The Prarie Club
Valentine, NE (North-Central Nebraska, about 30 miles from the NE/SD border, 6 hours from Omaha)
'12 Greens Fees: $205 Ride, $120 Twilight, $60 Replay
'12 Golf Package Rates with 2 nights lodging: $800-$950
88897 St Highway 97 • Valentine, NE
(888) 402-1101 • www.theprairieclub.com
46 Holes • Open May-October
Deep in the heartland of America, on the rim of the Snake River Canyon, near Valentine, Nebraska, is The Prairie Club, a place that rivals more famous golfing destinations and attracts devout believers in the game. Played as it lies, this uniquely American terrain has been so gently seeded, each hole so naturally revealed, it is as if the Divine Hand wore a golf glove: unimaginable beauty, heightened senses, and a focus on leaving well enough alone. Those who make the journey will discover 46 of what may be the world’s most undisturbed holes of golf, recently ranked in the Top 100 in America. When the sun goes down over the Canyon, guests find all of the comforts of Midwestern hospitality in a 40,000 square foot Lodge, complete with one of the finest dining experiences available. One look towards the heavens will reveal a blanket of stars so bright you’ll begin to understand why the Pioneers left the city all those years ago.
Architect & History
Dunes Course — Tom Lehman and Chris Brands
Set in the widest of open spaces, the Dunes Course provides golfers a chance to play their game in an extraordinary setting where the marriage of wind, sky and land has created a pure, unadulterated golf experience.
Pines Course — Graham Marsh
A semi-protected 18-hole championship golf course that meanders through the pines on the edge of the canyon rim, The prevailing prairie winds on the Pines Course are blocked by the western wall of the canyon and trees, making the warming sun and the canyon views stunningly beautiful.
Horse Course — Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford
Set just off the clubhouse, the 10 hole, par 3 Horse Course takes the game of "horse" to a whole new level. There are no official tee boxes, the one with honors calls where you tee it up. Grab a couple of clubs, a cigar and join your friends for a round that will challenge your short game and your imagination.
The Lodge sits atop the rim of the Snake River Canyon, overlooking the dramatic par 5 18th hole on the Pines Course, with breathtaking views of the Prairie and Canyon in all directions.
There are a total of 40 beds in the Lodge and 28 beds in the Canyon Rim Cabins, which are nestled neatly among the stands of ponderosa pines just below the Lodge.
Food & Beverage
The Prairie Club features authentic, home-style Prairie food in the Canyon Room, the upstairs Eagle’s Nest, or the refreshing Cap Rock Lounge.
Prarie Club's uber-masculine downstairs bar
A wide selection for breakfast, lunch, and dinner choices are available each day of the week.
Awards & Honors
Best Overnight Golf Destination (Golf Digest, 2010); Top 100 U.S. Golf Courses (#100 The Dunes Course) (LINKS Magazine, 2012); One of the Top 25 Golf Resorts in the US (Golf Week, 2010); Best New Courses You Can Play 2010 (No. 2 The Dunes Course/No. 8 The Pines Course) (Golf Magazine, 2011); Two of the Top Courses in Nebraska (Golfweek, 2012)
Experience instruction from Head PGA Professional Patrick Kilbride. Patrick and his staff give private lessons, group lessons, and clinics for golfers of all skill levels. The Prairie Club offers a 17 acre practice facility set between two oceans of native prairie grass. The two-sided range with multiple target greens allows golfers to perfect any shot they may encounter on each of the three courses. They also offer two short-game areas and a one-acre putting green dubbed “The Himalaya,” whose dramatic contours can be seen from your bedroom window.
Spa & Wellness
The Prairie Club offers exclusive access to local Spa and Wellness facilities to members and their guests. They also feature a wide variety of world-class hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreational opportunities.
The Sandhills are world-renowned for their abundant wildlife, world-class fisheries, and outdoor activities. Each year, thousands of travelers come to the local town of Valentine to enjoy canoeing down the famously-scenic Niobrara River, hiking and biking in the local nature preserves, bird-watching (especially the migration of the Sand Hill Crane), horseback riding, and of course the many hunting and fishing opportunities. Members and their guests have exclusive access to all of these great activities and more.
Frequent Player Discounts
No discounts per se, but resort guests have golf course access. The Prairie Club offers three types of membership opportunities: regional, national, and corporate. The membership model makes them accessible, but the member-oriented, authentically Midwestern culture makes them one-of-a-kind. Please contact for more information on becoming part of The Prairie Club.
See also: Nebraska Sandhills Golf Trail