Looking to play the best golf courses in Nebraska? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in Nebraska.
Nebraska is a state that is known for farmlands, but there are also some notable golf courses too.
Tourists can expect rolling hills, grasslands, and far-off horizons that meet the skies. These features naturally factor into the golf courses in the state.
Below are our top recommendations for the best golf courses in Nebraska, including one of the most natural courses in the USA at the Sand Hills Golf Club. Four additional recommendations follow for this breadbasket state.
1. Sand Hills Golf Club
Opened in 1995, the par-71 course is located near the town of Mullen, Sand Hills Golf Club is the cream of the crop for golf courses in Nebraska.
At 7,089 yards it is a fairly short course from some points of view, however, most courses we looked in comprising this list for the Cornhusker state were around 7,000 yards.
The private course, which was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, has earned very strong reviews and for good reason to.
Located in the native sandhills of the area, this course has also impressed Golf Digest, who made it #9 nationally in their 2019 review of American courses.
Expect a mixture of green and brown earth tones, the wide-open skies of the American prairies, wind-shaped bunkers and a serene golf course that seems authentically natural as opposed to a human contrivance.
2. Dismal River Club (Red Course)
The Red Course at the Dismal River Club, a par-71 test with 6,991 yards in length, is still a fairly new course.
It was only opened in 2013 following the design of famous architect Tom Doak, but has quickly earned a reputation.
Located near Mullen and not far from the Sand Hills Golf Club, Dismal River’s Red Course has a distinguished rating among those to have played it.
With the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge in the greater area, this private course uses sandhills that are native to the area.
Don’t expect much in the way of trees as the area is more of a grassland, but it still possesses an organic natural beauty that has clearly made an impression on golfers despite the venue’s short history.
3. The Prairie Club
The lengthiest to make our top five for Nebraska, the golf course at The Prairie Club, offers 7,562 yards of golf to links fans.
Having opened in 2010, this par-73 venue was designed by Tom Lehman, Chris Brands and Ron Farris.
With fescue and colonial bentgrass, expect a course with noticeable changes in elevation as the rolling sandhills of the area meet the prairie sky in all directions.
Another attraction in the area is the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest.
4. Arbor Links
The Arbor Links golf course opened in 2002 in the Nebraska City area.
A par-72 course with a length of 7,034 yards, Arnold Palmer and Erik T. Larsen designed this links-styled course that has made an impression over the last couple of decades.
Located near the Missouri River, it is among the best private courses for the state of Nebraska.
A visit to this course will be memorable for those golfers who visit the Nebraska City area.
5. Omaha Country Club
The golf course at the Omaha Country Club is a short course at 6,771 yards (par-72).
Having opened in 2007 in Omaha, Nebraska, this private country club is located in the northern part of the city.
A well-reviewed venue, the golf club offers a good test of all levels of golfer and is well worth adding to your list of courses to play.
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