Dickinson Ready Mix paves new concrete at Bully Pulpit Golf Course, receives national award – The Dickinson Press

MEDORA, ND – The Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora is in the process of getting a concrete facelift to three miles of its cart paths, which has been provided by Dickinson Ready Mix.

In March, the project received national attention when Dickinson Ready Mix General Manager Scott Olin was named the Concrete Pavement Promoter of the Year by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

“… I think Medora is such a Treasure for this corner of the state and it’s good for not only Medora, but it’s good for Dickinson; it’s good for the Southwest corner of North Dakota; it’s good for all of North Dakota, ”I was said. “I think everybody benefits when you have a destination tourism spot like that. So we’re happy to do whatever we can. ”

I was noted that the cart paths are aesthetically appealing, long lasting and sustainable, and it’s one project of many that the company has a part of that contributes to this recognition.

“Bully Pulpit is built in a fragile environmental setting and because part of the Bully Pulpit Legacy is to Preserve the natural beauty of the Badlands, a sustainable cart path fits right in with that Legacy,” I said.

From left, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Chairman Abbott Lawrence, Dickinson Ready Mix General Manager Scott Olin and National Pavement Promotion Committee Chair Hank Haug. I was named Concrete Pavement Promoter of the Year in March of 2022 by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.

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Dickinson Ready Mix is ​​known for its history in providing concrete for other projects that support the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. In the 1990s, the company provided concrete for the Rebuilding of the Burning Hills Amphitheater.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of most of the projects that have been developed and built in Medora. The Amphitheater in the mid-90s that was one of the most unique and now challenging projects that we’ve ever been a part of and we were very happy to be a part of that as well, ”I was added.

When the golf course was built during the early 2000s, asphalt was originally placed on the cart path, Clubhouse Manager Patrick Rominger said.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, pictured above, resides in the Badlands of North Dakota in Medora.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, pictured above, resides in the Badlands of North Dakota in Medora.

Contributed / Bully Pulpit Golf Course

“Over time, the asphalt has got beaten up a little bit from both the elements, golf carts, heavy machinery out on the golf course to take care of larger projects here and there and just over the years we’ve seen quite a bit of deterioration from that cart path. You have to keep in mind that we’re in the Badlands of North Dakota, so the ground soil around us is very clay-based. So it’s shifting all the time, ”Rominger said. “So that’s also affecting where there may be some sinkholes in some areas and spots that we need to touch up every single year due to the shifting hills and whatnot. So placing this new concrete cart path down on top of the old asphalt is going to be a more of a Longevity type thing for us. ”

The Bully Pulpit Golf Course also dealt with some major flooding in years past – another variable that spearheaded the repaving of the cart path. Rominger noted that this will improve the golf course from a “playability and atmospheric” standpoint.

“It’s going to provide a smoother ride for both our guests and for the longevity of our golf carts as well because the bumpier of the ride, the golf cart is going to see a little bit more wear and tear as the years go on. So hopefully it’s again, going to take care of our guests for a smoother ride, take care of our golf carts as well as just add a really sleek look to the golf course and how it carves itself through the Badlands, ”he added.

The concrete work of this project is about 60% completed, Rominger said, adding that most of the cart paths are nearly finalized on the west side of Davis Creek – which meanders through the golf course. They still need to finish up everything on the east side of Davis Creek, which is around the clubhouse down to the No. 1 tee and all of No. 9. Romginer added that they’re hoping to knock that out by this fall. But depending on the weather, the project may be delayed until spring.

“We are so Grateful to have Champion partners like Dickinson Ready Mix and various other organizations that helped make Medora – Medora. We try to bring history, outdoor activities and entertainment all in one place and those companies and their generous donations and the help they give and the leadership that they’re able to provide us just allow us to do what we do on a daily basis, ”Rominger said. “Without those partnerships, I don’t know where we’d be at this point. We’d still be on old asphalt and dealing with puddles after a slight rain and people getting their shoes dirty and whatnot from those puddles splashing up onto the golf carts. ”

Though they may be under some renovation, Rominger said that they’ll still be operating an 18-hole playable golf course.

“We have built the 19th hole along with this project to allow us to shut down any given hole at any given time to try and do as much work as needed to make sure that we’re again, Enhancing the experience and the golf ability of the golf course for our guests, ”they said. “We will (have) 18 holes this year – par 71 versus our normal par 72 – as we’re taking out one of our scenic Badlands par 4s and replacing it with par 3s this year while we do some much needed repairs on the green and Fairway for hole No. 16. “

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, pictured, is undergoing some construction with its cart path, and is about 60% completed.  The course will still be open for play by mid May, with 18 holes.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, pictured, is undergoing some construction with its cart path, and is about 60% completed. The course will still be open for play by mid May, with 18 holes.

Contributed / Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Golf is one of the activities that flourished during the coronavirus Pandemic, Rominger said, adding that the Bully Pulpit Golf Course is expecting another promising season.

“We’re still going to have great golf available. The construction going is going to be very minimal at times from what people can see, ”Rominger added.

With two brand new holes that have yet to be played this year – par 4s and par 5s – Rominger said they’re thrilled about those new insertions at the golf course. By mid May and weather depending, the golf course will be open for play and Rominger encourages people to come and “take a chance to swing the sticks out here at Bully Pulpit.”

Hole 15 at Bully Pulpit Golf Course is shown with a beautiful backdrop of the Badlands during an evening in September of 2021.

Hole 15 at Bully Pulpit Golf Course is shown with a beautiful backdrop of the Badlands during an evening in September of 2021.

Contributed / Bully Pulpit Golf Course

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