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Books
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant And Irreverent Quotes, Notes, And Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
Current Reading
  • The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
    by Chris Millard
  • The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    by Dan Washburn
  • The Early Days of Pinehurst
    The Early Days of Pinehurst
    by Chris Buie
  • Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    by Bill Fields
  • The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    by Gil Capps
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    by Dan Jenkins
Classics
  • Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    by Geo. C. Thomas
  • The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    Treewolf Prod
  • Reminiscences Of The Links
    Reminiscences Of The Links
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast, Richard C. Wolffe, Robert S. Trebus, Stuart F. Wolffe
  • Gleanings from the Wayside
    Gleanings from the Wayside
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast
  • Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darius Oliver
  • Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    by Darius Oliver
Writing And Videos
Wednesday
Nov022011

Horse Course Images By Robert Nelson

Thanks to Robert Nelson for sending in these fall, 2011 shots of the Horse Course at Prairie Club.

Wednesday
Jun012011

Prairie Club Revises Operations For Year Two

Tuesday
Nov092010

South Central Golfer Review

David Holland writes about the Prairie Club for South Central Golfer.

Wednesday
Jun302010

Prairie Club Review By Jim Frank

The former Golf Magazine editor writes about his visit.

Tuesday
Jun082010

"Schock Creates Golf Wonderland"

Martin Kaufman profiles the Prairie Club in this piece and founder Paul Schock in a companion story.


Friday
Mar192010

Fourth Course Announcement

Golf Course Industry has the most extensive story on the announcement of the fourth course design.

Martin Kaufmann at Golfweek.com broke the news.

Sunday
Nov302008

Prairie Club Website Up and Running...

Wednesday
Oct082008

Golf Digest On The Horse Course

Ron Whitten writes about the future of course design and includes this in his November, 2008 Golf Digest feature story:

With respect to Hanse, Doak and even Kidd, whose new Castle Course at St. Andrews likewise features free-form tees, none of their creations is as radical as Charlton's at Chambers Bay. His tees aren't conventional wide pads linked by undulations. His are narrow paths, where golfers have to search for a level lie. His intent is to aid average players in executing decent tee shots. Choose a slight uphill lie to get the ball airborne, a little downhill spot to keep it under the wind, or a sidehill slope to impart more hook or slice. It's a remarkably clever concept, but we suspect by the time the U.S. Open rolls around, the USGA will insist on lots of big, flat tee boxes for the pros.
Hanse has adapted the basic pick-your-lie concept on a new 10-hole par-3 course he's designing for The Prairie Club, a multiple-course project near Valentine, Neb. His layout will feature no tees, just expanded fairways with lots of dips and rolls in them. His idea is, each round will be based on the basketball game Horse, where the guy who wins the previous hole gets to chose the stance, lie and shot that must be attempted on the next hole. (To really integrate the idea into golf, Hanse ought to call his game Gorse.)
Friday
Oct032008

NY Times Travel On Valentine

Helen Olsson profiles a trip to Valentine, Nebraska and specifically the Niobrara River. There is also this slide show, including images of the Snake River Falls, Valentine National Wildlife Refuge and other scenes.

Monday
Sep292008

Omaha World Herald Story

Stu Pospisil offers this update on The Prairie Club for the Omaha World Herald.

Friday
Sep262008

Horse Course Routing Plan

Gil has cooked up a rendering of the Horse Course plan. Because it'll be up to the golfer with the honor to decide where to tee off, we offer yardages summarizing the range of distances possible:

1:  60-90 yards
2:  50-115 yards
3:  30-85 yards
4:  65-125 yards
5:  45-105 yards
6:  40-125 yards
7:  55-110 yards
8:  40-105 yards
9:  60-140 yards
10: 40-125 yards

Total: 485-1,125 yards

Click to enlarge:


Monday
Sep082008

More Horse Course Construction Photos

A few more images from August, 2008 of the Prairie Club's Horse Course.


2nd hole approach and green growing in. Approximate 100 yard hole depending on where you tee off, can be played with any club to a green with hints of the Old Course's 12th tiering.

4th tee view, far left tee. Approximately 115 yards.

 View from the rear 10th tee, 105 yards playing over the 9th green. Other teeing options are to the right, green is set between bunkering.

5th tee view. Green sits on other side of bunker "blowout" with yardage ranging from 50-105 yards depending on tee and hole placement

1st hole tee view, far left side option. Tee is very large and angle/distance options are greatly varied.


Wednesday
Jul302008

The Making Of The Horse Course, Vol. 1

This is my first "video diary" of the project. You can view a slightly larger version here, or just hit play below.
The Making of the Horse Course Vol. 1 from Geoff Shackelford on Vimeo.
Monday
Jul142008

The Prairie Club's Short Course Is Under Construction!

Six years after our first visit to Valentine, Nebraska, we've begun construction of a 10-hole short course at The Prairie Club. You can get the full story on the development in this Wade Merry piece from the Argus Leader.

In the coming months I'll be posting photos, updates and some "video diaries" on the design and construction of "The Horse Course."

In the meantime, here are a few images of it in the early stages of construction and prior to seeding. Click on the images to enlarge...


First tee view of green 85 yards away, prior to seeding (click to enlarge image)


Approach to 2nd green prior to seeding (click to enlarge)


View from left 4th tee, green site rough shaped in (click to enlarge)


Rear view of 4th looking back toward tee (click to enlarge)


View from picnic spot behind 4th green (click to enlarge)


View of the 9th green from tee approximate 70 yards away, (click to enlarge)


View of 10th green and bunkers from 9th green, prior to seeding (click to enlarge)