Roger and Melanie Riley and Ed Salmond watch Theresa Salmond putt during the Tarkio Golf Club’s 50th anniversary celebration tournament Saturday, May 4.

Danny Barnard and Cindy Cochran were on hand to participate in the Tarkio Golf Club’s 50th anniversary celebration tournament Saturday, May 4. They are the children of Dr. Charles Barnard, who was one of the directors. Danny and Cindy also provided pictures of the original golf course work and first round of golf played.

Pictured is the #8 tee and green being prepared at the Tarkio Golf Course in October of 1968.

A deep well is dug in the southeast corner of the Tarkio Golf Course in October of 1968.

Golfers take part in the first round of golf at the new Tarkio Golf Course in June of 1969.

The Tarkio Golf Club has been open for the last 50 years and celebrated this milestone by kicking off its tournament season with a 50th Anniversary Tournament on Saturday, May 4, 2019. A Cinco de Mayo Mexican buffet was served following the conclusion of play and there were various items at the club house for sale and gifts commemorating the anniversary.

Results from the tournament follow: Championship Flight – Rohlfsen/Hawkins/Rays (53); Barnard/Cochrans (55); and Fishers (58); A Flight – Salmonds/Rileys (61); Wood/Patel/Cook/Russell (63); and Grimm/Hannah/McGuines/Mollus (64); B Flight – Lundys/Navin/Piveral (65); Jeter/Spire/Rohlfsen/Dodson (65); and Alldredge/Sullican/VanVactor/Lock (65).

Work began on the golf course in 1968. In August of 1968, Farmers Home Administration (FHA) in Atchison County presented a check to the Tarkio Golf Club, Inc. for $150,000 to construct a nine-hole golf course. Club members were: James B. Shaum, president; Darrell Marti, vice-president; Bob Rankin, treasurer; Osborne B. Parker, secretary; James Prather, director; C.L. Barnard, director; Ryland Coe, director; and Dr. C.L. Barnard, Darrell Marti, and James Prather, greens committee. Bernard Gorman was the club’s attorney. The loan was for a 40-year period at an interest rate of 5%.

The facility constructed at Tarkio was located just north of the Mule Barn and covered an area of 72 acres, which was purchased from Tarkio College. The design called for bent grass greens and a completely automatic watering system. More than 200 memberships were sold to local residents and Tarkio College contracted for an additional 100 memberships. The association was fortunate in securing the services of Raymond E. Bales, Jr. and Chet Mendenhall, golf course architects from Kansas City. The Mannerude Construction Company of Brookings, South Dakota, was the general contractor. Local contractors had sub-contracts and did a major portion of the work. Plans included construction of a three-bedroom home on the grounds to provide living facilities for the caretaker of the golf course.  The basement was designed for use as a pro shop and headquarters for the facility.