The Homer, Neb. property, which will be open to the public and also have a limited membership component, will feature a 7,000-yard, par-73 golf course. Rough shaping is planned to be completed this year so grassing can be done by the fall of 2020. King-Collins Golf Course Design, architects of Sweetens Cove GC, will design the course as its first 18-hole new-build.
Construction of Landmand Golf Club in Homer, Neb., the first eighteen-hole new-build by King-Collins Golf Course Design of Chattanooga, Tenn., was scheduled to begin in September 2019, Golf Course Architecture reported.
Tad King and Rob Collins were contacted by Will Andersen following their work building the nine-hole course at Sweetens Cove Golf Club in South Pittsburg, Tenn., Golf Course Architecture reported, and Andersen informed them that he had three potential sites for a new golf course in Nebraska.
“We looked at the first two properties and then Will said he had a really cool one up on the hills with some big contours,” said Collins. “Once we saw that third property, we were like, ‘This is it, this is the one to do it on.’It was obvious right away. It is an extraordinary piece of land, really—a dream come true.”
According to Collins, the course will be a 7,000-yard par 73 with plenty of variety, occupying around 200 acres of the 580-acre site, Golf Course Architecture reported. It will be available to the public and will have a limited membership.
The architects plan for rough shaping to be completed this year so that the course can be grassed by the fall of 2020, Golf Course Architecture reported.
“It’s a wide-open site with not a single tree,” said Collins. “It looks like a site you’d see in the sand dunes, maybe the Sandhills. There are these towering land formations.
“The third [site] goes through a valley with 100- to 150-foot land formations on either side, which kind of winds through, and when you get to the top you’ve got these panoramic views,”he added. “One of the things that’s so neat about the site is the amazing views that you’re going to have across the property of other golf holes. It is one hell of a site!”
The course will open with a 590-yard par five, Golf Course Architecture reported. “It plays just over these tumbling ridges that go right up to the little plateau green,” said Collins. “It just lays there right now, it’s perfect.
“One of the coolest stretches on the property includes the driveable 310-yard par-four seventh, which plays through a little valley,”Collins said. “When you walk off the seventh green, you go up a little walkway and then you’re on the eighth tee, which is a 110-yard postage stamp par-three. Next, there’s a really interesting ninth hole that plays out and the tenth hole playing back, with a big punchbowl green into a natural punchbowl site.
“The eleventh tees cross the ninth, so there’s a little bit of a crossing, kind of like the Old Course [at St. Andrews] and Lahinch [Golf Club], and places where you play across the line of play,” Collins continued. “The whole area—seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven—is a neat hub of activity.
“There’s a couple of places like that on the golf course where you will be interacting with people on other holes, seeing a hole you haven’t played yet, or seeing a hole you’ve just played,” Collins said. “It creates a great feeling, and the course winds its way back.
“Another interesting hole,” he added, “is the seventeenth, a 310-yard downhill and driveable par-four that will have a 40,000-square foot ‘Sitwell’ green with strategy and angles similar to the ninth at Cypress Point—basically a combination of the two holes.
“Our entire team [is] excited to transform this amazing site into golf holes,” said Collins. “I think one of the most exciting things is going to be standing on the twelfth tees and looking out across the property and seeing between eight to ten other golf holes.
“As the golf holes start to come to life—it’s already jaw-dropping as it is—you’ll suddenly start to see big bunkers carved into these hills and fairways winding around it. It’s awesome!”