Southern Hills Golf Course scenery makes to tough to focus on golf

The women’s tee on hole 11 at the Southern Hills Golf Course just outside Hot Springs.

Recently, I played in a golf tournament at the Southern Hills Golf Course outside of Hot Springs. Before the tournament, whenever I’d mention the course we’d be playing, it seemed everyone had the same reaction: “Oh, that’s a beautiful course.” I didn’t give much thought to the remarks at the time; after all, aren’t most courses kinda pretty? But after playing 18 holes, I now understand what everybody was talking about. You know it’s going to be a nice day of golf when you’re impressed by the driving range. Seriously. It sits above the course on a small ridge just below the club house and overlooks a portion of the back nine. With the Black Hills rising up in the background, surrounded by ponderosa pines wherever you looked, it made it difficult to stop gawking and focus on the task at hand. Which for me included slicing the majority of my drives. I’m not sure how that’s the scenery’s fault, but that’s what I used for my excuse. As for the rest of the course, it seems about every third tee is perched above a ravine or water hazard so that are looking down on the hole. Obviously, you can lose a lot of balls, but the picturesqueness of it all makes it worth it. Mostly. If you go The Southern Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole par 70. Green fees are $37 for 18 holes on the weekends, $33 for 18 on week days, $23 for nine on weekends and $20 for nine of weekdays. Cart fees are $27 for 18 and $17 for nine. To get to the course from Hot Springs, take University Drive/U.S.-18 West for a little less than two miles, and turn left on Clubhouse Drive. Follow the road to the clubhouse.

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Hillary Dobbs-Davis

Hillary Dobbs-Davis has spent about 93 percent of her life living in South Dakota. She's lived two decades in what native South Dakotans call "West River," and one decade "East River." In her real job, she works in PR and marketing for a local energy company. In her off time, she's out taking advantage of all West River has to offer, including kayaking, biking, hiking, camping and snowshoeing with her intrepid Westie, Miles. She and her husband, Lenn, live in Rapid City.


  1. Elliot
    Elliot 11 August, 2011, 03:34

    Nice Article, would love to golf that one. That stupid course was where we had cross country meets at every year, one word: HELL!

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