David McLay-Kidd Talks Graybull Club

by | Jun 14, 2024 | Where to Play

As GrayBull Club prepares to open its doors to member play this fall, it is set to add to several prestigious legacies. Notably, it will be a testament to the skill of David McLay-Kidd, one of the top golf course architects of our time. The course will also showcase the Nebraska sandhills as a canvas for high-end, private golf clubs, and further elevate the standard set by Dormie Network for destination clubs.

Spread over 600 acres of western Nebraska prairie, GrayBull Club is the first “ground up’’ course in the Dormie Network portfolio, which includes the Coore-Crenshw-designed Dormie Club in North End, N.C; Ballyhack (Lester George) in Roanoke VA., and Briggs Ranch (Tom Fazio) in San Antonio.

GrayBull, tecnnically in the town of Maxwell about 22 miles from the North Platte Regional Airport, will be Dormie Network’s seventh property – and probably its most talked-about.

The fifth and sixth holes at GrayBull

Here’s how McLay-Kidd, who has designed such acclaimed courses as Bandon Dunes, Mammoth Dunes, and Machrihanish Dunes, talked to me about GrayBull:

“It turned out just spectacular. It’s probably the easiest course I’ve ever built – easier than Bandon Dunes and Machrihanish Dunes  It’s the most simple construction and the most simple design. “It’s such amazing terrain. A blind man could build a great golf course through that stuff.

“The absolute minimization of the landscape… There’s not a tree on the horizon for 100 miles in any direction. I don’t think there is anywhere on earth thas as much sand dunes covered by prairie grass.’’

Welcome to western Nebraska.

Photos Courtesy of Dormie Network



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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the PGA.com website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.