About Dakota Dunes Golf Links
Located on the historical Whitecap Dakota First Nation lands at the heights of the South Saskatchewan River Valley Basin, Dakota Dunes Golf Links opened to the public April 30th, 2004. This 18-hole, full service, natural masterpiece is the Province’s only complete Graham Cooke, Cooke-Carleton designed golf property.
Dakota Dunes Golf Links is laid spaciously throughout natural sand dune formations and the indigenous prairie grasses that surround it’s edges. Five tee deck yardages ranging from 5100 to 7300 yards remove the threat of being over-powered by today’s technology. Undulating fairways with large greens will welcome shots of every shape. Whatever your ability to play, you will find the yardage and challenge to fit your game.
Golfers playing a round of golf at Dakota Dunes will experience the ever-changing beauty and character that this special property has to offer. Flora changes regularly throughout the golf season. Crocuses, cactus flowers, wild roses, yellow violets and more repaint the dune-scapes and the rugged land that frames in this golf course.
Dakota Dunes Golf Links is very pleased to announce the completion of a new clubhouse in time for the start of the 2016 golf season. The 7100 square foot facility includes a 64 seat restaurant and 900 square feet of Pro Shop retail space on the upper level with direct access to the course. Large windows throughout the upper level allow for views of the course to the east, and an incredible view of the South Saskatchewan River Valley basin to the west. The lower level includes office space, locker rooms, club storage, and a conference room. Outside spaces include a large patio with a golf course view, as well as an elevated deck off the restaurant with a northwest view across the driving range and river valley.
Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear and his Council were instrumental in developing a ‘land use planning study’ for economic development, and they saw a vision in their land base, that was originally viewed as marginal for any traditional agricultural use. The designated land was ideal for golf course construction and the local golf course market was buoyant with strong demand for play.
The idea to build a golf course was born, but Whitecap Dakota First Nation needed partnering as the capital required to undertake a golf course development was beyond their existing resources. Chief Darcy Bear and his Council brokered partnerships with the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band to see this development come to life.
Together, this partnership of First Nation Economic Development has achieved the reality of the Dakota Dunes Golf Links. Their purpose is focused on economic growth and financial self sufficiency. The Partnership is also committed to providing an avenue to train, develop and retain First Nation employment.
From the onset, the Partnership has chosen quality in its approach to their golf course development. Hiring one of Canada’s best Golf Course Architects in Cooke-Carleton International started the move towards excellence. Graham Cooke and Wayne Carleton are internationally renowned for their design approach and product.
The irrigation system has over 1180 heads and its infrastructure is state of the art, with twice the capacity and coverage of most systems. The construction materials and seed used are of the finest grade. Dakota Dunes Golf Links overall approach is to create and maintain a leading edge in every aspect of its operation, passing that experience on to its patrons.
“We are committed to providing our guests and patrons with an
exceptional experience each and every time they visit.”
Awards & Accolades
SCOREGolf “Best Public Course” Saskatchewan/Manitoba 2011, 2013 & 2015
Golf Digest “Top 30 Canadian Courses” #15 (February, 2013)
Golf Digest – Best New Canadian Course, 2005
As described in the January 2006 edition of Golf Digest…”Dakota Dunes emerged victorious in the “Best New Canadian Course” category, marking the first time a Saskatchewan course has ever won an award in the golf industry’s top publication.”
Golfweek’s Best Canadian Modern Courses – #20 – 2011
CPGA of Saskatchewan “Facility of the Year” – 2008
Tourism Saskatchewan – “Business of the Year” – 2006
FSIN Circle of Honor – 2006
Awarded for Economic and Community Development
SABEX Award – 2005 “New Business Venture”
Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence