COLUMBUS – The March flooding event caused significant damage to the south side of the Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus, and City officials are determining the best ways to address repairs.
Before the flooding event, Quail Run consisted of seven holes on the north side of the Loup River levee and eleven holes on the south side of the levee. Since the event, the City has been working to address the damage at the course, and officials say the process will take time because of the many constrains outside of their control.
The City is working with its insurance carrier, FEMA, and NEMA to determine a plan of action, while taking extreme care to be good stewards of its resources. An inspection of the course has been completed by an adjuster assigned by the City’s insurance provider, and officials are waiting on the report.
FEMA has approved Platte County for Public Assistance, and the City is working through that process. The flood deposited a large amount of sand and ice on the south portion of the course, and the rushing water and ice combination caused significant damage to nearly all of the course infrastructure including the land, trees and irrigation system.
Despite the damages, Quail Run is currently open, as after some modifications, there are now nine playable holes on the north side of the levee. Two par 3 holes were added to have nine available holes, one at the nursery green and one at the chipping green.
City officials say that at this time the priorities at Quail Run include:
1) Repairing the irrigation system. The entire Quail Run Course is irrigated using a pond on the south side of the levee. That pond and the underground irrigation infrastructure was severely damaged during the flood. This is a top priority because the nine holes on the north side of the levee will need to be watered in order for the course to stay open the entire season.
2) Options to move forward. The City has begun to gather information, but the options to move forward are entirely dependent on what the insurance and Public Assistance Grant allow.