History of the Dakota Dunes Country Club
Above Left: Al Block, Project Manager of Dakota Dunes Development and Erik Larsen, Project Manager for Palmer, give a tour of the course while it is getting constructed.
Above Right: Russ Christiansen, chariman and CEO of Midwest Energy Company, now Midamerican Energy, speaks during the ground breaking ceremony.
In August 1988, plans were revealed for the master-planned business and residential community, Dakota Dunes. Iowa Public Service (IPS), now called MidAmerican Energy, recognized the possible growth of economic development in the region. IPS's chairman, Russ Christiansen, had a vision for this community incorporating the beauty of the Missouri River and the Big Sioux. He decided to build this master-planned community on the South Dakota side of the tri-state area.
JR Castner rezoned the region with the Core of Engineers to start building on this site. After many trips to Washington D.C. to change the point of Nebraska to South Dakota and getting approved to build on flood land, Dakota Dunes was ready to be created. Al Block was in charge of construction to help make this community grow. The infrastructure was designed to prevent further flooding of the residential area and golf course.
Midwest Capital Group Inc. obtained the Sioux City Boat Club, who owned the property west of the Interstate, and 500 acres to accumulate the 2,000 acres needed for the community. The Sioux City Boat Club, dating back to the late 1800’s, is now known as Dakota Dunes Country Club.
IPS assembled almost 2,000 acres and built the community of Dakota Dunes, featuring 1,200 residential lots, a 600 acre business park, and 18 holes of golf. The centerpiece of the community is the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at Dakota Dunes Country Club (DDCC).
DDCC opened on August 14, 1991 and has hosted 10 professional golf tournaments, for example the Nike and Buy.com Tournaments, on what is now called the Nationwide Tour. An estimated 3,000 spectator’s watched Arnold Palmer play on his newly 18-hole designed course in celebration of the grand opening of DDCC.
Tyson and the Two Rivers Business Park The Dakota Dunes Country Club
At the current time, Dakota Dunes has a population approaching 2,800 people. Sales to date include about 900 home sites, 338 apartments, and almost 170 acres of commercial ground. The business park has 38 buildings, 76 companies, and over 1,700 workers.
Today, the future looks bright for Dakota Dunes and the entire Siouxland area. The objectives the power company set out to achieve almost 20 years ago have been met and, in most cases, exceeded.