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Sports and Leisure - December 21, 2018

Prairie Dunes Golf Course in Reno County. (Photo via Kansas Historical Society)

Today's Kansas Trivia question comes from the Kansas Historical Society. Follow them on Twitter @kansashistory!  

Q: Emerson Carey, founder of the Carey Salt Company, was an avid golfer. The Carey family commissioned a designer to create a now famous golf course in Reno County that's become popular with professional golfers and celebrities. What's the name of this golf course?

A: Prairie Dunes

According to the Prairie Dunes Country Club website, the golf course near Hutchinson was molded from the Kansas land using 18 horses and mules and a few wheelbarrows. The only mechanized equipment involved were Model T and Model A Fords, which were used to bring workers to the site. Greens and fairways came to life by teams dragging plows and scoops, while roots of native grass and weeds were removed by hand, one wheelbarrowful at a time.

In true Kansas fashion, a tornado swept across the site, forcing men into a bunker for protection. Despite the elements, Prairie Dunes opened the first 9 holes in September 1937. Twenty years later in 1957, The Dunes opened the second 9 holes. The golf course has become a favorite destination for top professional golfers and certain celebrities, including actors and brothers Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray.  

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