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Let's Chat About...Bully Pulpit Golf Course

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to volunteer at the North Dakota Golf Association tournament in Medora North Dakota! This was held at the Bully Pulpit Golf Course just 3 miles South of town.

Last fall I had signed up to become a volunteer as a "Green Vester" to help where needed during Medora's busy summer season. All of those positions were already filled but they asked if I would be willing to help in other areas. I agreed and that's how I landed the job at Bully Pulpit!


Bully Pulpit Golf Course is chiseled right out of the North Dakota Badlands in a site unlike any in the world. A round here is one you won't ever forget.


At Bully Pulpit, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in the Badlands as you meander through meadows and woodlands, skirt along the Little Missouri River, and tee off from one butte to another.

The Bully Pulpit Golf Course was unveiled in 2004 by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. Nestled in the Badlands of North Dakota, this course blends the Art of Golf with the Splendor of Nature. Its namesake "Bully Pulpit" is a tribute to President Theodore Roosevelt for his spirit of adventure and passion for conserving the land.

A little bit about my volunteer experience! I have to admit I was nervous and intimidated coming all the way out to Medora by myself to try something I have never done before. I arrived on Thursday afternoon and went to the Rough Riders Hotel front desk to get my room key and nametag. I was put up at the Badlands Motel and all meals were provided at the Life Skills Center.

Friday morning, I was asked to report to the Bully Pulpit Clubhouse to get my duties for the day. The first task I was assigned to was cleaning up the golf carts. There were around 150 golfers and 80 golf carts. Soon after that I was transferred to help in the concession stand area. I liked that much better since I really enjoy food service and interacting with people.

I worked with a great gal, Mary for the remainder of my time there. I put in 8 hours a day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was very enjoyable; everyone was so nice and grateful. On Saturday evening I took in a production called "Broadway in the Badlands" held at the Old Town Hall Theater. Very entertaining!!



"Get swept away with this special concert event celebrating the music of Broadway, which will include an excellent mix of both classics and modern hits plus a few surprises! This event is presented in partnership with UND."

Broadway in the Badlands is an exciting concert event that brings the magic of Broadway to the picturesque Badlands of Medora, North Dakota. Presented in partnership with the University of North Dakota (UND), this exclusive dinner show features talented educators from UND’s Music and Theatre faculty.

Fun Facts:

  • Teddy Roosevelt called Medora his home throughout his 20's. He was our 26th President and referred to his political platform as the "Bully Pulpit".

  • The course was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry. The 7,413-yard layout is situated next to the Little Missouri River.

  • It features a walkable river bottom and epic mountain vistas.

  • Golf Digest ranked it one of the top 100 courses in the United States and 3rd best in North Dakota.

  • The 1st hole is called "Boots & Saddles" featuring a wide fairway which makes it a perfect starting point.

  • The Bully Pulpit Golf Course is funded by the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation.

I was very impressed with the appreciation and generosity shown to me through this experience. I was given this book as a thank you for volunteering. I also received a card in the mail with 2 complimentary Pitchfork Fondue and Musical tickets! I guess we will have to go back!!

So, if you have any input or experiences that you would like to share, please add to the comments below.

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