Club History

On July 7 1919, the Indiana Country Club was incorporated as a non-profit organization.  The charter stated, “The club is to be devoted to the cultivation and encouragement of outdoor athletic sports and indoor social enjoyment.”  There were 200 charter members.  The first club officers were:  Vernon F. Taylor, President; Phil M. Sutton, Vice-President; E. E. Wells, Secretary; and Charles Caraban, Treasurer.  At their first meeting, Ross M. Sutton made a motion to nominate Vernon E. Taylor as temporary President.  This motion was seconded by one of our past members, Mr. D. R. Tomb.

The Indiana Country Club property was purchased in the name of E. E. Wells for $13,500; $3,500 in cash and $10,000 via a first mortgage.  The original club charter authorized capital stock of $50,000 in the annum.  Dues during the first year, 1919, were one-half of the regular dues: $25.00 for resident members and $12.50 for non-resident members.

Mr. L. F. Swinter was awarded the contract to build the original clubhouse in July, 1919.  This bid was accepted at $21,684.  The original clubhouse remained relatively unchanged until the men’s locker room was modernized in 1948.  Again in 1953, the original clubhouse was remodeled with the enclosing of the sun porch and various other improvements.  In 1977 our present clubhouse was built providing our membership with a facility to complement our challenging and enjoyable golf course.  The mortgage on this facility was retired on May 23, 1986.  At the beginning of 2014 the clubhouse began a complete interior renovation. This update provides our membership with a modern atmosphere to enjoy for many years to come. 

Land adjacent to the Indiana Country Club was purchased from three avid golfing families in 1966, and after two years of extensive study, survey and planning, ground was broken for a second nine holes in 1969.  Two years later one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in Western Pennsylvania was in operation.

Indiana Country Club members are justly proud of its history and traditions.  In our ever-changing world of business, it is not uncommon to find the names of three generations of the same family on the Indiana Country Club roster.  We face the future with a determination to keep this heritage for our children and our children’s children.  All members proudly claim Indiana Country Club as their club and continue to enjoy it for the physical and social benefits it was intended for by the original charter on July 7, 1919.