Golf is now in full swing at the Ohiya Casino after the Santee Sioux Tribe opened the Tatanka Golf Club on the casino property. Paul Albanese, the famous designer, was behind the unique look of the course, with eighteen holes that tell a different story connected to the culture of the tribe.
Instead of the standard water hazards or sand traps, the Nebraska golf course features the history of the Native American tribe, including buffalo that graze in the distance. Golfers will be able to view the tribally-owned buffalo while they enjoy a day on the links. Tatanka actually means buffalo in Sioux, with the tribe offering three holes where the animals roam close by.
The tribe has had the idea for the golf course for some time, with momentum gaining for the project in 2013 when the Ohiya Casino opened. The course is located west of the casino and a soft opening was held by the tribe last fall for golfers to be able to look at the property and enjoy a few rounds of game play.
The unique course can be enjoyed by patrons of the casino as well as the pro golfer. An example of the unique look can be found from the very first hole. Hole one is titled Peace Pipe and has features aspects of the tribe’s culture. At each hole, golfers will find information about the course and the story behind each area.