Wild Horse Golf Club – Played June 2017
- Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #73
- Location: 40950 Road 768, Gothenburg, Nebraska
- Year: 1999
- Architect: Dan Proctor & Dave Axland
- Course Access: Public
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Gold: 7,030 yards, Par 72, 73.7 Rating/135 Slope
- Black: 6,366 yards, Par 72, 71.1 Rating/126 Slope
- Silver: 5,469 yards, Par 72, 66.1 Rating/110 Slope
- Green: 4,688 yards, Par 72, 67.5 Rating/109 Slope
Round two of the trip was in closer proximity to civilization. Wild Horse is about 30-45 minutes from North Platte in Gothenburg. You are greeted with the sign below.
I couldn’t find much on the history of the course other than what is in the intro summary above. I do know that they have lodging onsite for anyone planning a trip to the area. Their website has information on rates and the like. Below is a look at the clubhouse with the lodging options just off to the right.
The practice facilities are small, but effective. The driving range plays downhill and has plenty of room despite the optical illusion that it is very short. The putting green is large and has plenty of undulation as can be seen below.
As you might have noticed from earlier pictures there is some tall grass around the property. The locals have a great name for it, Wooga. They even help you with the pronunciation right in the pro shop.
Hole 1 – 328 yards – Par 4
First off, here is a look of the tee markers on every hole. Nice and rustic.
You will need to wake up for the second hole as it ratchets up the challenge. The fairway is plenty wide, but a yardage book will help with direction.
While this hole is under 500 yards, it is uphill all the way. I even had the added challenge of playing through the sprinklers!
While the scale of the land is not as big here as it was at Prairie Club that doesn’t mean the holes aren’t awesome. The Wooga just off the tee and the angled green provide a nice look here.
While this hole is short, the long grass looms. If you don’t hit the fairway you probably won’t find the ball.
This hole curves to the right to a blind landing area. You can bust one here.
There is a fairway out there, I promise! Due to the distance you can take less than driver for accuracy.
This hole is one of the longer ones so far. The architect made the fairway wide to accommodate the length. The fairway cants to the right.
The front nine finishes with a one-shotter. There is more room on the left of the green that it seems. The short yardage and overall room should make this an easy par.
The tenth plays slightly uphill and doglegs to the right. The further you can cheat up the right side will result in a shorter second shot.
I love a good short par 3. We’ve seen some good ones at great courses like Merion and LACC. This one may not be in that class, but it is still fun. Plenty of sand awaits and wind can add more challenge.
This one has plenty of Wooga to the right so many players will favor the left side. A good line is between the two bunkers in the distance.
Our first par 3 on this side was short, but we change it up for this one playing a bit under 200 yards. With that length the front bunker is a focal point. I imagine a lot of balls end up in the large bailout area on the right.
This shorter par five is as good a birdie opportunity as you will find. It beds slightly to the left and favors a draw off the tee.
This green complex features some of the most interesting contours on the course. You have any number of choices for recovery shots depending on whether or not you want to use the land or fly over it. This is well done.
This short dogleg left really only calls for a long iron or wood off the tee. Long hitters have more of a decision to make regarding the green.
This one plays a little longer than we have seen, but it is not overly brutal. You will want to avoid the bunker sitting in the fairway to have a good chance at the green.
Like many of the holes here the difficulty level depends on the wind. This is a definite birdie opportunity if playing downwind. Keep your drive a little right of the bunker you can see in the distance.
The last tee shot requires concentration. The bunkers are definite hazards and to be avoided. Due to the length you can take less than driver, but you will want to make sure your line is correct.
Wild Horse may be one of the best values in America. I believe I paid just over $60 and got range balls with my round. That price was phenomenal considering the greens were some of the smoothest I have ever seen. Quite simply the deal can’t be beat. If not sure what peak season is out here, but my trip in June featured solid weather and perfect playing conditions. It’s a bit out of the way, but well worth the trip to see Wild Horse!