The Takeaway: The tale of two nines, the front nine features huge elevation changes before embarking on the mostly flat back nine. The closing holes on each side highlight the course while the thick rough will make you think you are auditioning for the U.S. Open. Grade B
Designer: William Langford and Theodore Moreau 1924
Phone Number: 402-391-3559
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Happy Hollow Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 1701 S 105th St, Omaha, Nebraska 68124 – UNITED STATES
What to Expect: Happy Hollow is a family country club in Omaha and is a classic example of the tale of two nines; the super hilly front nine followed by the nearly flat back nine. The front nine will draw natural comparisons to Omaha Country Club with the constant movement in terrain but OCC manages to execute it better overall with more compelling architecture, bunkering, and overall conditions. That being said, the front nine is still easily the more compelling side of the course to play with some dramatic shots. The course features a classic country club setting with grass encompassing the entire property and trees lining every hole so there is little question where you are asked to play your ball to. The impressive palatial clubhouse creates the backdrop for the closing hole of each nine and compliments the dramatic tee shots and approach shots those holes offer. If you have aspirations of playing in the U.S. Open, you can have your own lite version of it at Happy Hollow each time you leave the fairway and find the thick rough that compares with what you contend with at Winged Foot and Bethpage Black, so keeping it in the short grass is imperative. In the end, Happy Hollow is a solid offering but struggles to stand out among the best courses in Nebraska; especially considering how impressive golf has become in the Cornhusker State since Sand Hills burst onto the scene in 1995 and introduced the world to the fantastic terrain and sandy soil available there.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 445 Yard Par 4 –
Best Par 3: 8th Hole – 230 Yards –
Best Par 4: 7th Hole – 333 Yards –
Best Par 5: 12th Hole – 551 Yards –
Birdie Time: 5th Hole – 474 Yard Par 5 –
Bogey Beware: 2nd Hole – 446 Yard Par 4 –