Curtis Creek C.C. is a private country club located in Rensselaer, Indiana with a proud
history and an even more prideful group of members. A place where people pitch-in on
various projects and a place where anyone would feel right at home.
In 1923 a group of local citizens came together to develop a plan for a golf course and country club for the Rensselaer area. The thought was that small cities benefited from the presence of the game of golf as a way to "Enjoy Nature" "Solidify The Community" and for "Healthful Recreation."
There were sixty original members, and they installed Dr. I.M. Washburn as their president, a position he held for ten years. Dues were set at $33.00 per year and seventy acres were acquired which included a wonderful stream funneling through assisting with drainage and irrigation. Nine holes were built, a "horse-drawn" mower was purchased, and the name "Curtis Creek Country Club" was chosen.
Picture 1924 for a second: all greens were "sand greens", (sand greens were just that - an area for putting, smoothed over and sometimes lightly covered with oil to keep from blowing away), but all in all, very playable, hickory shafted clubs, gutta-percha golf balls (solid molded rubber balls with a maximum flight distance of probably 175 yards or less), caddies (no carts), and small piles of sand molded and used as tees. It must have been a wonderful sight when the famed sportswriter Grantland Rice came to town to witness a match played in 1927 between two great golf professionals of the era - namely Jock Hutchison (a U.S. Open Champion) vs. the storied Laurie Ayrton!
Anyway - more acreage was added in 1930 and a second nine was built, as well as a permanent clubhouse. In 1931, however, the Depression hit hard and the club was forced to close this second nine - not to be re-opened until 1954. At this time the true "MEMBERSHIP" of the club resurfaced with everyone working side by side to restore their beloved course. And, although the course has seen many major renovations over the years, the "original" nine holes has been operating non-stop since 1924.
The current Curtis Creek C.C. is a well-conditioned, challenging, sporty, array of eighteen holes. A course that gives you opportunities for birdies, but requires some course management as well. The elevated, rolling, greens are full of character and can be a real handful when they are at full speed. There are thousands of mature trees that line the fairways, Curtis Creek that comes into play on several holes, and just enough well placed traps to catch the errant shot.
The course offers several sets of tees to allow for every level of player. The yardages are well marked, a driving range is available, as well as two separate putting greens and for many years the #8 and #13 holes were listed as two of the top "Best Holes" in Indiana.
The clubhouse and separate golf shop offer that "Down Home" feeling. You can watch shots come up to the scenic #9 green from the outside patio or you can enjoy the lounge inside for wonderful food and drink. The dining room is large enough to handle groups of 150 and is very warm and inviting with a beautiful view of the well-maintained garden. Locker rooms are available and large enough to accommodate group outings.
But Curtis Creek C.C. is more than just a property. This golf facility is about MEMBERSHIP and what it means to be a member. Many members here volunteered their time to assist in maintaining the gardens near the "Inn at Curtis Creek" (as the restaurant is know inside the clubhouse) or to aid in the running of the golf shop - like Tony Williams - a member for many years, who among many others, take great pride in their club.
I enjoyed getting to know the people I met here, including Vicki Beaver - who oversees the lounge and restaurant - Doug and Sheryl in the golf shop, and speaking with a few of the members - like a gentleman I met named Bob Messman - who holds the course record - an astounding “61” and has at least five Club Championships to his name. I also need to mention the superintendent John Melnecupp, who in his 2nd year is doing a great job. I need to also note a wonderful 92 years young member named "DOD" Bausman, who although I did not witness it, I am told possesses the fastest backswing in town!
But why let me have all the fun! Although Curtis Creek C.C. is a private club, they welcome you to come down and enjoy their club! Yes, this fine club offers Monday and Friday open tee times almost every week at very affordable pricing (*see the ad in this publication). The other facilities of the club are also available. All they ask is that you call ahead to make sure that the course is not otherwise occupied. Weekend tee times are also available but limited. It's an easy drive of approximately forty-five minutes from North Lake County Indiana straight down I-65, with the added bonus of usually picking up five to ten degrees of warmth in the spring and fall! And while you are there, ask about the many membership options they offer. The club is very active with a very well known Men’s Stag Outing, a lively women’s program and more. Meet the people of Curtis Creek C.C. and then you too will know what the definition of MEMBERSHIP truly is.
For further information concerning Curtis Creek C.C. call the golf shop at (219) 866-7729. Curtis Creek C.C. is located at 5385 S. County Rd. 1080 W. (exit 215 towards Rensselaer/Morocco) in Rensselaer, Indiana 47978. (½ mi. west of I-65).
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The BMW Championship will be at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Sept. 12th-18th. For tickets call (847) 724-4600. All proceeds go to the Evans Scholar's Foundation - Thank you Jemsek Family.
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Congratulations to 15-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand who won the U.S.G.A. Girls Junior Championship at Olympia Fields C.C.
The Ryder Cup is coming to Medinah C.C. in 2012. To sign up for a "Lottery" in order to purchase tickets - log on to: www.RYDERCUP.com.
This month Pepsi/Illiana participants face: Palmira, Lost Marsh, Pheasant Valley and The Brassie - Nice Challenge - Good Luck!
Remember to tune in to " The Preacher" at his new hours of 4:00 to 6:00pm M-F on WJOB 1230AM. I will be on the show Thursday, August 4th at 5:00pm. Give me and the Preacher a call at (219) 845-1100 or you can view the show by logging on to: www.WJOB1230.com.
“Welcome Back” - After a ten year hiatus, the Northern Amateur was held at Sand Creek C.C. In Chesterton last month. This important tournament which started in 1967 was missed. Congratulations to Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, Michigan who won by shooting scores of 70-67-68!
Thanks to everyone who entered our July "Quiz" on South Shore C.C. The winners were drawn Wed., July 27th at South Shore. Thank you again John Hays, Dixie, Don and everyone at the course for your hospitality.
Free Round of Golf (including cart) at Palmira G.C. - Mark Saska
$25.00 Gift Certificate from J&M Golf - Don Nedburg
Free Round of Golf (including cart) at Sandy Pines G.C. - Larry Stassin
Free Round of Golf (including cart) at Lost Marsh G.C. - John Antich
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Freddy’s Steakhouse - Joe Leonard -
Free Round of Golf (including cart) at South Shore C.C. - Travis Hamilton
Free Round of Golf (including cart) at South Shore C.C. - Dennis Leonard
(2) Free Tickets to see “The Glenn Miller Orchestra” - Dave Kubiak
Congratulations to the winners and “Thank You” to all the facilities who generously supplied the prizes. For those of you who entered but did not win, we are holding on to your entries for a special contest we will be having in the month of September. Look for further details in the September edition of Golf Plus newspaper.
NOTE: We were all glad to see Dave Kubiak of Cedar Lake win a prize. You see he was enshrined that same day in the "Hit The Ladies Tee Marker and & See Your Ball Go 100+ Yds. Backwards Club" - Terry Richards was a proud witness. Dave, welcome to one of the largest clubs in N.W. Indiana!
Check out Youche C.C.'s "Membership For A Day" - Real Good Offer - Call (219) 663-9875
Great deals this month at River Pointe, Minne Monesse, Indian Ridge, Glenwoodie, Forest Park, Sandy Pines, Moss Creek, Chesapeake Run, Mink Lake and Historic Chicago Heights Park District G.C., among others - take advantage.
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Lastly: Congratulations to Darren Clarke on his winning The British Open. Could not have happened to a better guy. Also, Tom Watson for his top (25) finish at age 61. Proved he will always be remembered as one of the truly elite golfers. And, one last shout out to "Big George" Vincent for his victory over "The Preacher" and me. He picked Mickelson who finished 2nd - walked away with some folding money! Remember you can always see “The Preacher” & “Big George” at Freddy’s Steakhouse on 165th & Kennedy Ave. in Hammond on Thursday nights after 6:00pm for "The Preacher’s Jukebox". Lots of fun, great food and maybe even a “Tall One”! See you there.