Then: Hundreds of people throughout Clay County contributed in one way or another to make the dream of a state-of-the-art, nine-hole golf course in Clay Center a reality.
Crooked Creek Golf Course, just west of Nebraska Highway 14 on the northern edge of Clay Center, opened Saturday, May 29, 1993.
Now: Looking back as the 20th anniversary of the 3,157-yard, par-36 course approaches, individuals who participated in its development still are impressed with the teamwork and community spirit that made the project possible.
"It was 20 years ago, and to me it was like we'd just done it yesterday because it was amazing, people working beside each other from every walk of life," volunteer Joe Head said. "Farmers came in when they had time, right down to the scientists who worked at the research center. Doctors who worked out there would be burying pipe. It was the most amazing thing my wife and I ever participated in."
Through the years, Clay Center has been home to many of the scientists and other employees at the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, which is headquartered 4 1/2 miles west of town.