Holmes Golf Course

The next stop on the 2019 Early Break Golf Course Tour is another Lincoln public course, Holmes Golf Course! Holmes is another one I’ve been pretty familiar with over the years with various high school tournaments out there, so I always know where I’m going when I’m there, but there’s always various challenges that rise up no matter what.

Holmes starts out with a dogleg left par 5 that has OB way left, and tree trouble right. You can clear the tree trouble with a big drive, though, and have it funnel back toward the fairway. After that, you can go for the green, but it’s protected by a bunker on the left, so go for it at your own risk. Hole 2 goes back up the hill with a slight dogleg left, protected by bunkers again. Hole 3 is a nice mid-range par 3 protected by bunkers, but you can still roll one up there if you mishit it.

Hole 4 is a fun downhill dogleg right par 4. The green is protected by a massive tree, but if you hit your teeshot high enough and far enough, it is drivable, but it comes at your own risk of hitting a tree and having no second shot, or being right in the greenside bunker on the right side of the green. Hole 5 heads back up the hill and if you’re right, you’re dead—if you’re trying to go for the par 4 in two shots. Par is always a good score on 5. Hole 6 heads back down the hill toward Pioneers Blvd., with your teeshot protected both sides of the fairway by trees. Hole 7 heads back up the hill to a blind area, but if you hit your ball straight, you should have a good chance of getting on the green for a birdie.

Hole 8 is a slight dogleg right par 5 that is downhill, so if you bomb a drive, you can easily go for the green in 2, depending on how strong the wind is. If you can stay out of the small cluster of trees on the right side, you should be good. A birdie hole is followed up by what I view as one of the top 5 most challenging holes in Lincoln—-hole 9, an uphill par 3 that plays 235 yards from the tips, and that’s not including the slope or wind or uphill. I often have to hit a 3-wood or a hybrid to get there, and have birdied the hole only once or twice in my life.

The back 9 starts with a straightaway par 5 that you can birdie, followed by a dogleg left par 4 that has a bunker protecting the front left part of the green. Hole 12 is a scenic downhill par 3 that plays 190 yards from the tips, and once again is protected on the front and back by a bunker, to a very wide but narrow green. Hole 13 is a nice dogleg left par 4 that you can’t go right on, or else you’ll find yourself hacking out of a huge cluster of trees. Hole 14 is a straightaway par 3 that once again has a bunker protecting the left side of the green, and it always feels like it plays longer than what the scorecard says (170 from tips).


Hole 15 is a 90 degree dogleg right par 4 that big hitters can try to bomb over the bend to set up a second shot of 100 yards or so, but if you slice one too much, you’ll find yourself in trouble and in Holmes Lake. Hole 16 is another short dogleg right par 4 where right is dead, and you probably don’t need driver, but will need to hit a hybrid or long iron far enough to give yourself a shot at the green, as the trees seem to go forever on the right side.

Hole 17 is a downhill par 4 that has a creek at the bottom that usually makes you hit a hybrid or long iron on your teeshot to avoid getting close to the creek, and hole 18 is a challenging dogleg left par 5 that once again is protected by trees, but just yield birdies often, too.

The clubhouse was redone a few years ago and is beautiful, with plenty of room to host a post-round event get-together. With a nice driving range and putting green, too, Holmes is always worth your time.

Contact Info:

3701 S. 70th St.

Lincoln, NE 68506


Head Pro:   Scott Carlson