A History of Country Club Gardens

Hello Neighbor,

 

We would like introduce you to the Country Club Gardens!!! We believe you can find living here a happy and rewarding experience. The following is some information about how our subdivision came to be.

A man named Col. John Davis of the Army Corp of Engineers developed the area where you now live. Born in Cairo, Illinois, the Colonel as everyone called him, was the son of a riverboat captain. Captain Harry S. Davis, the Colonel’s father, owned and operated the “Golden Fleece” on the Mississippi River running from St. Louis to New Orleans. Col. Davis went to work for the Corp of Engineers in Kansas City before being called to build bridges for the Army in 1943. He came out of WW ll a Colonel and went back to work for the Corp of Engineers. During the Korean War, he was a secret courier. Often times he would leave home with a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. His passport had stamps from all around the world.

The Colonel was the type of man who would seal a deal with a handshake at a time when there were no attorneys and no fears of lawsuits. He was a self-taught, whisky-drinking man’s-man, a descendant of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, and Samuel Davis, who was married to the sister of Pocahontas.

In 1965, when Highway 40 was the main thoroughfare and 1-70 not yet completed, the Colonel bought part of the Cornelius Child’s farm and acreage from Mrs. John Phillips, land that would soon become the Country Club of Blue Springs and the Country Club Gardens. For a long time, the Colonel operated a field office out of a trailer that sat on the land. The first memberships were sold from his trailer. The 72-par golf course was laid out, trees were planted and the clubhouse was built. The swimming pool was added in 1967 along with tennis courts, which no longer exist. The north side of the golf course had houses being built while the Club was being constructed. Later on, the south side of the golf course developed. The original plans had a medical facility where the bank and travel agency sit today. Apartments were to be added where CVS Drug is located today.

The Country Club of Blue Springs and the Country Club Gardens is just one of several developments by the Colonel. Another was Rockwood Country Club in Independence, built shortly after his return from WWII, where the Colonel hosted luncheons for Harry and Bess Truman and later for Ginger Rogers. The Grain Valley Golf Course, which no longer exists, was his last project. The Colonel died January 1, 1975 at the age of 67.

The Colonel left our area a legacy that still lives on today. Hundreds of families have derived enjoyment, recreation, friendships and gracious living from a community that was said to have been years before its time. We, the residents, are the inheritors of the Colonel’s dream. Again, welcome to the Country Club Gardens subdivision.

 

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