Beatrice Country Club

The fifth stop of the 2019 Early Break Golf Tour is my hometown course, the Beatrice Country Club. I grew up playing this course from elementary through high school, and go back often to play it every spring and summer since I graduated high school. Many refer to it as the hidden gem in southeast Nebraska—I’d argue it’s a hidden gem of the entire state.

BCC has really improved its image from an optics viewpoint over the past few years. When you arrive, you’ll see a nice plaque on the way to the clubhouse, and you’ll see a beautiful new covered patio, which is a huge upgrade over the previous deck that got fried in the sun and in need of constant staining with no cover for it. They also revamped the pool this winter and it looks fantastic, as it sits behind the tee shots of hole 1 and 10, and by the green of 9 and 18.

 

That’s not the only new thing at BCC–the driving range was completely redone this past offseason and it’s full of visual targets to aim at, compared to what it was in the past. Pair that up with a massive putting green, and you have great warm-up facilities for your round.

The golf course is the real treat, obviously. The grass is luscious, and the fairways and greens couldn’t be in better condition. The greens are rolling so true with few bumps and nice speed. You’ll be able to make plenty of putts if your flatstick gets the speed of the greens figured out early.

Hole 1 is an intimidating tee shot, as it’s tree-lined on both sides of the fairway, and there is a pond near the left side of the green. Holes 2 and 3 are also tree-lined but not overly long, so if the driver isn’t accurate, many opt to hit a shorter club to keep the ball in play. Hole 4 is a brutally long par 5 that plays 607 yards from the tips and often times is into the wind, with out of bounds right and hazard left. Hole 5 is a recently renovated short par 3 that is more intimidating than in the past, as the course tore out tall fescue/hazard and instead put in a large pond.

Hole 6 is the signature hole of the course, as a pond lines the entire right side of the teeing area. It can be a driveable par 4 if the wind is helping, but you’re risking putting your tee-shot in the water if you do so. Hole 7 is a challenging hole with trouble again–out of bounds right and hazard left, with another pond by the left side of the green. Hole 8 is a monster par 3 uphill, where par feels like birdie. However, you can bounce right back with a slight dogleg right that is a short par 5 where a birdie is very attainable.

The back 9 starts with a par 4 with OB left and a pond in front of the right side of the green. After the downhill par 3 11th, you’ll need to be accurate with a hybrid or iron on the dogleg left par 4 12th, with a well-protected green awaiting your approach shot. Hole 13 has a huge two-tiered green that sits just beyond a creek. After the long par 5 14th, the course starts opening up again for holes 15 through 17, and then hole 18 finishes with a dogleg right that has OB left and tons of trees on the right.

Beatrice Country Club is a must play for any avid golfer. Just 45 minutes south of Lincoln, it’s a place you’ll want to play often after playing it your first time.

 

Contact Info:

1301 Oak Street

Beatrice, NE 68310

 

Phone: (402) 223-2710

www.beatricecc.com

 

Head Pro:  Seth Ray

The AP predicts Eric Crouch will make the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame inductee list…Jake again wonders why it has taken so long

-As Jake said last year, there’s no reason for any Heisman winner to not be in the College Football Hall of Fame. To spend 25% of your career as the best player in the sport and not be in the hall is a shame. Rashaan Salaam, Carson Palmer, and Crouch are all former Heisman winners waiting to get in.

Parker Gabriel (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple

-What will happen with Maurice Washington following his most recent run in with the law?

-How important/valuable are the Friday Night Lights camps in getting commits to Nebraska?

-What sticks out to you regarding the new B1G bowl games this season?

Back to Maurice Washington…it’s back to the same conversation as we were having with Dedrick Mills…what’s the running game like without one of those guys back there?

-We don’t know what’s going to happen to Washington, but Tuesday’s news didn’t help anything out. We panicked when Mills’ status was up in the air, and partied when we learned he was eligible and likely would team up with Washington to form a dynamic backfield. Now, once again, that’s up in the air

-How much of a difference does the season projection change if the two backs aren’t here and it’s just one of them?

Heritage Hills

The fourth stop on the 2019 Early Break Golf Tour takes us out to Heritage Hills in McCook! I had the pleasure of playing with one of the board members and the manager of the pro shop (Kelvin), and he was an absolute treat, and a fantastic host. McCook is 3.5 hours away from Lincoln, but it was well worth the drive to play this links-style course.

There was a big pro-am in the weekend following the day I went out there, so the course was in excellent condition. When you drive up to Heritage Hills, you notice extreme elevation on many of the teeboxes to the fairways/greens. There’s also lots of fescue, a typical sign of a good links course. The fescue comes into play on a majority of the holes in some fashion–especially on the back 9. Hitting a ball into that stuff can turn a great round into a disappointing round quickly—I know because it happened to me.

The front 9 is the scoring 9 holes at Heritage Hills. Both sides are par 36, but from the tips (blue tees), the front 9 plays 3,379 yards, and the back 9 plays 3,752 yards. That’s quite a difference for both sides to have the same par, so you’ll need to take advantage of the front to give some padding for surely a higher score on the back. Hole 1 is an elevated tee shot into a valley, as your second shot goes back up to the green. Many holes at Heritage Hills are ‘target golf’—you can’t really see the green, you’re just aiming to a part of the green or to the top of the flag if you can see it. Kelvin drove up to the green often from where my ball was so I could get a good idea of where I needed to hit my approaches.

Hole 6 is a redesigned par 4. The course was built in 1981, but there was some renovation in 2013, and hole 6 went from being a dogleg left par 4 to a straightaway, slightly downhill par 4 that is drivable if you’re risky, but that can get you in trouble in fescue left if you don’t hit it straight. Hole 7 is a nice short par 3 that gives up many birdies, but it’s followed by two straight difficult holes; hole 8 is a long, uphill par 5, and hole 9 is a tough, uphill par 4.

Hole 10 is an uphill, dogleg left, followed by hole 11, which many view as a signature hole on the course, with fairway bunkers in the landing area on another dogleg left. I hit a big drive on hole 13, but pulled it left and lost it in the fescue; one of many times that happened on the back 9. 13 is another hole with an elevated teebox going to a valley, but with a second shot that goes way back uphill. Hole 14 is a monster par 5, playing 616 yards from the tips, and it ends uphill. Hole 15 is another challenging hole, another dogleg left with fairway bunkers and playing 454 yards from the tips.  The course finishes up with a fair but challenging par 5 17th hole, and hole 18 is an uphill dogleg left that certainly brings birdie into play to close.

I enjoyed my time at Heritage Hills, despite struggling on the back 9. The views are great, the people are helpful and inviting, and the greens were rolling perfectly. There are many different ways to get good deals there: Get a discounted rate with the Nebraska Golf Passport; check out the Play the West Tour; or visit their website for more info. On Thursdays, you can play 18 holes with a cart for only $30! And it’s well worth it. Also, you can play 18 holes with a cart and get a hotel room for only $90 total—call the clubhouse for more info. Get out west today to Heritage Hills in McCook!

 

Contact Info:

6000 Clubhouse Dr.

McCook, NE 69001

 

(308) 345-5032

www.heritagehillsmccook.com

 

Head Pro:  Bobby Gaulke

Sip & Jake unveil their favorite baseball players of all time

-Going off of the Shut Up Sipple trivia, Jake and Sip discuss who their favorite baseball players were: Jim Thome for Jake, and Reggie Jackson for Sip

Do you have any doubts in Bill Moos to land a solid new head baseball coach?

-What a time for Bill Moos; he comes to Lincoln and lands Scott Frost and Fred Hoiberg, and now has a chance to make a final stamp on his time here by landing a baseball coach to replace Darin Erstad. He liked Erstad and wanted to keep him around, but that’s where we go now. Do you have any doubts that he will land a top-notch coach?

-Moos told the Lincoln Journal Star that he prefers a coach that has Power 5 experience as a head coach…that doesn’t sound like Will Bolt, then. Will there be any exceptions?

The 2019 Early Break Golf Tour rolls on with….Heritage Hills in McCook!

-Jake had the chance to play Heritage Hills in McCook last week with board member Kelvin out there…what were his thoughts and impressions on the course?

-Also, SONG OF THE DAY:

There’s a new commissioner in the B1G: Minnesota Vikings CEO Kevin Warren will replace Jim Delany

-Many people thought Northwestern AD Jim Phillips would be the next man in line to replace Delaney, but Warren was named as kind of a surprise choice to replace him yesterday, and will be introduced today as the new commissioner of the conference

-Warren has worked in the NFL in 20 of the past 23 years and will be the first African-American commissioner of a Power 5 conference

-What can he do in Delany’s footsteps?

In a surprise move to many, Darin Erstad steps down as Husker baseball head coach

-Erstad told reporters Monday night that he informed the team when they returned back from Oklahoma City that he was going to step down as head coach, so he could spend more time with his kids as they grow up

-Sip had just talked to Bill Moos recently and said he was a big fan of Erstad and that he was going nowhere unless he wanted to, so he left on his own terms; keep in mind, Nebraska was just one out away from making the regional final in OKC before the unfortunate 3-run HR and then the blowout loss to UConn that followed the next day

-Where does Nebraska go from here? Rob Childress? Will Bolt? Sorensen’s ideal hire of former Oregon State coach Pat Casey seems unlikely…anyone else that comes to mind that might get the job? How attractive is this job?

Final thoughts on Husker baseball today / NBA Finals Game 1 recap

  • Will Nebraska get off to a good start and get the win against UConn or go to the loser’s bracket off the bat?
  • Also, entertaining Game 1 in the NBA Finals…how about Pascal Siakam?! More thoughts on the series..

Chris Basnett (Lincoln Journal Star) / Shut Up Sipple

  • Nebraska opts to start lefty Nate Fisher today instead of Matt Waldron against UConn…why make this move and how do you feel about Nebraska’s chances in the regional?
  • What would be considered a success for Nebraska in the regional?
  • Isaiah Roby officially going to the NBA Draft…will he for sure be drafted, and can he contribute immediately in the league?