Periodically, this joltleft.com page will review area golf courses and recommend whether one should spend time and money on various golfing experiences throughout the Omaha Metro area. This is the first review- Bay Hills Golf Club in Plattsmouth, NE, just south of Omaha on Highway 75. Visit the following link to Bay Hills Golf Club’s site: http://www.bayhillsgolfclub.com/
The clubhouse: Nothing elaborate, Bay Hills’ clubhouse is comfy. There are a few items for purchase, but one would be better served going to an actual “golf” store for equipment, balls, clothes, etc. There is a kitchen, there are tables to eat, and there is Keno. A very average clubhouse in general.
The staff: The ownership seems to run everything- from the front desk to the kitchen, there are few employees. Everyone is friendly and accomodating. There doesn’t seem to be a staff of “marshalls” or golf course rangers, however. On the day I played, three consecutive twosomes held up the entire course and made for a long-ish day. The beverage cart was out, however, so one could at least have a refreshment when waiting became eminent.
The course: From the back tees, the course plays a little over 6,000 yards. The natural grasses and wooded areas keep golfers from cutting doglegs and being too aggressive, so the course plays a little longer than the yardage, but not much. Par 3s are generally short. Par 4s are all reachable in two, even if golfers don’t choose driver off the tee. There are short Par 5s and longer ones that require 3 shots because of angles or distance. Players have many good birdie opportunities if the right club is taken off the tee and the ball is kept in the fairway. A couple of holes provide nice views of the Missouri/Platte River valley, but the course is generally “average” aesthetically. Overall difficulty of the course is average for long hitters and short hitters alike. Strategy makes this course fun as one can try to bomb drives and hit wedges in or play for position and hit mid-to-long irons into average size greens.
Value: Golfnow.com offers tee times to the course as does the above link, www.bayhillsgolfclub.com. There are discounts at each of these sites, so one can select the best times to play and best values. Without the discounts, greens fees are reasonable with the most expensive rates being $39 to ride 18 on the weekend days before 1 p.m. Personally, I would not pay any more than $39 to ride 18 here, even during peak, weekend hours. The course is somewhat challenging and fun, but better values can be had around the area. Check out the club’s Web site for annual golf deals, too. New ownership has offered some specials on memberships which Plattsmouth natives should consider.