The 12 Best Private Golf Clubs in the U.S., From California to South Carolina

Just miles from downtown Omaha, Lost Rail is testament to Nebraska’s climbing golf relevance. The state has seen other world-class courses like the Landmand emerge recently. Designed by Scott Hoffman, Lost Rail is pure golf across 7,200 yards (par 71) with 30-second walks from green to tee. There are neither homes nor roads across its 155 acres, and the small, classic clubhouse is more reminiscent of a 1920’s home rather than a palatial clubhouse. An abandoned, 100-year-old Burlington Northern railroad line that once connected Omaha to Sioux City, Iowa, is incorporated on several holes of the routing. Hoffman retained much of the native vegetation to lend itself to environmental sustainability. “From an aesthetic standpoint, Lost Rail’s feel constantly changes, making the course very memorable and worth playing many times,” said Jim Flynn, president of the course developer Landscapes Unlimited. “There are a lot of elevation changes and dramatic topography, but nothing fake or fabricated out there.”


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