Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Maxinkuckee Country Club  

1653 E Shore Dr
Culver , Indiana
phone: (574) 842-2391
Toll-Free: --
Other: --
Fax: --
Pulas Sturman, club manager

On the golf sites it is listed as:
    The 9-hole "Maxinkuckee" course at the Maxinkuckee Country Club facility in Culver , Indiana features all the hallmarks of Indiana golf. Maxinkuckee golf course opened in 1921.
    • About this course: Maxinkuckee Course 9 hole regulation length course Private Equity golf course includes golf cart where available
    • About this facility: Maxinkuckee Country Club 9 total holes at this golf facility Golf Only facility 20 tees driving range 9 reguation holes

GPS  Driving Range  Area Price 
No   20 Tee Stations  --  
Maxinkuckee  Type: Private Course
Opened: January 1921 
Architect: --   Fees (with cart)  
Holes  Yards*  Par  36 Slope  Rating  Weekday  Weekend  Twilight 
3169   36   130   70.6  --  --   -- 
*Yardage measured from the back tees  
The golf course lies within two townships.
    Section 22:

    Section 22 - ? acres
      Nesswagh-ee Reservation

    Section 22
      Section 22 Lot 1 - 37.70A; 40
      Section: 22 Lot 2 - 45.45A
      Section 22 Lot 3 - 32.00A
      Section 22 Lot 4 - 35.70A

    ACTROIS, JU-BE 10/26/1836 Full Section, Indian Allotement

    The following were issued but cancelled:
      GRIFFIN, LYMAN 9/2/1839 Patent 10951 SESE 22
      JULIAN, NATHAN 9/2/1839 Patent 10956 SW 22
      SIGERSON, JAMES 9/2/1839 Patent 10955 NW 22
      SIGERSON, JAMES 9/2/1839 Patent 10957 NE 22

    Henry J Brown 1845 - Jul 1 - Patent 14572 SE 2

    LONDON, JOHN 1845 - Jul 1 - Patent 14411 WNE & ESW

    1872 Plat Map Section 22
      Lot 1 - 37.32 - G. Peeples
      Lot 2 - 45.45A S & J. W Rector
        Lot Two (2) heretofore sold and conveyed by one Lewis Rector and wife, Sarah A., and James E. Thomas, to Milo Smith and which subsequently became the property of one W. E. Leonard at the water line on the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, and running thence on the meander line of said Lake Maxinkuckee

      Lot 3 32A - S. Rector
      S & J W Rector - 40A A Smith - 80A 3.90A - A W B
      .97? - D J
      159A - J. C. Miles a part in Sec. 23-
      A Bartholomew 35.70A

    1876 Plat Map Section 22
      J C Miles - 158A

    1880 Plat Map Section 22 Platted cottage lots
    G. Peeples 35.5A Rector & Thomas 85A & 32A H. B. Scott 34.50A





    and Section 27

    Section 27 - 264.35 acres - Aub-be-naub-ee's Reservation

    Section 27
      Section 27 Lot 1 - 49.70A
      Section 27 Lot 2 - 34.31A
      Sect 27 Lot 3 _.31A
      Section 27 Lot 4 - 40A

    James F. D. Lanier of Jefferson county, Indiana on 30 June 1837 was issued the certificate #7339 the East half of Section twenty; Fractional Section of Twenty One; Fractional Section of Twenty Seven and Fractional section of Twenty eight containing 793 32/100 acres.
    1872 - Section 27
      L. T. VanSchoiack Lot 1 - 49.70A (Res. & Barn noted)
      L. T. VanSchoiack Lot 2 - 60.10A; also 120A non lake front
      F. Edwards - 70.30A (Res. & Barn noted)
      J. Bozarth 68.40A
      L Foss 40 A non lake front


    1880 - L. T. Van Shoiack [Louden T. Van Shoiak] 105.80. The Van Schoiack Farmhouse is incorporated in the present Miller cottage. Part of the Van Schoiack farm was subdivided as "Sea Beach Place"

    This is map is given as being 1898 BUT I believe because of the section of the Vanschoiak property it is a MUCH LATER date at least AFTER 1908 as the farm land is labeled J. T. Vanshoiak; and the lake front property has been sub-divided off and sold By this a J. T. Vanshoiak had: 45.70 +59.98 +80.00 = 185.68 in 1911 the Vanschoiak farm of 207 was to be sold a 21.32 is unaccounted for for is the Vanschoiak subdivisions/additions to the lake




Land acquisations have been made over the years until it encompases 12 parcels of land; of various sizes; at end the individual parcels are noted .
The Coffin Golf Course, opposite the Coffin Cottage at 1480 East Shore Drive, was started in about 1906 as a three-hole course, and may be one of the oldest courses in Indiana.

1906 Jul - The Tennis courts were laid out by the Coffin family

Tha Gazebo which still exists to this day; can also be seen in the above photo in the background on the hill

1908 - Jul 30 - Portledge Golf Links
    The golf course lying east of the Portledge cottage was opened last week by Chas. E. Coffin, the owner assisted by Mr. Zimmie, the state golf chamion. Rev. James Stanley and Kenneth Ogle, in an 18-hole foursome.

    The links comprose a field of fifteen aces adjoining Portledge on the east and there are six holes in the course with a total distance of 1500 yards.

    The grounds are rolling and there are a number of natural hazards that make the links sufficiently sporty and interesting.

    The course is being used daily by the golf players on the East side and all pronounce it a most vauleable addition to the attractions of the lake.

    It is proposed to have a gold tournament on the links some time in the near future. - July 23, 1908 Culver Citizen

William B. Langford of Chicago designed the golf course of the designed by the famous Langsdon and Moreau team, who designed nearly 240 courses in the 1920's and 1930's.

The Louden, Coffin, Bartlett and Burkett lots in 1908 which became a part of the Maxinkuckee Golf Course

By 1922 it appears on the plat map began on the lot obtained from Louden

Below is sections of plat maps showing the real estate that was and is the Maxinkuckee Country Club - 9.07A

The property history is:
    1880 - A part of the holdings of Rector & Thomas
    1898 - M. E. Willums
    1908 - M. F. Louden

On February 29, 1913 the East Shore Country Club was formed with Joseph C. Schaf as president and Walker Winslow as secretary. Other members of the corporate society included Richard E Edwards, A. M. Glossbrenner and Jaquelin S. Holliday.

1915 - Central Trust co. to Maxinkuckee Golf Club, 23.82a in nwq seq sec 22, Union, $3000.

1918 - Aug. 7 - Grand Amusement Event.
    Garden Fair and Gold torunament for the benefit of the Navy Relief fund at the Coffin cottage, east side of the lake,...<

    The Maxinkuckee Golf Club had donated the use of its golf course for the benefit of this fund for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17 and 18, and all golf players - goof, bad and indiggerent - are cordially requested to come and play in this tornament. The fee will be 1 cent a stroke for each game of 18 holes, with a handicap or discount of 25 strokes in favor of the women playiers. Entries can bve made at the first tee, at any time on the days named. A prize will be awarded to the man and the woman making the best score.

    Further information may be had by calling on or addressing Mrs. W. O. Osborn, Culver; Mrs. Marvin Bennett, Culver Academy; Mrs. Charles E. Coffin, East SIde.

It was expanded and named the East Shore Country Club in 1922; the land for the expansion was acquired from the Bradley family.

1920 - 19 May - From the Academy
    ...The latest organzation at Culver is a gold club with a m enthusiastic membership and a constituiton as complicated as that of the United States. By special arrngement they are using the grounds of the Macinkuckee Golf Club. Maj. Yates is the presiding genius of the new organization...

1922 - Sep 20 - Mike Burkett has sold 12 acres on the East Side, including house and barn to the Maxinkuckee Golf Association for $5,000. The accociation intends to extend the present golf links to take in this property, and it is understood that arrangements habe also been made to take in the Jay Bartlett propery and the acreage owned by Hervey Bates.

1924 - Feb 13 - For Sale - "Maple Hill Cottage" - East Side modern cottage for sale, consisting of 8 rooms, bath and two sleeping porches. Flowing water in kitchen. Electricity, gas, hor and cold running water and large size whot water heating plant. Located on the N. E. corner Maxinkuckee Golg course. Lot 100X180 fr. Cash price, $6,800 or $4,000 cash and terms for balance. Fred Thompson, Owner. Tel 171-2.
    1938 - Oct 26 - Sells Property - Fred Thompson has sold his property next to the East Side Golf course on the Maxinkuckee ROad to R. E. Whisman, of Bourbon, who is offering the place for rent. Through an error it was stated in last week's paper that the place was for sale

1924 - Jul 9 - The Maxinkuckee Golf Course was offially opened July 5th, a number of Academy officers being invited to play with the association.

In 1925, more land was acquired and the course redesigned and the name was changed to the Maxinkuckee Country Club.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, at a time when tennis was becoming popular in Indiana, private courts were built by a few cottagers who had sufficient lawn space. Later, a court was built on the property of the Maxinkuckee Country Club.

1926 - April 21 - Change of Name
    Notice is hereby given tha the East Shore Counyru Club has filed in the office of the Clerk of the Marshall Circuit Court its petition for the change of its name to Maxinkuckee Country Club Incoportated and that said petiion will be heard by the court on the first day of the September Term of said Courn fot the years. 1926.

    Signed - R. H. Mowbray, Secretart-Treasure East Shore Country Club, Inc.

    W. O. Osborn, Attorney, Culver, Indiana.

1927 - Sep 22 - Hervey Bates Perrin and wife to Maxinkuckee Country Club part of lot 4 in sec 22-32-1 QCD $1

1928 - Sep 5 - Maxinkuckee Country Club Enlarges AMount of Stock
    The Maxinkuckee COuntry Club, Incorporated, has filed the necessary papers with the state to allow an increase in amount of stocke issued..

    The sum has been increased from $60,000 to $125,000, with $50,000 to be common stock and $75,000 preferred, both at $100 per share.

    The club has improved it golf course considerably this year and as a result has enjoyed a busy season. The excellent ship in which the course is always kept, as well as its attractive layout, has spread it fame over the state.

1931 - Jul 22 - Local Golf CLubs Exchange Privilieges
    A reciprocal agreeement has been entered into between the Maxinkuckee Country Club and the Culver Military Academy Officer's Club calling for and inter-change of playing privileges on the golf course.

    This agreement will be in effect on and after July 1, 1931.

    The members of the Maxinkuckee Country Club are extended privilieges on the Culver golf course on the same basis as the members of the Culver Officers Club subject to the same restrcitions with reference to time of play as are placed on the members of the Culver Officers' Club.

    The playing hours for the members of the Maxinkuckee Country Club will be restricted to hours when cadets are engaged with Academy duties. It is understood, of course, that there may be occasions when the the course is not crowded with cadets and on such occasions the Maxinkuckee Country Club members will enjoy the same privilges accorded to the Culver Officers' club members of playing when it does not interfere with the play of cadets.

    In return for this privilege the Maxinkuckee Country Club will extend to the members of the Culver Officers' Club the privilege of playing on the Maxinkuckee County Club course. This privilege is not to apply to family members of either club concerned.

    The arrangement is subject to annual renewal by mutual agreement on January 1st of each year.

1931 - Sep 23 - Cottagers Plan to Widen Mile of East Side Road... One of the stretches of the road to be widened is along the Maxinkuckee Country Culb Golf Course, where the club has agrees to give the needed land.

1932 - It is said a pink elephant was spotted on the golf course.

1934 - Aug - Road Notice Notice Given for vacation of a public highway and to relocate cotages and lands to be affected were Mary Cobb Beldon, St Louis, Missouri; [1630 E. shore] Jennie Winslow, Indianappolis, Indiana; [1640 E. SHore Drive] A M. Glossbrenner, Indianapolis Indiana [1640 E. SHore Drive]; and Maxinkuckee Country Club

1934 - Aug 29 - Mrs. Ray Adams Wins Ladues Golf Tourney
    Mrs. Ray Adams was the winner of the ladies golf tournament held on the Maxinkuckee Golf course Monday. The compition was open to player from town, academy and the lake colony. Mrs. Joseph Shirk took second place in the hadicap event.

    The low gross prize went to Dr. Carol Rice, with Mrs. William Hodson placing second. Mrs. A. R. Ellliot won the putting contest and Mrs. Ervin Nelson toof second honors.

1935 - Jul 3 - Golf Tourney Thursday On Maxinkuckee Course
    Yje Maxinkuckee Golf Course will open ints links to all cottagers and guests on the Fourth of Julty for a tornament. There will be no greens fee.

    Players will fix their own handicaps to allow an equal chace for all. Rounds may be played at any time during the day, and contestants may make up their ouwn foursomes or come alone and join others.

    The committe in charge is made up of H. H. Rice, C. H. Barnaby, A. R. Baxter, and Joseph Shirk.

1936 - June 24 - To HOld Torney on Maxinkuckee Course - A golf tournament open to all cotagers and quests will be held on Saturday, June 27, at the Macxin kuckee Golf Course. There will be no greens fees. This will be a blinf par. contect so that the poorest golfer has an equal chance witht he best for the first prize. Thos enetering may make up their own foursom or come alone and join up with others not paired up.

1946 - Botice is hereby given that the Maxinkuckee Golf Club of Culver, Indiana, an Indiana corpotation with pricipal offices at 324 East Shore Road, Culver Indiana , is about to disoslve, pursuant to the provisions of the Indiana General Coporation Act, approved March 16, 1929 - The Macinkuckee Golf Club C. Harvey Bradley, President.

The 1948 plat map shows that the corner lot (Louden's) is labeled Investment co., the next lot as Bradley; then Maxinkuckee Country Club with 3 sections one being the Burkett Lot 4

1949 - Jun 23 - Maxinkuckee Golf Course One of Finest in Vicintiy

    Perhaps the oldest course here is the one operated by the Maxinkuckee Club.

    Its beginnings go back many years ago to a private six-hole course which was built by Charles Coffin, East SHore cottager.

    Mr. Coffin had, acquired 14 acres of land from the Louden farm and the first tee of the course was located very near the Coffin cottage.

    On February 29, 1913 the East Shore Country Club was formed with Joseph C. Schaf as president and Walker Winslow as secretary. Other members of the corporate society included Richard E Edwards, A. M. Glossbrenner and Jaquelin S. Holliday.

    Following the acquistation considerable of land the the course was resesigned and the club became the Maxinkuckee Golf Club on August 25, 1925.

    Other members of the early group included: H. H. Rice Joseph H. Shirk, Pierce C. Ward, C. C. Perry, J. H. Holliday, Ralph Mowbray and Mrs. Elisabeth Marmon

1958 Lake Directory - 1641 Maxinkuckee Country Club

Friday, September 29, 1961 - Rochester Sentinel Reason C. Eaton, 75, caretaker of the Maxinkuckee golf course who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while using a tractor mower at the course Wednesday, ...

Ind. Tr. Co. 9.4; Harvey ? etal; Maxinkuckee Country Club 3 parcels/lot; approximately 143.1A

Maxinkuckee Golf course Plat map 1995-6 approximately 202A

Improvements to the course have been made over the years.

/td> The clubhouse, - exact time built or re-built has not been determined

1974-2008 - Jack Kowatch was Superintendent and his wife Joyce (Mikesell) Kowatch was General Manager sometime after 1983-2008

Built a holding pond sometime after 1995.

In 2008 improvements to the the golf course and its facilities include renovating to the club house lobby and the sand traps .

in 2009 a new maintenance gargage was built by Bennett's This was made possible by the generous donations of the club membership. Dedication of the new building was held on 19 June 2010.

Bennett's also tore down the old cinder block building that had been used for the maintenance gargage in the previous years before. It was known as the "Vonnegut building. (1817 E Shore Drive)

2010 - Club manager was Paula Sturman.

2014 - Course Superintendent: Rod Ringer; Manager: Steve Wilkinson

    From North to South the parcels are:
    Parcel 1 - ACREAGE: 9.37 DESC: LOT 3 E OF RD EX LEGAL

    Parcel 2 - ACREAGE: 14 DESC: S 47RD LOT 3 E OF RD
    Parcel 3 - ACREAGE: 16.15 DESC: LOT 4 E OF RD EX Club House Lot.
    Parcel 4 - ACREAGE: 8.63 DESC: E 8.63A S 635.16' LOT 4 E RD
    Parcel 5 - ACREAGE: .52 DESC: SW COR LOT 4 TH E ON S LN 300' PT ELN
    Parcel 6 - ACREAGE: 1.05 DESC: 300' E SW LOT 4 N EX

    Parcel 7 - ACREAGE: 43 DESC: LOT 1 E OF RD E (Front Lot)

    Parcel 8 - ACREAGE: 40 DESC: NW NW (Back Lot)

    Parcel 9 - ACREAGE: 23 DESC: BEG N LN LOT 2 624' E SR117 S 192.5'

    Parcel 10 - ACREAGE: 41.3 DESC: SW NW

    Parcel 11 - ACREAGE: 4.42 DESC: E 587' & S 2RD W 733' OF 10A TR

    Parcel 12 - ACREAGE: .18 DESC: N 297' W 22' E 609' 10A TR

    Today is