The first ever “Battle at Bully Pulpit” is in the books! Hosted by the Dakota Junior Golf Association, the tournament kicked off with a skills challenge on Saturday and finished up on Monday with the top finishers in each age group getting an invitation to the World Masters of Junior Golf later this summer in Las Vegas! Read on to see who won and check out a special highlight video! READ MORE »
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Dig your clubs out of the attic and call up your regular foursome. Bully Pulpit is officially opening for the 2014 Season!
The first day of play will be on Wednesday, April 23!*
You can reserve your tee times NOW, for the entire season, at Medora.com or call 701-623-4653.
*Open date is weather permitting.
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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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
Justin Fisk, Marketing Director
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park scenic drive: Surely our 26th President would be proud of his namesake. He loved the badlands and advocated the protection of our natural wonders. Come drive a loop in the park, and you’re sure to fall in love with the North Dakota badlands, just as Roosevelt did so long ago. You’ll be able to step back and imagine the scenes that may have greeted him when he first came, complete with wild horses, buffalo, and prairie dog villages. Just be sure to drive slowly around the buffalo!
2. Wind Canyon at Sunset: Take a short, ten-minute hike off the loop in Theodore Roosevelt National Park to experience a truly beautiful sunset. It’s a great way to end a day of fun and adventure in and around Medora. Don’t forget your cameras! The scene is truly breathtaking.
3. Buck Hill at Sunrise: Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise! If you’ve been reading your Poor Richard’s Almanack and missed the sunset in Wind Canyon, there is still a beautiful view for you. Buck Hill is the perfect place to catch a sunrise!
4. Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch is now encompassed by Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It’s an amazing portion of the park, and surrounded by natural beauty. Once you drink in the visual aspects of T.R.’s old property, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of nature, free from the noises of modern hustle and bustle. You won’t be disappointed!
5. We in Medora are proud of the Bully Pulpit Golf Course! It features some of the best golfing in the west and was even ranked one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. The scenery is truly breathtaking – especially for our 3 signature holes: Peaceful Valley, Bully Pulpit, and Perched Rock!
6. Painted Canyon Overlook: One of the best views of the North Dakota Badlands! Take a short detour off of the interstate, and you’ll glimpse the buttes, scoria, and natural beauty of the area. You might even see a wild horse or two!
7. The Chateau de Morès: The Marquis and Marquise certainly knew where to build their Chateau. Their view of Medora was unrivaled. Come see Medora from the vantage point of her founder!
8. Medora is surrounded by marvelous buttes, and a good, strenuous hike is just the sort of thing Roosevelt would enjoy. Come hike one of those buttes to get a new perspective on Medora.
9. On your way to the Medora Musical? Take a right off the path and you’ll get to Medora’s cemetery. It’s a peaceful resting spot for many Medora residents, and offers another great scenic view for those who visit. The view from the flagpoles is a sight to behold!
10. Tjaden Terrace Overlook: After or during the Pitchfork Steak Fondue, be sure to take advantage of the view before going to the Medora Musical.
11. There’s no more authentic way to explore the Badlands than on the back of a horse across a primitive trail. For a truly western experience, come on a guided tour of the badlands on the Medora Riding Stables Trail Rides!
12. Burning Hills Amphitheatre – What better venue to experience the Greatest Show in the West? The Burning Hills Amphitheatre is nestled into the beautiful badlands that captivated the Marquis de Morès and Theodore Roosevelt. The scenic view lends itself to the Medora Musical, both as a backdrop and as a part of the set.
13. Come enjoy North Dakota’s State Scenic River, the Little Missouri River! It’s the perfect place to bring a kayak and soak in the sun and a little scenery at the same time. As Queen of the West Emily Walter would say, “Unpredictable, primitive, and panoramic, the Little Mo passes through all three units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The river characterizes North Dakota’s adventurous spirit, and is a great spot for us to gather awhile!”
For more information on Medora:
Visit us at medora.com
or Call 1-800-MEDORA-1 [1-800-633-6721]
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 »
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 »
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 »