Happy Hollow Club
From Happy Hollow Club’s website:
More than just a championship golf course, Happy Hollow is a place of memories; time spent with family and friends over a special dinner, relaxing at the pool, or hosting significant family events. From the sanctuary of a beautiful golf course, to the first class dining facilities, to the first rate athletic facilities, Happy Hollow Club will present you a unique experience marked by exceptional service and warm hospitality.
The existence of Happy Hollow was spear-headed by eleven prominent Omaha businessmen led by Mr. Erastus A. Benson (the founder of the small community of Benson in North Omaha). On April 2, 1907 these men held the first stockholder meeting and adopted the Articles of Incorporation. Curiously, the very first resolution by these first Directors of Happy Hollow Club was to prohibit the selling of any form of alcohol on the club grounds. As years passed the club was dubbed the “Grape Juice Club.” This did not deter the growth of the club as the membership mounted rapidly and steadily.
The Directors purchased the original clubhouse located at the site that is now known as Brownell-Talbot School from the J.N.H. Patrick family for the sum of $30,000. This was considered quite a bargain as the purchase price included two massive homes that cost the Patricks $67,000 to build and eleven acres of land. The Patricks were quite prominent in Omaha society and entertained quite often and rather lavishly. References were made frequently referring to their home as “Happy Hollow House.” It is stated in one article concerning the forming of the club that: “The name Happy Hollow will be retained, preserving the name of a place for many years the scene of cultured hospitality and its many pleasant associations.” The club first opened its doors on July 20, 1907.