1997 Flood "By the Number"
In total the 1997 Flood caused an estimated $1.5 Billion in damages to Grand Forks. 83 percent of the residential property in the city had some sort of damage. The fact that Grand Forks has not only rebuilt after the flood but has thrived is a testament to our citizens and volunteers who helped us get back on our feet.
King's Walk Golf Course
The ’97 flood destroyed Lincoln Golf Course, which was the only 18 hole golf course in Grand Forks at the time. It was then that the idea arose of replacing the course with a signature course, which would certainly improve the overall community image and morale.
The opening of King’s Walk Golf Course in 2002 brought world-class golf to Grand Forks. The original flat site of over 650,000 cubic yards of earth was excavated to allow the Arnold Palmer designed golf course to roll and flow around hundreds of individual mounds, deep ravines, steep ridges, and two large lakes. Large bent grass greens are well protected and framed by beautifully sculpted bunkers, mounds, and collection areas. Tall fescue grasses add to the links style and complete this Arnold Palmer designed masterpiece.
King’s Walk has proven to be a catalyst to the post flood success of Grand Forks. Not only in terms of bringing “big time” golf to the city and region, but it provided a boost in economic development, and created a sense of renewal, community resilience and promise toward a bright future. The exceptional quality and enjoyable playability of Mr. Palmer’s design has led to an energized golf community.