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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Highland Country Club Celebrates 100 Years - Fort Thomas, Kentucky

The Highland Country Club is celebrating its 100th year anniversary all year.

"There have been supporters of golf in the area since the Inverness golf club was formed in the 1890's," said Dan Schlarman, general manager of the country club. "The club opened Sept 4, 1915. We have been celebrating all year and plan to have an old fashion golf outing with wooden clubs and a themed menu on Sept 5, 2015. In February we had a golf themed murder mystery and a wine dinner in March. Because of this anniversary, Highland was selected to host the Northern Kentucky Amateur Tournament. We have old photos and trophies on display in the clubhouse foyer." 

An aerial shot of Highland Country Club, provided by Kenton County Public Library Faces and Places

Schlarman is having an anniversary booklet made that will include pictures and the history of the club. The September 5th event is still in the planning stages, but will include a nine hole tournament with hickory shafted golf clubs, a turn of the century themed menu, and prizes for best period attire.
Dr. M. J. Schwegman at Highland Country Club, provided by the Kenton County Public Library

"Highland has remained an affordable private golf club, especially in comparison to other private clubs, he said. "Many older members continue as social members, for dining and events, when they no longer are able to play golf. The club has always struggled financially with a lean budget, but is supported by the membership."

Mary and Ken Lucas, chairman board of regents; Mrs. And Mr. A.D. Albright, new president of NKY State College, at Highland Country Club. Photo provided by Kenton County Public Library.
Mrs. Eileen Carmody playing bridge at Highland Country Club. Photo provided by the Kenton County Public Library.
The swimming pool, dining room and bowling lanes add activity to the club. A lot of special events are held there too including the Brighton Center 80's Dance and Putting for Parkinson's. The Highlander Golf Tournament is noted as the oldest invitation in the Midwest. Visit the Highland Country Club website for more information, the history on the club and updates on the anniversary celebration.
Donna Baker (24), pool manager and swim coach at Highland Country Club, photo provided by the Kenton County Public Library

From left: Jack Snodgrass; Dave Otto; Jim Alford; Tom Calme; Mike Wilson. All react to Alford's near-miss on a birdie attempt on third hole at Highland Country Club. Group was playing in the Spiral Golf Tournament. Taken March 27, 1989. Provided by the Kenton County Public Library.

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