The Dunes Course | The Prairie Club
Welcome to the 8th hole on the Dunes Course at The Prairie Club. In discovering this challenging par 4, designers Tom Lehman and Chris Brands fell in love with both the natural low teeing ground and the open landing area. A gap would exist up the left side where an aggressive play gives a golfer the chance to score, and a conservative play avoids all bunkering. The problem lied in determining where to locate the green. Originally, a giant ridge stood to the north of the landing area. As Brands remembers, “I started laughing and said, ‘What if we cut this ridge out?’ They looked at me as if I was from outer space.” Thus birthed the renowned blowout-lined gap of Number 8 Dunes. Tee shots too far left or right on the 125-yard wide fairway will leave golfers a blind approach into the green. But not to worry. There are plenty of collection areas for shots gone sideways around the 12,000 plus square foot green. A green in regulation and two putts to secure par are a welcome score for any golfer on this number 1 handicap hole.
The Horse Course | The Prairie Club
Just a few steps from the Lodge, this short course with 10 holes takes the game of “h-o-r-s-e” to a whole new level. Designed by Gil Hanse, Geoff Shackelford, and Jim Wagner, the Horse Course is one of the first courses of its kind anywhere in the world. With dramatic undulating greens that give way to breathtaking blow-outs, this course will top off your day at The Prairie Club and is the geological equivalent of the phrase “double-or-nothing.” Bring a few wedges, a putter, and call your shot.
The Pines Course | The Prairie Club
The Pines Course is unique in its distinction as one of the top golf courses in the world. Designed by Graham Marsh, the Pines is the #90 Greatest Courses in America, by Golf Digest (2017). A semi-protected 18-hole championship golf course that meanders through the pines on the edge of the canyon rim, The Pines Course features four sets of tees ranging from 5345 to 7403 yards. The prevailing prairie winds are blocked by the western wall of the canyon and trees, making the warming sun and the canyon views stunningly beautiful.