Sand Hills

The 17th hole at Sand Hills golf course
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Sand Hills

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    Bill Coore / Ben Crenshaw
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw moved teaspoons of dirt to construct the most natural, hew-to-the-land layout built since World War II. Rolling, sandy terrain, rippled fairways that were spared from a bulldozer, ever-present winds, wavy prairie grasses and gigantic blow-out bunkers create the sensation of being seaside in the middle of landlocked Nebraska. The design was immediately embraced, and the minimalist movement started in earnest, with this course arguably kicking off the second Golden Age. (Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    No. 17, par-3, 150 yards: The beauty and short length of the 17th belie a tough test, with a raised green obscured from the tee box and protected by deep, fescue-wrapped bunkers and native grasses.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    Rustic on-site cabins along the Dismal River offer a comfortable, convenient place to rest your head after a long day of golf.
  • Insider tip

    Order your lunch when you tee off the 1st hole so it’s ready and waiting for you at the turn. The brats and burgers are highly recommended.