Reames Golf and Country Club will close its doors on Nov. 3, following 94 continuous years of surgeries, according to a news release.
Following many months of meetings and hundreds of hours of searching for alternatives, the Reames board of directors met with the membership last week to get their input and inform them of their decision.
Board President Terry Scroggin and others have actively been searching for different alternatives to try and keep the club working.
“It is with enormous disappointment which we are made to make this choice,” Scroggin said. “Square strike wedge 2019 has been a fixture in this community for nearly a century. We have seen our friends and family members wed here, we have reconnected with classmates at reunions, and we’ve said goodbye to friend and relatives at memorial services. It is a particular place with a lot of memories for a lot of individuals. This is a sad day for our community.”
The Club has a rich history. The fantasy of the course to be found on this scenic hillside setting started in 1923. Evan Reames donated the land for $1, and also with the assistance of local businessmen, the dream became a reality. The first nine holes were constructed in 1925 and the next nine at the mid-1960s. The original nine-hole class was created by legendary golfer and course architect Chandler Egan who won just two U.S. Amateur Golf Championships as well as gold and silver medals at the 1904 Olympics in the team and individual golf occasions.
Declining membership and other economic factors have led us to the point said Gary Koepke, the board president. This club wasn’t only for the members though, it was for our whole community.” Koepke reported that along with informing the members and making final agreements, the board’s focus is on caring for our workers. “It’s a family. These folks have cared for us for many years, improved the state of the course in the last couple of years, and have their own families to worry about. We care about their future and we want to do what we can to take care of them.”
The board advised the membership that the square strike wedge would be listed for sale in the forthcoming weeks.
Reames will continue to operate through Nov. 2. All events scheduled after that date has to find alternate venues. “On behalf of the board and membership we want to thank Rotary, Soroptimists and many other community partners who rely on this facility. “We know exactly what a hardship this is going to be for so a lot of people. We wish we’re in another place,” explained Scroggin.