The Takeaway: Located just over 30 minutes from Omaha, ArborLinks enjoys a rural setting with a farming theme. While not being able to see the landing areas when playing from the tips gets old throughout the round, there are some proper holes to enjoy including the closer. Ultimately though, ArborLinks teeters on being a Top 10 course in Nebraska. Grade B
Designer: Arnold Palmer 2002
Phone Number: 402-873-4334
Course Website: Official Website - Visit ArborLinks's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 6038 H Rd, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Part of the Dormie Network, ArborLinks outside of Omaha features a farming theme that blends in with the surrounding environment that is decidedly agricultural. The private club sends a forecaddie out with each group and gives the option for players to either ride in a cart or walk the relatively tame terrain the course is laid out on. With the fescue type grass framing the exterior of the fairways, the course attempts to have a links look, but it doesn’t necessarily play like one given the grass type and turf base the course features. There is a solid variety of hole shapes and lengths to enjoy with the par fives standing out most, and interestingly the par threes don’t play very long which is unusual considering the course tips out over 7000 yards. The property is maintained in good shape with the greens running faster than most courses and puts a premium on the short game to be successful. While many players may not have frame of reference for Royal Isabella golf course in Puerto Rico, I was having flashbacks to the coastal course while playing ArborLinks; not because of the setting, but due to the views from the back tee. From the tips there are very few fairways where you can see the landing zone due to the overgrowth of foliage between the tee and the short grass which gets a bit tiresome and unnecessary. All in all, ArborLinks is a solid track. While it battles to lay claim to a spot in Nebraska’s Top 10 best courses, it proves to provide an enjoyable way to spend half a day.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 426 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 11th Hole – 139 Yards –
Best Par 4: 12th Hole – 425 Yards –
Best Par 5: 4th Hole – 550 Yards –
Birdie Time: 2nd Hole – 347 Yard Par 4 –
Bogey Beware: 9th Hole – 457 Yard Par 4 –