Archives for July 1, 2019

The Drive: July 1st, 5pm

  • Would a win over Wisconsin or Iowa be more satisfying?
  • NBA Free Agency: Superteams
  • What we missed/Wrap things up

The Drive: July 1st, 4pm

  • NBA Free Agency – it’s more exciting than the rest of the season
  • Colorado coach Mel Tucker is mad about Nebraska being easier to recruit to
  • What’s in the Box (Raisin’ Canes)

The Drive: July 1st, 3pm

  • Phil Steele has Nebraska at #19 in his preseason rankings (ahead of Iowa at 23 and Wisconsin who is unranked)
  • Musical entertainment for Nebraska
  • What’s Poppin (brought to you by Barney Insurance)

The Drive: July 1st, 2pm

  • Nebraska Basketball to host an “Opening Night” event
  • Athlon ranks Adrian Martinez as the 9th best QB in the country
  • Everybody hates USA soccer and I love it

Cyza & Stephens: July 1st, 1pm

  • Streaking the Quad
  • Michael Bruntz, Huskers247
  • Happy Bobby Bonilla day!

Cyza & Stephens: July 1st, 12pm

  • Colorado coach Mel Tucker doesn’t understand the appeal of Nebraska for his in-state recruits.
  • Who won NBA free agency?
  • Wing Man, brought to you by Buffalo Wings and Rings

Cyza & Stephens: July 1st, 11am

  • Weekend Rewind: Nash Hutmacher, Nate Lashley, NBA Free Agency
  • Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star
  • The Blog Jog, brought to you by Barney Insurance

Dodge Riverside Golf Club

The next stop on the 2019 Early Break Golf Course Tour is Dodge Riverside Golf Club in Council Bluffs! I had played this course once when I was in high school for a tournament about 11 years ago (aging myself here), but didn’t remember much of it, so I was glad I was able to play it again with a new perspective.

First things first: it’s a pretty dang easy course to find, as it sits directly across from Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs, just off the interstate. The clubhouse is nice and inviting, with plenty of merchandise to buy in the pro shop, and good food/cold drinks in the dining area. I played on a day of 98 degree heat, and was given plenty of ice to keep drinks cold all day long, which is easier said than done.

Dodge Riverside GC is full of doglegs, and you see that off the bat with a dogleg left par 4. I played the tips again, and found myself in the trees, but was able to get up-and-down for a par. The course isn’t overly long anywhere outside of two 500+ yard par 5s, so if you are struggling with the driver (which I often do), a long iron or hybrid should keep you in position to score, if you can hit it straight off the tee or to a specific landing area. This was the case on holes 3 and 4, as 3 is a dogleg left with a huge tree sticking out on the left that you must either go over or around with a draw. Hole 4 is a par 4 that requires specific placement, as a bunker lines the right side, and I hit into it with a hybrid. You can be rewarded by simply hitting a long iron on both of these holes off the tee.

Hole 5 is another challenging dogleg left, before you can go bombs away straight down 6 and 7. I was able to stop a tough start by getting par on both of those holes. Hole 8 is the No. 1 handicap hole on the course, and you can understand why: it’s only 398 yards in distance, but for a guy like me who plays a draw, you have to play your teeshot over an apartment complex AND trees on the right to get into proper position for your second shot (if I could play a fade on command, this hole becomes a lot easier). Regardless, if you hit a bad shot off the tee here, you’re toast.  Hole 9 finishes off the front with a long par 5 that plays 545 generally from the tips, but it was moved up to about 515 on the day I played, but another dogleg left.

Hole 10 is the second toughest hole on the course, a 427 yard dogleg right par 4 from the tips. The greens were starting to bake in the heat, but weren’t showing signs of brown or fatigue; they just started to roll pretty quickly, which is the way I like them. Good maintenance all the way around the course, in general, on the greens, bunkers, fairways, and teeboxes.

Hole 11 is a nice 175 yard par 3 which landed me my first birdie of the day, followed by a very straightforward 12th hole which is big-time birdie territory, too. In fact, holes 12 through 14 should be considered as birdie territory, with hole 13 being a tempting 275 yard par that’s reachable with driver or 3-wood, but comes with the risk of hitting into a pond that protects the front portion of the green. I was able to clear the pond with my drive, but biffed a chip and ended up with par.

Hole 14 is a dogleg right par 5 with OB left, and hole 15 is a 190 yard par 3. Both were nice holes. Hole 16 is a reachable dogleg left par 5 which I was able to birdie, as it was downwind and playing 482 yards from the tips. Hole 17 is a challenging dogleg right par 4 with tree trouble left and right, and hole 18 finishes up with a 374 yard par 4 that can be birdied if you keep your drive in play. The course from the tips plays just shy of 6,500 yards when all is said and done.

I started the round +4 through 5 as I was not very warmed up; but I closed strong and stayed +4 the whole rest of the way, to shoot a 76 on the par 72 course. It’s tree-lined all the way throughout and with all the doglegs, I’d recommend keeping the driver in the bag more often than not and playing strategic golf with long irons and hybrids. For playing on such a hot day, the course looked great and the clubhouse employees were in good spirits. The next time you’re in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, give Dodge Riverside Golf Club your best shot for 18 holes!

Contact Info:

2 Harrah’s Blvd

Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Phone: (712) 328-4660

Website:  http://www.dodgeriversidegolf.com/

 

General Manager:   Kyle Matson

NBA free agency is officially underway, and what a big splash it’s been so far….wow

-WOW! Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Nets; Kemba Walker to the Celtics; Jimmy Butler to the Heat; Al Horford to the 76ers…..and plenty more. What a day….who got better? And why do the Knicks even exist anymore?

Lots of sports are playing more games out of country…do you wish Nebraska would ever do so? / Shut Up Sipple

-The Red Sox and Yankees played over the weekend in London in front of big crowds, and we’ve seen the NFL venture over to London and to Mexico for games, as well as college football playing some games in places like Ireland (see: Penn State/Ohio a few years ago)…would you want Nebraska to ever play a game in a foreign country?

What team would you rather beat this year: Wisconsin or Iowa? A deeper dive from our initial convo on Friday…

-We did a little bit of a dive into this on Friday, but let’s get a bigger perspective: Which game does Nebraska NEED to win more for perspective’s sake? Wisconsin because it’s a ‘bigger’ game nationally, or Iowa, because that’s an embarrassing streak to a team that should be your ‘little brother’?

-It’s not as easy of an answer as you might think, because of how many different angles you can look at. Do any other teams fit in this argument, too? Northwestern, maybe?

What team would you rather beat this year: Wisconsin or Iowa? A deeper dive from our initial convo on Friday…

-We did a little bit of a dive into this on Friday, but let’s get a bigger perspective: Which game does Nebraska NEED to win more for perspective’s sake? Wisconsin because it’s a ‘bigger’ game nationally, or Iowa, because that’s an embarrassing streak to a team that should be your ‘little brother’?

-It’s not as easy of an answer as you might think, because of how many different angles you can look at. Do any other teams fit in this argument, too? Northwestern, maybe?