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Pospisil: Lincoln Pius X grad Zach Peed expands the family business far beyond ArborLinks

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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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Stu is The World-Herald's lead writer for high school sports and for golf. Follow him on Twitter @stuOWH. Phone: 402-444-1041.

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