Welcome to Sand Creek Station
The course plays on the town’s railroad history, and many holes are, as they say in Scotland, “hard by the cinders,” continuing a century’s old tradition of golf bordering railways. We have also recreated the famous Road Hole green on our 16th Hole, which once sat adjacent to a railway. Another replicates the famous “Redan” from North Berwick, Scotland. Other holes have characteristics of early American holes, which also fronted railways at one time. The 12th hole for example, is similar to the fourth at the National Golf Links of America, one of our early classics. The ninth features a small platform green; typical of early American courses while the green on the par 5 fourth has some wild contours, seldom built these days.
Despite playing on these old style characteristics, the course is thoroughly modern in other ways. The 10th is a long par 5 requiring negotiation of water on all three shots. The 18th is a long par 4 requiring a tee shot to a narrow fairway between flanking fairway bunkers. On the front nine, the long sixth may be the toughest hole.
The course will have an unlimited water source, so it can always be one of the best-maintained and greenest courses in Kansas. It has back tee yardage of more than 7200 yards, which, combined with the ever-present breeze and holes routed in a variety of direction, will make it one of the top challenges in the state. With five sets of tees, it will be negotiable by all golfers.
The course also makes use of the site’s best natural features, with holes 1, 2, 8 and 9 bordering Sand Creek itself. Great care was taken to utilize every existing tree to enhance golf holes strategy and character. Several ponds have been built to enhance aesthetics and a few influence play.
Sand Creek Station G.C. Hosted the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links
FEBRUARY 8, 2012 By USGA
A view of the 10th hole at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., which has been chosen by the USGA to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. (Mark Reimer/Visual Memories)
Far Hills, N.J. – Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., has been selected by the United States Golf Association to host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The dates of the championship are July 14-19.
“We are very excited about taking the Amateur Public Links Championship to Sand Creek Station,” said Bill McCarthy, director of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship for the USGA. “The golf course will present a terrific test for these elite players and I have no doubt that the city of Newton will roll out the red carpet to make it a great experience.”
“The city of Newton is honored to be selected to host an event of this caliber at Sand Creek Station,” said Ken Hall, mayor of the city of Newton, which owns Sand Creek Station. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the course and our community on a national stage, and we look forward to hosting some of the country’s best golfers in Newton.”
This will be the first USGA championship conducted at Sand Creek Station, which opened in 2006 and is managed by KemperSports. The course was designed by Jeffrey D. Brauer and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. It takes its name from the Sand Creek, which borders several holes, and the town’s history as a stop on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
The course hosted the 2008 and 2009 Wichita State University Ladies Fall Classic, and in 2012 it will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Division I National Championship and the Kansas Golf Association’s State Amateur Championship.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship was established in 1922 and is open to amateur golfers who are bona fide public-course players and have not held privileges of any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public, or privileges of any private club maintaining its own course, and have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.
The 2012 Amateur Public Links will be conducted July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah, while the 2013 championship will be conducted July 15-20 at Laurel Hill Golf Course in Lorton, Va.
About the USGA
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