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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7085 yards
Slope 137
Rating 75.2
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Falcon 72 7085 yards 75.2 137
Hawk 72 6444 yards 72.1 130
Eagle 72 5640 yards 74.0 125
Owl 72 4868 yards 69.7 116
Scorecard for Hawktree Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Falcon M: 74.9/139 410 467 164 412 554 376 569 194 447 3593 547 356 483 230 540 203 326 219 588 3492 7085
Hawk/Falcon M: 72.6/133 W: 78.4/141 410 442 164 412 512 376 519 179 382 3396 547 356 430 173 540 151 326 160 513 3196 6592
Hawk M: 71.6/131 W: 77.3/139 384 442 148 371 512 344 519 179 382 3281 529 331 430 173 516 151 305 160 513 3108 6389
Hawk/Eagle M: 70.1/129 W: 75.2/135 384 390 148 328 444 344 519 133 382 3072 480 331 378 163 516 151 305 160 472 2956 6028
Eagle M: 68.7/125 W: 73.0/125 313 390 128 328 444 290 448 133 314 2788 480 289 378 163 491 138 288 148 472 2847 5635
Eagle/Owl M: 66.9/122 W: 70.9/120 313 340 128 282 430 290 392 133 314 2622 480 289 310 146 491 94 288 96 435 2629 5251
Owl M: 65.2/118 W: 68.8/116 275 340 105 282 430 211 392 85 289 2409 446 239 310 146 445 94 248 96 435 2459 4868
Handicap 9 3 17 13 1 5 7 15 11 4 14 2 12 8 18 10 16 6
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 5 4 4 3 5 3 4 3 5 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bluegrass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season May - October
Architect Jim Engh (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes - included in green fee
Golf School Academy Yes
Golf Simulator Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Indoor Practice Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Reviews

4.8
4 Reviews (4)
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North Dakota's gem

I played this course in 30+ mph winds and greens that had to be rolling at a 12-13 on the stimpmeter. It was absolutely brutal and I still had fun. There are few courses that I would say that about. This course, in my mind, is what North Dakotans should hold up as an example of what level of golf we provide in our state. The greens were like putting on linoleum and had it been a calmer day it wouldn't have been an issue. But the setup of this course is so unique because the whole thing seems to drop into a valley save a few holes along the upper edges. I recommend playing this course if you're anywhere near Bismarck.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Supply and Demand

My first experience at Hawktree was somewhat bittersweet. Based on its reputation, my expectations were understandably very high. Beginning with the positives, and they are numerous, the course itself is flawless, with perhaps the exception of the tee box markers, which are somewhat vague (black rocks look similar to gray ones making us have to reverse a few times). The fairways are quite generous, for the most part, especially off the tee. Even the blind shots are quite manageable once you pick the right line and execute it. The GPS was very helpful, and unless you are a regular, mandatory since there are plenty of hazards to contend with throughout the course. Most tee shots are grip and rip, but good, and often great, iron play is needed to get close to the hole. That is the variable that will affect scoring the most at Hawktree, I think. The greens are terrific. They are very true, but undulated enough to provide plenty of surprises. I expected them to be quicker, but this may have been due to our late afternoon tee time. As for the bunkers, the visual takes you aback, but honestly, they play similar to normal ones. As sick as it sounds, I am glad I found one at Hawktree because I did not find one at all at Old Works, the Nicklaus course in Montana that also features black slag bunkers. I am thrilled that I finally got to hit out of one. With respect to the course itself, it is a real jewel. Now, as for my criticisms of Hawktree, they are few, but relevant. I already mentioned the markings on the tee boxes. After ten years of operation, more permanent, and more clearly colored placards should be installed by now. I realize this is North Dakota, and west of Fargo, you can probably count the number of premium courses in this state on one hand. Supply certainly doesn't meet demand. However, since the green fees are uniform throughout the day, and from what I observed, play is steady, I do not approve of sending out fivesomes. There were plenty of them in front of us. So, this is obviously normal procedure. Goat ranches send out fivesomes, not arguably the finest course in the state. If there were a twilight rate, this policy could be argued effectively since sundowners justifiably take their chances with the cheaper rate. Hawktree certainly has the right to exploit its monopoly by structuring its fees whatever way it chooses, and it can be said that its rates are still a bargain based on the lack of competition and the high quality of the course itself. However, the slow play at any price sours the total experience, and in this case, costs Hawktree a star.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

What do expect from Jim Engh??

This is the 5th course from Jim Engh that I've played between Colorado and ND. Although it is not my favorite of his it still delivers an incredible golf experience. What this course lacks is only the breathtaking panoramic views that you get in the Newcastle and Grand Junction, Co. Engh designs.
The thing with Hawktree is you feel like you are in your own world. I was one of the first people off that morning so it seemed like I was the last person on earth.
I can't say enough about the condition of the course, from tee to green is absolutely perfection. The staff were all very pleasant and the GPS in the carts was very handy with all of the blind tee shots that you will come across. The course spreads out nicely and feels very long. The greens were very fast for 7 am I thought. The rolling hills off the fairways create interesting, uneven stances on nearly every hole. Black slag bunkers were a nice touch as well.
Well worth the money and advertisement.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Great Golf Course to enjoy

Bring your "A" Game! Just because it is located in North Dakota doesn't mean there aren't great courses to enjoy. The views are great, the course is always in wonderful condition, and the BLACK sand traps are great and easy to locate your ball should you be unfortunate enough to land in one, although they are also well manicured just like the rest of the course. The course doesn't favor either a fade or a draw player, just be ready to shape your shots and to not always go for the pin placements of the day as they may not leave any room for error. North Dakota native Jim Engh, the designer, worked with what he had for a landscape very well, and those that play the course will certainly want to play it again after they get a feel for the course, thinking that they will cut a few strokes off now that they have seen the course. But don't get lazy because that's when the "Hawk" will sink its talons deep into your game plan and tear it to shreads without you even noticing it because of how much you are enjoying the course, the challenge, and what it's giving you. Enjoy it more than once; we play it every chance we get, and enjoy a relaxing meal in the beautiful clubhouse afterwards. The only negative is the short golf season we have here in ND so we could play the "Hawk" more frequently!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
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