Niobrara, NE (PRWEB) April 21, 2016
Award-winning Tatanka Golf Club, seamlessly crafted amid the spectacular rolling hills of northeast Nebraska, will open for its first full golf season on May 14.
“Last year golfers found that Tatanka is not just a golf development, but a dramatic 18-hole championship golf course,” Brian Burshiem, Tatanka’s general manager said. “We can’t wait to have more visitors share in this special experience.”
Tatanka, a Lakota word that translates to buffalo, earned GOLF Magazine’s “Best New U.S. Resort Course” for 2015. The new golf destination is part of the Ohiya Casino Resort and the Santee Sioux Nation.
“It is a great add-on for the Santee Sioux Nation,” Burshiem said. “They have a great casino, a great hotel and a great golf course.”
Golf course designer Paul Albanese, inspired by his research and the culture of the Santee Sioux Nation, created a modern day gem that fits naturally on the land and integrates with the environment.
“Nothing is forced,” Albanese said. “Nature has been respected in the design process, which is something very important to the Sioux.”
Albanese said stories were discussed during construction with his team for the creation of every fairway, green and bunker.
“We took the history and the culture of the area and the Santee Sioux Nation and used it as a design inspiration in a subtle and respectful way,” he said.
Many of the stories include the great buffalo of the region, and in that regard Albanese took great care to make sure there was literal interpretation. In fenced in spaces very close to the golf course great buffalo roam.
“Depending on where the buffalo graze on a given day the golfer on a tee can be 10 yards from buffalo,” he said. “We routed the golf course close to them, especially Nos. 11, 12 and 13 and they are part of the experience of playing Tatanka.”
Ohiya Casino Resort was the first casino in Nebraska, and was developed 17 years ago. It continues to be an ideal entertainment destination for those seeking excitement, particularly in northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northwest Iowa.
It is located just a few minutes east of Niobrara, NE, and it offers a modern casino with high payouts, bingo, multiple dining options, comfortable hotel rooms, events and entertainment.