Jackrabbit Run

The 2nd stop on the ‘2019 Early Break Golf Tour’ is Jackrabbit Run in Grand Island! Jackrabbit Run consistently hosts high school tournaments for the regular season, as well as districts and state tournaments. It’s a perfect venue for those events, because it’s not overly easy but also not overly difficult.

Most holes are tree-lined, so if you are spraying the ball left or right, you might be in for a long round. I played on a windy day (25mph winds consistently), and that makes any golf course tough–but Jackrabbit Run is not a terribly long course, so although your score will be affected on a windy day, it won’t be crushed.

I was particularly impressed with the length of the par 3s. I played the tips (blue tees), which plays over 6,700 yards total. Two par 3s are 200+ yards, including the tough 14th hole, which plays 225 yards and is tree-lined and well protected especially on the right side of the green. Hole 7 is listed at 195 yards on the card, but with the pin in the back and also playing into the wind, it played more like 230 yards. Tough par 3s are important in making scoring difficult.

I was impressed with the greens—extremely smooth with no bumpiness, and also very nice speed. Putts hold their lines at Jackrabbit Run, which is what every golf course should desire.

Water is only in play on 2 holes (4 and 9), so it’s not a huge factor, but bunkers are everywhere, and the sand is well-maintained.

The clubhouse was cozy, and the people were very welcoming. I’d recommend the hot dogs–I had 2 because they were so good!

Give Jackrabbit Run a visit today! Twilight rates exist, as well as kids 15 and under play for $3 in a cart if accompanied by a fee-paying adult. That’s a great way to get kids into the sport and ‘grow the game’ without breaking the bank.

Contact Info:
Head Pro:  Don Kruse
Address:  2800 N. Shady Bend Rd.
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone #: (308) 385-5340

Fremont Golf Club

Our inaugural 2019 ‘Early Break’ Golf Tour begins with Fremont Golf Club! What a tremendous looking course it was. I played the tips (black tees–6,532 yards) and was blown away by how green the course was. You can tell how well maintained the course is from the get-go, as the putting green was a gem, and was an accurate depiction for how the greens on the course were. The course isn’t long, but pretty much every hole is tree-lined, so if you find yourself erratic off the tee, prepare for a tough day of scoring. If you can keep the driver in the bag and hit long irons or a hybrid consistently straight, you’ll have a chance to score well.

The unique feature of the course is the train track that goes through the middle of it. The 18 holes are pretty much divided right in the middle of the tracks, so you’ll go across them several times in the round to get to your next set of holes. I thought it was impressive how they fit 18 holes into smaller area of territory than usual—it seemed like a puzzle piece in how they fit all the holes in, which was creative.

My high school golf coach always told me that Fremont Golf Club had some of the best greens in the state—he was right! The greens were true and quick, but not unfair. They’re also receptive if you play a lot of spin on chips or in general when hitting into the green. Also–the bunkers were redone last year and they are immaculate. I had just played golf at Torrey Pines in San Diego the week prior, and the sand was identical to that sand–which are often described as some of the best bunkers in all of golf.

I highly recommend a visit to Fremont Golf Club! If you have a Nebraska Golf Passport, you can play the course. Otherwise, it’s a private course, so membership is required to get on. They always have great membership specials going on, so check them out to get more info.

Contact Info:

Fremont Golf Club
2710 N. Somers Ave.
Fremont, NE 68025

(402) 721-6642

www.fremontgolfclub.org

Head PGA Professional:  Nathan Kalin