Players Retreat Opens in the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse on Centennial Campus

RALEIGH, NC (Jan. 30, 2014) – The Players Retreat, dining operator for the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse, is now serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m daily and for catered events throughout the week. The full-service bar is also open from 11 6 p.m. daily.

The new clubhouse, located at 1509 Main Campus Drive on NC State’s Centennial Campus, opened in early January as a part of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course complex.

This is the second location for the iconic Raleigh restaurant, also known as the PR, which has operated on Oberlin Road near the intersection of Hillsborough Street since 1951. Patrons at the new “PR @ The Poole” can enjoy a $7.95 lunch menu, which includes burgers, cheese fries, chicken salad, wings and more. The NC State community can take advantage of a special deal from Jan. 31 – Feb. 21. Anyone who shows a valid NC State University ID will get 20 percent off his or her food and non-alcoholic beverage purchase.

“Right now, we’re starting with lunch, but we are looking to expand in the spring to breakfast during the week, dinner a few weeknights and brunch on Sunday,” said Richard Gusler, who owns the PR.

“We can also provide catered events. Whether it’s a relaxed barbecue, business lunch, wedding reception or seven-course meal, we can provide the food and atmosphere that your guests will love,” Gusler continued. “As the the temperatures climb in the spring, we can accommodate guests on the patio where we have an outdoor fireplace and fire pit with spectacular views of the Raleigh skyline. Put simply, it’s a country club experience without the membership fee.”

The Centennial Development, LLC, selected the Players Retreat out of a pool of 12 food service establishments based throughout the Triangle. CDLLC based its decision on the restaurant’s extensive food service experience, particularly regarding catering.

“We’re excited to have the PR become part of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course,” Dan Adams, associate vice chancellor of Campus Enterprises, said. “Their experience and enthusiasm will help create the optimal dining experience for all guests of the clubhouse.”

For more information about PR @ The Poole call 919.390.7802. For more information about the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse, visit


Our new two-story clubhouse offers breath-taking views of the Raleigh skyline and first-class service to our golfers, diners, varsity golf teams and students studying professional golf management and turf management.

The clubhouse features a full-service restaurant, bar and catering, golf shop, public and Charter Partner locker rooms, meeting rooms, energy-efficient electric golf cart storage, and many other amenities.

No membership needed! Dining and golf are available to the public.

To book your event in the clubhouse, call 919.390.7802.