Sand Hills Golf Club Hole by Hole - 1st Hole

Sand Hills Golf Club, Nebraska

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Hole 1 at Sand Hills Golf Club is a 549-yard par 5 with a slight dogleg left. From the championship tees, it plays as a 14 handicap hole. The fairway width measures 72 yards and the green area has 8014 sq feet of space to work with. There are five bunkers scattered around the hole, but only one on the green itself, accounting for 1% of total bunkers on this hole.

Golfers should be mindful that local weather can play an important role in their strategy here: during summer months when temperatures are higher and humidity levels rise, golfers may experience more roll off from their tee shots due to softer turf conditions; while winds coming off nearby Lake Mullen can make club selection difficult in spring and fall seasons. For players hitting from the championship tees, they will likely need two long shots (driver/fairway wood) followed by an approach shot with either a 7 iron or pitching wedge depending on how far down the fairway they land after their second shot.

Teebox type: Championship

Par: 5

Distance: 549 yards

Handicap: 14

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Slight dogleg

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Some fairway bunkers, with the majority (51%) strategically placed around the area.

Club Recommendations

The long par 5 is reachable in two shots for longer hitters, but golfers should be aware of the five bunkers scattered around the hole. When approaching their second shot, they should aim to stay left and away from these hazards; this will open up more green area for their approach and give them a better chance at attacking the pin with their third shot.

When playing from the fairway or rough, golfers should consider using a hybrid club instead of a long iron as it can help them control distance better and keep their ball on target. The green itself is relatively large (8014 sq feet) so players have some room to work with when attacking pins. However, there is one bunker on the green that they must avoid if possible, so accuracy here is key. Finally, when putting on this hole it’s important to read your line carefully - due to its size any break may not be immediately apparent until you are standing over your putt!

"The most important shot in golf is the next one."
- Ben Hogan

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