Ulen Country ClubAbout Our Club
The Founding of Ulen Country Club
The beginning of a golf club in Lebanon began with a group of local residents known as The Fortnightly Club who met on March 20, 1922, at the home of Mrs. Carrie McDaniel to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The talk among the men that evening was where they would play their next round of golf next week: Frankfort, Indianapolis or Lafayette? The conversation then shifted to possibilities of the group forming their own club, right in the Lebanon area.
With pencil in hand and a telephone book at his side, Fred Hooton and a group of men attending the observance listed the names of those whom they felt might be lured into forming a golf club. Interest grew, and a second meeting was called for the following Monday at the offices of Adler & Co. in Lebanon. It was at that meeting that a site selection committee for the new golf club was named.
Following that meeting, J. Walter Shumate called his friend Henry C. Ulen, who had earlier shown an interest in a golf club for his hometown of Lebanon, to advise him of the group’s efforts. Shumate told Ulen, then at the headquarters of his Ulen Construction Corporation in New York, about a 40 acre farm that was for sale at the north edge of Lebanon.
Mr. Ulen stopped during one of his train trips from New York to Chicago and pronounced the site as too far north of Lebanon. “If you fellows will find some land closer to Lebanon,” Mr. Ulen said, “I’ll build you a $50,000 club house, and you won’t have to change clothes in a cornfield.” With such an offer on the table, the group wasted no time in finding a new site, but as it turned out, the cost of the club house soared to $100,000, a tidy sum in the 1920’s. But it was an expense that “Uncle Henry” always believed was worth every penny.
Ulen Country Club opened in 1924 as a nine-hole club and course. Shortly there after, an ambitious program for planting trees, shrubs, and flowers began. The second nine holes were added in 1926. In 1968, the lake between the fourth and seventeenth holes was added and it ushered in the days of watered fairways, a luxury enjoyed by only the most prestigious clubs of the day.
Trees, although virtually non-existent on the course at its inception, have grown into a valuable golfing asset. First growth oaks and walnuts populated the corner of several doglegs. If a founder were to return today, the green at ten, which was visible from the tee and lacked obstruction from flight of the tee shot, is now totally shielded from view by tall, thick pines which take exception to the rule that trees are 90% air.
New plantings of maples in the early ’60’s turned the fourteenth, first, eighteenth, and ninth fairways into distinct, separate corridors leading from tee to green.
For over 95 years, Ulen Country Club, with its tradition, amenities, and diverse membership, has offered a great value in a private club experience – unlike any other in central Indiana.
Our championship 18-hole golf course designed by noted architect Bill Diddel delivers a satisfying challenge for every level of golfer. Golf for all family members is encouraged with a variety of outings and tournaments along with very active junior golf programs for boys and girls.
Inside the classic Ulen CC clubhouse overlooking our beautiful course, members enjoy both fine and casual dining prepared by our culinary staff. A year round calendar of social activities and events are planned for the entire family.
We are proud of the friendly atmosphere we have fostered over the years at Ulen Country Club. We’re a place where new members quickly feel part of the family and guests are warmly welcomed.
We invite you to discover the many benefits of a membership at Ulen Country Club and hope you will visit our club soon.
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The following dress code is required for members and guests to play on the Ulen CC golf course:
- Only collared or mock golf shirts, and turtlenecks are worn on the golf course.
- Tank tops, t-shirts and cut off shirts are not worn on the course or in the clubhouse at any time.
- Appropriate golf slacks, shorts and skirts are worn on the golf course and in the clubhouse at any time.
- Denim jeans are not worn on the course from Men’s Opening day (early Spring) to Men’s Closing day (mid October).
- Only soft spike or waffled golf shoes are allowed on the course.
The Ulen CC Dress Code for Dining includes:
- Clubhouse attire is informal dress in the formal dining and ballroom areas.
- Jeans may be worn only in casual dining areas.
- Hats may be worn only in the bar and cellar bar areas.
- Golf shoes may be worn only in the locker rooms, bar and cellar bar areas.
Ulen Country Club
In season (May – October) Hours
11 am - 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday
11 am - 8 pm Sunday
Off season, (November, December, February & March) Hour
11 am - 2 pm Sunday Brunch
The club is closed from late December to February 1st every year.
Hours may vary dependent upon the season and the weather. We recommend you always call the Club to make reservations so we can better serve you.
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