Overview of golf course named Sand Hills Golf Club

Sand Hills Golf Club

Mullen, United States
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Holes

18

Par

71

Built

1995

Type

Open Country, Inland

Architect

Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw

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Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed the course at Sand Hills in 1994. This very selective club in Mullen, Nebraska is quite isolated, and is only open from spring to fall. Though it is about as far from the coast as you can get, the course still has the feel of the iconic Irish and Scottish links, in part because of the stiff breezes like those coming off the ocean. There is plenty of room on the site; indeed its size makes a cart almost a necessity. The culmination of a round is the signature par 4 18th, a dogleg that plays over four hundred and fifty yards with bunkering along one side to a raised green. There are few better courses anywhere in the US, so it is worth the effort to make the trek to this one-of-a-kind golfing experience for those who can wangle an invitation.

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To start, this course is best described as simple but extraordinary o say the least. Sand Hills is in the middle of nowhere and their is no easy way to get their. Flying into Denver you still have a 4 hour drive by car into the wilderness of Nebraska. The joy in the long trip is knowing that your going to experience a top ten golf course that was built for golf not for country club show. Coore and Crenshaw outdid themselves on Sand Hills. It’s perfect, nothing negative to be said about how great the club is. Many have already read the stories about Sand Hills but in short Coore Crenshaw sat out to create the most natural course ever created. First, the clubhouse and cabins (double and four person cabins that can sleep up to 80 people at a time) are located on a river that never comes into play on the course. Another unique aspect of Sand Hills is the first hole is almost a mile away from the clubhouse. They originally had designed over 100 possible holes before having to pick the best 18. The layout is genius, I’ve never experienced anything like it before. Each 9 plays back to the porch (small building that acts like a clubhouse). The first nine is a little easier than the last so make sure you score on the front. The bunkers are superior and the greatest part of Sand Hills. The bunkers look like they have been their for centuries, some bunkers will be the biggest you will see in golf. A story I heard is when Crenshaw was visiting he had a rancher tell him that cows create trails walking to and from their water source, then over time wind effects the trails and crest large sand pits. After understanding this concept he created bunkers thinking about how the cows and wind would have created them. There is a great mix of short and long par 4s and 5a. Although, all but one of the par threes play around 200 yards. The opening hole a par 5 that gets you acquainted for how great the other 17 holes will be. As most know Coore Crenshaw are known for their fun drivable par 4’s, Sand Hills is no different. There are three separate tee boxes for your skill level. Couple points for those wanting to play Sand Hills, the membership consists of roughly 125 members. They have a local membership (must live in Mullen and be a member of their local muni) but most of their membership are scattered all over the country. Sand Hills has adopted a neat way to have a possibility of playing once in your lifetime. They allow a few nonmembers the chance to write a letter and be invited to experience one of the greatest courses in the world. North Platt is your closest city with restaurants, hotels, and some entertainment. Specially True Hotel by Hilton is a good place to stay and Pals Pizza is a must as well. Some will ask is it worth the travel time and frustration to get the Sand Hills, it’s a must if you ever get invited or get on by invitation. It’s a world class treat.
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