Tiburon Has Teeth
Tiburon Golf Club is a 27-hole championship golf course located between Papillion and Gretna on Highway 370 just off 168th Street. Tiburon means “shark,” and the three nines are named accordingly: Mako, Great White and Hammerhead.
Each nine has its own character. But what all three have in common is large fairways and landing areas, greens that are always in good shape and four different sets of tee boxes for players of all abilities.
A new clubhouse erected in 2005 offers breathtaking views of the golf course and provides a great place to have a sandwich and a beverage of your choice while watching groups come in. I had the club sandwich which was big enough that I needed a doggie bag.
When I visited Tiburon on this June day, I asked several players what they think is the best hole of all three courses, and they all agreed that No. 4 on Hammerhead is it.
It is a dogleg left, par 4 that requires no more than a 3-wood or hybrid off the tee. That’s when the fun starts. Once you reach the dogleg, you see a green, guarded by a small pond that requires pinpoint accuracy to keep the ball out of the water, located below you, some 100 yards away. To me, it is also the most beautiful hole at Tiburon. My ball barely made it over the pond, leaving me a chip of 50 yards to a back-right pin.
There are many good holes at Tiburon, and another I especially liked was the par-4 No. 9 on the Great White course. It requires a straight shot off the tee, and it’s another hole where your driver may be too much club. My second shot left me about 150 yards to a huge green surrounded by two bunkers. But what caught my eye was the picturesque clubhouse located directly behind the green and the native grasses blowing in the wind to the right.
I spoke with Chad McMahon, Tiburon’s director of golf, after the round and thanked him for his generosity in letting me spend the day at Tiburon. I played the original 18 holes— Great White and Hammerhead—and hope to get back soon to play the newest 9 holes, Mako.
You can learn more about Tiburon Golf Club at Tiburongolf.com.