I love course history, so let’s start the blog with a little history. Back in the 1920’s the idea of golf courses was growing in popularity as Bobby Jones was storming around as an amatuer winning everyting in sight. Golf courses were being built and it was the Roaring 20’s. Times were good and it was good times for Lenoir as well. The town was growing and furinture was expanding. Companies in the area were making money and were looking for better housing, better recreation, and a better life after WWI.
T.H Broyhill was instrmental in developing or helping to be developed the area between downtown Lenoir and the Golf Course. He organized the Club and the corporation to run the course. That corporation still exists today Lenoir Golf Club Inc.
By the 1940’s J.E. Broyhill had assumed much of the leadership mantle at Broyhill furniture and he retained Donald Ross to do a makeover of Lenoir Golf Cluc in 1945. Donald Ross made a drawing for 18 holes and renovated the existing 9 holes later that summer. The other 9 holes were never built. You can still see a lot of the Donald Ross flavor in many of the older greens. When the additional 9 holes were added in 1959-1960, they were added by Pat Allison, the Golf Pro at the time. Pat Allison had deep Scottish roots and followed many of the same design characteristics of a Donald Ross course. In fact if you tried to guess, you might guess that some of the greens attributed as Donald Ross are actually Pat Allison’s work.
Here are the original green complexes that have been basically untouched since Donald Ross redid them in 1945: #10, #11, #12, #3, #4, #16, #18.
The green on #5 has been up on the hill in 1927, but sometime in the 1950’s it was where #15 green is now. The green for #8 has been moved at least three times, once for the highway 321 widening, and then again for bad drainage in 1995. Those were the original 9 holes.
#1 was added and the green was rebuilt in the 90’s, Originally you teed off #2 and played to #11 green, but when the course was changed to 18 holes, #2 and #11 were squeezed in side by side. Donald Ross added #12, Pat Allison added #9, which is one of the best par 3’s on the course. The row of Pin Oak trees were added in the early 70’s. #3 used to tee off where #13 does today. It was a longer carry over the creek. Now #13 plays straight down and across the creek, while #3 tees off alongside and then proceeds back into the valley to the green.
#4 and #5 were original holes to the course, #14 and #15 was added to the new 9 in the addition. #7 used to be the old Lenoir Airport in the 40’s and 50’s. #8 was original to the course and #18 was always the finishing hole.
Have a great day and the next time you play remember, lots of balls have been lost in these creeks since 1927 !!