Prairie Dunes

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Prairie Dunes

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    Perry Maxwell, 1937 / Press Maxwell, 1957
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

After weeks of tromping around the yucca-choked sand hills of Hutchinson, architect Perry Maxwell proclaimed, “There are 118 good golf holes here. All I have to do is eliminate 100 of them.” All that’s missing is an ocean at this linksy-looking layout that played host to the 2002 U.S. Women’s Open (Juli Inkster) and 2006 U.S. Senior Open (Allen Doyle). What a delight that the Maxwells got to work with this special site as their soft touch on the land is a must-study for any architect. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 6, par-4, 387 yards. The short par-4 starts with an elevated tee shot and is a masterclass in strategic design. A bunker fronting the green will scare you, even though it’s well in front of the landing area, while the putting surface is devilish.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    This place is no frills, but we mean that in a good way. The clubhouse is beautifully understated, as is the locker room, where you’ll be greeted by metal lockers like you might have found in your middle school hallways.
  • Insider tip

    Aching to play? Don’t fret, Prairie Dunes is private but known as one of the most visitor-friendly clubs and experiences on this Top 100 list (and holds outings you can sign up for through certain golf brands).