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This Land is Made for Golf:
Tom Doak´s New Nebraska Course

Wall Street Journal, by John Paul Newport

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Posted By:Hazymac, 9/28/2013 1:08:03 PM

Mullen, Neb. -- For the last stage of my five-hour drive from the Denver airport to the Dismal River Golf Club, Google maps offered two options. (Snip) Why build a golf course here? The sand-based grassland is perfect for golf. Except for the absence of a coastline, this is Scottish-style linksland. I ventured to Dismal last week to see Tom Doak´s new Red Course. Doak, whose best know works include Pacific Dunes in Oregon and Barnbougle Dunes in Australia, has designed one other course in the great American Sandhills, Ballyneal in Eastern Colorado. It ranks No. 6 on Golfweek´s list

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Now the great Prairie Dunes Country Club near Hutchinson, Kansas has some company in the geographical center of the USA, as beautiful new links style courses that resemble the finest in England, Scotland, and Ireland are being constructed. I´d love to visit these new courses in the nation´s center! Click on "Enlarge" to get a good view of Doak´s Red Course in Dismal, Nebraska.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 9/28/2013 1:37:31 PM     (No. 9541178)

Ditto to that, OP. The picture could be from Lahinch!
There´s a course in northeast Wichita that was built back in the early ´90s that SHOULD have done the links style (they had plenty of inexpensive land for it), but they opted for the same, tired old ´modern´ course, which is too bad. Mind you, it´s a good track, but I think they´d have had something really unique out there.
Thanks for posting this.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 9/28/2013 2:33:27 PM     (No. 9541232)

It looks beautiful and I would love to play it.

Sadly, will probably never have the opportunity.

But I have played Augusta National four times....

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Reply 3 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 9/28/2013 3:37:05 PM     (No. 9541294)

Thanks for posting. In 1996, it was my pleasure to tee it up at Sand Hills CC. At that time non-members were allowed to drive in and play. The charm of the place is hard to beat. The first tee is a one mile cart ride from the club house. At that time, and it still might be true, there was just one building visible from the course --- the snack shack at the turn. As we loaded up to leave Sand Hills, Mr. Crenshaw arrived. He could not have been more gracious. Much more recently, I played Doak´s Ballyneal. I loved it. There is also natural terrain public course in Gothenburg, NE called Wild Horse that is on my list. See link:

http://www.playwildhorse.com/course/


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Reply 4 - Posted by: montanabound, 9/28/2013 6:09:11 PM     (No. 9541449)

Well, I´ll be darned. I have driven through the Sandhills dozens of times and never guessed there were golf courses there. It is pretty desolate out there.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 9/28/2013 6:20:45 PM     (No. 9541459)

Sand Hills GC

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Reply 6 - Posted by: civilservant, 9/30/2013 9:38:01 AM     (No. 9543062)

#2, I played Pine Valley.........

Well, I played NEAR Pine Valley..........

OK, I played the mini-gofl course in Clementon.

And was over par.

;)

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