Black Bull

Nestled in the verdant Gallatin Valley in southwest Montana, surrounded by the Bridger Range to the north-northeast; the Tobacco Root Mountains to the west-southwest; the Gallatin Range to the south, and the Spanish Peaks of the northern Madison Range to the south-southwest, Black Bull is Bozeman, Montana’s premier private golf community.


The picturesque region is steeped in the history of the west. Home for thousands of years to Native Americans including the Nez Perce; Blackfeet; Flathead; Sioux and the Crow Nation, the area was visited by William Clark (of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) and members of the Corps of Discovery in July of 1806. In August 1864, John M. Bozeman, along with John Jacobs, established the Bozeman Trail as a new northern trail off the Oregon Trail leading to Virginia City, Montana and soon settlers began to arrive in the fertile Gallatin Valley.


In 1866, Nelson Story drove 1,000 head of longhorn cattle down the Bozeman Trail into Paradise Valley, just east of Bozeman, forming one of the earliest significant herds in Montana. He expanded into the Gallatin Valley and later donated land in Bozeman for the site of Montana State University at Bozeman.


Bozeman today has been voted one of the most livable
cities in the country and is home to a variety of museums and cultural venues including the Museum of the Rockies, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains in the U.S. The business community is vibrant with high-tech companies, over a dozen bio-tech firms and several large software companies along with nationally known firms including Gibson Guitar Corporation and Simms Fishing Products.


Black Bull was established on 485 acres that originally were a part of the historic Leachman Angus Ranch as a private community to create the best overall golf and living experience in Bozeman. As a core golf design– the golf course is the central component in the community with no internal housing, all lots are peripheral– the golf club features 18 holes of Tom Weiskopf-designed golf that form the centerpiece of this private country club enclave.


Tom Weiskopf, 16 time PGA Tour and former British Open winner at Royal Troon, designed the 7200 yard, par 72 championship Black Bull course along the lines of a turn-of-the-century traditional links-style golf course woven into the natural landscape. Says Weiskopf, “Black Bull is a phenomenal property for golf. It’s walkable, has tremendous water features and old-style rough-edged bunkers.”


The entire layout is dramatic, yet fairways are generous and the elevation changes and distance between greens and tee boxes make each hole a picturesque experience. The region’s serenity lends itself to a relaxing atmosphere that helps to create legendary golf experiences that will continue to challenge and inspire year after year. Golf Memberships are available to owners of the Club’s 376 Club Homes and homesites. Social Memberships are also available.


Black Bull’s 14-acre Practice Facility is the largest in the region with a state-of-the-art driving range, practice bunkers and putting greens. Professional golf instruction is available for players of all levels and abilities.


The Corral Clubhouse, designed by architect Jerry Locati, is constructed of timber and stone accents with expansive picture windows offering spectacular views. Black Bull’s activities for both golf and social members are based around the Corral Clubhouse which features men’s and women’s locker rooms, golf shop, restaurant and bar and has direct access to the Pool and Fitness Center.


Architecturally, homes at the Black Bull community recall designs of the Old West ranches with a distinctive western mountain architecture that features an abundant use of timber, stone and glass. The award-winning architectural firm Locati Architects & Interiors has been involved with Black Bull since its inception and are responsible for the Corral Clubhouse, the Pool & Fitness Center and the Club Homes with designs that graciously complement the rural warmth, charm and tranquility of the Montana outdoors. Black Bull captures the true spirit of the New West.


World-class outdoor activities abound within minutes from your front door at Black Bull. The Club’s lakes and two natural feeder streams are home to a healthy population of wild trout. Close by are the Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison rivers. The Yellowstone River offers 100 miles of great trout water outside the national park and is the longest undammed river in the contiguous United States. The Gallatin River, just minutes from Black Bull, is where fly fishing scenes from A River Runs Through It were filmed. The Madison River is one of the legendary fly fishing rivers in the world and flows just west of Black Bull.


Outdoor adventures are available all four seasons including white-water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking and hunting.


Winter sports are close by, and big. Big Sky Resort combined with Moonlight Basin forms the largest ski area in the United States at over 5,500 acres and offer adventures for skiers and snowboarders with over 85 miles of runs and trails. Lone Mountain Ranch is North America’s number one ranked cross-country ski resort.


Black Bull, and bustling Bozeman, offer a sustainable lifestyle of the true New West.

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