Set in the rolling Sandhills, this course offers a challenge to all levels of golfers with wide fairways, an array of sand traps, and natural grasses of the hills for the rough. If you enjoy a course with more trees, the Pines Course weaves in and out of the Snake River valley with many spectacular vistas along the way. The Prairie Club, developed by venture capitalist Paul Schrock, has plans to eventually add a third course and go completely private.
For now, it’s an inspiring retreat for anybody brave enough to make the trek. As a semi-private destination, providing the avid golfer the opportunity to experience world-class golf has been the driving philosophy of The Prairie Club since inception.
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DUNES COURSE - 18 Holes | Par 73
Marked by dramatic elevation changes, endless views of the Sandhills in all directions and immense blowouts easily viewed by satellite, golfers face this wind-shaped landscape and massive rolling seascape of prairie grass, searching, hoping for a bright calm slick of green fairway. Lovers of links-style golf will welcome the challenge of keeping the ball low in the wind and pressing on. If your ball sails true, cutting the air like a rudder, you make rapid headway on the Dunes Course. – Designed by Tom Lehman and Chris Brands
PINES COURSE - 18 Holes | Par 73
A semi-protected parkland design that meanders through the pines on the edge of the Snake River canyon rim, The Pines Course reminds golfers of rounds played in the Colorado Rockies or the Black Hills of South Dakota. The prevailing prairie winds are blocked by the western wall of the canyon and towering ponderosa trees, making the warming sun and the canyon views stunningly beautiful. – Designed by Graham Marsh
HORSE COURSE - 10 Holes
Set adjacent to the Lodge, this 10-hole short course takes the game of “H.O.R.S.E.” to a whole new level. Grab a couple of clubs, your favorite cigar, and join your friends for a round that will challenge both your short game and imagination. There are no tee boxes. The one who earned honor calls the next teeing place. With creatively undulating greens that give way to breathtaking blow-outs, this course is the cherry on your day at The Prairie Club. – Designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford
The golf course wasn’t so much designed as discovered. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw trudged back and forth over a thousand acres of rolling sand hills in central Nebraska, flagging out naturally-occurring fairways and greens. By moving just 4,000 cubic yards of earth, and letting the winds shape the bunkers, the duo created what is undoubtedly the most natural golf course in America, a timeless course design. For decades, winter winds had always reshaped the bunkers, but course officials have recently discovered a method to prevent that.
At the close of the season, they spray the surface of the sand in bunkers with a product that creates a crust to resist the howling winds.
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No.10 Most Fun to Play - Golf Digest, 2013
No.88 Top Public Course - Golf Digest, 2019
No.22 Top Courses You Can Play - Golf.Com, 2021
100 Greatest History: Ranked Since 1999. Highest Ranking: No. 9, 2011-14, 2017-2020
The Dunes Course was built by golf pro Tom Lehman as a homage to all of the links-style courses he has played throughout his career.
There are large stretches of the drive to The Prairie Club that still look and feel the same. Other than the road you’re on, there’s nothing to be seen for miles, just undisturbed, rolling prairieland in all directions. Sometimes in life, it’s not the destination but the journey that makes a trip memorable. The mile-long drive on a gravel road into the club just heightens the sense of anticipation. At long last, the Dunes Course and the Pines Course and lodge emerge from the rugged landscape.
The Prairie Club burst onto the Sandhills scene in 2010, following the blazing trail set by Sandhills Golf Club and Dismal River Golf Course, two noteworthy private clubs located roughly an hour south in Mullen.
After you’ve hit your final shot of the day, The Prairie Club Lodge invites you to relax in the lodge, indulge in excellent meals, and enjoy a cigar by the fireplace. Then go into a profound slumber as deep as a prairie night. The Prairie Club Lodge offers excellent meals as well as a golf shop and overnight accommodations. The course is semi-private, yet dedicated golfers may always enjoy these lovely holes. Features two world-class golf courses as well as the Horse Hole, a tough par 3 course.
The cabins, which all overlook the canyon, lounge on the terrace, or snuggle up to the fire for a drink.