Golf legend Arnold Palmer will be among hundreds of donors and dignitaries attending the grand opening ceremony of NC State’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course today. Also in attendance will be Lonnie Poole ’59, who secured the naming rights for the newly opened public golf course.
Poole is well-pleased with what Palmer’s design company did with the pristine land in the southwest corner of Centennial Campus, which will serve as the home for the NC State varsity golf teams, its Professional Golf Management program and the its top-ranked turfgrass management program.
A large measure of the credit goes to a pair of NC State graduates who are architects for the Arnold Palmer Design Company, Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson, who maintained a near-constant presence during the two-year construction process. Palmer, who joined Poole and PGA Tour pro Carl Pettersson in taking the first shots into the uncut forest two years ago, has visited the site on several occasions to oversee the process.
We’ll have photos from the day’s festivities later, but you can view some great shots of the course now on RaleighSkyline.com, which is maintained by photographer Matt Robinson ’01.
Here are some quick facts about the course:
- Par: 71
- Yards: 7,358
- Longest hole: No. 7
- Shortest hole: No. 8
- First hole in one: Russell King (On July 11, he used a 9-iron on hole No. 14.)
(Photo courtesy of NC State News Services)