November 2014 Trivia Answer & Winners

Lauren McCarthy, Mary Varney ('97), Wayne Hendrickson ('67), Susan Steingraber ('73) and Brad Upton ('85) were the first five people to correctly answer the question!

Congratulations to Todd Busker, whose name was randomly selected from the pool of correct answers to win this month's trivia prize!

November trivia question:
The U of M Les Bolstad Golf Course is a classic, 18-hole championship course used by students, faculty, alumni and the community. The course began as a cow pasture and was transformed by W.R. Smith, who was also known as "Mr. Golf" at the U and throughout the state. What year did the course open?

a) 1921
b) 1925
c) 1928
d) 1932

Answer:
1928 (actually 1929)

As several responders pointed out, the internet provides different answers to this question! This page was used as the source of this trivia question. Another page on the Les Bolstad website cites 1929 as the year opened.

The course began as a cow pasture; the clubhouse, which still stands today, was built in 1931. The course is enjoyed by members of the University community, alumni and current students studying turfgrass research.

The course will soon undergo a renovation for the "Science of (the) Green" initiative - a research program developed by CFANS professor Brian Horgan that focuses on building greater levels of efficiencies and environmental stewardship with turfgrass systems. Learn more.