New golf course advisory: Landmand Golf Club in Nebraska to be designed by King-Collins Golf

Duo responsible for Sweetens Cove have announced their first confirmed 18-hole commission.
These rolling hills in Homer are set to become Nebraska's newest golf course.

What does the design firm of King-Collins Golf have in common with A-ha, Tommy Tutone and Norman Greenbaum?

Not much. They've just shed any "one-hit wonder" concerns.

Tad King and Rob Collins, the architects who fashioned the smash-success Sweetens Cove Golf Club out of a floodplain west of Chattanooga, Tenn., have just announced they're ready to break ground on their first 18-hole, new-build golf course: Landmand Golf Club, near the eastern Nebraska town of Homer. Homer is about 20 minutes south of Sioux City, Iowa, and 90 minutes north of Omaha, Neb.

Even before this announcement, King-Collins have been parrying any notions that their influence might not range beyond South Pittsburg, Tenn. They are on board to design PGA Tour player Zac Blair's The Buck Club when financing is able to come together, and they have also been engaged on projects at Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort on St. Simons Island, Ga., where they have rebuilt the 18th green on the original George Cobb-designed course and also fashioned a 4-acre short course called The Miracle, both of which are on track to debut this fall. But for now, all eyes are on the duo's activities in Nebraska.

The Cornhusker State has been the site of several influential golf courses of the past quarter-century. It all started in 1994, when another two-surname design outfit, Coore & Crenshaw, made the golf world take notice of tiny Mullen, Neb., when their seminal Sand Hills Golf Club opened. More "found" than built, Sand Hills ushered in the minimalist movement in golf course architecture, which in addition to a least-disturbance approach to course-craft, relies on emphasis of the natural qualities of land to let the golf course unfold. Other practitioners include Tom Doak and Gil Hanse, who are among the most in-demand architects in the world.

It will be fascinating to see how King and Collins adjust their approach on a site with the kind of movement and readily firm turf apparent at Landmand, which reportedly will be open to the public, with around 100 memberships sold as well.

Sweetens Cove had to be almost totally manufactured out of flattish, low-lying ground, and it has won near-universal acclaim for both its addicting design and its no-frills approach to presenting a fun golf course for people to enjoy.

Given this announcement (as well as a rumor of more work on the horizon in New York), King-Collins seems to have more hits in store for golfers.

If you're intrigued by the opportunity to play a course designed by this duo, consider joining us this fall for a Golf Advisor Getaway that includes a full day of golf at Sweetens Cove, as well as a stop at the Gil Hanse-redesigned Sewanee Golf Course and a round at the private Black Creek Club in Chattanooga.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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Excited to hear more about the course near Homer. Feel free to share information with us. Would love to have someone join us on the radio to talk about this project.

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