The Drive: July 11th, 4pm

  • Lets take a look at our good friends to the east, the Iowa Hawkeyes
  • RED ALERT: Bubba Starling got the call to The Show
  • Curter has to watch “Friday Night Lights” OR ELSE

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

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

The Drive: May 23rd, 4pm

  • Athlon puts out All-Big ten projections
  • Darin Erstad calls the Big Ten conference a “meat-grinder”
  • Let’s just throw some FACTS at you: Nebraska is better than Iowa
  • PJ Fleck has a nice old man take for us

Early Break: Do you expect Nebraska to consistently start getting more 1st and 2nd round NFL picks under Scott Frost?

  • Looking at this year’s NFL Draft, 2 Iowa players (T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant) are expected to go in the first round, and they’ve had many players go in the first few rounds in recent years—as well as Wisconsin, and other schools in the East. Meanwhile, Nebraska has been struggling to get any more than 2-3 players drafted in many years, and the majority come in the later rounds of the draft
  • This comes back to development a lot, but also some recruiting. There is no reason why Iowa and Wisconsin should be getting so many players drafted so highly for how they recruit, yet they do. How quickly can that change at Nebraska?

Early Break: Husker baseball takes Sunday’s game against Iowa, but loses the series, including an epic implosion on Saturday

  • Nebraska wasted another excellent outing by Matt Waldon on Friday (7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6K), losing 3-2, and then imploded on Saturday, falling 17-9, before winning 3-2 on Sunday to avoid the sweep
  • Darin Erstad says his guys competed all 3 days, and they did..except for the last innings of Saturday’s game…do you still have major concerns about this team’s chances of doing anything in the postseason?

The Drive: March 27th, 2pm

  • Let’s talk some football!!!!!
  • SCOTT FROST WAS COMIN’ IN HOT TODAY
  • Tim to make fun of Iowa, who cancelled their Spring Game because they had to replace their turf and get a new drainage system
  • Eminem has a football take
  • Rico’s Reviews

The Drive: March 25th, 4pm

  • What is the most important thing for Fred Hoiberg (or whoever, I guess) to do when they get here?
  • I hate this TV sports guy from Iowa so much
  • What’s in the Box

The Drive: March 6th, 3pm

  • YES! Iowa fans are mad online!
  • Putting it all on Adrian Martinez
  • What’s Poppin (brought to you by Barney Insurance)

The Drive: February 27th, 2pm

  • Scott Frost has some things to say today at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
  • Fran McCaffery yells curse words at people, part 14,863
  • Alex Hornibrook has entered the transfer portal
  • Rico’s Reviews

Husker Afterparty Postgame Show: Iowa

  • Brett Kane, Connor Happer, and Michael Snow discuss Nebraska’s 31-28 loss to Iowa on Black Friday.

The Bret Kane Show w/ Michael Snow: November 21st, 5pm

  • Rico is here for the hour!
  • Nebraska-Iowa, what a win this weekend would mean
  • Weekend picks
  • Drunk Takes