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Nebraska City Golf Course Goes Green


The National Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the environment through tree planting, is building a golf course just northwest of its Arbor Day Farm property in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Construction began in late 2000; the course is slated for a June 2002 opening.

The ArborLinks Home Course, an 18-hole championship-style course situated on 300 acres, is a joint design effort involving Landscapes Unlimited of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Palmer Course Design Co. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Citing the advancement of a positive environmental role in golf, Palmer Design is contributing its services at no cost.

According to John Rosenow, foundation president, tree planting and use of conservation buffers are just a few techniques developers, designers and builders are using in their “environmentally friendly” approach to the course’s construction.

“Because the game of golf represents growing land use, and [because] millions of golfers interact with the land, it presents a huge education and demonstration opportunity,” Rosenow said. Rosenow added that the benefits of the construction methods will include better water quality and enhanced biodiversity within the course’s environment.