Land Area: 2.52 acres
The Pines Reserve will be one of those “how did you find this” places that guests will ask their hosts when visiting one of the owners. This is because the Pines Reserve is a rare opportunity to own a small piece of a very large, very unique ecosystem. It is a quint essential example of the old adage referring to land – they aren’t making any more of it. And in this case the REALLY aren’t! But situated right in the heart of the Sandhills and between two very interesting commitments to land usage and stewardship, it is a secluded slice of native paradise being made available. It is a development of a limited number of high quality lots that each overlooking or near a pristine and dramatic canyon cut by one of the finest blue ribbon trout streams in America. Surprisingly, it is in the state of Nebraska, neither known for trout, nor canyons. The more common discussion of the cornhusker state (if not college football) is the time someone travelled through Nebraska’s long and relatively straight Platte River Valley on their way to Colorado to ski, and said, “it was so flat!” If you are a Nebraskan, you’ve heard that all your life. But also if you are a Nebraskan, there are many reasons you have never left, or returned once you had. Because the apparently secretive beauty, which is actually so bountiful in the state, along with the incredible hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activity is so good, you probably haven’t matched it anywhere else. And now with more than one destination golf courses considered to be top ranked in the country (depending on which golf magazine you read), the state that is more known for beef and big beef-eating football players, is without question one of the best quality-of-life places found in these great United States. True!
Therefore, when you realize that to own part of this paradise in a rural setting, it often takes a large financial, if not a life, commitment that would result in including many acres all at an ever-rising price, it separates only certain individuals who might take it on. But to look at a piece of heaven that currently can be acquired only because one individual decided to part with in small chunks, the group of people ready to make a claim is a much larger set. Plus the small portions are set amongst some of the finest land located anywhere, and will remain protected by a set of agreements between any parties involved and by the vary nature of all the land surrounding them… it really renews one’s faith in the idea that every now and then, one can get lucky!
God’s Country for sure! These lots were part of a bigger holding owned by a man who has made his way in life by possessing vision as well as faith. His entrepreneurial spirit has fulfilled several dreams… all impressive. One of which was to build a destination golf course of the finest caliber. And another was to own some fly-fishing water. So after piecing together a good stretch of the Snake River in the upper Sandhills of Cherry County Nebraska, a task that took years to accomplish, he decided to dedicate a good portion of his land above the river’s canyon to create “The Prairie Club”. And he could do it, while also protecting the pristine trout stream, celebrating the natural beauty that is paramount to the area in both equations. This golf course located directly south of the town of Valentine, Nebraska and is now rated, as one the top in the country! And to visit it is to understand why. The outdoor quality, unique landscape, and feeling of peace that is gathered in a stint at the Sandhills is something few other places can offer… let alone while participating in a favorite sport. Six years into the course’s success, the owner decided to develop homesites at the south edge of the Prairie Club. The seventh and final lot of the first batch sold two years ago. But now, three more have been platted and are available! They will surely sell to those who also share an appreciation for the last pristine portions of the great places on earth; places to build a true get away in one of the best.
Located directly to the south of these lots, as well as below in the canyon to their west, is another exhibit of high-quality land usage and conservation commitment. It is owned by the “Snake River Preservation Group”. This group of dedicated sportsmen and outdoorsmen is a long-running fishing club that has protected ___ miles of the Snake’s outstanding fishery. Their interest, as it sounds, is to keep it preserved, natural, and full of fish and other wildlife.
Between the developer’s commitment to the land integrity, The Prairie Club who will maintain a golf course based specifically on native and natural beauty, and The Snake River Preservation Group’s protection, anyone buying a lot at Pines Reserve will know exactly what they are getting as neighbors… and they simply are not any bad ones! Not even “OK”for that matter… they are in fact great ones! This means an owner of Pines Reserve should sleep well knowing the assurance and longevity of the same views and ecosystem that were the vary attraction that instigated the purchase in the first place.
To insure the integrity of this development, a thought-out set of covenants have been constructed that will run with the property of each and every lot. They are the “rules and regulation” of the Pines Reserve and are those statements of all the things one can’t do, that will not be a list of limitation but rather one of what an owner can count on. They will be in fact only be seen as positives to those who will share the like-mindedness to purchase a piece of this tiny development. They will protect and nurture one’s stake in their personal slice of one of the most picturesque areas of the Central Prairie.
Character & Protection
Made up of only 7 lots initially and now these 3, the Pines Reserve will always remain a very small development. They are made up of the rim itself running north and south and as the name suggests, a beautiful stand of ponderosa pines, the main tree of the area. Naturally and beautifully they line the rim and fill the canyon itself and the occasional “forest feeling” on the top. A common driveway runs through this wooded area running north and south to access each lot.
Regarding improvements, “taste” is a part of the Pines Reserve. Subjective, but to get a feel for what can be expected and allowed to be built, one just has to look at the Prairie Club. Because the Pines Reserve is protected by a set of covenants to insure quality of the area and it’s visionary will approve all building plans to assure that quality is always a part of the development. This isn’t a place to have loud energetic summer activity such as a lake full of jet skies, Sea-doos, speedboats, ATVs, dirt bikes, and the things that go along with such. Nothing wrong with that, but it just won’t be at the Pines Reserve itself. However, for those who love the energy of such activity, the Pines Reserve can function as the home base, with other nearby areas supplying the action. Rather the Pines Reserve is a place of feeling the wild value and the peace of a place with a view and a close-up encounter with Mother Nature… a real getaway cabin/home that offers a peaceful place to have as a base for all kinds of activities in the surrounding area. They will continue the quality demonstrated by the Prairie Club and remain a harmonious marriage of human and Nature’s balance.
Access to the development comes from Highway 97 to the east, and crosses through private land. The drive is its own little transition into solitude as it delivers every traveler to the retreat from concrete and the sound of things other than the “wild”.
To describe them any further is to not do justice. Please set up a showing to get the feel that will grab you and hold on, as you begin to dream about plans being made, once you see this seldom experienced opportunity.
10,000 years ago the last ice age ended with a literal ocean of water receding to leave a metaphorical ocean of sand dunes in its wake. Now 20,000 square miles of fragile hills, some of which rising 330 feet tall and large enough to be visible by satellite, have fostered an incredibly unique ecosystem that hosts over 300 vertebrate animals and over 700 species of pant life. For those that love the outdoors, the Sandhills is one of the great places on earth!
The region was settled by Pioneers in the mid-1800s. And with the sandy soil being too unstable, many attempts at farming were futile. Rather the Sandhills have since been determined productive for cattle and most of it is used to raise some of the finest grass fed beef in the world.
Though light soil, it has no real shortage of water sitting atop the world’s largest aquifer. Conclusively this undulating land roles with short-grass and tall-grass prairie and is rich with wildlife.
To start with – sitting right next to… in fact bordering the Pines Reserve itself, are two fantastic “facilities”. World-class trout fishing and world-class golf both a stone’s throw away!
Golf Course (the Prairie Club): The Prairie Club is a World-Class golf destination and resort. It is written up be many critical magazines and gained true notoriety since opening in 2010. The Prairie Club offers 36 holes, divided into two courses – the Pines, and the Dunes. Each were designed by separate golf personalities – Graham Marshall for the Pines and Tom Lehman for the Dunes. Two separate experiences, two different looks and feelings.
In addition, the “Horse” course was designed by Gil Hanse. It is a Par 3 and based off the basketball game “H-O-R-S-E”. There are no tee boxes, the one with honors calls where you tee it up.
“The concept is that the winner of the previous hole, like the game of “H-O-R-S-E”, gets to choose the stance, lie, shot, and green for the next hole.
The large lodge provides multiple restaurants and bars, both fine dining and casual, an outdoor fire pit, and a telescope to take advantage of looking at the stars in one of THE least light-polluted places on earth… factually! Cocktails, a delicious meal, and perhaps a fine cigar on the patio provide a perfect conclusion to an outdoor walk chasing a little white ball in some of the finest country one can witness. The Prairie Club offers memberships as well as day use to non-members. For more information on the Prairie Club, go to www.theprairieclub.com
Fishing Club (The Snake River Preservation Group): For those that love to fish for trout, the Snake River is about as good as it gets… not just in Nebraska, not just in the prairie, but about anywhere this side of Alaska. It is certainly one of THE best-kept secrets in the sporting community and an incredible asset to those able to partake in its bounty. However, there are only certain people that are in fact able. That is because this portion of watershed is completely private… completely! The Snake is not navigable river and therefore holds no opportunity to even be floated on a canoe. And In Nebraska, the rivers are privately owned including the ground underneath the water. Conclusively the Snake River in Nebraska is an anomaly to all great trout rivers in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and on. Therefore it is of tremendous value. And as the second bonus opportunity, a fishing club named The Snake River Preservation Group owns nearly 6 miles of the river and its canyon. The Snake River Preservation Group has of course its own rules and regulations as any exclusive club and they are not tied to the Pines Reserve. Purchasing this parcel of the Pines Reserve does not give you membership to the Snake River Preservation Group.
Merritt Reservoir: is only X miles away. This dammed portion of the Snake River is the fastest location on earth to replenish its water supply. Sitting on top of the Ogallala Aquifer, the stream coming in never dries up or is interrupted… a true phenomenon indeed! The lake is big water and considered one of the top fishing lakes in Nebraska for walleye, northern pike, perch, large mouth bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and others… guided fishing available for 26 different trophy species total. And like the region, is basically under-civilized and pretty as a picture. On its north side is a bait shop making it easy to pick up live bait or essentials of fishing. Cabins are available as well for any overflow of guests an owner of Pines Reserve might have.
Valentine and the Niobrara River: The nearby town of Valentine is one of those little oases in the middle of God’s country. Not long ago, it would be nearly all cowboys, but as time goes on, it is becoming a mix of the hearty folks working with cattle, and those who come to experience what the area might offer. Seeing the Niobrara River is an attraction and should be recommended. The Niobrara was designated a scenic river and is protected from development by national law. It is an amazing combination of trees, plant life, fauna, and flora. Elk and deer might be seen on a float. And other local wildlife is plentiful.
Even without partaking in any of the local opportunities nearby, the certainty is that as an owner of a portion of the Pines Reserve, a person would have their own slice of paradise. Quite, and private as private comes. Beautiful and with solace. The Pines Reserve will be a place to relax, to recharge, and to be thankful one can experience. With so few lots, there is an exclusiveness that can be fleeting.
Other area opportunities:
– World-class South Dakota pheasant hunting (just north of the club)
– Wild turkey, whitetail and mule deer, antelope, and prairie dog hunting
– Canoeing the Niobrara River (“Top 10 Canoeing River In America” – Backpacker Magazine)
– Hiking the “Cowboy Trail”
– Horseback riding the Niobrara River Valley
Address: Valentine, NE 69201
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Pines Reserve Lot 8 - 88897 NE-97, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
Pines Reserve Lot 8- 88897 NE-97, Valentine, NE 69201, USA