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Official state records indicate Johnson County indicate Johnson County Golf Club became a corporation on June 26, 1928, according to the Articles of incorporation filed with F. E. Schortemeir, then Secretary of State of Indiana. On December 2, 1933, Frank Mayr of the Office of the Secretary of State signed an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of the Johnson County Golf Club, thus changing the name of this corporation to Hillview Country Club, Inc. In the Articles of Amendment, it is noted that 81 members called a special meeting on December, 1, 1933 at the Club House to vote on this amendment. Forty-five members voted yes and none voted no. Shares of stock certificates and membership certificates were subsequently sold to members, and so the history and memories of Hillview Country Club began.

The Original Club House

Lewis Hendricks and his wife Sally LeMasters came from Kentucky in 1822 and built a log cabin where they lived for 4 years until they built the white frame house overlooking what is now State Road 144. The Hendricks log cabin was moved to the Johnson County Historical Museum in 1967, and Lewis’ name can be found on a plaque in the cabin. The Hendricks raised 12 children. Lewis served on the Franklin College Board of Directors from 1836 to 1845. In 1917 the house and the surrounding 54 acres was put up for auction, and purchased by Charles Hougham for $3,000. Two years later, the country club was organized, and in the fall of 1926 20 couples met in the house and formed the golf club and began construction on the greens. The greens were first used in 1928 when membership was 100 people, the initiation fee was $100 and the yearly dues were $60.

Six of the present holes are more-or-less original, and 12 new ones constructed when the current club house was constructed.

In the 1950s, the drive to the old house was abandoned and a pool was constructed. The new entrance was used until 1970. The original well remains (though not functional) and can be seen behind #18 tee today. A story is told that even though Lewis Hendricks and his family’s remains had been moved to Greenlawn Cemetery in 1913, two of his children are rumored to be still buried on the grounds of Hillview.

After the Fire – January 12, 1971

The Daily Journal news story on January 13, 1971:

“Raging fire destroyed the Hillview Country Club east of Franklin late Tuesday night despite efforts by firemen from three communities. Franklin city firefighters who answered the first alarm at 11:22 p.m. said it may be difficult to determine a cause for the fire since no one was inside, and flames were already shooting from the roof of the three-story structure when they arrived.” Within minutes fire had engulfed the entire structure. Two firetrucks ran out of water and for a while they pumped water from the swimming pool to fight the blaze.

At the back end of the club house was a golf pro shop operated by Professional Richard St. Peter. Some golf equipment, bags, balls clubs and shoes, etc. were saved by firefighters and spectators during the fire. Total loss was set near $100,000.

By Wednesday, January 13, 1971, the Hillview Board of Directors were already in the preliminary planning stages for a new club house, nor did the fire did not interfere with the completion of the new 9 holes already under construction at that time. Two trailers were purchased and used one for the golf shop, and the other for a snack bar. Bernie Admire, president of the club, assured the 275 members they would be continually apprised of the situation. Other members of the Hillview board included: Bob Branigin, Sam Yount, Dennis Manual, Art Ingles, Jack Early, Andy Bailey, Dr. Hugh Andrews, Louis Leercamp and Jack Hardin. Operation continued in the trailers until November 1972, with the new club house opening in December of that year.

Moving Forward

During the 1970s and 1980s, Hillview members saw a variety of changes and improvements to the golf course and the club house. A swimming pool was built and completed at the current location in 1975 and a cart barn/golf shop constructed north the club house. Other priority projects were the Country Club Road driveway, parking lot, landscaping and drainage in the area from the club house to the pond by #1 tee.

Plans for the 1980s included redoing of the fairways, bunkers and tee renovations and a tree planting program. Membership stood at 371 with a $250 initiation fee. Club Estates was organized in 1983 and houses appeared along #2 fairway beginning in 1984. B.G. Winings replaced Dick Bradow as the Golf Professional in 1986.

Moving into the 1990s involved continued facility upgrades, including construction of the banquet room in 1995 and the cart paths. A master plan for the course was in the planning stages, which included burying the small creek on #13 and making the pond, also filling in part of the pond on #7. New carts were purchased in 1997 and new greens mowers and other equipment obtained in 1998.The club also took on the in-house food service contract that year.

A New Era/New Owners – Since 2012

The clubhouse has undergone several renovations between 2012 and 2015. These include remodel of the main clubhouse, adding porches, new windows, a fire pit and new blacktop and walkways. A new HVAC system was installed upstairs and the kitchen received new appliances and a major upgrade in preparation for Scotty’s Brew Club. Lou’s Den also went renovation of kitchen space, tables and chairs restroom facilities. And the golf shop was freshened with new fixtures, paint and television.

Other facility upgrades included a new zero-entry swimming pool and splash pad in 2013, along with a pool locker room facelift. Three course bunkers were filled in a graded, and the Greens Department acquired new equipment, including the Sand Pro and completed drainage enhancements to the driving range and north side of the course. Forty older electric carts were exchanged for 52 new Precedent Club Cars to accommodate the growing membership.

Hillview members have traditionally taken ownership for various projects needing completion. Chuck Wenning and Jerry Petro consider it a personal mission to keep our trees looking beautifully pruned. The Ladies Leagues have planted flowers, donated water coolers and provided numerous other enhancements over the years, and the Karen Nally family donated the fountains in the ponds on #8 and #9. Every Monday a dedicated group of seniors gather to sand divots and tees.

Begun in 2016 was phase 1 of the Better Billy Bunker project, which coincided with the new entrance and tee box for #11. Needed repairs to existing cart paths and a plan for construction of back-9 paths was undertaken. Locker room renovations were completed and new flooring was placed in the golf shop.

A massive tree planting project begun in 2017 is still underway as the damage to the ash tree from infestation precipitated the lose of many of our mature trees. And the biggest news of 2017 was the opening of Big Woods Franklin!

All of this has been accomplished with minimal fees increases to our valued members. There are still numerous projects to be completed for the betterment of Hillview, and to secure our place as the “Best Golf Club in Johnson County” and beyond.


Past Presidents

1928        Dayton D. Fertig

1929        Dayton D. Fertig

1930        Dayton D. Fertig

1931        C.C. Argabrite

1932        C.C. Argabrite

1933        Oral S. Barnett

1934        Oral S. Barnett

1935        Oral S. Barnett

1936        William T. Kelly

1937        William T. Kelly

1938        William T. Kelly

1939        William T. Kelly

1940        Ralph Crawford, Sam Lanham, George Vandivier and Frank Cravens

1941        Oral S. Barnett

1942        William T. Kelly

1943        Eldo Stonecipher

1944        Ben G. Breeding

1945        William T. Kelly

1946        Arthur T. Records

1947        Arthur T. Records

1948        William  Hemphill

1949        Dan M. Cravens

1950        William T. Kelly

1951        Arthur T. Records

1952        Eugene Anderson

1953        Alton Snyder

1954        Alton Snyder

1955        James McCarty

1956        Roger Owens

1957        Robert Lagle

1958        Robert Lagle

1959        Rush Friddle

1960        Herman Hougland

1961        Raymond Fetterley

1962        Robert Tranter, Jr.

1963        Herman Moyer

1964        Millard Montgomery and Herbert Whitaker

1965        Robert Tranter, Jr.

1966        Hugh Campbell

1967        Rush Friddle

1968        Rush Friddle

1969        Louis Leerkamp

1970        Bernard Admire

1971        Robert Branigin

1972        Burke Anderson

1973        Hugh Campbell

1974        Hugh Campbell

1975        Robert Foist

1976        Robert Gee

1977        Robert Gee

1978        Nolan Cooper

1979        Nolan Cooper

1980        William Logan

1981        Jerry Ferguson

1982        Stephen Hougland

1983        Robert Stultz

1984        Dean Abplanalp

1985        Dave Hamilton

1986        John Rhoades

1987        Edgar P. Zehr

1988        Lou Wenning

1989        Gary Admire

1990        Edward A. Deiwert

1991        Harley R. Owens

1992        Tom Jones

1993        Phil Powell

1994        William McCarty

1995        William McCarty

1996        William McCarty

1997        William McCarty & Jerry Prosser

1998        Jerry Prosser

1999        Trent McWilliams

2000        Jerry Petro

2001        Jerry Petro

2002        Dean Walters

2003        Joe McElwain

2004        Steve Cobb

2005        Steve Cobb

2006        Jim Admire

2007        Jim Admire

2008        Jerry Petro

2009        Jerry Petro

2010        Ernie Huber

2011        Jim Admire

2012        Tom Slemons & Pete Grimmer

2013        Jim Admire

2014        Max S. Woodbury, II

2015        Pete Grimmer

2016        Jim Admire

2017        Max S. Woodbury, II

2018        Pete Grimmer


Past Men’s Club Champion

1931    Roger Owens

1932    Roger Owens

1933    John Graham

1934    Eugene Anderson

1935    J. E. Nash

1936    M. T. Kelly

1937    E. Slack

1938    John Graham

1939    Bice Roth

1940    K. Hendrickson

1941    N.R. Dyke

1942    Lennis Murphy

1943    Dan Cravens

1944    M. T. Kelly

1945    Roger Owens

1946    Eugene Anderson

1947    Lennis Murphy

1948    William Campbell

1949    Lennis Murphy

1950    Lennis Murphy

1951    William Campbell

1952    Lennis Murphy

1953    Dan Cravens

1954    William Campbell

1955    Joe Swope

1956    William Campbell

1957    Lennis Murphy

1958    Lennis Murphy

1959    Rush Friddle

1960    Dan Cravens

1961    Wendell Deer

1962    Wendell Deer

1963    Dan Cravens

1964    Wendell Deer

1965    Dan Cravens

1966    Gary Crist

1967    R. Sublette

1968    Andy Wood

1969    Gary Crist

1970    R. Sublette

1971    Rush Friddle

1972    M.C. Cristie

1973    Tom Jones

1974    Rush Friddle

1975    Gary Admire

1976    Chuck Wenning

1977    Chuck Wenning

1978    Chuck Wenning

1979    Nick Nichols

1980    Chuck Wenning

1981    Dean Abplanalp

1982    Chuck Wenning

1983    Chuck Wenning

1984    Dean Abplanalp

1985    Chuck Wenning

1986    Jim Anthony

1987    Chuck Wenning

1988    Dean Abplanalp

1989    Jim Anthony

1990    Jim Anthony

1991    Chuck Wenning

1992    Jim Anthony

1993    Pete Wojtowicz

1994    Chuck Wenning

1995    Jeff Parish

1996    Chip Olson

1997    Jim Anthony

1998    Chuck Wenning

1999    Jim Anthony

2000    Chuck Wenning

2001    Chuck Wenning

2002    Jim Anthony

2003    Jim Anthony

2004    Chuck Wenning

2005    Jim Anthony

2006    Chuck Wenning

2007    Chuck Wenning

2008    Chuck Wenning

2009    Chuck Wenning

2010    Josh Oldham

2011    Tim Fish

2012    Josh Oldham

2013    Chuck Wenning

2014    Josh Oldham

2015    Josh Oldham

2016    Josh Oldham

2017    Josh Oldham


Past Women’s Club Champion

1941    N. Dyke

1944    D. Billingsly

1945    N. Dyke

1946    Rosemary Tulley 1947

1948    Rosemary T. Anderson

1949    Rollie Cravens

1950    Marge Sanders

1952    Marge Ragsdale

1953    Marge Ragsdale

1954    Judy Records

1955    Betty Graham

1956    Judy Records

1957    Marge Ragsdale

1958    Judy Records

1959    Rollie Cravens

1960    Marge Moyer

1961    Marge Hardin

1962    Ginger Cline

1963    M.L. Norton

1964    Judy R. Jones

1965    Judy R. Jones

1966    Jonnie Bailey

1967    Jonnie Bailey

1968    Marge Moyer

1969    Billie Windisch

1970    Carla Windisch

1971    Dorothy Sanders

1972    Carla Windisch

1973    Betty Graham

1974    Dorothy Sanders

1975    Virginia Nesmith

1976    Mary Gasaway

1977    Sarah O’Neil

1978    Nela Wagner

1979    Ann Gordon

1980    Ann Gordon

1981    Ann Gordon

1982    Ann Gordon

1983    Ann Gordon

1984    Ann Gordon

1985    Ann Gordon

1986    Ann Gordon

1987    Judy Deiwert

1988    Susan Randall

1989    Susan Randall

1990    Ann Gordon

1991    Susan Kirkland

1992    Ann Gordon

1993    Ann Gordon

1994    Ann Gordon

1995    Ann Gordon

1996    Kathleen Schutz

1997    Ann Gordon

1998    Kathleen Schutz

1999    Kathleen Schutz

2000    Jackie Jacob

2001    Sheryl Feyen

2002    Karen Nally

2003    Jackie Jacob

2004    Karen Nally

2005    Kathleen Schutz

2006    Sheryl Feyen

2007    Kathleen Schutz

2008    Karen Nally

2009    Kathleen Schutz

2010    Amy Bohm

2011    Kathleen Schutz

2012    Beth Orsay

2013    Kathleen Schutz

2014    Cindy Cody

2015    Beth Orsay

2016    Judy Deiwert

2017    Judy Deiwert