North Dakota never fails to surprise me.Â I consider myself on my best day an average golfer, and even with my appreciation of the game and good intentions I never find time to play enough to get any better. Since I moved here three years ago area golfers have told me that I have to play the big three golf courses in western North Dakota; Medoraâ€™s Bully Pulpit, Bismarckâ€™s Hawktree and The Links near Williston. My first year here I played Medora, and while it is certainly a well manicure thoughtfully laid out challenging golf course, it is just so beautiful it is hard to concentrate at times. Two Years ago I tested my game against Hawktree and as usual I failed. Hawktree is a truly special golf course that leaves you anticipating your next trip back. Â The vision of the architect to sculpt that golf course out of a North Dakota prairie was truly amazing. Each hole presents different challenges with elevation variations, black sand, water, thick roughs and prairie grass just off the course. Saturday thanks to an invitation from my friends Brad and Dennis I finally got to play the final golf course of the three the Links of North Dakota. Twenty miles east of Williston it is exactly what it claims to be a no frills true test of ones golf skill. Red Mike as it is also known is a throw back links golf course that is fashioned after golf courses from the birth place of golf Scotland. Thankfully our fourth player Kevin who had played it many times and was able to us find the course which is no easy task on its own,Â guided us around the twisting course with its numerous blind shots. Even with his guidanceÂ coupled with Saturdayâ€™s wind I was simply overmatched.Â Like the other two it is a well manicured golf course where it counts on the greens, tees and fairways. Each of the three golf courses is worth playing many times and sharing with visitors who enjoy the game. Golfers in Dickinson are really lucky to have these golf courses to visit plus Heart River and Pheasant Country golf courses closer to home. Both of which can hold their own with any of the big three. Great golf in North Dakota has been another on of the many a pleasant surprises I have found since moving to Dickinson. Saturday was probably my last round on the year, but I made myself a promise to play more golf next summer.