The Cornhusker State, as it is known, is in both the Great Plains and the Midwestern US and the land varies from rolling hills to vast prairies. Nebraska is an agricultural state with Omaha as its largest city. There is no getting away from the fact that football is the number one sport in this state with the two biggest college teams the Cornhuskers and the Mavericks having won 19 and 11 national championships, respectively. However, Nebraska was the birthplace of 1989 Open Championship winner Mark ‘Calc’ Calcavecchia. So, what courses should you play when you’re here?
It’s an exciting time for Nebraskan golf as the Web.com Tour has announced a five-year deal to host an event at The Club at Indian Creek from 2017. This 27-hole complex hosts the Indian Creek Invitational each year, regarded as one of the finest event’s in the state for amateur golfers. Now it will combine the Blackbird and Gray Hawk nines to create a course that some of the best developing professionals will play.
The town of Mullen, NE is one that certainly punches above its weight in terms of good golf courses. Home to Sand Hills Golf Club, a creation of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, this is a course that is not easy to get on to but a fantastic track. Although its’ very much inland, this course has a British links feel to it and the winds of Nebraska certainly add to that feeling. This course is widely regarded as one of the best courses never to have hosted a major championship.
In the same town, there is also the Nicklaus Course at The Dismal River Club. This was the first course opened at The Dismal River Club and sin 2013 The Red Course also opened. This is a course that also resembles the land of Scottish links courses with high sand dunes and tall fescue grass. The Dismal River Club is a serene resort with glorious panoramas of the almost untouched surrounds.