LONNIE POOLE GOLF COURSE
TOURNAMENT PLANNING GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS ABOUT THE COURSE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 RATINGS, YARDAGE AND PACE OF PLAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 AMENITIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 RALEIGH AREA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 A NOTEWORTHY COURSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
The legendary Arnold Palmer drives the first ball on dedication day.
You have many choices for hosting your golf event. We want to make it easy for you to choose the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University. Our 18 holes of championship golf designed by the Arnold Palmer Design group have become a popular place to play in Raleigh. In fact, we are the only collegiate course ever designed by Arnold Palmer and his team. Youâ€™ll find that our amenities and resources exceed anything you could imagine for your next outing. Our golf course is part of a hospitality zone at NC State that includes an expansive and elegant alumni center and a Five-Star Marriott Autograph property: The StateView Hotel & Conference Center. Weâ€™ve created this booklet to share more about our golf course, facilities, nearby amenities and professional resources. Our goal is to utilize our expertise to relieve you of many planning concerns, focusing on all the ways we can make your event fun and worry free. If you have any questions, please contact me at 919.833.3338. Sincerely,
Chip Watson General Manager Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University
ABOUT THE COURSE
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is 200 acres of living laboratory for our academic turf sciences, plant and soil sciences and sustainable practices programs and home to our menâ€™s and womenâ€™s golf teams. The course has unique features that set it apart from other regional courses, representing the evolution in golf course architecture toward sustainability by fitting into and protecting the natural environment. It leans heavily on traditional Scottish designs while accommodating the natural landscape. Superintendent and NC State Alum, Brian Green was recently named one of six finalists for TurfNet's Superintendent of the Year for his expertise in managing bentgrass in the unpredictable North Carolina summers. Our course is also a training ground for our PGA Professional Golf Management program, where students get hands-on training in business fundamentals of golf including marketing, finance, merchandising, instruction, club fitting and services and tournament operations.
DESIGN The Arnold Palmer Design group used inspiration from features in the existing landscape as the primary cues for their design. The golf course routing is dictated by large elevation changes and it meanders around large buffer areas that were left in place to protect streams and wetlands in the Neuse River watershed. The buffers also provide a protected habitat for wildlife and native plant species.
GRASSES The course has many well-known turfgrass species at its heart: 419 bermudagrass on the fairways and an A1/A4 creeping bentgrass mix on the greens. The tee boxes are bermudagrass in full-sun exposure and zeon or zorro zoysia grass in the shade. The bunkers are outlined with El Toro, zeon or zorro zoysia grass to provide visual definition and low maintenance edges. 3
ROUGHS A mixture of four fine fescue species are in place throughout the golf course. Wild grasses — Little Bluestem and Broomsedge — were transplanted into the fescue in localized pockets allowing the roughs to evolve into a mix of cool and warm-season grasses adapted to the North Carolina environment that have low resource and maintenance requirements. The rough areas establish a color contrast with the turfgrasses on the fairways and tees. In summer months, the mature fescue in the rough are dominated by tans and browns compared to the vivid greens of bermudagrass and zoysiagrass. The reverse is true in winter, when roughs are green, and dormant bermudagrass and zoysiagrass are tan.
BUNKERS One of our most distinct trademarks is our bunker design, featuring irregular shapes and jagged edges, as geometric shapes are rarely seen in nature.
GPS-EQUIPPED GOLF CARTS Our electric E-Z-GO carts are equipped with the newest GPS technology and can display yardage as well as hole layouts and offer real-time scoring and advertising that can be used for events.
Islands and peninsulas with zeon zoysia grass intersect and blend with the roughs. The course uses a Better Billy Bunker System which complements our sustainable approach to the game of golf by requiring less labor/emissions to maintain consistent bunker play, rain or shine. Our “down time” following heavy rains has been reduced to almost zero, as this design permits rapid draining and a quick return to play.
AUDUBON SIGNATURE SANCTUARY Audubon International has certified our course as a Signature Golf Sanctuary. Ours is only the second universityowned facility in the world to achieve this prestigious designation. Core to this recognition is the commitment to deliver high-quality environmental education and to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. Our turfgrass is integrated seamlessly into the surrounding environment, leaving critical buffer areas undisturbed. And with geofencing-technology found with each golf cart, we can ensure our players don’t inadvertently drive into protected areas. 4
RATINGS, YARDAGE AND PACE OF PLAY RATINGS AND SLOPE
The golf course has six sets of tees that offer a variety of yardages from 4,869 to 7,358. With the hilly terrain (especially on the back nine), the yardage plays longer because some landing areas are into hills and limit roll. The Wolfpack Tees (sitting at 6,100 yards) have proven to be a perfect distance for outings and special events that include players of all skill levels.
M M W M W M W M W
72.4 70.8 76.5 68.8 74.0 66.4 70.9 63.1 66.7
137 132 140 123 134 111 124 99 114
We have adopted the nationwide “Play it Forward” initiative that encourages players to play “one tee up” from where they think they should play according to the yardage. This makes the game more fun for sure.
The USGA has rated the pace of play for our course at 4 hours and 22 minutes, but for daily play the course pace is usually closer to the four-hour range.
YARDAGE, HANDICAP AND PAR HOLE
COMPETITION 578 235 552 373 462 163 589 177 490 3619 389 665 472 448 194 549 405 135 482 3739
542 207 526 373 459 151 554 163 439 3414 369 631 424 410 159 549 379 118 463 3502
507 181 526 350 419 143 554 138 395 3213 369 582 391 375 138 504 379 110 441 3289
507 181 501 298 385 131 493 138 358 2992 345 553 391 337 138 468 341 110 425 3108
456 160 468 257 358 107 444 115 322 2687 287 525 356 337 121 427 285 104 379 2821
400 143 450 242 271
286 2374 237 477 330 303 100 399 234 36
COURSE LAYOUT The Lonnie Poole Golf Course bears the distinction as the only collegiate course ever designed by Arnold Palmer.
AMENITIES The Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse offers stunning views of the Raleigh skyline and first-class service. The facility is part of a hospitality zone on NC Stateâ€™s Centennial Campus, which includes the Park Alumni Center and StateView Hotel and Conference Center. These properties are within steps from one another and are available to accommodate your tournament needs.
CAROL JOHNSON POOLE CLUBHOUSE
TERRACE DINING ROOM
24,000 square feet
Player development suite with Trackman technology and golf simulator
Full-service restaurant and bar/event space
Golf shop and professional staff
Club fitting, repairs and alterations Men’s and women’s locker rooms Meeting spaces
CART STORAGE STORAGE BAG STORAGE
BACK OF HOUSE
GOLF TEAM LOBBY
Firepit patio and covered event space 178 parking spaces
CLUB REPAIR LOBBY PGA GOLF MANAGEMENT
PARK ALUMNI CENTER
59,000 square feet Meeting spaces including a grand ballroom Outdoor patio Full-service restaurant and bar 180 parking spaces
STATEVIEW HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel 8,400 square feet 164 guest rooms and suites Restaurant and bar with private dining space Meeting space Business center Fitness center Outdoor pool / reception area Outdoor event terrace 245 parking spaces
RALEIGH: A GREAT PLACE TO GOLF AND VISIT The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is located only 3.5 miles from downtown Raleigh and 13 miles from RDU International Airport. The nearby area has more than 30 hotels plus hundreds of restaurants from which to choose. Downtown Raleigh boasts 150 dining options alone!
A VIBRANT NIGHTLIFE AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES 6 museums
HOW TO GET HERE FLY
22 guided tours 51 spas and salons
The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) offers 47 non-stop destinations and 400 daily flights. International direct flights between Paris, London, Toronto and CancĂşn. CARRIERS: Alaska, Allegiant, Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, jetBlue, Southwest and United
22 concert venues 400 stores and shops
The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is easily accessed by I-40 and Highway 64 from the east or west and I-95 from the north and south.
RAIL Raleighâ€™s Amtrak Station is in downtown Raleigh and connects to major cities such as Charlotte, New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville and Orlando.
The golf course and clubhouse are situated on NC State's Centennial Campus, home to a combination of industry, government and academia. More than 70 corporate, government and non-profit partners are represented on the campus, including LexisNexis, ABB, Merck, Hanesbrands Inc and the IBM Innovation Center. Centennial Campus is also home to the James B. Hunt Library, one of the most spectacular libraries in the world. 12
A NOTEWORTHY COURSE NC State is a land grant university, so itâ€™s fitting that a world-class golf course and facility be open to the public. The NC Golf Panel chose it best new public course in North Carolina, and GolfWeek Magazine rates it as one of the top 30 collegiate golf courses in the world. We are honored to serve this city and region and welcome the opportunity to host a fun and memorable experience with you. 13
ACCOLADES EARNED Designated as an Arnold Palmer Signature Course and only collegiate course ever designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Group Rated in the Top 30 College Golf Courses in the World (Golfweek Magazine) Selected as Best Public Course in Raleigh (NC Golf Panel) Voted as Readers Choice, Best Golf Course in Raleigh (Midtown Magazine) Selected Best New Clubhouse (Golf, Inc. Magazine) Designated an Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary Voted Best Raleigh Golf Course (Midtown Magazine) Director of Golf Maintenance Brian Green named to TurfNet's Top Six Superintendents of the Year
TOURNAMENTS HOSTED NCAA Division I Men’s & Women's Regionals PGA Tour and Web.com Qualifiers Jimmy V Celebrity Classic USGA US Junior Qualifier Executive Women’s Golf Association Wounded Warriors Classic
LONNIE POOLE GOLF COURSE 1509 Main Campus Drive Raleigh NC, 27606 lonniepoolegolfcourse.com Lonnie Poole Golf Course is a service of NC Stateâ€™s Campus Enterprises and is managed by Carolinas Golf Group.
CHIP WATSON General Manager 919.833.3338