Dakota Dunes Golf Links Clubhouse now open!
Dakota Dunes Golf Links completed its new clubhouse in time for the start of the 2016 golf season. It is a welcome development for a golf course that has been ranked as one of the best in Canada since opening in 2004. General Manager McLaren Taylor and the staff at Dakota Dunes spent many years working from a "temporary" portable building.
"The new building has all the amenities we need to expand our business and provide a more comfortable experience to our members and patrons," describes Taylor.
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.
Dakota Dunes Golf Links is a partnership of First Nation Economic Development. The Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, and Kitsaki provided the initial investment to begin construction in 2002. Their purpose is focused on economic growth and financial self-sufficiency. The partnership is committed to providing an avenue to train, develop, and retain First Nation employment.
Chief Darcy Bear of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation was the driving force behind the original concept to build a golf course. Now the new clubhouse completes one of his original visions of economic development at Whitecap.
"The Dakota Dunes Golf links has been an incredible success for our Province and our partners," says Bear. "The new clubhouse will bring a renewed interest to the Dunes and the course will continue to drive tourism dollars to our region."
The new clubhouse at Dakota Dunes Golf Links opened for lunches March 1st. An open house followed on the evening of March 31st, and the grand opening was held on June 2nd.