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I am gonna have to take a day off of playing rounds sometime this week to let my arms and legs rest, clean up and plan for the week ahead. This past week I played more courses than ever before in one week..44.
South Dakota's state park system is really getting into DG..they have pamphlets highlighting their 12 courses, all so far are well marked, clean well mowed and only 3$/day.

Sioux Falls, SD- Tuthill:Begins on the top of a large hill, with a mix of thick woods and open areas with lots of trees. The woods can be brutal if you glide past a hole and go down into them. A 580' downhill bomb through a tunnel of two woods leads to the back where it gets flat until #16, most of those holes are open with just a few trees strategically placed. A river comes in to play within 50' of two holes. More than enough holes at 150' or less. Large tees, some asphalt and old, slick, some dirt and crushed rock. Well marked, with map and scorecards at bulletin board. Overall a solid course. Several long aimless walks, so grab a map or be confused.

Brandon, SD- Pioneer:Very short recreational level course in small park. Up and down small hills, with some trees. Several wide open but several wooded holes. Can be somewhat tricky, with hills to throw up and over at an angle, and some low branches. Well marked, short gravel tees are somewhat rough to throw from.

Madison, SD- Lake Herman State Park:Mostly short but with 2 longer holes that almost require a driver. In a day use area of a large park, around bbq's, pavilion and park road. No rough, no OB in play. Most holes are somewhat open, 3 are sorta tight and 2 have some bushes to throw over. Basic straight holes, maybe 2 doglegs. Good tees, well marked and 3$/day for 1 person..I recommend hitting all the state parks in one day or more than 1 per day at least to save money..there are about 6 in a line on this side of the state.

Madison, SD- Northwest:Easy and mostly open, in purely flat grassy park, often throwing over or next to a tiny creek, that has no bridge to cross it on a few holes. 2 tighter tunnel holes, 2 longer than 300'. No rough, well mowed, well marked and really quick to play.

Brookings, SD- Larson:Also very short, about 1/3 are 150' or less. Mix of open and slightly wooded. Up and down a big hill for half the round, with some baskets on steep slopes that can give you killer bad rolls. The wind whips up to 40mph on a normal day too, with no tree line to stop it. Well designed, good signs, but the cement tees are SLICK like ice..almost impossible to run-up and plant with sliding. Many unconventional lines, but all good. Very busy course, probably 50+ on it.

Bruce, SD- Oakland Lakes State Park:Relaxing and scenic, on a peninsula thickly dotted with large trees, a park road around the course then a line of trees outside that then a lake, which never is in play. Slight gentle hills, lots of shade. Very well designed, every hole is different and nice. Some are fairly tough, one is 310' and a tight tunnel. Must throw smooth off tees. Very well marked and maintained. 3$/day state park fees apply. Get a map from the gatehouse and they'll point you toward the course in the back of the park.

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Comment by donnyv on July 9, 2008 at 3:43pm
Thanks Ben for doing all this playing, reviewing, and blogging. I tip my hat to ya! Did anyone ask to join you in this quest, or is it something you wanted to do by yourself?

Anyways, good luck and safe travels. Maybe we'll run into you back home in Michigan.
Comment by _dm4 on July 9, 2008 at 12:44pm
44's a lot! You deserve a break! :)

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