Nebraska lies in the Midwest Region of the United States and it’s a triple landlocked state, situated far from either the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean and it occupies two major landforms – the Dissected Till Plains and the Great Plains – that stretch out far and wide as rich, fertile prairies. For a supposed golfing backwater, you might be surprised to know that there are almost 200 affordable courses available for play in the Cornhusker State.

The Nebraska Golf Association was founded in 1966 and it conducts five men’s state competitions annually. The Nebraska Women’s Amateur Golf Association was formed in 1973 and it too organises state-wide events for members in 66 affiliated clubs every year. On the professional front, there’s a thriving Nebraska Section of the PGA that also covers a number of clubs in Iowa and South Dakota.

A couple of modern courses – Wild Horse, close to Gothenburg and Prairie Club (Dunes) near Valentine – have elevated the quality of golf in Nebraska to new heights in recent times but even these wonderful layouts are totally eclipsed by Coore and Crenshaw’s remote Sand Hills layout in Mullen, Hooker County. Opened in 1995, it’s a truly world class track that lies fourteen miles from Jack Nicklaus’s excellent 2006 creation at Dismal River.

Our Nebraska Best In State Rankings were last updated in June 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Nebraska

Sand Hills

1st Nebraska - Best in Area

Sand Hills Golf Club is a club to respect and those in the know admire their non-commerciality and that is a delightful break from tradition these days...


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Dismal River (Red)

2nd Nebraska - Best in Area

The White was the first course to be unveiled at Dismal River Golf Club in 2006 and seven years later a complementary Tom Doak layout (the Red) opened to critical acclaim amongst the Nebraskan dunes.


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Prairie Club (Dunes)

3rd Nebraska - Best in Area

Tom Lehman and architect Chris Brands designed the 18-hole Dunes golf course at The Prairie Club, an eminently walkable out-and-back layout with wide fairways and enormous greens


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Wild Horse

4th Nebraska - Best in Area

You’ll need to head for the prairies of Nebraska to play Wild Horse Golf Club, one of the best value courses in the US.


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5th Nebraska - Best in Area

Omaha Country Club - host to the US Senior Open in 2013 - was founded in 1899 but its course dates back to 1925 when Wayne Stiles and John Van Cleek laid out a new course for the members.


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Firethorn (North & South)

6th Nebraska - Best in Area

The North and South nines form the premier 18-hole course at Firethorn Golf Club’s 27-hole facility. Built by Pete Dye, the old master described holes 11 to 14 as ”the best consecutive four holes I’ve ever designed”.


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Dismal River (White)

7th Nebraska - Best in Area

Located close to Sand Hills, the White course at Dismal River Golf Club is bound to draw comparison with this stellar layout. Some might say Jack Nicklaus proves with his 250th design that he can do minimalism after all.


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Prairie Club (Pines)

8th Nebraska - Best in Area

Designed by Graham Marsh, the fairways of The Prairie Club’s Pines course weave in and out of the pine trees and sand hills that skirt the Snake River Canyon.

Bayside Golf Club

9th Nebraska - Best in Area

Built by Dan Proctor and Dave Axland, two of the crew that constructed Sand Hills for Coore & Crenshaw in the mid-1990s, the course at Bayside Golf Club offers a game of two halves, where a round is played out on somewhat contrasting nines.


10th Nebraska - Best in Area

Located just outside Nebraska City, the lie-of-the-land course at ArborLinks was fashioned with minimal earth movement by Arnold Palmer prior to its unveiling in 2002.