Stu Pospisil has three stories in the June 6th, 2004 Omaha World Herald, starting with a front page overview of golf in the Sand Hills region, followed by news of the next Hanse-Shackelford-Wagner design near Valentine, and finally, an update on the Nicklaus designed Dismal River Golf Club near Sand Hills.
In a front page piece for the Herald Pospiscil writes , "The allure of the Sand Hills as land unlike any other in the United States for "minimalist" design - golf courses that don't change the land and harken to the game's earliest roots - is beckoning architects and avid, affluent golfers alike."
He goes on to quote Golf Digest editor Ron Whitten, Omaha native and especially-keen observer of golf in the Great Plains.
"It will be interesting to see whether Nicklaus tries to do a true minimalist course or cut through here and there," said Whitten. "Hanse, having trained at the feet of Tom Doak, is a dyed-in-the-wool minimalist. Some of his courses in the east, he's had to compromise. But his finished work is like what nature has done."