Dayton to recognize Community Golf Club with 100-year celebration

The city of Dayton will recognize Community Golf Club with a 100-year celebration in June. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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The city of Dayton will recognize Community Golf Club with a 100-year celebration in June. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

One hundred years ago John H. Patterson, president of the National Cash Register Company, gave the city of Dayton 294 acres of land in what was then Van Buren Township but now is Kettering. The land, which was part of Hills and Dales Park, included a nine-hole golf course.

Within six years the city had expanded its golf operation to the pair of 18-hole courses now known as the Hills and Dales courses and was selected to host the National Public Links Championship in 1924.

In June the city will recognize its Community Golf Club milestone by holding a 100-year anniversary celebration at the facility. It begins on June 1 when golfers dressed in knickers or using golf clubs from the early 1900s will get the 1918 greens fee of $1. The only other requirement is a tee time.

On June 2 the annual George Klockson Memorial Tournament will be held with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The Klockson is a two-man, best ball team event using 50 percent of a player’s handicap.

A 100th-year reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Community Pavilion. Tickets ($35 per person) can be purchased at the Community pro shop and online. Hors d’oeurves will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Guest speakers will cover Community’s history. Artifacts and photos will be on display and a silent auction will be held. Guests will receive a commemorative gift.

The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Community Golf Club Renovation Project, which is raising funds for on/course improvements at Kittyhawk. Donations will be accepted through the Dayton Foundation. The address is: The account is #7997. Call 937-293-2341 for more information.

Trees fall at DCC

I took a ride around the Dayton Country Club course recently and couldn’t believe how different the course looked after an off-season tree removal program in which more than 100 trees have been eliminated. Some of the trees were dead or dying and others had grown into the field of play.

The area around the DCC maintenance barn looked like a logging camp with piles of sawdust and logs. Some of the downed trees were huge. The areas around holes 3, 7, 12 and 16 look significantly different.

I was told that Phase 2 of the tree work will be done in the next offseason, and part of the program is to plant some new trees where they will not impact turf quality.

It is all part of a master plan designed by architect Paul Albanese of Plymouth, Mich., in 2007. DCC remodeled its bunkers two years ago. Albanese met with club members 10 days ago to explain the program.

The plan is to move the course in the direction of the look it had when the great architect, Donald Ross, designed nine holes in 1919. But they’re not talking about anything so extreme as Moraine Country Club’s recent remodel.

“There are no plans for major changes,” DCC golf professional Rob Karnes said.

Chip shots

Tuesday is the deadline to enter the Miami Valley Golf Association’s Spring Better Ball event on April 30 at Wildwood Golf Club in Middletown.

The deadline to enter the annual Ohio Junior World Championship at NCR Country Club is May 22. The event is May 29. There are divisions for boys ages 11-12, boys and girls 13-14 and boys and girls 15-18.

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