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Dismal River Club Opens in Nebraska


On August 5, Jack Nicklaus will be in Mullen, Neb., for the opening of his 250th golf course design. The first 18 holes at Dismal River Club occupy a stretch of the Nebraska Sandhills. Though located thousands of miles from either the Pacific or Atlantic oceans, the rolling, grass-covered dunes accurately mimic the seaside links of Scotland and Ireland.

Dismal River is as unique as it is traditional, as minimalistic as it is cutting edge. With his pick of any of the property’s 2,900 acres, Jack chose the best 400 acres as the site for his first course in the state of Nebraska.

“The experience of arriving at the Dismal River site was like stepping back in time and seeing what the dunes of Northeast Scotland must have looked like a hundred years ago,” the Golden Bear said. “In every direction I looked, I saw great golf holes.”

Nebraska is the 38th state in which Nicklaus Design is represented, and Dismal River becomes Jack’s 208th solo design to go along with 30 co-designs and 12 re-designs. “We are extremely proud that Dismal River represents my 250th design,” Nicklaus added. “And I say ‘we’ because every design I have been involved in, even as a solo designer, was a collaborative effort between dedicated owners and a talented group of design associates and support personnel we have assembled at Nicklaus Design. We are also very proud of Dismal River. In this case the team consisted of Nicklaus Design, a passionate group of owners, and a lot of Mother Nature.”

Dismal River features a private 18-hole links-style layout that measures 7,600 yards from the tips and 6,700 yards from the member tees. Amenities include an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a “saloon” lounge, four bowling lanes, hunting and golf simulators, card room, pool tables, and a wine room. Fishing will be available during all summer months in either the Dismal River or one of the club’s four stocked ponds on the property. Upland hunting is available after the golf season.

Lodging is available on-site in early Settler-style cabins overlooking the Dismal River. Over 90 percent of the planned lots, which over look freshwater ponds and enjoy endless vistas of the Sandhills, are already sold. To enhance the secluded feel and pure golf experience, players will notice that all vertical structures, including the clubhouse, cabins, and houses are hidden from the course.

Future plans at Dismal River include a second 18-hole course, a nine-hole short course, an Italian restaurant, a spa and wellness center, and general store. On-site lodging will include 160 beds broken up into single-, 2-bed, 4-bed, and 8-bed cabins.

“I think our current and future members will be impressed with the amenities we have assembled at Dismal River, and it all begins with and revolves around our Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course,” said managing partner Bill Martin, one of the six Denver-based owners. “We are excited and proud to see what is coming to reality at Dismal River. To look back at what our dream and vision was a few years ago, and to see that dream taking shape, is a special and gratifying feeling to the partners and everyone involved.”

For additional information on Dismal River, call 308/546-2900 or visit www.dismalriver.com.