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PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB

Hutchinson, Kansas

1935

Sept.-Dec.              Maxwell lays out first nine holes of Prairie Dunes course in Hutchinson, Kansas.  [“Prairie Dunes The First Fifty Years 1937-1987”, by Prairie Dunes Country Club (1987), Pg. 95]

1936

April 1                    “Maxwell’s superintendent, Dean Woods, and a crew of local workers commenced work on the course” at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kansas.  [“Prairie Dunes The First Fifty Years 1937-1987”, by Prairie Dunes Country Club (1987), Pg. 95]

November 15       Maxwell returns to Ardmore from Hutchinson, Kansas.  [Daily Ardmoreite, November 16, 1936]

December 21        Maxwell “supervising preliminary work” on Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Greens are being graded and prepared for top soil.  “Fairways also have been turned over, ready for planting of grass.”  [Hutchinson News, December 21, 1936]

1937

March 17              Plans proceeding for 9-hole Prairie Dunes course on approximately 100 acres selected by Maxwell out of a larger 480 acre tract.  Plans include Bermuda grass fairways, Coos bent greens and the installation of a fairway irrigation system.  [Hutchinson News, March 17, 1937]

March 22              Dean Woods arrives in Hutchinson to superintend remaining work at Prairie Dunes, including grading top soil on greens and construction of an irrigation reservoir.  [Hutchinson News, March 22, 1937]

 

April 3                    Work starts on installation of large plant and sprinkling system for Prairie Dunes.  “Wells are being drilled.”  [Hutchinson News, April 3, 1937]

 

April 10-15            Coos bent grass to be planted on greens at Prairie Dunes.  [Hutchinson News, March 22, 1937]

 

April 26-30            Maxwell is “in Hutchinson this week to trace construction progress” at Prairie Dunes.  “Most of the water lines have been constructed…  Nearly a dozen men were busy today grading greens, preparatory to planting.”  [Hutchinson News, April 3, 1937]

 

May                       Bermuda grass fairways are to be sown at Prairie Dunes.  [Hutchinson News, March 22, 1937]

 

June 4                    The last of grass planting done on fairways and all construction work at Prairie Dunes completed except for the clubhouse.  Greens are a “velvety carpet of bent grass that is almost ready for play.”  Construction of 2,000,000 gallon irrigation reservoir completed.  [Hutchinson News, June 5, 1937]

 

August 5                Maxwell is in Hutchinson, Kansas for picnic supper with charter members of Prairie Dunes to “explain how he planned the course in the billowing sand dunes.”  [Hutchinson News, August 5, 1937]

September 4         Prairie Dunes opens for member play.  Dean Woods plays in inaugural foursome.  “Opening with a nine hole layout, the Carey brothers, sponsors of the course, plan to increase the distance to 18 holes in the near future and later add 18 more holes.”  [Hutchinson News, September 4, 1937]

 

September 12       Maxwell is in Hutchinson, Kansas for formal opening of Prairie Dunes marked by exhibition match including Johnny Dawson and Dean Woods.  [Hutchinson News, September 12, 1937]

1954

Unknown              Press Maxwell brings Perry’s 1936 plans for the original eighteen holes at Prairie Dunes to a meeting to discuss expansion of the course in Hutchinson, Kansas.  [“Prairie Dunes The First Fifty Years 1937-1987”, by Prairie Dunes Country Club (1987), Pg. 35]

1955

April 21                  Prairie Dunes membership meets to consider plans to expand course to 18 holes.  [Hutchinson News, April 17, 1955]

 

May 1                    Press Maxwell commences work on “second nine” at Prairie Dunes.  Press may have followed Perry’s plans for second nine with alterations for drainage issues.  [Hutchinson News, April 17, 1955]

 

June 11                  Work taking shape on “second nine” at Prairie Dunes under the direction of Press Maxwell with work progressing on new holes 11-16.  Work on new holes 3-5 has not commenced.  [Hutchinson News, June 12, 1955]

 

1957

June 2                    Second nine holes by Press Maxwell at Prairie Dunes open for play.  [“Prairie Dunes The First Fifty Years 1937-1987”, by Prairie Dunes Country Club (1987), Pg. 97]

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June 12, 1955, Hutchinson News

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