Ballyneal Golf Club

Ballyneal Golf Club – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Digest #78, Golf Magazine #40
  • Location: 1 Ballyneal Lane, Holyoke, Colorado
  • Year: 2006
  • Architect: Tom Doak
  • Course Access: Private
  • Walking Rules: Walking Only, Caddies Available

Score Card Information:

  • Various: 5,210 – 7,147 yards, Par 71 , Not Rated

After the fun was over in Nebraska, I hopped in the car and made my way into Colorado.  I was on my way to Ballyneal!  You can tell from the scorecard information above that this place is a little different.  No set tees and and situated in the middle of nowhere.  The experience is set to be memorable.   Continue reading “Ballyneal Golf Club”

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Wild Horse Golf Club

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. Continue reading “Wild Horse Golf Club”

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)

The Prairie Club (Dunes Course) – Played June 2017

  • Rankings: Golf Magazine Public #78
  • Location: 88897 State Highway 97, Valentine, Nebraska
  • Year: 2010
  • Architect: Tom Lehman & Chris Brands
  • Course Access: Resort
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 7,562 yards, Par 73, 75.5 Rating/133 Slope
  • White: 6,975 yards, Par 73, 72.8 Rating/127 Slope
  • Green: 6,428 yards, Par 73, 69.9 Rating/118 Slope
  • Red: 5,752 yards, Par 73, 72.0 Rating/124 Slope

The wife decided to go on a girl’s trip so I was left to my own devices.  I figured the best way to spend the time would be traipsing to Nebraska and Colorado to play some golf.  The first stop on this odyssey was The Prairie Club in northern Nebraska.

I ended up staying in North Platte, which was about a 2.5 hour drive.  It seems long, but that was nothing for this trip considering I drove from SC.  What driving did allow me to do was pass by the entrances to Dismal River and Sand Hills, so now I know where to go when I get back. Continue reading “The Prairie Club (Dunes Course)”

Dormie Club

Dormie Club – Played 2012

  • Rankings: Golf Digest Public #30, Golf Magazine Public #96
  • Location: 6033 Beulah Hill Church Road, West End, North Carolina
  • Year: 2010
  • Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Black: 6,883 yards, Par 71, 73.7 Rating/138 Slope
  • Blue: 6,576 yards, Par 71, 72.3 Rating/130 Slope
  • White: 5,910 yards, Par 71, 68.8 Rating/124 Slope
  • Red: 5,180 yards, Par 71, 70.5 Rating/126 Slope

Dormie Club has had an interesting history.  It was originally designed to be a private club, but opening in 2010 to tough economic times made it necessary to go public.

That opening has been the public’s gain since as they are treated to a wonderful Coore & Crenshaw course in the Sand Hills of North Carolina.  Be aware though, they are trying to go back to private as soon as possible. Continue reading “Dormie Club”

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Valley)

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Valley) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,167 yards, Par 72, 74.9 Rating/146 Slope
  • Orange: 6,588 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/139 Slope (Men’s), 78.8 Rating/145 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 6,021 yards, Par 72, 69.4 Rating/129 Slope (Men’s), 75.4 Rating/144 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,561 yards, Par 72, 66.6 Rating/119 Slope (Men’s), 71.9 Rating/131 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,924 yards, Par 72, 64.0 Rating/113 Slope (Men’s), 68.6 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

I’ll refer you to the post on the Ridge course for the history of this complex.  Again I want to say thank you to Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram for the photos.

All yardages are from the orange tees.

Continue reading “Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Valley)”

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)

Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 100 Sunbelt Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,055 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/141 Slope
  • Orange: 6,527 yards, Par 72, 72.1 Rating/136 Slope (Men’s), 78.6 Rating/141 Slope (Women’s)
  • White: 6,148 yards, Par 72, 70.3 Rating/133 Slope (Men’s), 76.4 Rating/137 Slope (Women’s)
  • Silver: 5,546 yards, Par 72, 67.3 Rating/128 Slope (Men’s), 72.8 Rating/128 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,974 yards, Par 72, 64.9 Rating/120 Slope (Men’s), 69.4 Rating/122 Slope (Women’s)

I’ve got some good news.  Brian from @virginiagolfguy on Instagram and vagolfguy.com let me take a peek through more of his pictures.  Fortunately, this will allow me to do many more course tours of places I may not get back to soon.  I want to give a sincere thank you to Brian again for that.  Going forward, I’ll credit him in the beginning for the photos he supplied.

Anyways, back to this post.  I went over my trip down to the RTJ Trail in some earlier posts.  We also played both courses at Oxmoor Valley.  This stop on the trail has 54 holes, which includes a short course.  It was built on land formerly owned by US Steel for mining purposes.  You will see from the photos, but the land offers forests, creeks, and plenty of elevation change. Continue reading “Robert Trent Jones at Oxmoor Valley (Ridge)”

The Season Isn’t Over Until You Say It Is

Editor’s Note: Hi all, got a guest post from Matt over at TruGolf.com.  Hope you enjoy the change up.

It’s been a great Fall season. You improved several aspects of your game and you’ve been watching your scores drop steadily over the course of the past couple months. You really feel like you’ve hit your rhythm. It’s a shame the temperatures are dropping and you’ll be putting the clubs away soon.

Wait—do you really need to? Temperatures may be hitting the 50s, 40s, or even 30s, but the course is still there, just waiting to be played. Until snow covers the ground, there’s really no reason to call it quits. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can easily add a month or two to your season.

Lower Your Expectations

Before your first swing, understand that your game probably won’t be quite as strong as it is during the prime Summer and Fall months. The cold air makes it tougher to loosen up and relax. As a result, your swing will be a little stiff and you won’t get the usual distance. That’s OK, as long as you’re willing to lower your expectations a bit and focus on fun.

Layer Up

Rather than reach for the puffy jacket or parka, slip on a few strategic layers for maximum flexibility. You’ll want to start with a light, snug, synthetic base layer. A breathable, synthetic base layer pulls moisture away from your body to the outside surface of the fabric, so you stay warm and dry. Next, a light- or mid-weight synthetic layer keeps your body’s warmth from escaping. Finally a light, water-resistant shell blocks wind, rain, and snow to protect you from Mother Nature. Multiple layers allow you to remove and add for optimum temperature, and they eliminate the need for a bulky jacket that gets in the way of your swing and limits movement.

Bring Hand Warmers

Once your hands go numb, your game will go downhill fast. Gloves are great, but they’re bulky and only trap the heat from your hands. Hand warmers, on the other hand, actually produce heat. They’re also small enough to leave in your pockets for the whole round, just warming your hands between shots by putting your hands in your pockets.

Stay Hydrated

Chances are, you won’t be sweating much playing winter golf. However, your body loses moisture through your breath. You may not feel thirsty, but you can become dehydrated quickly, so you need to force yourself to drink plenty of water. Failure to do so will lead to headaches, fatigue, and a very unenjoyable round of golf.

 Club Up

In chilly weather, you won’t be hitting the ball as far. In order to stick to your normal strategy, you may need to take an extra club, rather than just accepting the fact that you’ll be short. There’s no shame in this. After all, you’re out here swinging while your buddies are at home huddling around the TV.

Some more useful cold-weather tips:

  • Use a soft-covered ball – while you’ll lose a bit of distance, you’ll get more feel
  • Use a golf simulator – once the snow falls, there’s no better way to train
  • Use yellow high-vis balls – easy to spot when there’s frost or even light snow on the ground
  • Stay away from the booze – it lowers your core temperature. Drink coffee – it stimulates the nervous system
  • Play nine at a time – leave the option open to duck out early in case it’s just too chilly

Bio

Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

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