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October 12, 2016

The Prairie Club’s 2016 Year in Review

A Look Back at the 2016 Golf Season at The Prairie Club

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As closing day rolls around on the Nebraskan prairie, we’d like to reminisce on the amazing spring, summer, and fall we’ve had. This, instead of focusing on the inevitable winter that is pursuing us by the day.

This season has been filled with life-long stories, amazing rounds of golf (and a few not-so-amazing ones), and most importantly, experiences that touched the souls of all who ventured here. Our year in review will miss the vast majority of what took place on our beloved grounds this season. What we do hope is that it captures even just a sliver, so as to give you a sense of what it means to deliver pure golf in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Our 2016 Year in Review

jan1One of our first actions of the year was to begin sharing images of the beautiful Nebraskan Sandhills on Instagram. We love pictures. So do many of our guests. We take the best of them to the top image sharing website in the world. Have you followed us yet? The Prairie Club on Instagram.

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feb1We were able to flip the switch on our sprinklers with highs in the 50s and 60s as we entered March. This early spring helped us launch into a season of healthy turf and exceptional golf conditions. (The courses truly looked great this season…)

march1Golfweek named both our Dunes Course and The Pines Course to their state-by-state list of best courses you can play in March. Ron Whitten named our Horse Course to Golf Digest’s list of “16 Exceptional Hybrid Courses.” We unveiled our new custom-labeled amenities at the Club.

april1Our golf courses came out of the winter and early spring beautifully as they geared up for guests the next month! Alex Suarez won our Masters Stay & Play giveaway as one of 8 (out of the over 800) to correctly pick Danny Willett as the winner of the green jacket. Golf Digest named us to their Best Golf Resorts in America list.

mayOpening day—May 18—dawned a new year of prairie golf. From the season’s beginning, we knew it was going to be a year to remember. The turf was lush, the greens were healthy and smooth, and we were still located in the gorgeous Nebraskan Sandhills.

We announced Scottish bagpiper and dear friend of the Club, Tom Denham and his wife, would be spending another summer with us away from their home across the pond.

(P.S. He had a wonderful season.)

juneLast year’s champion of The Jackrabbit, Aaron Wise, went on to win both the NCAA Division-I team title and individual championship. He’s now on the Canadian PGA Mackenzie Tour.

We also captured some incredible footage of the Nebraskan night sky. Did you see it?

Watch it here.

julyAt the end of July, we brought drone videographers to The Prairie Club.

Stay tuned as we release more videos in the coming weeks and months. We officially added another golf course to our golf repertoire: Old Wagon. Here’s a story of the history, facts, and stories of Old Wagon.

We were honored to award our 2016 Foundation scholarship to a deserving member of our team who is currently attending the University of Sioux Falls.

We also re-joined YouTube! Check out our channel.

augustThe first edition of “Home on the Range,” a 71-page book from The Prairie Club featuring stories and pictures, was distributed to our members. Learn more about “Home on the Range.” Golf Magazine named our Dunes Course to the Top 100 Courses You Can Play list. The Dunes Course and The Pines Course were also named to Nebraska’s best public courses of 2016.

In late August, we geared up to welcome 11 Division-I college golf programs to the 2nd edition of The Jackrabbit. Watch the 2016 Preview of The Jackrabbit.

september  The Clemson Tigers are not just good on the gridiron, they are exceptional on the golf course. Doc Redman led the team to a 17-under-par first-place finish to win The Jackrabbit.

Full results of The Jackrabbit

We joined Snapchat, too.

The crew from Secret Golf spent some time with us in September. Steve Elkington, the 1995 PGA champion, brought his massive bus and his crew of cameras to film the 44th episode of their Amazon Prime TV program, a show where Elkington and his team travel the nation and play some of the nation’s best courses. The show has not been released yet, but we will keep you posted.

october1October 9 was sadly, closing day at The Prairie Club. Our members will hang around for a few more days, but as the 17th of October comes, our team will start the winterizing process.  Thank you for making the 2016 season one we will never forget.

Thank you for making the 2016 season one we will never forget.


– The Prairie Club

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