Golf Course Update
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:24
About two dozen people attended a public meeting last evening to learn about the progress being made on a new community golf course in Valentine. Chris Brands, who works with Tom Lehman on golf course design, explained what their philosophy is when building a course. Ross Buckendahl, with The Prairie Club, explained how he will be involved in the project in design and construction. Mr. Brands stated that the Valentine area is quote “one of our favorite places we have ever worked”. He worked with Tom Lehman on the design of the Dunes course at The Prairie Club. Brands has 25 years of experience in course design and 18 of those have been with Lehman. Referring to the local community course Brands stated “We want to get the best possible use of the property”. Mr. Buckendahl has lived in the Valentine community for seven years and now is Director of Operations at The Prairie Club. He stated that they would hopefully start construction in March, sculpt the landscape, install irrigation and plant grass by fall and be ready to open in the summer of 2016.
The Valentine Golf Course Development board continues to meet approximately every two weeks to work on such things as irrigation, infrastructure, easements and leases. The next meeting for the board is planned for October 28th, at 5:30 at the Valentine Library and is open to the public. Numerous community members have stepped up and donated to a golf course fund that currently has over $230,000 for development. Donations can still be made at either the City of Valentine office or to the Sandhills Area Foundation. Both donations are tax deductible.
Valentine To Lincoln Run
Monday, 20 October 2014 09:37
A Lincoln man has completed a nearly 200-mile run in five days from Valentine to Norfolk. Tom Volk started in Valentine on Monday of last week and finished his 196-mile trek Friday in Norfolk. He says he ran about 12 minutes and 30 seconds for each mile, which included a few walk breaks. He started his journey with Andy Pollock, who also lives in Lincoln. They had hoped to make the run together to call attention to the need to finish the trail west of Valentine. They planned to only stop for water, other liquids and food about every 10 miles. Pollock ran 101 miles before stopping on Wednesday, because of a half-dollar sized blister on his left foot.