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Traer Golf & Country Club celebrates 95 years

December 7, 2018
Submitted by Michelle Podhajsky , Traer Star-Clipper

The Traer Golf & Country Club has been a part of our community for 95 years. The Kubik-Finch Post of the American Legion was the moving force behind establishing a golf association. In March of 1923 an initial committee of three was named [Herb Kahler, Glenn Shortess & Louis Caslavka] to procure members and a cost of $16.50 per

year was set. A separate committee [John Steffen, W. G. McCornack & Dr. Brown] were appointed to investigate site locations and ground. By April, fifty members were on the list and a permanent organization was formed. Forty acres of land and was originally leased from William Logan outside the city limits to the north of town at a cost of $8.00 per acre.

The first clubhouse was built in 1934. It was 36'x36' with pine slab exterior and a screened in porch. Most of the labor was contributed by members and the cost of the building was between $500-$900 and membership dues were $15.00 that year.

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The Golf Club, 1934. Photo submitted.

In the early years, the course had grass greens. Club members were assigned greens and it was their responsibility to take care of that green for the summer. With the start of WWII and most of the local men at war, the Club put in sand greens as they required much less maintenance.

In April 1950, a tornado roared down on the clubhouse, the roof was blown off and the interior

generally ruined. It was later rebuilt.

The Club was incorporated on March 30, 1957. The five original board members were Wallace Young, H.R. Allaben, B.H. Knudtson, Mrs. F. E. (Dorothy) Brutsman and Rudy Wieck.

Additional land was purchased on the north edge of Traer from John Steffen in 1964 to expand the course. A new clubhouse addition in 1965

expanded the dining and dancing areas, a new entrance on the southeast side and a glass-in porch for the east side. In 1972, the Golf Club purchased an additional 20 acres of land from Dr. Robert Ketter which made the course a total of 60 acres. At that time new grass greens were added and a watering system was installed.

In 1973, Traer's centennial year, the club house was remodeled and the lounge was named the "Centennial Lounge". In 1975, lighted tennis courts were constructed and a cart shed was added. The old swimming pool bath house was relocated to the Club in 1978 and was used as an equipment shed.

Two major floods in 1990 and 1993 left major clean up for members. Since those flood events many new trees were planted throughout the course and new yardage markers with advertising were added in 1997.

In 1998, the clubhouse was again remodeled and more golf cart sheds were added.



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