The Sandhills region of Nebraska is a huge meadow, which extends to some 20,000 square miles but amidst the cowboys and the grazing cattle, lies a magnificent sandy tract of golfing ground, which is otherwise known as Sand Hills Golf Club.
Sand Hills Golf Club is a club to respect and those in the know admire their non-commerciality, which is a welcome break from tradition in these days of the perennial money-go-round. One hundred golf holes might easily have been laid out on this amazingly natural piece of land, but Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw settled on just eighteen. But make no mistake, they discovered the best possible routing and each and every hole at Sand Hills is very special indeed.
The "Golden Age of Architecture" inspired Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore to set up together sharing the philosophy that traditional, strategic golf is the most rewarding. And, when Sand Hills opened for play in 1995, they must have been quietly delighted with their achievement.
Sand Hills has only a few lucky members, and surely each and every one of them must belong to another golf club. Why? Because Sand Hills is closed for eight months each year… overplayed it is certainly not.
With wide, generous fairways that wind their way beside huge dunes, Sand Hills is a big course on a big scale and it’s tempting to open your shoulders. But beware of the sand. You will need to be either an extremely good golfer or a very lucky one to avoid the crater-like bunkers at Sand Hills Golf Club.
The course is primarily or is entirely bent grass which we saw as appealing to the novice golfer with an untrained eye or the weekend warrior that might be either a club membership collector or the course raters that visit. As for the super fast greens which are over watered (as is the whole course), and the greens which for high handicappers are almost unplayable to the point even for a scratch player those greens in high winds are not approachable with a full shot or reasonably fair to putt on. In regards to the approach shots the greens are too small. The course has a few well designed holes which are visually keepers of the "Wow" factor but overall for the deign wise person it's an overrated golf course.
The club allows the deathly round ruining rough to grow clear up to the edge of the fringe. This growing method punishes well played shots of all golfing abilities. Fairway widths average a mile wide (60 yards plus). One of the odd things with the club is the clubhouse, it looks like a trailer, the locker room is no more or less than your local muni and the dinner we had was just ok for the type of club that is Sand Hills. One other thing is the gas carts / buggies they are loud, that with the long ride to the first tee take away from the overall experience. The golf course is very good but for where it is in most ranking lists, please, overrated. The review is coming from two golf pro's who have played all over the world from Hawaii, California, New York, Florida, Scotland, and England, studied golf design along with other designs by Coore/Crenshaw. Again this is a very good golf course and makes for an excellent day out but please course raters get it right. There are just too many average holes.