Sand Hills - Nebraska - USA

Sand Hills Golf Club,
Highway 97,
Nebraska (NE) 69152,

  • +1 308 546 2437

  • 10 miles S of Mullen

  • Members and their guests only

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.

Be prepared for some interesting shots - picture courtesy of Mike Baldwin 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.

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Description: 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... Rating: 8.7 out of 10 Reviews: 11
Ian Johnston
As a lover of links golf, I was somewhat sceptical of a magazine article which said that Sand Hills was a course good enough to stage the British Open but having managed to arrange 4 days golf there in July 2000 I was blown away by the sheer magificence of this course. The only thing missing was the sea. It had everything a golfer could want !!! and some !!..A golf course that far exceeded the magazine's boast, for in my opinion, if you took the best collective 18 links holes in GB/I and made it into a course it would NOT be as good as the 18 that Sand hills has to offer..(and before you ask..Ive played all the Open course's and most other great links courses around GB/I).. The condition was immaculate, tees and fairways as smooth as silk, and greens that ran to 13 on the stimpmeter. Off course, the clubhouse is superbly appointed (well stocked bar !!) and has a superb restaurant. The accomodation is excellent, a series of log cabins perched along the banks of the superbly named Dismal River. (Staying here is a must,as the nearest accomodation is a 2hour drive away).The one drawback about Sand Hills is its location, described by the club as drive to the middle of nowhere and turn left! but for the avid golfer it all adds to the adventure. Try to get a game and enjoy it. Six years on and I still remember everything, yes, it was that good.
September 19, 2006
10 / 10
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Paul Jensen
June 16, 2007
I agree. Seeing this course for the first time was an experience I will never forget. Simply amazing.
August 17, 2009
I played Ballyneal, Sand Hills, Wild Horse and Dismal River. Ballyneal may be the best. Dismal River the bottom.
November 08, 2011
How can you host a British Open on Bent grass? That would be called the US Open. The course looks one way and plays another. The setting is one of the best in golf no question. I have played over 40 courses in GB&I and Sand Hills isn't cracking their Top 50 there.