Firethorn Country Club is a private golf club located on the eastern city limits of Lincoln. This course is a part of a very “fancy” country club and you can’t play the course without either being a member, or if a member has brought you as a guest. I have had the privilege of playing this course once, and I will be playing it once more in the spring of 2017. And one thing that I can say about this course is that it is a treat to play here. It is by far one of the best courses in all of Nebraska to play and definitely one of the most challenging.
Firethorn Country Club was built in 1986 and the course architect is the famous Pete Dye. Pete Dye is one of the most famous golf course architects in the entire world and has created a number of iconic golf courses that are played all around the United States. One of which is TPC Sawgrass, the home of the Players Championship. Pete Dye created this course to provide a challenge for beginners and professionals alike. With numerous trees, water hazards, and thick long-grass on every hole. And with the extremely fast, and undulating greens, any player will not find this course to be a walk in the park.
When I played this course I wasn’t very prepared for what was to come. I didn’t play very good and my experience at this course wasn’t the best. But I still have some helpful tips that can make your round at Firethorn more enjoyable. My first tip is make sure your ball stays in the fairway or extremely close to it. I know this seems a bit obvious, but the long grass and trees begin very near to the fairway. So a missed fairway can often lead to a lost ball. Another tip I have for playing this course is on short putts be very mindful of your speed. A over-hit 5 footer can often lead to another 5 footer or even more at this course.
I hope you take these tips to consideration and I hope that your experience at Firethorn is an enjoyable one. Not everyday do you get to play a course of this caliber and I know that when I get the rare chance of playing this gem of a course, I definitely take advantage of it.
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