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 Our Staff


Jim Walker, General Manager







Jim is Kimbeland’s general manager. He has been a member since 1982 and has been involved with the business side of Kimbeland as a director, corporate secretary and accountant for over 20 years. He was selected as general manager in April 2007.

Jim is a graduate of Jackson High School and has a degree in accounting from Southeast Missouri State University, graduating in 1975. He obtained his CPA license in 1978 and worked for 25 years with the Missouri Department of Revenue retiring in 2007.

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Catering

Kimbeland Country Club offers a great catering experience for both on-site and off-site events.  Wedding rehearsal dinners, baby showers, bridals showers, birthday parties, company Christmas parties, business or club luncheons and other special events. 

Kimbeland catering options include Hors 'd oeuvres, plated meals or buffet style with a flexible menu selection from basic to gourmet.

So, let Kimbeland Country Club be your next catering choice. 
 
Phone:  573.243.3923 Ext. 2        

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Membership


Family Membership
- For married families and their immediate family members and includes all amenities of the club including golf, driving range, clubhouse and swimming pool.

Individual Membership
- For individuals regardless of marital status, includes all amenities of the club including golf, driving range, clubhouse and swimming pool.

Senior Membership
- For married or unmarried individuals age 65 and over and includes all amenities of the club including golf, driving range, clubhouse and swimming pool.

Social Membership - For families or individuals and includes clubhouse, swimming pool and a limited number of rounds of golf.

Non-Resident Membership - For families or individuals who maintain a second residence for at least six months out of the year and is also at least 30 miles from Jackson, Missouri and includes all amenities of the club including golf, driving range, clubhouse and swimming pool.

Click here to download the Membership Application with full details.


 

Guest Policy


Generally, guests must live at least 30 miles from Jackson. Perryville and Sikeston are considered outside the thirty-mile area. Out of town guests may make a tee time up to 4 days in advance and may play an unlimited amount
of times per year.

Guests (inside the 30 mile radius) are not allowed to make tee times and may only play 4 times per year. (Open tournaments, outings or practice rounds included with open tournaments do not count.)

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Our History


DEDICATED TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF KIMBELAND COUNTRY CLUB

Robert D. Wulff
Kenneth Kasten
Robert L. Hartle
John H. Schulte, Jr.
Wilson Lewis
George Kimbel


HISTORY OF KIMBELAND COUNTRY CLUB

On July 16, 1962, five members of the Jackson community formed a
corporation to start a golf course and country club. These five gentlemen:
Robert Wulff, Robert Hartle, Kenneth Kasten, Wilson Lewis and John
Schulte Jr. each spent $100.00 so the corporation could be started. With the
help of Paul Mueller, a lawyer from town, they drew up the original by-laws
and articles of incorporation for the club to govern their rules and regulations.

These original shareholders met with a gentleman named George Kimbel.
Mr. Kimbel owned the Kimbeland Farm, which is the land the golf
course currently occupies. Even though Mr. Kimbel was not a golfer and
didn’t have any interest in playing, he and his wife, Lillian, liked the idea
that they could sit on their porch and watch the players enjoying their rounds
of golf. George Kimbel agreed to lease the land to build the golf course and
loan any monies that were needed at an interest rate of 6.0%. The original
plans were to build a nine-hole golf course with a clubhouse, swimming pool
and tennis courts, with an additional nine-holes to be added as funds became
available. The construction of the original nine-holes began in the fall of
1962 on approximately 78 acres of ground. A five-acre lake was added to
the property to serve as the water source for the golf course. With the help
of many Jackson citizens and businesses, the farmland started to turn into
what looked like a golf course.

To gather funds together to help pay for the expenses, many of the
charter members began traveling around the area trying to sell stock in the
corporation. Each share of stock was sold for $100.00, which enabled the
owners to obtain a membership without paying an initiation fee into the club.
The Board of Directors set the dues for an annual membership to be $100.00
per year. They were able to get 90 members before the golf course was
opened. George Kimbel funded any other monies that were needed to help
build the course. Mr. Kimble did not believe in investing his money in
stocks or bonds, but he was very generous with his money if he could have
his name placed on his investment.

Including the help of the original members, many others including
Jack and Jim Litz, Jim and Billy Joe Thompson, Wib Bangert, Palmer
Hacker, Hassle Looney, Kelly Blackman, Bill Call, R.O. Hawkins, J.E.
Hecker, Gene Cracraft and Bill Heyde Jr. began to put in the efforts to take
the farmland and try and turn it into a golf course. Many companies including
Kasten Clay Products, Calvin Phillips Excavating, Cape County Commissioners,
Charlie Meyer Excavating, Litz Brothers Poultry and Bangert
Auto Wrecking Service also donated their time and equipment to help.

Fencerows and trees were removed, land was tilled, the lake was constructed and
the road and water lines were put in.
With the assistance of Albert Linkogel and Ray Freeburg, a golf course design
company from St. Louis, the course was laid out over hilly, wooded land of
Southeast Missouri. With recommendations from Linkogel and Freeburg, bent
grass greens would be built which ensured that the members would be able to
enjoy their golfing season year round. Bob Wulff was instrumental in overseeing
the construction of the greens.

After the golf course opened in the spring on 1963, designs for a clubhouse
were drawn. The Board of Directors decided to issue more stock to help
fund the construction of the clubhouse. It was built in the fall of ’63 with plans
to open in the spring of 1964. Now that the nine-hole golf course had a clubhouse,
a motion was made to build a pool. Mr. Kimbel informed the Board of
Directors that he would pay for the construction of the pool if he could design the
shape. With approximately 300 members in the fall of 1965, the stockholders
voted to build an additional nine-holes to make the first eighteen-hole golf course
in Cape Girardeau County.

The membership was flourishing and the golf course was improving due
to the hard work of the people involved. The golf course superintendents and
their staffs kept the golf course in such a shape that it was voted the best golf
course from St. Louis to Memphis. Mr. Blevens, a greens keeper from Sikeston
was the first superintendent, but due to his lack of experience with bent grass
greens, Earl Siebert replaced him. Earl served as the superintendent until 1970,
when Sherry Baker took over. Sherry continued to work for Kimbeland as the
greens keeper until 1996. David Chasteen took over the helm and served as the
superintendent until 2002. Claude Ferguson now holds the position.

An integral part of having a country club with a clubhouse is to have
somebody run the operation. The club hired a man named Penny Crabtree to
oversee the business of the clubhouse and pro shop. Penny was replaced by
Henry Vogel and then by Jim Thompson. Jim was the first person to own and
operate the clubhouse as his own. He hired a kid named Bill Wampler to work
for him, who went away to a Professional Golf Association School in Florida.
When Bill came back, he took over for Jim and became the first P.G.A. member
to be hired as the golf professional at Kimbeland. Many others have succeeded
Bill, including Jess Simpson, Wes Duperier, Bill Curry, John Alexander, Brad
Krutz, Larry Emery, Doug Dunbar, Todd Eastin and now Jim Davey, but the club
has always kept the tradition of having a P.G.A. member serve as their golf professional.

A longstanding tradition of Kimbeland has been their associations that sponsor and
help run the tournaments for members and outside guests. The Men’s and Ladies
Associations were formed and their support for golf and the club has continued to
this day. Both associations have formed leagues and tournaments as well as a
bridge club for the ladies. Thursday has been ladies day since the club started and
has played an important role in the social atmosphere the club has provided to its
members and guests.

The golf course stayed the same until 1996, when a group headed by Jack Litvay,
laid out a new and improved golf course with larger greens and a more challenging
layout. The course continues to try and improve with the help of the current Board
of Directors and the members. In 2000, golf course architect Art Schaupeter developed
a long range plan for Kimbeland’s golf course. A portion of that plan has been
completed including adding two additional holes and completely re-building holes
8 and 9. In December of 2006 construction began on a new 7000 square foot clubhouse
which was completed in September of 2007.

All of this can be attributed to the young men who had an idea decided to dedicate
their time and money to build a golf course and country club in the town of Jackson.
And as they all knew, without the financial help and support of George Kimbel,
there would be no Kimbeland Country Club.

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