Eight years out of high school, former Lincoln Pius X and Nebraska Wesleyan golfer Zach Peed is overseeing a growing family enterprise of destination courses.
The Dormie Network, which began with ArborLinks in Nebraska City, has added San Antonio’s Briggs Ranch Golf Club; Roanoke, Virginia’s Ballyhack Golf Club; the enterprise’s namesake, the Dormie Club at Pinehurst, North Carolina; and, reported by an Evansville, Indiana, television station just Thursday night, Victoria National near Evansville.
Peed wanted a career in golf somehow and after some time in college golf knew going pro wouldn’t be his route.
“There had to be something else out there,” Peed said recently in the ArborLinks clubhouse, which will undergo a massive expansion. “I’ve been blessed with family resources (including Sandhills Publishing, Certified Piedmontese Beef and Smart Chicken) and it afforded me the opportunity to get involved in the industry like this.
“I graduated and said, ‘What’s next? What’s going to work for me?’ and I kept coming back to golf because I had spent so much time with it as a kid. By the time I got to an age when I needed to figure out a job, ArborLinks sort of fell into our lap in some ways because the proximity is so close (to Lincoln), and Bill Kubly always kind of wanted my dad to be involved in some way or the other.”
Kubly owns Landscapes Unlimited, which sold ArborLinks three years ago to the Peed family but retains management of the facility and has assumed operation (or will) of the four others in the Dormie Network. Victoria National, which has hosted a Web.com Tour event since 2012, was ranked 43nd on Golf Digest’s most recent list of the top courses nationally. Its sale was first reported by WEHT/WTVW.
ArborLinks, the Arnold Palmer-designed course that opened in 2002 and pioneered on-site lodging in eastern Nebraska, inspired the Peeds to expand beyond Nebraska. Of the 15,000 courses nationally, Peed said about 100 fit their concept.
“ArborLinks was an investment at first, but after we got involved and saw the interaction between members and the stay-and-play concept, we thought a little more outside the box as to why is this not done on a national scale,’’ Peed said.
Underway at ArborLinks is the building of five four-bed cottages, including two larger executive suites, that should be finished this fall. The clubhouse that overlooks the 18th green will nearly triple in size, including a larger kitchen.
On the course, greenside bunkers have been renovated with the new Capillary Concrete drainage system and Colorado angular sand.
Dormie Club is getting cottages and a clubhouse renovation, and the plan is to take it private after 2019. Briggs Ranch is adding cottages and getting renovations that will relax the environment of its clubhouse. Ballyhack has four new cottages this season.
Peed said a member of one of the Dormie facilities should expect the member treatment when visiting the others.
“We want you to have the same experience you have at ArborLinks with your buddies, your Ryder Cup group, the people you love playing golf and getting away with for a weekend,” he said, “and to have that wherever you belong and not have to worry about not being treated like a member at those other clubs.
“The simplicity of it is what appeals to me the most. It’s just golf.”
PBC adds Gutschewski
Scott Gutschewski has entered the Pinnacle Bank Championship, at which he tied for second in the tournament’s debut in 2017. It will be his first start on the Web.com Tour since last year’s tour championship on Oct. 1.
Since then, the Ralston and NU graduate has been on a major medical exemption following surgery on his left foot.
Gutschewski played in Monday’s open qualifying for the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, missing by a few strokes. On Twitter on the drive back, he said he wanted to see how the foot felt the next day. On Wednesday, he committed to playing at Indian Creek.
He will be at least the fourth Nebraskan in the field. The others are special exemptions Ryan Vermeer of Omaha and Luke Kluver of Norfolk and tour member Brandon Crick of McCook. Another exemption will be filled by Sunday’s winner of the Indian Creek Invitational.
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July 1: Air Force's Nic Ready hit a total of 55 home runs, including 21 in the final round, to edge Clemson's Logan Davidson in the College Home Run Derby.
June 28: Oregon State celebrates beating Arkansas 5-0 in Game 3 of the CWS championship series. The Beavers were down to their last out in Game 2 before a fielding blunder by the Razorbacks gave Oregon State a second life, which it took advantage of en route to the program's third CWS title.
June 18: John Olson, and Mary Olson, of Joslyn, Missouri, take cover under ponchos during a rain delay at the College World Series. Weather provided a huge problem in the 2018 CWS.
June 15: Cam'ron Jones checks out Omaha.com, or perhaps Snapchat, during the Huskers' Friday Night Lights camp.
May 19: Fremont's Lucas Arps celebrates after winning the Class A 400-meter dash.
May 19: Lincoln Lutheran's Josie Puelz celebrates after clearing 12-2 in the Class C girls pole vault final.
May 17: Omaha Roncalli's Thomas Alitz cheers after scoring the winning run in the Class B state championship on a hit by Logan McGill with two outs in the seventh inning.
May 17: Omaha Creighton Prep's Eric Allbery, right, jumps on the dogpile as the Junior Jays celebrate their Class A state baseball title.
May 16: South Sioux City celebrates after defeating Elkhorn South in the Class B state soccer championship.
May 16: Kearney's Christian Dakan hoists the Class A state soccer trophy alongside his teammates.
May 14: Millard North celebrates its Class A state championship win against Omaha Marian by kissing the trophy.
May 14: Elkhorn celebrates its Class B championship win against Omaha Skutt.
May 9: Creighton's Will Robertson celebrates with Jack Strunc, left, after homering the fifth inning. The Jays beat UNO 10-6.
May 6: The Omaha Storm Chasers play below the newly dedicated Steve Pivovar Press Box at Werner Park.
April 21: Nebraska coach Scott Frost leads the Huskers during the Tunnel Walk on Saturday.
April 19: Awardee Dante Pettis and former Nebraska football player Johnny Rodgers, right, pictured during the Jet Award dinner.
April 19: Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne attends the Jet Award dinner.
April 18: UNO's Malik Moore pitches against Nebraska. The Mavericks knocked off the Huskers for the first time since 1997.
April 11: Creighton's Will Robertson, left, and Thomas Luevano celebrate scoring on a triple by Jack Strunc.
April 11: Elkhorn South's Mo Gohr gains control of the ball in the Metro Conference tournament.
April 3: Scott Frost directs Husker football practice.
March 31: The boy campers pose for a photo at the Athletes' Training Center Futures Camp at Iowa West Field House.
March 27: Creighton defeats Nebraska 3-1 in the first matchup of the year.
March 25: Kansas' Malik Newman drives to the basket, drawing a blocking foul on Duke's Wendell Carter. The Jayhawks went on to defeat the Blue Devils in Omaha and advance to the Final Four.
March 17: Creighton defeats Iowa in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
March 17: Creighton's bench cheers as Michael Emodi hits a walk-off homer off Wichita State pitcher Chandler Sanburn in the Jays' home opener.
March 12: The Creighton women's basketball team celebrates making the NCAA tournament.
March 10: Wahoo celebrates winning the Class C-1 boys basketball title.
March 10: Nebraska City Lourdes' Quinten Vasa, center, holds up the trophy with his team.
March 9: Glenwood celebrates after winning its first boys basktball state title in school history.
March 3: Scotus' Maggie Feehan celebrates after winning the Class C-1 title.
March 3: Superior celebrates a Class C-2 championship win over Ravenna.
Feb. 25: Nebraska's Duby Okeke enters Pinnacle Bank Arena with his family at his side on senior night. The Huskers went on to defeat Penn State.
Nebraska's Duby Okeke enters Pinnacle Bank Arena with his family at his side on senior night.
Feb. 24: Creighton's Marcus Foster, left, and Davion Mintz celebrate Creighton's 89-83 overtime victory over Villanova.
Feb. 24: Omaha Creighton Prep's Colin LaFave competes in the 100 fly at the state swimming meet.
Feb. 24: Lincoln Southwest's Anna Heinrich, left, and Josie Ford celebrate their first and second-place finishes in the 50 free at the state swimming meet.
Feb. 17: Kearney’s Phillip Moomey is in the top 20 of his weight class in two national polls. Only a handful of underclassmen are ranked ahead of him.
Feb. 17: Omaha Burke's Jakason Burks does a backflip after defeating Millard South's Caleb Coyle during the 106-pound Class A final at the state wrestling championships.
Jan. 28: Omaha Lancers coach and General Manager David Wilkie talks with players during first-period action.
Jan. 26: UNO's Luke Nogard skates past the referee.
Jan. 16: Nebraska's Nicea Eliely gets excited during pregame introductions as the Huskers went on to beat Iowa.
Nebraska's James Palmer celebrates a home victory over Illinois with Isaiah Roby.
Jan. 9: Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, left, talks with former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne during the Outland Trophy banquet.
Jan. 4: Omaha Burke's Shereef Mitchell brings the ball up court in the Metro holiday tournament.
Jan. 1: In his final game with Central Florida, now-Nebraska coach Scott Frost raises the Peach Bowl title after defeating Auburn.