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Bully Pulpit. Golf Course and…TV Star?

Bully Pulpit. Golf Course and…TV Star?

Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Bully Pulpit  made its first TV appearance this year in the new North Dakota Tourism ad campaign-and it tells a great story. After I watched it, I got to thinking about golf stories and how everybody has one.

But before I show you the video, here’s one of my favorite golf stories.

It goes back to may 15th, 2005. I was fifteen and in my sophomore year of high school. My dad and I were playing a mid-afternoon round at a golf course in Minot. Like many of you, my father got me started in golf and I always cherish rounds with him, even though at this time I hadn’t beaten him. Although I had come close many times, victory had eluded me because his trash talking always got into my head. READ MORE »

A Love Story: Medora and You.

Medora’s a special place. With all the love and giving that goes into everything we do here this comes as no surprise. Now people are always giving, whether it be money or time, but what really got Modern-Day Medora to this point, what got it off the ground, was love and a vision. Here’s how… READ MORE »

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 12-26-13

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trail Update: 12-26-13

New snow came on the 19th! The Bully Pulpit Trails and the Medora area received 5 inches of new soft snow. While the snow fell, we were hard at work in the cat packing the base for a smooth trail; the additional snow that fell during the day made for some very good conditions on the trail system. All trails were groomed the morning of the 20th, and the updates have been made to the conditions signage at the trailhead.

Where snow conditions were poor, they have now improved to fair for skiers and snowshoers. The Cottonwood and Lil Mo trail are in fair condition with some vegetation poking through the base, but very navigable. The other four trails – Cedar, Butte, Ash, and Prairie – are all in good condition and ready for you to enjoy.

Enjoy the new snow and the rest of the holiday season! We’ll see you on the trail.

Resources:

See the trail map.

See a full list of Medora business holiday hours here.

The full trail descriptions are found in this previous blog.

The winter badlands are waiting for you.

The winter badlands are waiting for you.

 

2013 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails Now Open at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course

2013 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails Now Open at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course

It’s that time of year again – the time when we North Dakotans look for ways to enjoy the snowy season without following the geese south. It’s ski and snowshoe season!

Bully Pulpit Golf Course is once again offering a cross country skiing and snowshoe trail across the beautiful winter Badlands where golfers enjoy the links in the summer.

If you’ve hit the trails at the Bully Pulpit in the past, there have been a few changes to our map, but the overall mileage will remain very much the same. The trail head will begin at the Bully Pulpit Clubhouse. The site allows plenty of room for parking and unloading.

Trail Report

Ski Map 2013

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We have six trails available for your recreation.  Three of the trails are amongst the trees and are a little more weaving-and-winding, while the other three have longer straight sections in the open prairie, with a minor amount of slopes to traverse. All the trails range in length from ¾ to 1.1 miles in length, and offer an easy degree of difficulty.  READ MORE »

Bully Pulpit breaks 2012 rounds of play count, on course to break all-time record

Course logs its 15,872nd round of the year, on track to set all-time record by end of season

(MEDORA, ND) – Bully Pulpit Golf Course announced today that as of Thursday, September 19th, at 12:30 p.m., more rounds had been played to date in 2013 than in all of 2012 – and the course is on pace to set an all-time record of 17,000 rounds-played before the season is out.

During the entirety of the 2012 season, 15,871 rounds were played at Bully Pulpit and it’s year of record came during its inaugural season in 2004, when just over 16,000 rounds were played. The 2013 season is set to surpass both substantially.

“Bully Pulpit’s naming as one of America’s Top 100 Public Courses by Golf Digest has undoubtedly played a big role in bringing more people out to experience the course this year.” remarked Bully Pulpit PGA Pro Casey Moen. “With that honor, I think a lot of area players were reminded that there is a truly world-class golf course right here in the North Dakota Badlands – and they don’t want to miss out on it.”

“The course is the best it’s ever been this year. And the phenomenal number of players we’re seeing is a testament to that.” Moen continues. “We’re seeing an uptick in play from Western North Dakota, of course, but we’re also seeing more players from the Twin Cities area, a region we focused on with our marketing campaign this year.

“Based on pre-bookings and the number of players coming on a daily basis, I feel confident that if the weather holds out, we could hit 17,000 rounds this year and set a new, all-time record for Bully Pulpit.”

Bully Pulpit’s last day of play is scheduled for October 27th, 2013.

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About Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Bully Pulpit Golf Course is an 18-hole venue built right into the rugged North Dakota Badlands. The course’s first year of play was in 2004, with 2013 marking its tenth year of operation by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Since opening, Bully Pulpit has been honored with a number of national accolades including being named one of America’s Top 100 Public Course by Golf Digest in 2013.

The course features five different tees, with total yardage ranging from a comfortable 4,750 total yards from the forward tees, to a challenging 7,166 at the tips.

Bully Pulpit’s signature holes – number 14, 15, and 16 – have been dubbed “The Badlands Holes” and showcase the Bully Pulpit experience best. From the time players begin their assent to the tee box of number 14, to their last putt on the 16th green, they’ve navigated an up-and-down elevation change of nearly 500 vertical feet, played the most stark contrasts of greens-and-native-rough the course has to offer, and enjoyed a view of the North Dakota Badlands unsurpassed anywhere.

It’s this three-hole trifecta that has attracted golf enthusiasts from 34 U.S. states and numerous countries around the world to Medora’s Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

 

CONTACT:
Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
justinf@medora.com

Medora Nightlife

Medora Nightlife

Medora is a swingin’ town.  During the day, you can go on trail rides and buggy rides, visit the museums, or enjoy the Family Fun Center. You can hike, go mini golfing, or enjoy the different day shows.  One would think that things slow down toward the evening; but the fun really kicks up in Medora when the sky starts to dim. READ MORE »

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

13 Reasons to Visit Medora!

1. Experience the greatest show in the West: the Medora Musical!  You’re sure to have a toe-tapping time at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre as you enjoy our wide variety of country and western music and the amazing talents of our performers.
2. Where else can you enjoy meat that has been prepared on a pitchfork and accompanied by the greatest side dishes in the west and a great view of the Badlands? Enjoy the Pitchfork Steak Fondue when you visit Medora!
3. It was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt.  And that was before it had indoor plumbing! READ MORE »

Bully Pulpit Golf Course – The Crescendo Effect

Bully Pulpit is truly a golf experience unmatched anywhere else. But sometimes we wonder if we’re a little biased because of our love for the Badlands as a whole. Recently, though, Minnesota Tee Times Michael Herzog made the trek to Medora to take in the Bully Pulpit experience for himself.

After a day on the course and night on the town, we think Michael may now have the same feelings for the Badlands as we do. Here are a few snippets from his recent story.

 

“I am often asked by friends, “Why would I invest my time, money, and resources into the eight hour drive to Medora to play Bully Pulpit?” and I can answer that with one word: simple. You will find that Bully Pulpit Golf Course and the city of Medora provide what Bully Pulpits’ PGA Head Golf Professional, Casey Moen, refers to as ‘The Crescendo Effect.’  READ MORE »

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to open on April 27, 2013

Bully Pulpit Golf Course to open on April 27, 2013

Managers say inquiries by golfers from across the U.S. point to another outstanding year.

Medora’s Bully Pulpit Golf Course will open for the 2013 season on April 27.

Casey Moen, Bully Pulpit’s Head Golf Professional, says the course is ready for what could be a record year. Moen says inquiries from across the nation have increased since February when Golf Digest named the course as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses for 2013. The magazine also gave the course a “Best in State” ranking.

“Bully Pulpit was already well-known among serious golfers across the country but the Golf Digest ranking has golfers, who have not yet visited the course, saying they need to experience the course for themselves,” says Moen.

While the recent snow may have delayed the course’s opening, Bully Pulpit Golf Shop manager Kathy Solga says the additional moisture was beneficial and the timing for the season opener is still on target. READ MORE »

13 Things to do in Medora

13 Things to do in Medora

Medora is full of exciting adventures. We are highlighting the top 13 things that we think you should explore when you get here!

1. Medora Musical – Yee-Haw! Kick up your heels with us at the Medora Musical, performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Click here for more information! 

2.  Ice Cream – I scream, you scream we all scream for ice cream! Enjoy a delicious cone piled high with creamy Medora-made ice cream! Learn to lick fast though, it goes fast in the Medora heat! Find out more. 

3. Bully Pulpit – Spend a day and play at the breathtakingly beautiful Bully Pulpit Golf Course. Ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses, you will surely learn to speak softly and carry a big stick! For more information click here. 

4. Explore Medora – There are many hidden treasures throughout the charming town of Historic Medora. Find the best Tomato Mac soup in town, enjoy a latte, eat some pizza, take an Old Fashioned Photo or just walk around the quaint streets. Step back from the busy world and enjoy your time here, we are sure that you will adore every minute of it. READ MORE »