Designed by Bob Lohmann, the Merit Club course was only eight years old when it hosted the US Women’s Open in 2000, when Australian Karrie Webb cruised to her first of two consecutive U.S Women's Open titles, winning by five shots from Americans Kristie Kerr and Meg Mallon.
This is mostly target golf into large expansive areas with plenty of options on most shots. You’ve a few tree-lined holes and many wide-open prairie golf holes. Sadly the bunkering lacks any imagination as the majority of them look exactly the same and don’t offer much in terms of challenge or visual appeal. The aesthetics of the bunkering is bland and monotonous throughout. The property has undulation to it, but the vegetation and architecture don’t add much in terms of memorability. The Merit Club is a very well conditioned course playable by all levels.