Lone Pine Country Club in Colesburg is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a variety of events this week.
The course, which was built by local businessmen and area farmers, who did all the work themselves, has stood the test of time.
Built on 44 acres, the course, club house and parking lot were completed in time for a June 1969 opening.
Over the past 50 years, the course has weathered a fickle golf economy that has seen many area courses struggle to remain open or even close their doors.
Managed by Al and Wendy Kruse and their son, Travis, the club has 155 members this year. Al and Wendy Kruse have been club managers since 1992.
With a combination of a well-manicured course, good food inside the clubhouse and a friendly atmosphere, the club is the envy of many other courses in the area.
Al Kruse believes he knows why the club remains successful 50 years after it was built.
“A lot of our local people in Colesburg support it very well. And we get support from other area towns as well. We are like one big family here. I used to play softball with a lot of these guys years ago. When we all quit softball, we stayed together by coming to the golf course.”
Al Kruse also credited some of the area communities. “Earlville is fantastic with their support. We also get great support from Petersburg, New Vienna, Garber and a few from Dyersville. In the early days, we had great support from Edgewood until they built their course.”
Travis Kruse said the consistency of management also plays a role in the club’s success. “It goes back to when Dad ran ‘The Detour’ in Petersburg. Everybody just stuck with him. That progressed through the years.”
Al Kruse said the club is knows for its hospitality. “We are really friendly. Our help, our golfers and our members are super friendly. They talk to everybody.”
The club is busy each week, with leagues on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The club also offers Tuesday night tournaments and a golf outing on Friday evenings. Saturday and Sunday are for club events. The club has a lunch special each day.
The upstairs of the clubhouse is open Friday nights in the winter and each Sunday morning for breakfast. It’s also available for receptions and parties.
The club has several events during the anniversary week:
• Wednesday, June 5 — A men’s invitational. Play with any member, open to the public.
• Thursday, June 6 — A women’s invitational and wine night out. Play with any member, open to the public.
• Friday, June 7 — Couples’ invitational with a steak fry open to the public from 5–8:30 p.m. Music by Massey Road from 7-11 p.m.
• Saturday, June 8 — 27-hole Ryder Cup tournament open to members and non-members. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. with music by Not Quite Brothers from 7-11 p.m.
• Sunday, June 9 — Breakfast from 8-11:30 a.m. and $10 green fees with cart all day.
Al Kruse credits the members for the success of the course. “Fifty years is a big deal. I just can’t say enough about our members. That’s what it’s all about. It’s not about us or the time we put in. The members deserve all the credit for this.”