The lengthy winter season may present a challenge to golfers in Fargo, but when conditions permit during the spring, summer and early fall, those golfers are rewarded with no fewer than a half-dozen golf courses that prove to be well worth the wait.
Information about most of Fargo's golf courses is neatly packaged into a single website, www.fargogolf.net. Five courses are featured on the site, complete with hole-by-hole course descriptions and details about prices, lessons, merchandise and tournaments.
Edgewood and Rose Creek
One of the oldest golfing options in North Dakota can be found at Edgewood Golf Course. Established in the mid 1920s, Edgewood has the distinction of being the only tree-lined public course in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and it regularly makes Golf Digest's annual list of the best places to play.
The course measures 6,428 yards from the back tees and plays as a par 71, though the scorecard allows for a par of 72 if the 427-yard opening hole is played as a par 5. In 2010, construction took place on holes 2, 3 and 4 to help protect that area of the course from potential flooding of the nearby Red River. New tee boxes and greens were constructed, and hole No. 3 was shortened to become a par 3.
Rose Creek Golf Course is a 6,625-yard, par-71 layout with an intriguing finishing hole. It is a relatively short par 5 (less than 500 yards), allowing the green to often be reached in two strokes. But precision shot-making is a must, due to a fairway bunker on the right and a water hazard to the left of the green, which is sloped from back to front with several humps throughout.
Par 9 options
Since the weather isn't always conducive for a full 18 holes of golf, Fargo has three 9-hole courses for those seeking a quick two-hour round.
El Zagal golf course, located near the Red River, is a basic par-3 course with just enough tweaks to keep things interesting. First of all, hole No. 7 is a 245-yard par-4, making this actually a par-28 course. And the eight par 3s range in distance from a mere 120 yards to a challenging 215.
Osgood Golf Course is a par-33 facility that measures a hefty 2,760 yards from the back tees. But the closest tees are nearly half that length, making Osgood a course that can be played by a variety of skill levels. Osgood also has perhaps the cheapest bargain in the area: a rapid three-hole loop for only $5.
Prairiewood Golf Course is designed with beginner and novice players in mind. The layout of the 2,547-yard par-32 course is straightforward, with a few scattered bunkers and only three holes in which water truly comes into play.
Fargo Country Club
Fargo Country Club has both an 18-hole championship course as well as a nine-hole par-3 that is open only to members. When the main course was built in 1923, it was the first 18-hole layout in North Dakota, and today Golf Digest has rated the 6,754-yard course as one of the best in the state. But this course isn't without its tricks: the adjacent Red River comes into play on several holes and the fairways along the back nine are tight.
A number of professional golfers and celebrities have played a round at the Fargo Country Club, including Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead and Bob Hope. The course was the site of the 1995 U.S. Boys Junior Championship, making it the only club in North Dakota to hold an official U.S. Golf Association tournament.
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