Golf course to host luncheon

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's final quarterly luncheon of 2011 will be held at the Cassville Golf Course on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The event, which will be hosted by the golf course, is scheduled to begin in the clubhouse dining room at noon.

"The Cassville Golf Course is a valuable part of our community," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director. "It is a great service local people can utilize along with an avenue to attract tourists to our area. The luncheon will be a great time to become educated on all our course has to offer."

Dan Blanke, Cassville Golf Course Board member, will serve as the guest speaker during the chamber luncheon. He will be introduced by Bob Callahan, golf course board president.

"He will be talking about improvements that have been made at the golf course to modernize it and make it competitive with golf courses of the future," said Callahan. "We will also talk about the impacts the golf course has on the local community. It plays a vital part in the Cassville community by bringing many people into town."

Blanke will also reveal plans for the Tri-State Tournament, which will be held at the golf course in 2013.

"This event will bring around 100 women from outside the area into town," said Callahan. "It will bring a lot of business to our community, similar to what the Hillbilly Golf Tournament does each year. These individuals will fill our hotels and spend money in Cassville from Friday through Sunday during the tournament."

Planning began for the Cassville Golf Course in March of 1964. The original 70-acre tract of land, which held a nine-hole course, was purchased in April of 1965.

The course was officially dedicated on Thanksgiving day in 1965. The event, which celebrated the completion of the first FHA-financed golfing facility in Missouri, was attended by Gov. Warren Hearnes.

In 1966, the golf course association established a seven-member board of directors to manage the course. Today, the facility is still overseen by a board of seven directors.

On June 11, 1988, the Cassville Golf Course expanded from a nine-hole course to an 18-hole course. The local course has been recognized by the Kansas City Star as one of the 10 best public golf courses in the state.

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's "The Chamber: Today and Beyond" program is designed to showcase contributions made to the local community by area businesses, industries and organizations.

Community members who attend the luncheon will enjoy a catered meal. The quarterly luncheon event will cost $7 per person.

To register for the event, call Artherton at 847-2814 or email her at The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 2.

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