Golf isn’t my sport.  I’ve just never caught the golf bug though I work with a lot of avid golfers.  Our department even has its own golf league.  Even with my lack of golf I.Q., I know that the Club at Red Rock is one of the top-rated golf courses in South Dakota public or private.  Golf Digest and Golfweek Magazine have rated the Club at Red Rock the top rated public course in South Dakota for 12 years running.  


According to the golf gurus of the department, the course is as challenging as it is scenic.  But it’s not too challenging – it’s designed for people from beginners to avid golfers.  It’s a 7000-yard, par 72 course with dramatic views and elevation changes.  There are link-style bunkers and USGA Spec Greens.  It offers a number of risk-reward opportunities depending on your shot selection as well as several blind shots that will test your patience and skill. 

The WASHTO 2018 golf tournament is for people of all skill levels.  It’s four-person scramble so you have teammates to share the thrill of victory or agony of defeat.  If you use your foot wedge a little more than normally allowed or are the champion golfer of your home course – this tournament is designed for you to have a great time and make some great memories.  There will be pin prizes and team recognition.  If there’s someone you want to play with be sure to list that on your registration.  

I’ll be around the course taking pictures, which is my way to enjoy a round of golf.  Hope to see you on the links.  There’s still time to sign up and join us at the first tee on June 10th.  


Darin P. Bergquist, Secretary
South Dakota Department of Transportation