Wow, what a beautiful day today and I was able to spend the afternoon showing off Signal Point Golf Course at Fort Benton, MT.
We didn’t get there until about 3pm, then by time we rearranged luggage, got golf clubs organized and sunscreen applied, it was nearly 4pm by time our group of four teed off. It was a warm day with lots and lots of bright sun.
I have been to Signal Point before but my three travel buddies had not. I think they were somewhat skeptical as we drove from Great Falls to Fort Benton along golden stubble, fresh from recent grain harvest. Bottom line, it didn’t look like there was going to be a lush green golf course around.
This photo is interesting. I can’t remember what hole we were playing but the Fort Benton cemetary is in the background, then wheat fields.
The golf course wasn’t busy – it was a weekday and we are still in the middle of lots of farm work with some farmers still harvesting and some thinking about seeding.
Community members have worked tirelessly to keep this course in top notch condition. Tomorrow they will aerate the course. We had a local businessman, Bill Widdaman, golf with our group. He told how the irrigation system was redone by community members and spoke of all their improvements. I noticed that First Security Bank was a sponsor of Hole 9. You can see the Highwood Mountains in the background in this photo – a bit hazy but still visible.
Bill also worked in a little history of the area. We stood at what is really termed “Signal Point”, used long ago to actually signal arrival of steamboats traveling up the Missouri River. The view was very impressive and you can easily see how it got it’s name.
There is a nice clubhouse at Signal Point with everything you need for golf. A concrete patio is on the side of the clubhouse overlooking the Missouri River Breaks – pretty nice view.
The locals have dubbed Signal Point as the Pebble Beach of the Northern Great Plains. Well, when you are on the edge of the bluff, you really see the Missouri River bottom and the river breaks. Very impressive.
Greens fees and cart rentals are reasonable and the staff was welcoming and very accommodating.
Bottom line – it was a great day golfing at Signal Point Golf Course.