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#31 Chanceman

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 10:13 PM

View Postschley, on 25 April 2018 - 09:31 AM, said:

I wrote my letter this year and didn't get communicated back to, thus missed out.  However, congrats to those that did and enjoy.
How long do they normally take to respond? Is no response the usual way they reject you? Or do they advise you if you missed out?


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 10:37 PM

View PostChanceman, on 26 April 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

View Postschley, on 25 April 2018 - 09:31 AM, said:

I wrote my letter this year and didn't get communicated back to, thus missed out.  However, congrats to those that did and enjoy.
How long do they normally take to respond? Is no response the usual way they reject you? Or do they advise you if you missed out?

I have heard of people waiting 9 months for a response. They have a very small group of members and finding one to sponsor write-ins may take a while
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Posted 27 April 2018 - 12:36 AM

Have a great time (hard not to).  You might be underwhelmed by the rooms and driving range...don't spend 5 seconds thinking about either (the range is just to hit a few warm up balls...you will play so much golf that the last thing you'll need is range time, and the lodging gets the job done but won't make you think you are at a Four Seasons...who cares?).  Try to play a variety of tees (should be no problem, as you will play many holes during your stay).  Have a bloody Mary before you tee off.  Pack some beers so you stay hydrated.  Don't be afraid to take an aggressive line off the tee on #1 (same for #16).  Take a look at the view beyond the second green....it is awesome to look at the expanse.  Be happy with a par on 13, and enjoy the sublime 14th.  Be nice to everyone (duh).  Avoid the Super 8 in North Platte (one of the worst places I've ever stayed).  Even if you are usually a walker (like me), be prepared to take a cart most of the time.  Try to drive 7 and 8 at least once.  If you have time, try to check out the "old" tee on 17.  Eat plenty of unhealthy burgers/steaks...you aren't there to skip the good stuff.  Enjoy and take lots of pictures!  Play until "closing time"...great late day memories.  My son on 14th tee late in the day...you can just tell how relaxed the vibe is.  



Close to our last hole of the day.



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Posted 27 April 2018 - 06:43 AM

View PostStetson, on 26 April 2018 - 10:37 PM, said:

View PostChanceman, on 26 April 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

View Postschley, on 25 April 2018 - 09:31 AM, said:

I wrote my letter this year and didn't get communicated back to, thus missed out.  However, congrats to those that did and enjoy.
How long do they normally take to respond? Is no response the usual way they reject you? Or do they advise you if you missed out?

I have heard of people waiting 9 months for a response. They have a very small group of members and finding one to sponsor write-ins may take a while

Great news!  So your telling me there's a chance?????   haha

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 06:55 AM

View Postcarrera, on 27 April 2018 - 12:36 AM, said:

Have a great time (hard not to).  You might be underwhelmed by the rooms and driving range...don't spend 5 seconds thinking about either (the range is just to hit a few warm up balls...you will play so much golf that the last thing you'll need is range time, and the lodging gets the job done but won't make you think you are at a Four Seasons...who cares?).  Try to play a variety of tees (should be no problem, as you will play many holes during your stay).  Have a bloody Mary before you tee off.  Pack some beers so you stay hydrated.  Don't be afraid to take an aggressive line off the tee on #1 (same for #16).  Take a look at the view beyond the second green....it is awesome to look at the expanse.  Be happy with a par on 13, and enjoy the sublime 14th.  Be nice to everyone (duh).  Avoid the Super 8 in North Platte (one of the worst places I've ever stayed).  Even if you are usually a walker (like me), be prepared to take a cart most of the time.  Try to drive 7 and 8 at least once.  If you have time, try to check out the "old" tee on 17.  Eat plenty of unhealthy burgers/steaks...you aren't there to skip the good stuff.  Enjoy and take lots of pictures!  Play until "closing time"...great late day memories.  My son on 14th tee late in the day...you can just tell how relaxed the vibe is.  



Close to our last hole of the day.



Interesting comment about walking.  I've done a lot of walking out there and never had a problem.  There's some elevation change but I find Sand Hills to be a great walking course.

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Posted 27 April 2018 - 08:07 AM

Agree that it is very walkable, once you get a lift to the course that is.
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Posted 27 April 2018 - 10:14 AM

My cart comment was more from the standpoint of 1) getting the greatest number of holes in each day 2) the times I've been there, most other groups were in carts, so walkers might feel a bit of pressure with faster groups behind them  3) transporting beer/water  4) while not a difficult walk, I wouldn't consider it an "easy" walk.  Especially for the number of holes you would expect to play.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 07:48 PM

It’s the greatest place for Golf. It cannot be described, it needs to be experienced. Common golf/ human etiquette rules apply. Play fast, treat people with respect, treat the property with respect.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 09:07 PM

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Itís the greatest place for Golf. It cannot be described, it needs to be experienced. Common golf/ human etiquette rules apply. Play fast, treat people with respect, treat the property with respect.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 05:13 PM

I have been very lucky to have played/worked at some of the top clubs in the world and I will have to say that Sand Hills is the best golf experience out there. From the time you arrive down the long driveway you are in awe!! The entire place is perfectly done from the cabins to the club house. Once you leave the club house you will be on your way to the best golf course I have ever played. I suggest walking your first round with caddies so you can get a feel for the whole place. It is a VERY easy walk and the caddies are great kids. Bens Porch is the best halfway house in golf and make sure you have a burger between rounds as you will not be disappointed. I hope the wind picks up for you for a few rounds out there so you get the total experience.  I get more jealous when I hear people are playing Sand Hills than Augusta.​  Have a great trip!


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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:28 PM

View Postcarrera, on 27 April 2018 - 10:14 AM, said:

My cart comment was more from the standpoint of 1) getting the greatest number of holes in each day 2) the times I've been there, most other groups were in carts, so walkers might feel a bit of pressure with faster groups behind them  3) transporting beer/water  4) while not a difficult walk, I wouldn't consider it an "easy" walk.  Especially for the number of holes you would expect to play.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 06:22 AM

I can not wait to get out there! The group is officially all booked now we all just have to wait a month! Game is rounding into form here which is always a bonus!

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:39 PM

Bit of a random question and I assume yes but are yardage books available at SH?

Edited by PThomas, 17 May 2018 - 12:39 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:18 PM

Yes they are
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 01:30 PM

View PostStetson, on 17 May 2018 - 01:18 PM, said:

Yes they are

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 06:20 PM

FYI got a response last week, that we weren't selected to play this year due to not enough slots for non members.  It was 2 1/2 months FYI from the time I sent the letter.  Try again next year.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 12:01 PM

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Place was beautiful for opening weekend..... this place just executes everything so effortlessly and professionally

The members and staff are pure class! Counting the days to go back already

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 12:38 PM

Did you whiff on the tee shot... ball is still on the tee.  JK  I mean given the view can total understand if you did =)

Edited by CDM, 29 May 2018 - 12:38 PM.


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 12:54 PM

I will recognize a photo of the 18th tee anytime I come across it for the rest of my life lol


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 02:38 PM

Reading this thread makes me want to play this course so badly. I'd definitely sell a kidney for that chance to play such an incredible course!


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 10:51 AM

Thanks everyone for sharing pictures! OP you are fortunate to have gotten on, hope someday I can make the trip!
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:50 PM

View PostCDM, on 29 May 2018 - 12:38 PM, said:

Did you whiff on the tee shot... ball is still on the tee.  JK  I mean given the view can total understand if you did =)

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:08 AM

Back from the trip..... All I can say is WOW! I am very busy at work this week, but I should have some pictures and a little write up about the whole experience up next week sometime. It was amazing!

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:20 AM

Looking forward to it OP!!

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:52 AM

If any of you enjoy podcasts, I implore you to check out Episode #52 of the Fried Egg feat. Kyle Hegland (Sand Hills Superintendent). He talks candidly about the course, architecture, maintenance goals, maintenance challenges, Crenshaw & Coore, etc.

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 07:42 PM

Just back home after 72 holes over two days at SHGC.  I re-read my post above and would only add one suggestion:  at the end of the day, make a stop at Tire Iron Hill, the name given to a spot where I believe Coore and Crenshaw looked over the property with Dick Youngscap.  Very cool view and we were able to take some great pictures of our group (two of my boys were with me).  Here is a video I made from that spot:



One other video that shows the great conditions we experienced - mid-upper 80's, light breeze and of course just an amazing setting.  Was fun watching my boys drive.  With them in mind we played a lot of the diamond tees, which really make it a different course (especially on holes like 2, 4, 5 - the tee behind 4 green).   Middle son drove it on 5 from the regular back tee...this is him on #11.



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Posted 24 July 2018 - 11:17 AM

I had the opportunity to play SH with a buddy of mine thanks to a very special invite from a member who is also frequent contributor here on GolfWRX.  All I can say is that the weekend was an experience I will never forget and I'm eternally grateful for the invite!

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 11:54 AM

Was fortunate enough to get out there for 72 holes two weeks ago. The entire experience from start to finish was second to none and will be a lasting memory.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 03:12 PM

i hope one day im fortunate enough to play! would lovingly fly in from south america to do so!
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Posted 30 July 2018 - 03:44 PM

Can someone explain this letter writing process? When do you send the letter? Can my pro get me on?


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