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Wilderness Ridge Golf Course and Lodge

Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, NE

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Me and Greg (at least I wore Nebraska red)

The Stats

Tee Time: July 5 2014, 1:00, 91F, calm

Designer: Jim White (2001)

Playing Partners: Greg Ryan

Tees: Brown, Par 71 (72.6 rating/132 slope/6,518 yards)

Course Handicap: 9 (7.9 index)

Stats: 86 (44-42); 37 putts; 6/14 fairways; 7/18 greens; 1 penalty stroke

The Course

It’s nice to make some headway in the Midwest as I spent my Independence Day weekend in the lovely city of Omaha, Nebraska. Yes, it is a real place, not just some word Peyton Manning made up during the football season to bark out plays and drive everyone watching on TV crazy. An hour or so south is Lincoln, the capital and home of the Cornhuskers. When the football team plays a home game, Memorial Stadium actually becomes the 3rd most populated city in the entire state. My friend found that hard to believe. I found it hard to believe that Nebraska is so hilly. Actually, there is very little I did know about Nebraska other than I have an ex-girlfriend from there. It’s one of the few states that I hadn’t even set foot in. They sometimes get tornados, feed America and apparently feature some good golf. I was skeptical about spending my hard-earned 3-day weekend in a cornfield, but the Cornhusker State came highly recommended by Rick Grimes…  (note: this Walking Dead clip contains some violence, like all Walking Dead clips, so skip ahead if you’re reading this during story-time with the kids)

The premiere course that gets all the love in Nebraska is the Prairie Club in Valentine, but that’s about four hours from Omaha. Given that I was only in town for 48 hours it wasn’t workable. Luckily, Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln is a nice spot to play, too. It hosted, and maybe still does, I’m not sure, Nebraska’s golf teams. And it has one heck of a lodge, built big and tall with logs and ten-foot-high entry doors engraved with wildlife scenery. Continue reading