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Bully Pulpit Golf Course set to open mid-May with two brand-new holes

The following story first appeared in our new print publication, Notes From the Trail.

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After a year of diligent work to secure the long-term future of Bully Pulpit Golf Course, golfers have much to look forward to in the coming season — including two brand-new holes and an improved, championship-level experience.

“After being a par 69 course in 2021, we’re excited to bring par up to 71 this year,” said Clubhouse Manager and PGA Head Golf Professional Patrick Rominger. “That’s thanks to two brand-new holes that we’re really proud of.”

The new Hole #8 from above. Par 4.

First is the new #8: a par 4 that will test players’ strategic skills. “It’s a tight tee shot,” Patrick said. “And golfers will have to use a shorter club as they approach the green.”

“#8 also has a really great Badlands backdrop from the green.” he added.

The new Hole #12 from above. Par 5.

The new par 5 #12 is all about risk versus reward. “If you’re aggressive off the tee, you can cut the corner off,” said General Manager Kirby Scharmann. “But some of the native grasses in that area could get you into trouble.”

Golfers can expect a smoother ride in 2022: more than have of Bully Pulpit’s cart paths have been upgraded from asphalt to concrete. “It should make for a more pleasant ride between holes,” Patrick said. “And it helps us prolong the lifespan of our carts!” Additional cart path upgrades will be made next offseason.

Part of the championship-level experience, Patrick said, is making sure every hole is challenging but fair. “For that reason, we’re taking time this summer to rework Hole #16,” he explained. “The view is beautiful, but the green has settled in such a way that it doesn’t always play fair.” Players can expect Hole #16 to return in 2023.

For now, our crew is excited about the state of Bully Pulpit for the year ahead, thanks to late winter and early spring moisture in western North Dakota. “We worked hard to prep the turf for a strong spring,” said Superintendent Kyle Fick. “Our guests will be in for a rewarding experience this season.”

Kirby put it this way with a smile: “It’s going to be a great summer of ‘good walks spoiled,’ as the saying goes.”

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Bully Pulpit Golf Course is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, May 12th, weather permitting. Visit Medora.com/BullyPulpit to find a tee time!

Paving a Path Forward at Bully Pulpit: Cart Path Concrete Provider Wins National Award

Dickinson Ready Mix, a company with decades of history supporting the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, was in the national spotlight this spring thanks in part to a project at Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

In March of 2022, Scott Olin, the President and General Manager of Dickinson Ready Mix, was named the Concrete Pavement Promoter of the Year by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA).

Left to right: NRMCA Chairman Abbott Lawrence, Scott Olin, and National Pavement Promotion Committee Chair Hank Hauge

“Any time you’re recognized nationally, it’s just a huge honor,” Olin said of the award.

Scott Olin is entering his 42nd year as a member of the Dickinson Ready Mix team. His father Jack also spent 41 years with the company, and his son Ben is an employee of eight years.

Olin said the award was given largely due to the innovative work his company is is doing with Bully Pulpit Golf Course: three miles of cart paths have been upgraded to concrete from Dickinson Ready Mix.

“We are especially proud of our work at Bully Pulpit,” Olin said. “It’s such a gem of southwest North Dakota.”

Providing concrete for the cart paths marks another chapter in Dickinson Ready Mix’s history of supporting the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. The company also provided concrete for the rebuilding of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in the 1990s. “We were backing trucks up the butte to pour the foundations for the amphitheatre seating,” he recalled. “That was one of the neatest projects that we ever had the opportunity to be a part of.”

Golfers at Bully Pulpit in 2022 will be sure to notice a smoother ride. The concrete cart path project is more than halfway complete. “It should make for a more pleasant ride between holes,” said Patrick Rominger, the Bully Pulpit Clubhouse Manager and PGA Head Golf Professional. “And it helps us prolong the lifespan of our carts.” Cart path upgrades are slated to continue next offseason.

Scott Olin said the new concrete paths are a wise investment for Bully Pulpit. “It’s long lasting,” he said. “There’s concrete pavement in the country that’s 100 years old and still being used.”

He also said the upgrade from asphalt to concrete is in line with the mission of Legacy Bully Pulpit: to preserve the natural beauty of the Badlands. “Bully Pulpit is in a fragile environmental setting, built right into the Badlands. A sustainable cart path will fit right in.”

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation congratulates Scott Olin on his well-deserved national recognition, and thanks him and Dickinson Ready Mix for their continued support.

PS: The Bully Pulpit Golf Course team is targeting a mid-May opening date in 2022, weather permitting. Stay tuned for details!

Big News For Bully Pulpit

Bully Pulpit golfers are going to start noticing something new about the course as they make their way around this fall, and next spring. We’re making some big changes at the course, and we’re about as excited as we were 16 years ago when we opened the tee boxes for the first time.

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Bully Pulpit Golf Course to Open April 11

Tee sheet now open for entire season 

(Medora, ND) – Bully Pulpit Golf Course and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation are excited to announce that Bully Pulpit Golf Course will open for play on April 11, weather permitting. READ MORE »

Download the Bully Pulpit Golf Course App Today!

Bully Pulpit Golf Course now has its very own app — and it’s fantastic!

Need a yardage for your approach shot? The app has your number. Want to know what the weather’s like before driving out? Check the app. READ MORE »

So We Interviewed Josh Duhamel!

Well, not really. But Medora came up a bunch in Josh’s interview with Travel + Leisure Magazine!

North Dakota’s been all over the news lately! It started with Theodore Roosevelt National Park being named the #5 Place to Go in 2016 by the New York Times. Now it’s continuing with Josh Duhamel staring in 4 brand new TV commercials for North Dakota Tourism. Check out this great interview Josh did with Travel + Leisure Magazine!

Where in North Dakota should every traveler visit?
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Happy New Year from Bully Pulpit Golf Course!

Happy New Year from Bully Pulpit Golf Course!

Just think, only a few short months until we’re back on the links! But I have one question for you? What are you doing this winter to make 2016 your best golf season ever?

As you wait for the ice to melt and spring to come, here are 3 winter tips to keep your game from freezing up.

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Golf your best round at Bully Pulpit: How to play the back nine

Golf your best round at Bully Pulpit: How to play the back nine

You’ve reached the back nine! Your drives were true and your irons accurate. Now the real test of your golf skill begins. We’ll start you off slowly, but once fourteen comes around — all bets are off.

Rattlesnakes will rattle in the brush. Your golf cart will squeal as you question whether or not it’ll make it up the bluff. Captivating vistas await, but so do daunting tee shots and tucked-away pins.  You’re golfing IN the Badlands. Not around them, in them. As General Alfred Sully would say, “the Badlands look like Hell with the fires put out.” No golfing experience comes close to this.

You’re rounds almost finished. Plan your shots out and execute them. Just make sure you take the time to appreciate the scenery. Bully! READ MORE »

Golf your best round at Bully Pulpit Golf Course: How to play the front nine

Golf your best round at Bully Pulpit Golf Course: How to play the front nine

Bully Pulpit Golf Course opens April 8, weather permitting.

For many of you, this will be your first round of the year. So we’ve decided to help you prepare. Below Dr. Michael Hurzdan, the designer of Bully Pulpit Golf Course, gets you ready for your round by letting you into his head — as he describes what went into the designing of Bully Pulpit’s front nine.

You can use this information to help you shoot your best score on Bully Pulpit. By taking advantage of the front nine’s easy par threes, and the reachable par 5 fourth, you set yourself up for a great round — but be prepared, because once you make the turn and head up into the Badlands, the golf gets very, very interesting.

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Bully Pulpit Golf Course to Open April 8

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to Open April 8

Tee Time Reservations Now Open for Prestigious Course in the Heart of the Badlands

(Medora, ND) – Bully Pulpit Golf Course, set in the rugged North Dakota Badlands, is officially set to open for play next week, beginning on Wednesday, April 8, weather permitting. Tee times for the entire golfing season are now available for individual and group play.

A relatively mild winter and a string of above average temperatures meant that grounds crews had excellent time to get the course in playing condition, allowing Bully Pulpit to open sooner than previous years.

Early season rates, which start at just $49 and continue until May 1, also provide players with the best value of the year.

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