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.

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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)”

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake)

Robert Trent Jones at Grand National (Lake) – Played May 2013

  • Rankings: None of the four lists
  • Location: 3000 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika, Alabama
  • Year: 1992
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr & Robert Rulewich
  • Course Access: Public
  • Walking Rules: Carts Available

Score Card Information:

  • Purple: 7,289 yards, Par 72, 74.3 Rating/136 Slope
  • Orange: 6,488 yards, Par 72, 71.3 Rating/126 Slope
  • White: 5,948 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 74.4 Rating/133 Slope (Women’s)
  • Teal: 4,910 yards, Par 72, 68.7 Rating/117 Slope (Men’s), 68.0 Rating/119 Slope (Women’s)

For our last RTJ tour on this go around, I want to give a final thanks to Brian for the pictures on this post.  Check out Brian’s other photos @virginiagolfguy on Instagram if you haven’t already.

According to the website for The Trail, Grand National was the single greatest site for a golf complex Robert Trent Jones, Sr. had ever seen.  The entire complex has 54 holes, which includes a Short Course.  It was built on 600-acre Lake Saugahatchee with 32 of the 54 holes along the shore.  The Lake Course hosts the Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour as well.

Let’s get this tour started!

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