Holdrege Country Club

The latest stop on the 2019 Early Break Golf Tour is Holdrege Country Club! I had never played this course before, so I was excited to get a chance to go out and play it. I played with David, a local member, who was a fantastic host, and even hooked me up with a nice new water bottle and divot tool upon my arrival. He was extremely helpful in knowing what to do on certain holes, as well as giving many pointers on what my putts might do on the greens. Always great to play with locals who are listeners of the show and also are awesome playing partners!

Regarding the course, it is in fantastic shape. It’s as green as can be for late June–thanks, in part, undoubtedly to the very wet spring/summer we’ve had in the state. The greens are so true and smooth, but not unfairly quick. You can definitely make a lot of putts at Holdrege CC once you figure out the pace of the greens. I started off +6 on the front 9 and shot 3-under on the back 9 once I got things figured out.

The course plays 6300+ yards from the tips, so it’s not overly long, but does provide many challenges. I didn’t hit a driver until hole 4, which is the start of three straight par 5s—something I’ve never seen before anywhere, but found it interesting. Before that, you have two pretty short par 4s to start, and then a scenic par 3 that’s lined with trees and also a pond before the green.

Regarding the three straight par 5s–you can make birdie on them all if you play it smart, as none are extremely long. Holes 4 and 6 are both under 500 yards, while hole 5 is just longer than 500 yards. I didn’t trust my driver and didn’t hit it great, and actually had big problems on hole 6 because of that, but I learned later on that if I just hit a hybrid down the middle, I could still make a birdie if I had a big second shot, too.

Hole 7 was a challenging par 4, playing about 430 yards from the tips. It’s straightaway, but if you go right or left, you’re in tree trouble, and bogey is likely. The front 9 raps up with two nice par 3s, which I was able to par both of.

The back 9 starts with a pretty simple par 4 that’s a dogleg right, but with not much tree trouble to worry about. Hole 12 can be birdied, as it’s another straight par 5 with tree trouble on the right, but I was in the trees and still almost made birdie. Hole 13 is a 152 yard par 3 over water that can be daunting into the wind, but there wasn’t much wind the day I played. I actually almost aced the hole and had a tap-in birdie, and David had a remarkable scramble with a nice chip and long putt for par. Hole 15 is another challenging hole, a dogleg right with tree trouble right. I was in the trees again and made bogey.

Hole 16 is another nice looking par 3, with water short and right. David made a nice birdie and I made an up-and-down par, before we headed off to the par 5 17th, and then wrapped up with the straightaway par 4 18th hole.

It’s a course that you can go low on if you play well, but I can see it being a lot tougher when it’s windy. I was impressed with the speed of the greens and the trueness of putts, as well as the overall maintenance of the course. Only a 2 hour, 15 min drive from Lincoln, it’s well-worth the drive for a day on the course.

 

Contact Info:

314 W. 18th Ave.
Holdrege, NE 68949

Phone: (308) 995-5744