Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse Nears Completion
Oct. 25, 2013
By George Cox
As the completion date for NC State’s state-of-the-art Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse nears, anticipation is growing among Pack golfers, coaches, students and alumni.
It just can’t come too soon.
“It looks like we might open in December,” stated Chip Watson, who serves as the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse general manager in addition to assisting NC State men’s golf coach Richard Sykes. “We are in the late stages of construction.”
The 25,000 square foot, two-story clubhouse will be the envy of many, as it will truly serve as a full service golf facility. It will house both the men’s and women’s golf teams, including coaches’ offices, a hitting bay, and lounge areas. In addition, the clubhouse will house offices and classrooms for the PGA Management program, which includes 100 students.
Also, a large classroom will be included for Turf Grass Management as well as offices for that academic discipline.
“You mix in those two groups and there will be a lot of students in and out of the building,” Watson continued.
Other amenities will be hitting bags, golf simulators, and swing analysis areas. There’s even a device which measures the spin rotation of the ball.
“Those things are really neat and accurate,” noted the Pack assistant coach.
A Hall of Fame foyer is under construction, as well as a trophy and donor wall along with lockers for charter partners and the general public.
The golf shop will be a state-of-the-art facility. The clubhouse will house a full-service kitchen, including a large dining area which can accommodate 150-200 people for events such as wedding receptions and business-social meetings.
Golf carts will be among the items stored in the clubhouse basement.
“This clubhouse is the result of a lot of planning,” Watson emphasized. “It puts together golf operations, dining, PGA Management and turf management. It will be one of the nicest facilities in the country.”
The clubhouse is located across the street from the Park Alumni Center on the Centennial Campus.
Putting on his coaching hat, Watson pointed out how the facility will help the Wolfpack men’s and women’s golf teams. “The NCAA restricts practice time to 20 hours per week. Housing the teams will allow the players to save time from driving around. The players can get out of class and take the Wolfline buses here.”
The facility will also be a tremendous recruiting tool for potential student-athletes. It is a culmination of a multi-million dollar venture which originated with the construction of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Poole and his wife, Carol Lynn Poole, donated three million dollars for the project.
The golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer Design and its architect was State alumnus Erik Larsen. It was recently the site of the 2013 Wolfpack Intercollegiate in October and will host both the Wolfpack Spring Open and an NCAA Regional round in the spring of 2014.