Prairie Trails was named for the native prairie grass in Kansas and the Emporia Wagon Trail that runs through the course on hole #4. This trail was the Stage Coach & Freight Trail between Emporia Kansas and Wichita Kansas in the 1870’s. There is a plaque that is registered with the Historical Society of Kansas in the center of the fairway that briefly tells about this trail. Prairie Trails began as a nine hole sand green course in the 1920’s called The El Dorado Country Club, grass greens were installed in 1950. In 1999 the back nine was constructed and opened in June 2000. The El Dorado Country Club was sold and became Prairie Trails Golf and Country Club on January 1st of 2001. In January of 2010 Prairie Trails Golf and Country Club was sold to the City of El Dorado, thus making it a public course and the 18 holes we have today. The official name is now Prairie Trails Golf Course. Prairie Trails Golf Course is 6290 yards with Zoysia grass tees and Bluegrass and Rye Fairways. The course has been recognized as “The Best Trails Golf Course in Kansas”
Sunflower Golf Trail is included in your Membership Fee, this allows all members to play various golf courses throughout the State for one low fee of $25 per person per round at these courses: Carey Park, Custer Hill, Emporia Municipal, The Fort, Hesston, Hidden Lakes,Mariah Hills, Quail Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Salina Municipal, Spring Hill, Stagg Hill, Sunflower Hills, and Turkey Creek.
Golf Course News: Update 2015
The City of El Dorado has started a new project at Prairie Trails…this project consist of the reconstruction of the front nine green complexes. A firm out of Iola Ks. was hired and has completed the shaping of the new greens. The City is installing new drainage at each new complex and are hoping to complete the project by the summer of 2016. Get ready for some fun in the sun at the Trails…
Below is a couple articles on winter time play by the USGA and the University of Nebraska.
When to Go and When to Say No