The Prairie Club - Pines Course
State: NE City: Valentine
Price Range: $200 - $299
Weekend Rate (w/cart): $220
Address: HC32 Box 210
Zip Code: 69201
Phone Number: 402.376.1361
Tee Times:

8.51 CONDITIONS out of 10
Green & Clean
Above & Beyond
8.21 HOSPITALITY out of 10
Guest Services
8.26 PLAYABILITY out of 10
Carts & Cards
8.18 FACILITIES out of 10
Tee Times
Teach & Learn
5.77 VALUE out of 10
Actual Costs
Fun Factor
FORWARD SCORE 84.90 out of 100
TOTAL SCORE out of 1000

Both The Dunes and the Pines have the same review, but were scored separately.

The Prairie Club is an oasis… in the middle of what appears a vast Nebraska desert. The Prairie Club is a Sandhills sanctuary… surrounded by river and canyon, a captivating topographical paradise. The Prairie Club is an inspiring work of art… delicately influenced more by God and the wind than by humans and machine. The Prairie Club is on its way to becoming the Bandon Dunes of Middle America… with courses you might be able to imagine, in a setting you can’t capably believe.

The two distant facilities present very much the appropriate comparison while existing as two very different worlds. Both are intentionally remote and secluded. But while Bandon is established, the Prairie Club is brand new. Everyone knows about Bandon. The Prairie Club, in its infancy, is still very much an incredible secret.

Bandon’s trump card is the roar and revelry of the ocean. The Prairie Club’s ace is their surround sound silence. Yes, the silence here can be quite golden. Still, both settings are more than capable of making your greatest golf dreams come true. As it stands today, the Prairie Club is comprised of three complementary courses: The Pines Course, a Graham Marsh design, masterfully maneuvered through pines and plains, with enormous wavy greens and breathtaking canyon glimpses. The Dunes course, a wide-open and challenging Tom Lehman/Chris Brands collaboration with an array of similarities to Nebraska’s other golf havens, the private Sand Hills and the spectacular Wild Horse in Gothenburg. And the Horse Course… a Gil Hanse creation. Serving perfectly as the appetizer or dessert round to either Signature course, the “Horse Course” is a 10-hole, Par 30 “playground” on the front doorstep of the incredible Prairie Club Lodge.

Still wanting more? Nearly unimaginable, and yet The Prairie Club shall soon oblige. There’s a 4th course on the way, (“Old School”) whose layout has been set and whose design is emerging on paper from Gil Hanse’s mind. Slated to open in two years, the anticipation is riding the crescendo wave. If you saw its site, you’d understand. It’s unlikely there’s a better piece of golf property in the Midwest. Just ask Jack Nicklaus. He’s said as much.

The Prairie Club is all about the game of golf. Situated approximately 20 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska, it is the product of the combined vision of former property owner, Cleve Trimble, and the selfless soul with the determination and ability to make it all happen, Paul Shock. There’s no question the property was perfect. The courses just had to make it more so.

Paul, as a dedicated student and lover of the game of golf, wanted his courses to be for everyone. Walkable, wide-open fairways, with near football field sized greens presenting opportunities galore for any arsenal of golf shot options… fast, challenging, firm playing conditions and above all… he wanted golf to be fun! No buildings should distract from the aesthetic quality. No gimmicks should interfere with the authenticity. Amazingly, every bit of how it was meant to be is precisely how it was realized here.

The service at the Prairie Club is as meticulous and exceptional as the conditions of both the turf and the play on the courses. The staff is quite evidently charged with making you feel at home, meeting (often exceeding) every need from noon to noon, literally every minute of every day. No expense has been spared in the lodging, no corners cut with any of the accommodations. It is aptly described as a retreat from the “busy-ness” of modern life. Providing anticipatory valets, exceptional food service, expansive practice facilities and amenities galore, the commitment to you is nearly unequivocal. Your comfort, your satisfaction, relaxation and experience… that is truly what the Prairie Club is all about.

A glance in the rearview mirror of your car, as you drive away, reveals something entirely unexpected. Standing out on the patio several staff members wave farewell. A finishing touch to a perfect stay, as you weave your way through the dunes towards the gate, you are overcome by a pleasant reality… They’re as grateful you were there as you are. And they want you to return as much as you do.

Latest Update: 8/12/10

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