Right On Course
In recognition of a $2.5 million portion of their $40 million total gift to the university, the clubhouse at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course will be named The Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse.
The clubhouse, designed by Cline Design Associates, will be a 25,000-square-foot building with an outdoor terrace, and will provide incredible views of the downtown Raleigh skyline.
The 7,025-yard, Arnold Palmer-designed public course opened in 2009 to rave reviews, and is regarded as having one of the most stunning and challenging layouts in the region. Including a state-of-the-art research and training facility and clubhouse, the course covers approximately 200 acres in the southernmost portion of Centennial Campus.
Two of Palmer’s top architects, Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson, are both NC State graduates and had a heavy hand in the design and construction of the course.
In addition to serving as a home venue to the NC State men’s and women’s golf teams, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course is being used as a research and training facility for the nationally recognized Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE) at NC State, and a “living laboratory” for research into soil science, pathology, toxicology, wildlife management, urban forestry, and water conservation, under the direction of the College of Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Students in NC State’s Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) also learn first-hand course operation and management skills at Lonnie Poole Golf Course, which was named one of the nation’s best new courses and best college courses by Golfweek magazine.