Bois de Sioux Golf Course

The Bois de Sioux Golf Course, Wahpeton, features tree-lined fairways on the stately course. Courtesy photo

Swing a club at the Bois de Sioux Golf Course and you’ll golf in two different states on one course.

Spread across two ZIP codes, the 18-hole Bois de Sioux Golf Course is the only course in the United States to feature holes in two states, with the front nine holes in Wahpeton in North Dakota and the back nine holes in Breckenridge in Minnesota.

The stately par 71 course offers 6,378 yards of golf from the most popular gold tees.

“There are a lot of tree-lined fairways, kind of an old-style course,” says Dustin Harris, the course’s head golf pro.

The Bois de Sioux Golf Course is rich in history, originally built as a nine-hole course in Minnesota in 1924.

The Ottertail and Bois de Sioux meet near the golf course to form the Red River of the North, creating a rolling course along the river.

Following the 1997 flood, the course underwent a redesign and construction of a new clubhouse.

“After ’97, we did a lot of revamping and redesigning with the cities and the counties and the states, because we were in the area where they needed to put their flood protection levees, so it’s changed over the years, but for the good,” Harris says. The golf course was updated and redesigned by architect Jeff McDowell to better manage water on the course.

Harris points to the 350-yard 18th hole, with a par 4, as the most challenging, with mature trees and a pond in the landing area.

“So, you either have to try to lay up or try to go over the hazard,” he says.

The course is welcoming to any skill level, as each hole features four tee locations to accommodate all skill levels, from champion to novice.

Located in north Wahpeton, the golf course is in a recreational hub of the community near the Chahinkapa Zoo, swimming pool and baseball diamonds.

A full restaurant, the Bois de Sioux Grill Room, and a bar are inside the clubhouse, which features a deck with outdoor seating overlooking the No. 1 tee box and No. 9 green, driving range and putting green.

“If you’re going to sit outside and have a meal or for happy hour, it’s a popular spot, because you can sit outside. It’s a green space. A lot of times when you go somewhere and if you do have seating outside, it’s a concrete jungle,” Harris says.

Luann Dart is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the Elgin area.

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