Instead, they wait, so you have to keep going. Earle Dickson, a cotton buyer at Johnson and Johnson went home every night to find his lovely wife Josephine injured and cut due to her everyday work.
It was our task to uncover it. The challenge there was to create a course equal to the potential of the land, a daunting task to say the least! To have constructed anything less than an extraordinary golf course on that site would have been a failure. That is because it might be the most important post I'll ever write on this blog, simply due to the fact that it is likely the best course in the world that you've never heard of.
Now, that statement may not be true for those who frequent my blog, many of whom are golf course architecture aficionados like myself, but it is most definitely the case for the general golfing population. I was asked countless times about my vacation plans by friends and other members at my home club, St.
There wasn't a single person I encountered who had ever heard of these two world-class golf courses, something I'm quite sure would elicit a chuckle from Sand Hills owner and visionary Dick Youngscap.
First of all, Sand Hills is a very exclusive private club with perhaps members or so, most of whom live outside of Nebraska and only visit a few times a year.
This is mostly due to the fact that the club's location is very remote, with the nearest major airport being in Denver, Colorado, approximately five hours away by car. Famously, the club has a policy where unaccompanied invited guests can only play that way one time in their life and a database is kept to ensure this isn't compromised.
Therefore, an invitation to visit Sand Hills, especially with another member, is one of the most coveted in golf. The fact that the club has never hosted, nor will it likely ever host a major professional or amateur event only adds to its mystique and reinforces exactly why most haven't heard about this rugged oasis in rural Nebraska.
The story of Sand Hills begins in Augustwhen Dick Youngscap secured an option on 8, acres of ranch land. The next month, Youngscap brought in Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw to visit the site and shortly thereafter retained them as course architects for the project.
Over the next two Necessity of listening intently to make, Bill and Ben made numerous visits and by the spring ofthey had discovered over golf holes, from which 18 were selected and a routing plan finalized.
Construction of the golf course began in April - by that time, fifteen investors had contributed equity capital and the Sand Hills Golf Company was created.
Many wondered if a private club "in the middle of nowhere" could possibly succeed and a great number of Mr. Youngscap's friends and potential investors were extremely skeptical.
The one thing that can't be underestimated is how suitable this "poor ranch land" was for golf. The natural contours in the valley where the golf course was eventually laid down are absolutely ideal for the game and the abundance of pure water and superior sand in the region would ensure almost perfect growing conditions, allowing the course to be built at a fraction of the cost of most courses at the time.
Famously, very little land was moved to build the golf course, with most of the rough grading done with a power rake and shovels as opposed to bulldozers. Coore and Crenshaw had already shown great promise with their inspired design at Kapalua's Plantation Course earlier in the decade but the "minimalist" approach undertaken at Sand Hills would vault them into superstardom and ultimately, it proved to be the most influential development in golf course architecture over the past twenty years.
Sand Hills sits among the elite in the course architecture rankings game, with Golf Magazine listing it as the 11th best course in the world in and recently named it as the best golf course built in the past 50 years.
It wasn't long after accepting the gracious invitation to play Ballyneal that I started thinking about the possibility of visiting Sand Hills on the same trip. I knew the chances of playing such a private club were remote but I received some encouragement, advice and a key referral from an acquaintance of mine, which set the wheels in motion in early January It took a hell of a lot of patience but almost four months later, while on the way home from a Buffalo Sabres game in late March, I opened my Blackberry to see the magical email extending an invitation for me and Harris to visit Sand Hills at a mutually convenient time in June.
The screams of joy likely startled my buddy who was driving us home from the hockey game but no matter - with Ballyneal and now Sand Hills all set, I had the trip of a lifetime to finalize! The original plan was for us to make the three hour drive from Ballyneal late Sunday afternoon, hopefully after a wonderful 36 hole day.
However, a driving rain storm and bitterly cold temperatures kept us off the course entirely, enabling us to say our goodbyes and head out on the road just after lunch. With a population of about 24, this would be the largest city we'd encounter on this trip.
We'd soon turn onto highway 97 for the hour-long last leg of the drive and I can't tell you how exhilarating this stretch of land is. Huge dunes and blowouts dot the landscape and you don't need an awful lot of imagination to see how ideal this land is for great natural golf.
It was very hard to concentrate on the road with all of this visual stimulation but I definitely had two hands on the wheel after almost belting a deer, which basically just stood in the middle of the road looking at our car after we passed.
I didn't even see it until looking in my rear view mirror and seeing it about a couple hundred feet behind us. We had detailed instructions from the club telling us how to get there and we were so excited that we were literally counting down the mile markers as we approached our turn.
Once off the 97, we spent another five minutes or so navigating west before seeing what I figure must be the gates to heaven. It wasn't long before we finally arrived at the quaint clubhouse, which sits in a little valley overlooking the Dismal River.
I was a bit surprised by the amount of trees in the area but I wouldn't find out until the next day just how far away the golf course is from the clubhouse! We parked our car and made our way into the clubhouse, where we signed in and were given keys to a cart, which would be our method of transportation from the clubhouse or parking lot to our cabin.
We also were introduced to the clubhouse manager, who asked us what time we wanted to play the next morning.Author's Preface.
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