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May 2, 2013

Country club celebrates a century at home

Country club celebrates a century at home

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — In 1912, the club announced its plans to build in Chestnut Ridge Heights, on what was known then as the Van Shuler property. It was hoped the new site would open before the end of the year but construction took longer than anticipated.

The grand opening was held on Jan. 30, 1913 and the Town and Country Club became the place to be seen in Lockport.

Local companies used the club to host Christmas parties for their employees. Large weddings and elegant balls were held. Of course, the golf course, two tennis courts, a croquet field and ball field were important features.

When the club opened, it was reported that “there’s not a level foot of land on the grounds” of the 32-acre site. Starke said that was part of the site’s attraction.

“It was very hilly; the bottom of the valley and the top of the hills were all rounded,” Starke said, noting that the landscape was different in other ways as well. “You could see the lake from (the clubhouse). That’s why Lakeview Parkway has its name.”

A swimming pool was installed in 1956, and the Union-Sun & Journal reported that 175 members used the pool that first day, Aug. 6, 1956.

Membership has remained fairly consistent over the years. O’Malley said there were 200 members when the present-day club opened in 1913. Today, as times have changed, there are 282 members across several categories such as legacy, family, club, golf and recreational memberships.

“Social memberships were added in the early 1970s for wives as their husbands began to pass away,” said O’Malley. “Anyone who was left behind continued to pay full dues.”

After 100 years, the LTCC remains a favored location for wedding receptions and other events and continues to play a major role in the community, hosting fundraising events and making other contributions.

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