Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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State golf association unveils ‘Dream 18’

Wild Horse hole 15 included.

OMAHA—The Nebraska Golf Association has unveiled Nebraska’s Dream 18—the West Course.

The Dream 18 recognizes the most challenging holes at public and private golf courses west of Highway 81.

The Dream 18 West Course has no more than one hole from any club with the exception of The Prairie Club near Valentine, which has a hole from two of its three courses.

The Dream 18 is a par 72, with total yardage of 7,158 yards. The collection of holes includes four par 3s, four par 5s and 10 par 4s.

Hole No. 15 at Wild Horse Golf Club is included in the list.

Craig Ames, executive director of the Nebraska Golf Association, said the holes were chosen after discussions with veteran golfers throughout the western portion of the state.

“Great golf holes are found throughout Nebraska,” Ames said. “They can be found in larger communities and smaller ones. We even have a hole chosen from a nine-hole course, which demonstrates that golfers can have a memorable experience golfing almost anywhere in our state.

The holes selected seem to stand out for their difficulty, their design and their beauty, Ames said.

“It begins with the tremendous par 5 opening hole at Sand Hills in Mullen and ends with the always challenging par 5 18th hole at Lochland Country Club in Hastings. There were many other holes considered for the Dream 18 but we feel these are the best of the best.”

The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of members of public and private clubs and municipal or regional golf associations and military installations which use an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA.

The Nebraska Golf Association conducts a number of golf tournaments each year including 10 state championships.

A feature story and proposed course layout of the Dream 18 West Course holes will appear in the summer issue of Nebraska Golfer, the NGA’s official publication.