Sutton Bay, located on the rolling bluffs of the Missouri River in central South Dakota, has world-class outdoor recreation and first-class service. It’s a prairie paradise for those who love the challenge of golf, the thrill of the hunt, and the excitement of reeling in a trophy walleye–all in a private club destination setting.
A Prairie Paradise
Sutton Bay is a unique property where five-star service meets first-class views. Created by visionary South Dakotans, a master golf course builder, and a professional golf course architect, Sutton Bay allows you to experience the peacefulness of the prairie, the tranquility of the water, the understated luxury of the facilities, and the true spirit of the people.
18-Hole Champion Course
Short Course & Putting Course
Short Game Practice Area
Indoor Golf Simulator
5,000 Acres of Prime Hunting Land
Fully Equipped Hunting Lodge
Experienced Hunting Guides
Safety Gear & Gun Rentals
• RIFLE RANGE
• SPA SERVICES
• CIGAR ROOM
• SHORT COURSE
• HORSEBACK RIDING
• FIRE PIT
• FITNESS CENTER
• GOLF SIMULATOR
• SPORTING CLAYS
• PONTOON RIDES
• WALKING & HIKING
• BASS POND FISHING
• SHORT GAME PRACTICE AREA
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It
What They’re Saying
“Top notch resort and service. Absolutely beautiful place, great food, great surroundings. Will certainly
“I have golfed some great courses throughout the US and believe Sutton Bay definitely ranks at the top of my golf experiences.”
“Wow! Just wow. Best South Dakota has to offer, without a doubt! Best hunting, golfing, food, drink, service, etc. It doesn’t get any better than Sutton Bay!”
“Private club but world-class pheasant hunting with great golf, excellent food and service is all world. If you get a chance, don’t miss it.”
“Thanks for an incredible weekend at Sutton Bay. The whole team did a great job. Just flawless. It was a very special weekend we will never forget. Excellent job. See you next time.”
“My brother-in-law has golfed in seven different countries. His review: “Other than St. Andrews, I would have a hard time placing any others above Sutton Bay.”
“We can’t thank you enough for a fun-filled golf experience with some of the greatest vistas imaginable. The meals were culinary masterpieces. “
“We enjoyed the hospitality, food, activities, and scenery. It was terrific for us to share time together before school starts, and we look toward the holidays to reunite.”
“Best of everything… golf, fishing, hunting and the food is incredible! The staff is top notch; they couldn’t be any better if they tried.”
The Sutton Ranch began in 1896 when Ed Sutton purchased 1,484 acres from a Chicago land company. Before the Suttons settled the land, many Native American tribes called the area home. In 1804, Lewis and Clark camped in an area close to the Sutton Ranch as they searched for a waterway to the Pacific. The highway near Sutton Bay, Highway 1804, is named in honor of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Throughout the 1900s, the Sutton Ranch steadily grew until it covered over 50,000 acres and 25 miles of the Missouri River shoreline by the 1950s. In 1958, the final closure of the Oahe Dam was completed, turning the Missouri River into Lake Oahe and subsequently flooding over 8,000 acres of the Sutton Ranch. The ranch remained in the Sutton family for over 100 years and was passed down from generation to generation. In 2003, it became Sutton Bay Golf.
FROM CATTLE RANCH TO WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION
Matt and Helen Sutton joined partners Mark Amundson, Bill Kubly, and PGA tour champion and golf course architect Graham Marsh in creating the masterpiece that is Sutton Bay.
Every detail–from the views at the tee boxes to the overstuffed leather chairs in the lodge–was carefully planned to ensure a stellar and memorable experience for our members and their guests. The people of Sutton Bay are hardworking, genuine, kind, and constantly striving to make guests feel like family.