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Staff members of the North Bend Golf Course pose by the course’s new beverage cart after NBGC was named the No. 2 short course in the country. They are course superintendent Dan Pabian, head golf pro Tyler Kingston and general manager Pete Balerud.

NBGC No. 2 in national rankings

by Nathan Arneal
Published 1/20/21

Many locals may consider the North Bend Golf Course a hidden gem, but its shine is getting easier to see from farther away.

Last week NBGC was named the No. 2 short course in the United States by Golf Advisor.

General Manager Pete Balerud was pretty excited to hear the news last Tuesday.

“I about cried,” he said. “I’m just so proud of everybody. It’s a package deal. The people inside, the beer cart girls, the people outside just bust their rear ends. It’s unbelievable. I’m shocked. I never saw this coming.”

Golf Advisor is associated with the GolfPass, a collaboration between PGA golfer Rory McIlroy and NBC Sports (the TV network, not the high school).
GolfPass has an app called GolfNow, which allows members to book tee times at participating courses. After playing the course, users are asked to give a 1-to-5 star rating in six different categories: course conditions, value, layout, friendliness, pace and amenities.

The ratings for the North Bend Golf Course average out to 4.8 stars, placing it No. 2 among short courses nationally. A “short course” is defined as a course less than 18 holes, shorter than 6,000 yards or a par 70 or less. The 18-hole NBGC qualifies with a length of 5,770 yards and a par of 70.

The No. 1 short course on the list is the Academy Course at Neshanic Valley in Neshanic Station, New Jersey.

This isn’t the first time Golf Advisor has recognized NBGC. It has ranked the North Bend course in the top five of all courses in Nebraska each of the past three years, including No. 3 in 2020. The two Nebraska courses rated in front of NBGC do not qualify as short courses.


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