As the golf season is all but over here in Omaha and our surrounding area, I had a chance to play and review one final golf course in the 2011 golfing season.
Tregaron Golf Course is located just west of Highway 75 at Fairview Road in Bellevue. The course is a quasi-links-style track built upon rolling hills and offers two distinct nines. Let’s take a look at the course and its amenities to determine if Tregaron is a place to add to your rotation of courses.
The clubhouse: The Tregaron clubhouse is fairly modest. The pro shop has a few clubs for sale, some apparel, headcovers and other golf items. It is fairly large and offers essential golfing equipment. The kitchen area offers traditional golf course fare of hot dogs and booze, but the menu includes some nicer choices like hot and cold sandwiches to eat after your round. There is a deck for outdoor seating and room for close to 100 golfers inside. Nothing too lavish, but it is comfy and has about 6 televisions.
The staff: The pro shop help was helpful, as was the kitchen staff. As it was late in the season, there were no drink cards or course marshalls traversing the grounds, but presumably, they are there in more busy situations. All staff members were friendly and welcomed all golfers.
The course: Tregaron is a short course, but when the wind is blowing, some holes can play long. The Par 3 holes are generally pretty short, but large greens make for long putts and all are surrounded by large traps to gobble upon errant short-to-mid iron shots. The Par 5 holes offer some scoring opportunities as all are fairly short. No. 14 is the easiest of the Par 5s and can be reached in two. Nos. 7 and 17 are most likely three shot holes, but the third usually requires a wedge in. The difficulty on these holes is that a straight tee shot is required and the approach is always protected by either sand or water. The Par 4 holes require many different shots from the tee. For example, Nos. 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 16 don’t require a driver from the tee. If one chooses to hit driver on these holes, one can usually hit a wedge to the green from 125 yards and in, providing for some birdie opportunities. The course is not wide-open, but also isn’t super tight. Accuracy and yardage control is important here. The greens are large and undulating, making birdie and par putts hard to sink. The test is of average difficulty, but the opportunity for low scores is definitely there.
The value: Rates are typical of public courses in the area. Using golfnow.com, however, my group paid $20 each for 18 holes and a cart on this fall afternoon. Tregaron is one of about a dozen courses in the area who subsribe to the service, so always check for discounts there. The course is typically in good shape and the greens make it a true test. Tregaron is definitely a good value, overall. The drive is a bit long for those living in Omaha and takes 20-30 minutes to arrive on the south side of Bellevue.
*An added bonus- as the course sits above Offutt Air Force Base, fighter jets and other military aircrafts often practice and fly over the course, providing some cool, non-traditional golf course views.
All in all, Tregaron is an average test of good value. Short Par 4 holes make driving fun as do the shorter Par 5s. Definitely put Tregaron in your rotation and you won’t be disappointed.