Your 4 season, family fun, Nebraska Sandhills adventure awaits!
The new frontier in golfing experiences is right here in the Sandhills with several unique courses to choose from.
Valentine Golf Course - Federick Peak - The central view is of Fredrick Peak which you can see posted in the gallery. The course was designed by Tom Lehman and Chris Brands of the Lehman Design Group, the same duo who designed the Dunes Course at Prairie Club. Pictured at Frederick Peak are Designer Chris Brands and Greens Superintendent Tadd Buechle.
Prairie Club - Prairie Club Golf Course opened June 11, 2010, with a ribbon cutting by Governor Dave Heineman, Senator Deb Fischer, world class golfer Graham Marsh and founder Paul Schock. These four played the first "official" round of golf on the jewel in the Sandhills.
The Pines Course, one of three courses, was designed by Marsh. Tom Lahman and Chris Brands designed the Dunes Course, and a game of basketball on the prairie is played on the Horse Course, designed by Gil Hanse. A unique course, played like the basketball game HORSE, where the winner of the revious hole chooses how the next hole will be played.
The three courses were designed and created "to leave well enough alone." A fourth course is in the works named Old School with architect Gil Hanse in collaboration with Jim Wagner and Geoff Shackelford. This course, along with the Pines, will have golfers breathing in the sharp scent of the pines along the Snake Canyon rim.
The Dunes Course is links style golf at its finest, similar to the first courses developed in Scotland where it was played as early as the 1400s.
Prairie Club also has a very fine clubhouse that will care for all your dining and lodging needs, 17 miles southwest of Valentine, overlooking the Snake River Valley. To make reservations call 1-888-402-1101, or e-mail . For more information on golf packages go to: http://theprairieclub.com
The Ainsworth Municipal Golf Course - Located four miles west of Ainsworth, this is another nine hole golf course that is open to the public. Built in 1954, golfers can enjoy this mature course from April 15 through September 15. Call 402-387-1658 for tee time.
The Dismal River Club - Created by Jack Nicklaus in 2006, the course has 18 holes and is for resort guests only, located in Mullen. A driving range is available as well as rental carts and clubs. To find out more about the Dismal River Club, go to dismalriver.com or call 308-546-2900.
The Mullen Golf Club - This semi-private course has nine holes and opens March 15 and allows play through October 31. The course was built in 1938 and has an open guest policy. Located on West Highway 2 in Mullen, the course has a driving range available as well. To schedule your tee time, call 308-546-2445.
Sand Hills Golf Club - This is the course that started destination golf in the Sandhills. Open in 1995 and created by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, this private club has 18 holes with a closed guest policy. Golfers can play from June 1 through September 30. This course was ranked 14th in the world according to Golf Digest in 1999, and is located at mile marker 55 on Highway 97 in Mullen. For more information contact them at 308-546-2237.
Prairie Hills Golf Course - Not to be confused with the Prairie Club, Prairie Hills Golf Course is located in Mission, South Dakota, 30 miles north of Valentine. This nine hole golf course was built in 1968 and open for the season April 15 and closes September 15. The course is open to the public and has a driving range available as well as cart and club rental. Tee times are welcomed and can be obtained by calling 605-856-4986.