Behind every great golf course is a designer with a great plan. That is definitely the case at the 18-hole golf course here at the Lenoir Golf Club facility in Lenoir, North Carolina. Our course began as a 9-hole course in 1928, but was reimagined by Donald Ross in 1945 and later expanded to 18 holes in 1961.
Donald Ross was born November 23, 1872 and lived to April 26, 1948. Much of his adult life was spent around golf in one form or another. His first job upon arriving in the United States from Scotland was at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Massachusetts. Mr. Ross ended up designing and redesigning more than 300 golf courses in Canada, Cuba, and the United States. One of the reasons he was so successful with designing golf courses is that he was also a player. He had a successful playing career, including winning three North and South Opens and two Massachusetts Opens.
We are most fortunate to have had the services of Donald Ross in the redesign of our golf course. His philosophy can be seen when you play. In his words, “Every hole must present a different problem for the golfer. Each hole must be built so that it wastes none of the precious ground at my disposal and takes advantage of every possibility I can see.” There were two benefits of his philosophy. Not only was the outcome in harmony with the environment, but golf courses could be constructed more affordably. We owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Ross and you’ll feel the same when you test your skills on our beautiful golf course.