee complex or green needs shutting down to work around those places. “One of the boxes that we had to check along the way, as far as getting this thing approved, was to make sure we didn’t affect what we considered regular play,” Kortan said. What about the golfer who is deciding whether to try Spearfish Canyon Golf Course? Kortan pointed to the 18-hole course as an asset and cited other factors. “We have an excellent level of service,” Kortan said. “We treat our customers with gratitude and respect. “Course conditions have drawn praise from many golfers,” Kortan said. He added that practice ranges and greens are offered, along with club fitting, lessons, and a fully stocked pro shop.

Guest fees from Monday through Thursday during open-twilight hours are $69 for 18 holes with cart, $48 for 18 holes without cart, $39 for nine holes with cart, and $27 for nine holes without cart. Twilight rates (beginning about three hours before dark) are $39 for 18 holes with cart, $27 for 18 holes without cart, $34 for nine holes with cart, and $22 for nine holes without cart. All of the rates include tax. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday guest rates during open-twilight hours are $74 for 18 holes with cart, $52 for 18 holes without cart, $41 for nine holes with cart, and $30 for nine holes without cart. Twilight rates are $39 for 18 holes with cart, $27 for 18 holes without cart, $39 for nine holes with cart, and $27 for nine holes without cart. Tax is included in all rates. Call 717-4653 for more information.

The Northern Black Hills provide a scenic backdrop to some holes at the Spearfish Canyon Golf Club Golf Course. Pioneer photos by Dennis Knuckles

Chip Shot Golf simulator open in Deadwood

By Jaci Conrad Pearson Black Hills Pioneer

DEADWOOD — Clear the fairway. Chip Shot Golf has come to town and along with it, simulated golf with feedback like no instructor or partner can dish out. Owners Travis Ranek and Ron Rhebb have placed two PGA simulators in the Texaco gas station façade building, just out front of Deadwood Gulch at 306 Cliff St., and while one’s golf game is simulated, the stats and swing analysis shared are all too real. Chip Shot Golf offers 80 different

worldwide courses and four simulated putt-putt courses. “We’ve got the tools and technology, if you’re really looking to improve your game,” Ranek said. “The weight sensors in the floor and high-speed cameras, the ability to take somebody’s swing and break it down frame by frame.” Customers can play a round on one of the world’s greatest golf courses or just invite a few friends to compete in winter leagues, tournaments, or challenge games. Working with the simulators allows a CHIP SHOT Pg 6

Chip Shot Golf in Deadwood features two PGA Tour simulators that cater to all skill levels for an immersive indoor golf experience that rivals the real thing. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson


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Elkhorn Ridge golf course offers golfers views By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — Elkhorn Ridge Golf Course is in its third season as an 18-hole facility. The original nine holes, clubhouse, and practice facility were completed in 2009. Holes span total distances of 2,276 yards from the shortest tees to 3,655 yards off the longest tees while offering views of the Centennial Valley. A nine-hole expansion project was completed in August 2016. Distances span 2,382 yards off the shortest tees to 3,545 yards from the longest tees. “Our property speaks for itself,” head golf professional Mike Mendelson said. “The beauty of the place lends itself to being a place where you want to play.” Mendelson said the back nine is spectacular, and the entire course fits well into the environment. As for improvements, the land area for the 10th hole has been widened. Views included Polo Canyon, which is most prominent on the signature holes: 12 through 14. Hole number 12 is South Dakota’s longest par-5. Distances range from 421 yards off the shortest tee to 606 yards from the longest tee. Also in the canyon, a par-3 13th hole ranges from 106 yards off the shortest tee to 182 yards off the longest tee. The 14th hole is a par-5 measuring 415 yards off the shortest tee and 510 yards from the longest tee. Every green in the canyon features a limestone backdrop behind it. Mendelson said the Miller Creek Pub will open for the first time in June. The facility, which includes a restaurant, is located next to the clubhouse. A new putting green is also included this year. Range tees have been extended by 50 to 60 yards. This is Mendelson’s second year as head pro here, and things will remain as they have been. “We will try to keep building on meeting customers and filling up tee times,” he said in outlining his goals. Mendelson has served as head professional in Grand Junction, Colo., and has worked in the golf industry since 1995. “Not many clubs are investing in property like Elkhorn is,” Mendelson said. He added customer service and

the area’s natural beauty are keys to the facility’s success. Golf course architect Patrick Wyss served as lead architect for the course’s first nine holes. Expansion construction started in 2014, with Wyss Associates designing the new portion. All 18 holes boast five different tee distances. They also help golfers choose a tee based on their ability. Practice facilities feature the region’s only double-ended driving range. Tee areas, target greens, and a greenside practice bunker are also included. The clubhouse offers a full-service golf shop, plus food and beverage services. Expansion of the cart barn and parking lot were completed in 2016. Green fees are $45 plus tax for nine holes including cart, and $73 plus tax for 18 holes including cart. Twilight fees of $54 plus tax allow a golfer to play up to 18 holes starting 3 ½ hours before sunset. A junior rate of $17 allows younger golfers to play after 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday only. Mendelson said Elkhorn Ridge will offer a pair of PGA Junior Camps this summer. The first is June 17-21, with the second set for July 8-12. Registration may be done by visiting the website pgajuniorgolfcamps.com “Instruction is a core philosophy of ours,” Mendelson said. He added better golfers will play more, and the goal is to make people comfortable. Mendelson said plans also include group and individual lessons for golfers of all experience levels. JR Hamblet serves as director of golf. Gabe Dirksen is the assistant professional. Golfers at Elkhorn Ridge are expected to wear proper clothing. This includes collared shirts and sleeves for men, and collared shirts or blouses for women. Slacks or golf shorts are preferred, with golf shoes or golf sandals to have soft spikes. Men’s Day is scheduled for every Tuesday starting in May, with Ladies’ Day set for Thursday. Business hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. all other days of the week. The course is located on St. Onge Road. Call 722-4653 for more information.

The Elkhorn Ridge Country Club has many elevated tees with scenic views, like the tee box on hole No. 15, top, and hole No. 13, left, and the tee box on hole No. 18. Courtesy photos


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Lead Country Club golf course enjoys long history By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

The Lead Country Club Golf Course boasts the highest elevation east of the Rockies with an elevation of about 6,200 feet above sea level. The course was built in 1922. Courtesy photo from Pg 3

CHIP SHOT golfer to take his or her game to the next level, refine their swing with aG Flix and

aG Balance Pro Video and weight analysis systems. Ranek said the simulators are also designed for those with a most basic knowledge of the game.

LEAD — Lead Country Club bills itself as “the highest course east of the Rockies” with an elevation of 6,200 feet. The nine-hole, par-36 course measures 3,331 yards off the longest tees and features small, receptive greens. It is located seven miles south of Lead on Highway 85 and off Rochford Road. Lead Country Club was built in 1922 and offers some of the region’s first class greens. The course’s claim to fame is the first hole, which features an elevated tee. This tee box was rebuilt in 2009 after many years of being an artificial turf mat. General manager Al Varland said a golfer needs accuracy on this hole. “All of the holes have small greens,” Varland said. “The slope of the course makes all holes interesting.” This course includes six par-4s. Five are in excess of 400 yards. Improvements like elevated tees, permanent outdoor toilets, and paved parking lot have occurred over the last several years. The remodeled clubhouse is located in a building that was erected in 1923, and its exterior was renovated in 2016. A locker room was renovated in 2018. A full bar and remodeled banquet room are also available. Golf cart rentals are available on the site, which also features a driving range. A small kitchen is located inside the clubhouse, with dinner specials each Wednesday. Men’s Day is held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to close. Nine-hole rates are $35 per person with cart and $25 without cart. The 18-hole rates are $50 per person with cart and $35 without cart. Golfers receive $5 off rounds Monday through Friday. Lead Country Club does not take tee times, but there is always room on the course. Groups of five are allowed on the course, but six-player groups are not. What would entice as golfer to give Lead Country Club a try? “Our course is the oldest in the Black Hills,” Varland said. “It is also one of the Black Hills’ more challenging courses.” Rick Varland serves as the superintendent and greens keeper. Call the course at 584-1852 for more information.

“Where we’re at now, with this technology, is if you know even a little bit about the fundamentals of golf, you can step into one of these and it will teach people how to play,” Ranek said. “It’s always great for anyone to come in and play a round of golf. It’s suited for all ages and skill levels.” Instead of hitting the local driving range and fighting inclement weather, Chip Shot offers the ability to hit a few balls in the backdrop of a tropical, waterfall, or canyon setting, even practice on a target green, long fairway, 20-yard sand shot, 40-yard chip shot, downhill putt, and so much more. “It keeps track of where you’re at with every club,” Ranek said. “It gives you very, very detailed feedback. We hope to even see high school kids coming in and using it and getting better.” The courses are life-like. “When they chart these courses, it’s every tree, every rock, every bunker,” Ranek said. “It’s very detailed.” Ranek said when he first started kick-

ing around the idea of opening Chip Shot Golf, a Deadwood location popped to the top. “I thought it would be great for people to have something to do outside of gambling,” Ranek said. “This is a great golf community. I think there are 17 courses within 50 miles of here. There’s a real need for this with the long winters. It just made sense to me, and I thought to do it here would be great. I definitely feel the golf community has embraced us. We’ve had a great first year and are looking forward to even a better second year.” Chip Shot Golf is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the winter, and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the summer. Tee times beyond those bounds can also be scheduled by calling (605) 321-2613. “It’s a social setting, and everyone comes in here with a different M.O.,” Ranek said. Chip Shot Golf also offers food such as nachos, chips and salsa, corn dogs, Naan bread pizzas, loaded baked potatoes, and BBQ on the weekends.


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Tomahawk Lake CC preserves past

By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

DEADWOOD — Tomahawk Lake Country Club offers scenery and history for golfers as it eagerly anticipates its 83rd year of operations. The nine-hole, par-36 course is located seven miles south of Deadwood just off Highway 385. It spans 3,390 yards off the longest tees. General manager and head pro Bryan Guischer said the course is fantastic. “We’re a destination golf course,” Guischer said. “We’ve got one of the best nine-hole scenic golf courses in the Black Hills.” Guischer said Tomahawk is proud of being a destination course. He said the course, scenery on each hole, and the staff that welcomes visitors from arrival to departure brings people back each year. Guests and members are top priority,

Guischer said. He added the aim is to have everyone say they enjoyed the course, how welcoming the staff was, and that they cannot wait to return. Open meadows and pine trees dominate the course, which sets about one mile above sea level in the Black Hills National Forest. Golfers may also be able to watch birds. What else appeals to golfers about Tomahawk, which is a National Historic Facility? “We take a great deal of pride in what the course has to offer,” Guischer said. He said it starts with the clubhouse staff and extends to grounds superintendent Gary Outka. Outka took over as course superintendent in 2016 and started at Rapid City’s Arrowhead Country Club in 1971. “We are very lucky to have Gary (Outka) here,” Guischer said. “He takes pride in making sure the course is in great shape

each day, making sure it is clean, and that everyone enjoys their round.” Green fees are $28 for nine holes and $40 for 18 holes. Cart rentals are $10 per seat for nine holes and $20 per seat for 18 holes. A nine-hole punch card features 10 punches and is available for $200. A 10-acre practice area enables golfers to warm up before going on the course. The clubhouse features a full bar and menu, restaurant facilities, deck, and seating area. That deck overlooks the first and ninth holes. Locker rooms, cart storage, range memberships, cart lease program, single memberships, family memberships, and corporate memberships are some of the options Tomahawk offers. A fully-stocked pro shop provides merchandise including shirts, pullovers, gloves, towels, golf balls, caps, divot tools, and clubs.

Renowned course architect Lawrence Hughes designed the course in the late 1930s. Structural plans for this year center on trying to rebuild the tee box on hole number 6. Guischer said the course enjoys a lot of financial success because of the members and tourists. He added that enables the club to engage in projects like the tee box. This will mark the second year for the junior golf program that Guischer will guide. He said he is very excited to work with area youth. “What people don’t realize is, these kids are the future of Tomahawk, the community, and the school district,” Guischer said. “Getting these kids involved in this game is something they can do for a lifetime.” Call 578-2080 for tee times, questions on golf outings, big groups, memberships and more information.

The Tomahawk Lake Country Club in Lead offers history along with the future for golfers of all ages. Courtesy photos

Wall Community GC feels inviting By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

WALL — Golfers seeking a relatively flat course will find what they are looking for at Wall Community Golf Course. This nine-hole course was built in 2002. It measures 3,861 yards from the back tees and is a par 36. Some minor hills are also part of the layout. “It’s a typical nine-hole, small-town course,” treasurer Stan Anderson said. “It also has a nice clubhouse and deck that can be used for many different functions.” Anderson said the course features a pair of nice par 3’s. “They are achievable to get on, and it is a nice playing field,” he said.

The course also offers a putting green and driving range. Some club rentals are available. Cart rentals and dining facilities are offered. The full-service dining facilities are open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch. Tee times are not necessary. However, golfers must check in before playing the course. The course is located at 1801 Golf Course Road in Wall. “We’re only about 50 miles from Rapid City, which makes for a nice drive on I-90,” Anderson said. Call (605) 279-4653 for more information, including current rates for green fees, cart rentals, and anything else needed.

The Wall Community Golf Course has a typical nine-hole small town golf course, a putting green and driving range, and a clubhouse and deck that can be used for social functions. Courtesy photo


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Boulder Canyon CC enjoys back-nine expansion By Tim Potts Black Hills Pioneer

Golfers at Boulder Canyon Country Club have the chance to play on 18 holes thanks to a nine-hole expansion taking place in 2018. Courtesy photos

STURGIS — The Boulder Canyon Country Club is an 18-hole, par-72 course nestled along Highway 14A between Sturgis and Deadwood. “The expansion of the back nine in 2018 has really added a lot of variety, making our course somewhat unique,” said James Forbes, board president. “I like to think of the front nine as Dr. Jekyll and the back as Mr. Hyde,” said Forbes. For years, players have grown comfortable swinging as hard as they wanted on the beautiful open fairways of the front. This type of play doesn’t work on the tighter links style of the back with lots of water and tight landing zones. “There is still a lot of risk/reward, but that is what makes it so fun to play,” said Forbes. Six of the back nine holes have water hazards with number 12 offering an island green. The course offers several drivable par fours. Those par-four distances range from 302 yards on number five to 486 yards on number eight. “It’s a great place to play,” Forbes said in describing the course’s appeal. It has the ‘laid back’ atmosphere of Boulder Canyon with beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. “We are constantly improving our course,” said Forbes. “Our quest to build a back nine was really about ensuring our kids and grandkids would have a quality 18-hole course in the Sturgis area for generations to come. Members have contributed a lot of time and labor to make this happen, and I am very excited about our future,” Forbes added. Golfers must wear soft spikes or non-spiked shoes while on the course. Tee times are required for play. Course manager Derris Buus said golfers may call that day for tee times if they wish. During the week, different course activities are available. Tuesday is ladies night with tee off at 3 p.m. to dark, Wednesday is couples/family night with tee off starting at 4 p.m. to dark, and Thursday is men’s night tee off from noon to dark. “On these nights the course is open to other players. Having another nine holes has given our course this flexibility, but we may ask golfers to tee off on the front or back nine based on course usage,” said Forbes. The clubhouse offers a full-service restaurant and bar; hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. A driving range, three practice greens along with sand trap, cart rental, and club rental are available on the site. Call the course at 347-5108 for more information or visit https:// www.bouldercanyoncountryclub.com for tee times, rate information, or memberships. “Boulder Canyon is a great value. We are the most affordable 18hole course in the Black Hills with new-member rates starting at $500,” Forbes added.

Sundance Country Club challenges golfers By Jason Gross Black Hills Pioneer

SUNDANCE, Wyo. — The Sundance Country Club Golf Course offers many challenges to golfers. The nine-hole, par-35 course features 2,915 yards of golf. “It’s a fun little course,” manager Trudy Durfee said. “The course is now in really good shape for starting out.” This course may be walked and includes some elevation changes. It is not really long but offers plenty of challenge, which makes it a great course for all ability levels. Tee times are not required. Many golfers can play nine holes in under 1 ½ hours. Green fees are $18 for nine holes and $25 for 18 holes. Fees for weekends and holidays are $22 for nine holes and $33 for 18 holes. First-time memberships are also available. Rates are $275 for single players if purchased in May or $300 if purchased in June. Family rates are $500 if a person owns a share. This rate includes children through age 18. The Sundance Country Club Golf Course offers a Monday special of $30 all day, including a cart. Wednesday afternoons are men’s days, with women’s days scheduled for Thursday afternoons. No tee times are required. The Sundance Country Club Golf Course is located on Highway 14 in Sundance, Wyo. For more information, call (307) 283-1191.

The Sundance Country Club Golf Course located in Sundance, Wyo. is a challenging golf course that golfers find fun to play. Courtesy photo


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