Construction for an 18 hole, 6,143-yard, par 72 golf course on the north end of Fort Wayne, Indiana began in the Summer of 1964 with very little in the surrounding area but a plethora of pine trees.
On Thursday, April 1, 1965, originally proposed as a site for an elementary school, neighborhood shopping center or a church, plans for a private country club and residential development surrounding the golf course, were announced to the public and media outlets by Sam Fletcher, president of Standard Lands Corp. and Elmer Macke, president of Macke Development Co. The plans were set so that Pine Valley Country Club would have approx. 700 highly restricted home sited available around the 160 acre, 18 hole golf course.
Construction of the Pine Valley Pro Shop was first and started shortly thereafter with plans to open in the Fall of 1966 which followed the golf course grand opening opening a few months earlier on June 25, 1966. Ernie Schrock was named grounds superintendent and worked to upkeep the course upon completion of construction. Under the direction of PGA member Chuck Schmitt, the pro shop opened with stride welcoming our first 100 members and their families.
The original intent by Fletcher in building the clubhouse was to construct a roof peaks that resembled and abstraction of the pine trees for which the course was named after. They eventually were scaled down in size but still keep the essence of the peak. Don Drake, the general manager of the new course announced that construction for the clubhouse would start in late August of 1966. In April of 1967 work on adding a pool and pool house near the south end of the clubhouse began. The pool eventually opened debuting an Olympic sized main pool and kiddie pool on July 4th weekend, 1967. Four all-weather tennis courts and a tennis hut were added to the south end of the pool and clubhouse years later and were recently resurfaced in 2010.
Since the opening of our doors, Pine Valley has gone through many changes, renovations and updates all while keeping our rich tradition alive. In the winter of 2012/13 plans of a club-wide renovation began. The entire club including the locker rooms, offices, dining rooms, patio and much more were updated. Renovations concluded with the start of the 2013 golf season. Club membership has grown and to this day we have nearly 480 members and their families who call Pine Valley home.
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