The Prairie Club has become one of the very best public golf courses in the country. Located in Nebraska, it has joined legendary courses such as Sand Hills and Wild Horse as tops in the state.
One of coolest things about TPC is that it features an awesome short course called “The Horse Course”. The 10-hole par-3 track was designed by Gil Hanse and Geoff Shackelford and has been an instant hit since it opened.
The fascinating thing about the course is that there are no tee boxes. This is because you can play the game of “H-O-R-S-E” hence the name of the course. Without any tee boxes, you and a friend can flip a coin, play rock, paper, scissors, etc to decide where to tee off.
This implements fun into golf in a whole new way. Not only that, being a par-3 course, you get to experience an exciting layout that affordable and less time-consuming.
Even if you’re playing solo, having no tee boxes gives you the chance to tackle each hole from numerous spots. It’s golf without limits so you can tee it up from anywhere and aim for any hole.
The contouring of the greens are outstanding and the bunkers beautifully placed. On top of that, the course can be enjoyed while taking in the lovely classic Nebraska scenery.
What makes The Horse Course a game changer in golf is that it takes the simple principles that make a sport like basketball so beloved, and they are implemented in the course. Basketball and soccer are so wildly popular because they are extremely accessible and affordable to play.
The Horse Course scratches off all of the boxes like most par-3 courses, except you can get ridiculously creative with how you play. It’s a testament to golf’s incredible versatility, and Hanse and Shackelford nailed it with this design.
The Horse Course is not only one of the best short courses in the United States, but one of the best in the world. It’s a course that can have a lasting impact on the sport forever. Grab your irons and wedges, it’s time to play.
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