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John Mabry - from the rough column

John Mabry - from the rough.

A great day last summer was capped by a solo round of golf at Thornridge in Milford. I got in a quick nine on what I discovered to be a neat little golf course not far from home.

A week or so later, my wife, Anna, and I built a Saturday around a golf outing at Poco Creek in Aurora.

Two things I love about rural 9-hole courses:

They make for a fun two hours of golf, and the folks who run those courses always treat you right.

In the last three years, I have thoroughly enjoyed rounds at Poco Creek, Thornridge, Wildwood in Nebraska City, Seward Community Golf Course and Legend Buttes in Crawford.

So, I ask you: What is your favorite small-town course?

Friend Doug Ganz loves the public course in Mullen. If you can’t get on at Sand Hills or Dismal River, Mullen Golf Club is the place. Or even if you are fortunate enough to play those two private courses, Mullen Golf Club is a worthwhile stop before or after.

Ganz said it’s the spirit of the town as much as anything – Nebraska Sandhills hospitality at its finest.

"They are really proud of (the course),” Ganz said. “It's a great course, but it's more about the community."

Another friend, John Kroeker, has played 60 Nebraska public courses, and he also loves the small-town nines.

“Last year,” Kroeker said, “my favorite nine-hole courses were the Seward course, because the course was in great shape and had a good combination of different types of holes and elevation changes, etc., and the David City course. It’s a nice course that was inexpensive and had a new clubhouse and an island green.”

Let me know if you have a favorite rural nine-hole course. Just shoot me an email at johnmabry47@gmail.com and tell me all about it. I would love to hear from you.

Nice honor for Ager

Ager Golf Course received a well-deserved honor as the PGA of Nebraska’s 2018 Facility of the Year. Ager, an outstanding place to learn the game for young and old, is the first municipal golf course to win the award.

Nebraska PGA director David Honnens said: “Joe (Canny) and his team are providing exceptional golf experiences for those 7 to 77. Their mantra of providing a great, affordable golf experience not only is appealing to those who have never taken up the game, but an opportunity to retain customers through their award-winning programs."

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L Magazine editor

Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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