Where does Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins, go to relax?
“A return to my home state of North Dakota has consistently been my “go-to spot” for soul searching, mind-clearing, and relaxation. Trips typically include spending time in my favorite ND communities of Bismarck and Grand Forks. Whenever possible, these visits include UND hockey and/or golf at two spectacular courses: Hawktree (Bismarck) and The Bully Pulpit (Medora).”
If you go:
- For a family-friendly outing, head to Bismarck’s Dakota Zoo, a 90-acre facility home to more than 600 animals. Don’t miss the tunnels at the Jack and Joyce Schuchart Big Cat Complex for an up-close-and-personal view of Bengal tigers and snow leopards.
- You can’t go to Grand Forks without stopping at UND’s Ralph Engelstad Arena, the 400,000-square-foot home of the Fighting Hawks hockey team—and the alma mater of many NHL pros. Although it’s not the “State of Hockey,” many Minnesotans will still feel right at home.
- Take St. Peter’s advice and book a tee time at Hawktree Golf Club, a par 72, 18-hole course not far from the Missouri River. Watch out for the last hole, a long par 5 that’s historically known as Hawktree’s biggest test. Or, escape to the North Dakota Badlands at Bully Pulpit Golf Course, another 18-hole course ranked by Golf Digest as one of the nation’s top 100 public courses.
- For a western-style experience, consider staying near Bully Pulpit at the historic Rough Riders Hotel, where President Theodore Roosevelt once stayed.