Like Ridgeview Ranch, Sand Creek Station was a collaborative effort between City and Developer, to use the land for best benefit of both to get a much needed public course built. It took several years for the plan to come together.
Jeffrey D Brauer was selected because the committee was impressed with his commitment to save and utilize every existing tree to enhance golf holes, because trees are a precious commodity in Kansas. Also considered was his resume of golf and housing projects, and his technical excellence, as the site featured flood plains, wetlands and need for detention, all of which were artfully concealed within the course.
Sand Creek Station plays on the town’s railroad history, and many holes are, as they say in Scotland, “hard by the cinders,” where many holes border railways. In honor, we also replicated many Scottish holes, like St. Andrew’s Road Hole green, and the famous “Redan” from North Berwick, Scotland. Other holes pay homage to early American holes, like the 12th, modeled after the “Alps hole” at the National Golf Links of America. Our 9th borrows a Donald Ross “Fortress Green” while the par 5 fourth hole sports wild contours, typical before the introduction of the stimpmeter.
Sand Creek Station is irrigated with the City of Newton’s treated wastewater, and stays green in the hottest of Kansas summers. It has back tee yardage of more than 7200 yards, and an ever-present Kansas breeze for challenge. Holes are routed in a variety of direction to keep things interesting.
Sand Creek Station made several best new lists, is currently ranked third among Kansas public courses (behind two other Brauer designs) and hosted the last US Mid Am tournament, while also regularly hosting other regional amateur tournaments.
The best testimonials are the regular customers who play over 30,000 rounds at Sand Creek Station, often paying a bit more and passing several other Wichita area public courses to do so!