There's still a lot to be done at Landmand. A massive amount of dirt is currently being moved on a daily basis. The holes are taking shape, but the goal is to also make the land more playable and easier to walk. The land features several elevation changes, but King and Collins want to make sure it is not too extreme, whether you're hitting a shot to an elevated green or hoofing it up a hill to your next shot.
No grass has been planted yet, but it's not hard to see the spacious fairways laid out all over the contours of this expansive piece of property. The opening and closing holes have mostly taken their shape. The parallel par-5s that share a fairway are just dirt right now, but standing on top of the bluff that will eventually hold the clubhouse, you can picture just how you would play these holes.
The first, 585 yards from the back tees, is likely a three-shot hole for most players. The opening tee shot will have to contend with a deep depression in the fairway, though many golfers will be able to carry it with a drive. There's also plenty of room in the 100+ yard wide fairway to play out to the left. From there, the fairway splits off to right, away from the 18th, and a well-placed layup will provide a wedge or short-iron into a slightly elevated, and well-bunkered green.
That first green offers an idea of the amount of dirt moved already. That location was 30 feet higher before the bulldozers carved out the green and pushed the dirt down the fairway to level it out.
"These hills have completely changed," Andersen said.
Natural and variety are the themes of the course. Lost Rail will be built with the idea of making it look like it has been there for a century. Hoffman said the other key is differentiating the course from others in the area and making every hole unique. That variety will include fairways that range from 40-60 yards in width, putting an emphasis on placement off the tee, while also keeping the average golfer in play. Green complexes, bunkers and other features will vary from hole-to-hole to make 18 distinct experiences.
"You want every hole to be memorable, and memorable from the other ones," Hoffman said. "So that if you get done, and you can go through in your head and go 'I remember every single hole,' because they have certain features to them that are unlike any other hole on the course."