COLUMBUS - The city of Columbus said after two months of crews removing more than 100,000 cubic yards of sand, it's laying out the next step for bringing the Quail Run Golf Course back to its prestige.

Officials said now that the sand and debris cleanup is almost complete, they have an idea of how they want to fix up the south part of the course: It's called a design-build process and they said it's more efficient than other ways.

“The design-build process is when you can hire an engineer or architect and a contractor at the same time, who comes together and designs and builds the project as one unit," city engineer Rick Bogus said.

Bogus said they're able to do it because they don't need to build the course from scratch.  They just need to repair part of it.

"Since we’re not beginning where we need to get a bunch of people together and see how we want the design the course, it’s just putting it back together the way it was,” he said.

Officials said this isn't among the most important flood recovery projects in Nebraska, but they said Quail Run is one of the best public golf courses in the state and they'd like to get it back to its old form.

“Quail Run is a very integral part of our community," public property director Doug Moore said.  "We bring in state tournaments and large events like that. It’s a facility that the city is very proud of.”

Regardless, the city said the design-build process will save the town money.  How much?  Officials said they don't have an estimate yet.
The city admits the process is taking awhile, but that's because it's following the FEMA process to make sure it'll get the 75 percent federal reimbursement for flood repairs.

Officials said it still has a few steps to take before implementing the design-build process, including taking letters of interest from those who'd like to do the project, their proposal ideas and the city council approving a contract agreement.  They said it can take a few months before the project gets underway.