Prairie Dunes Country Club

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

in

Yards

437

161

355

168

434

394

513

422

425

3309

185

452

390

397

363

200

415

500

382

3284

6593

Hndcp

7

15

13

17

3

11

9

1

5

16

2

8

10

12

18

4

6

14

Par

4

3

4

3

4

4

5

4

4

35

3

4

4

4

4

3

4

5

4

35

70

Prairie Dunes: A lost treasure because of its location in the Midwest in Hutchinson, Kansas, this little jewel of a course calls for skill and craftiness rather than brute force. At 6,593 yards par-70 it is known as the St. Andrews of the prairies. The original nine holes were designed by the knowing Perry Maxwell and the concluding nine by his son Press Maxwell. Opened in 1937 as a playground for the Emerson Carey family, it has been called the country's most unusual great course and even compared to Augusta National in classic quality. When the wind is up and in Kansas that's a lot, the course can be especially difficult. The Bermuda fairways are tight with lots of doglegs. The roughs are filled with brambles, plum thickets and deep grass, but dotted with colorful wildflowers, Milkweed, Big Bluestem along with the occasional cottonwood tree. Yucca plants with long stiff leaves and woody stems grow in some of the 72 bunkers and other select places as a unique obstacle. The greens sometimes seem to rise from nowhere among the high sweeping dunes. Small and undulating, the severely humpbacked greens call for sensitivity and a steady hand. Nicklaus won the 1958 Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship without a round under 72. Obviously there are some testy holes. The 424-yard, Par-4 Eighth is one of the classic holes in America. Regarded by Sports Illustrated in 1966 as one of the greatest 18 in the world, it is a slowly rising; long rolling dogleg right with some impediments. Four dunes rise in the fairway where the drives normally land causing tact from the tee and composure on the approach. The oddly contoured green is protected on the right by four bunkers and on the left by one. Yucca plants dot the bunkers and there is a slow drop-off on the green. The Par-3 Tenth has been included among the 100 best holes in the world. In 1992 Golf Magazine rated Prairie Dunes as the 14th best in the world just behind Pinehurst #2, but due to a lack of accessibility and facilities the course has never been a stop on the Tour.  However in 2002 the LPGA played their Women's U.S. Open at this wonderful course and the event will return at a future date!


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