Gene and Joby Kaufman along with Gene's parents, Burlin and Jo, and many uncles, started building the golf course in 1959 from the 40 acre farm. Etna Acres opened on July 4, 1960 with 65 golfers and hot dogs cooked in a popcorn popper. An additional 30 acres was added in 1967. On July 4, 2020 Etna Acres celebrated its 60th birthday!
The south (back) nine was opened in 1993. Both nines are unique, the north nine is traditional style that you would find from the 60's, while the south nine is a "links" style.
In 2017, grandson, Devin Dale, started his journey to follow Gene's footsteps, and officially became a member of the PGA October 2020.
In 2019, Gene Kaufman received his 50 year PGA Member award. An award he is humbled by.
Since 2016, along with the Jerry Crow family and friends, we have been recognized as a Top Performer by the Folds of Honor.
In 2009, Gene was awarded the Junior Golf Leader Award for the Indiana Section of the PGA. He is very proud of this award and loves to talk with kids of all ages (yes, adults, too) about their golf game.
In 2001, Etna Acres was listed as one of the Top 100 Courses for women. Gene and Joby always try to make women feel welcome and have merchandise available for them.