Highlands Golf course is located as far north in Lincoln as you can get without going outside the city limits. This course is by far my most favorite public course, and would most definitely rank on my top 5 courses in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. This course was built in 1993, and was the last public course in Lincoln to be built this far. And personally, I don’t think they will ever build a new course. This course is a championship length course playing 7021 yards from the gold tees (championship tees). A more reasonable tee to play from if you are a player who is looking for a challenge but you aren’t ready for that long of a course is the black tees. The black tees stretch out to a more manageable 6523.
This course is the closest you can get to links style of golf in Lincoln. There are minimal trees throughout the course but this course provides you with a lot of the other attributes of a links course. It showcases hills, and lots of long grass to add a links feel. This course due to the limited amount of trees is usually very windy. Which can wisp you away to a course on the coast of Europe. I would recommend to play this course during the early spring or the late fall if you are really looking for a course to play that is as comparable to St. Andrews. If you play at this time, it is usually a bit windy, and the fairways and greens are pretty firm and fast. It provides a fun day of golf with a new type of challenge you can’t always experience.
This course is definitely one of my favorites and I have played it many times. My lowest score at this course is a +2, 74. I actually finished my round eagle, birdie, birdie to shoot a 34 on the front nine. Some tips when playing this course is make sure you can hit a low ball off the tee. Wind can be a major problem at this course if you don’t know how to correctly play in it. Also stay out of the tall grass. That seems to be a really obvious tip. But I have played this course for leisure, and in competition and the one thing I hate is hitting into long grass that isn’t marked as hazard, and not finding my ball. It is very hard to find a ball that has crept into the long grass at this course. And it is even harder to play out of it due to the thickness and length of the grass. Other than that, stay out of the bunkers, stay in the short grass, and have a blast at this wonderful course in North Lincoln.