Cole Acres Golf and Supper Club celebrates 50 years this month. In the Tri-County Press article from the May 9, 1968 issue it stated that that the recreation development of southwest Wisconsin was the result of the Cuba City Lion’s Club interest in bringing family recreation to all the people in this area. The cost for the project was estimated at $200,000 with most of the funds coming from the Farmers Home Administration. The country club obtained a $214,600 loan from the FHA to construct a golf course and swimming pool near Cuba City. The organization was made up of residents from Cuba City, Benton, Hazel Green, Dickeyville, Kieler, and Shullsburg. The project was to include a 9-hole golf course, clubhouse with dinning facilities, and an outdoor swimming pool on an 80-acre farm outside of Cuba City in honor of Floyd “Toady” Cole who owned the land. “He gave them the pasture land at a very low rate,” said former board of directors member Norm Weber.
In 1968 the project needed 200 people in order to get started. Those interested needed to sign a membership for $100. “They needed 200 people to match the loan,” said former board of directors’ member Karen Ryan. They held a three-week member drive and beat expectations with 252 members signing up.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the clubhouse was held on October 3, 1968 on Cole’s land, which was located on County Hwy J outside of Cuba City. “Floyd was not a golfer, but he did enjoy the steak and euchre once a month at the club,” said former board of directors’ member Pete Fager.
In an article from the October 10, 1968 issue of the Tri-County Press it stated that the cost of the project was estimated at $239,800 with the $214, 600 from the FHA with a 5 percent interest at 40 years and the $25,200 from the corporation’s membership sales.
On July 4, 1969 the Cole Acres dinning room opened. All facilities were open to the public with the swimming pool opening earlier that week. “They wanted a swimming pool because kids had no place to go and they wanted to provide it for the area,” said Weber. “Area towns give money to it.”
The green fee was $2.00 at the time.
Cole Acres’ social calendar was packed in the early seventies with several events including men’s steak and euchre, ladies’ dinner and euchre, Western BBQ, tournaments and invitations, mother-son, father-daughter two-ball foursome, and holiday parties.
“The Western parties were really good,” said Ryan. “We didn’t get home very early from those.”
Valentine’s Day, Christmas, New Years Eve and Halloween parties were well attended.
“During one New Years Eve party there was a bad snow storm so we were stuck here overnight,” said Weber. “The next morning Jim Patterson, the milk man, came through and we had to follow him out.”
The Pro Shop and dinning room were added in 1976-1977. “The ladies organization gave money for those and they bought the starter shack,” said Weber. The ladies organization continues to raise money for equipment and landscaping items. Club members put money down to build the golf cart shed.
Cole Acres continues to run today with the work of volunteers.
“The only reason the course is still going is cause of a lot of volunteer help, “ said Fager. “If there’s storm damage somebody comes in with a tractor to help clean it up.”
There is Couples’ league on Friday nights, Men’s’ League on Tuesdays, and Women’s’ League on Mondays. The club hosts Memorial Golf tournaments and fundraisers for local events.
There is a rookie golf program that gives a chance for children to learn and improve their golf skills. “We had 118 this year,” said Ryan. “It goes over very well.”
The pool provides swimming lessons during the summer.
“We been coming here for 50 years; my kids golfed here,” said Fager. “They swam and were lifeguards.”
Cole Acres will have their 50th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 28. There will be a four-person scramble tournament with registration at 9 a.m., and double shotgun 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Fever River String Band will play from 2-5 p.m. They will also be grilling out. Everyone is welcomed to attend.