Sutton Bay has been ranked as one of the top courses in the U.S. by Golf Magazine's panel of experts.
Chalk up this 2003 Graham Marsh design 45 miles north of Pierre, S.D., as yet another "if you build it, they will come" Great Plains private retreat. Conditioning issues and a shortage of panelist visits have held back Sutton Bay in the past, but no longer. This 7,245-yard stunner works its way across bluffs that overlook the peaceful waters of Lake Oahe. The 660-yard opener, a downhill par-5 that eases through tall dunes, golden prairie grasses and bunkers that appear to be etched naturally into the landscape, sets a remarkable and apt tone for the round.