The new Landmand golf course in Homer, Nebraska, will open for public play on September 3rd as the first eighteen hole course by the firm of King-Collins Golf Course Design, which came to attention as the creator of the nine-hole Sweetens Cove in Tennessee..
The Danish word for farmer
Developed by the Andersen family, which has farmed the surrounding land for four generations, Landmand (the closing ‘d’ is silent) is named after the Danish, word for farmer in reflecting the family’s Scandinavian origins.
The eighteen year old Karl Andersen came to the US from Denmark in the early 1920s, and settled in eastern Nebraska. Over four generations, the Andersen family has become a major farming operation in the area. The amily developed the Old Dane golf course in 2012, and Landmand will be its second such operation.
Tee times are now available for booking (see bottom of article) between September 3-30 (when the course closes for the 2022 season.
Anderson’s second golf course
The Andersen family already owns the nearby nine-hole Old Dane course, which it built in 2012. The initial contact with Rob Collins and Tad King came about with thoughts to renovate Old Dane, but the project became more ambitious after King and Collins visited Nebraska and viewed several parcels of land, but were captivated by a site in the Loess Hill, above the surrounding farmland, cleared of trees in the 1970s but essentially left fallow for more than twenty years. Now, this 580-acre parcel has become the Landmand course.
My goals have not changed,” “From the beginning until now, all I have wanted is a fun, playable golf course for the community. Anything on top of that is a bonus.”,says Will Andersen.
Finished grassing one year ago
Grassing of Landmand finished in September 2021 and the course has been growing in since then. Greens are 007 creeping bentgrass, while the through the green areas are a drought-tolerant mix of Kentucky bluegrass (poa pratensis) and ryegrass.
“We considered fescue fairways, but given the nature of the soil, decided that this mix was a better choiceIt can get extremely firm and fast, while also tolerating very dry conditions. Obviously Nebraska has a pretty extreme climate – very cold in the winter and both hot and dry in the summer, so that was a key factor in our decision making.,” says Collins.
The course will operate fifteen minute tee time intervals, to ensure that play flows well. The Andersen family has initially built four four bedroomed cabins by way of lodging for visiting golfers; these are also available to book on the website.
Read more or book times: Landmand Course