amenity for the region and has been heralded
as a welcome addition.
Architect Paul Albanese was very much
aware of the historical signi;cance of the land
and did as little as possible to disturb it.
“When routing the course, we were sensi-
tive to the land in moving very little amounts
of earth to design holes that ;owed naturally
with the land,” he said in the entry. “We also
successfully found holes that overlooked the
Nebraska countryside with views that stretch
for over 30 miles, which was one of our objec-
In addition, it features the mighty bu;alo,
which grazes nearby. ;e word tatanka means
bu;alo in the language of the Sioux.
;e Santee Sioux Indian tribe runs a resort and
casino and was looking for a little bit of luck
with a cool, new golf course to attract more
;e tribe got it with the creation of Tatanka
Golf Club, a championship course that’s a rare
By the numbers
Construction cost: $5 million
Development acreage: 300
Course acreage: 250
Green fees: $65 weekdays; $70 weekends
Developer: Santee Sioux Nation
Architect: Paul Albanese of Albanese
Contractor: Albanese & Lutzke,
Golf courses rarely pop up overnight. A lot of
time, e;ort and preparation goes into them.
Clearing environmental and regulatory processes can be slow too. Take Lebovic Golf Club.
It was 20 years in planning.
Part of the delay was caused by a legislative order that focused on preserving the Oak
Ridges Moraine, considered a treasure by envi-
Developer: Lebovic Enterprises
Architect: Doug Carrick, Carrick Design, Inc.
Contractor: Evans Golf
Construction cost: $7 million
Development acreage: 190
ronmentalists who want to limit development.
So, it took a lot of time to pass muster. And
it took a lot of e;ort to make the design work
in such an environmentally sensitive area.
In addition to the golf course, 75 homes are
planned for the project.
“Designing a workable golf course layout,
along with 75 housing lots, on the compact site
intersected by a regional road required a sensitive design that preserved important natural
features, including 43 acres of forest, kettle
wetlands, a stream tributary and the natural
terrain character of the Oak Ridges Moraine,”
the architect, Doug Carrick, noted in his entry.
;e course has a quirky design; it’s split by
a heavily traveled local road. ;e ;rst seven
holes are on the west side of the road, while the
remaining 11 are on the east side.
“;is unique course layout allows golfers
the option to play a seven-, nine- or 11-hole
loop, starting and ending near the clubhouse,”
Tatanka Golf Club