elmwood golf course

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Master Plans

The City of Sioux Falls owns four golf courses which are operated by Dakota Golf Management. Its flagship course, Elmwood Golf Course, is an 27-hole parkland-style golf course with tree lined fairways, domed greens and smaller more classic-style bunkering.

In 2010, Herfort Norby was hired by the City of Sioux Falls and Dakota Golf Management to complete a long-range master plan for the golf course and to assess the impact which a proposed expansion to the Sioux Falls Regional Airport and changes to Federal airport runway requirements would have on the golf course. The assessment indicated that the expansion would require the removal of some 300 trees and the rerouting of 11 holes.

In 2013, the Sioux Falls City Council and the Federal Aviation Administration approved plans and a joint-funding agreement For a $5 million dollar renovation of Elmwood Golf Course. The project included reconstruction and regrassing of all tees, greens and fairways as well as new irrigation, new maintenance facilities and expansion of the driving range and practice facilities. Proposed improvements were directed at improving course drainage and improving playability.

Additional improvements included construction of a 5-hole par 3 course, new course signage and the planting of new trees.

In order to minimize loss of revenue and insure that 18-holes are open for play at all times, the project was completed in 3 phases with nine holes being renovated each year. Landscapes Unlimited was hired to complete the construction. Herfort Norby was responsible for the preparation of all bid documents as well as coordinating the bidding, contractor selection and construction observation.

The third and final phase was completed on June 17, 2016.