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New clubhouse at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course open to the public

The Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse, located on the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State, is now open to the public after a year of construction.

The two-story clubhouse, located at 1509 Main Campus Drive on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers breathtaking views of the Raleigh skyline and first-class service to golfers, diners, varsity golf teams and students studying professional golf management and turf management.

Before the clubhouse was constructed, NC State golf programs were housed in a series of trailers originally designed to hold machinery. Robert Wade, director of the N.C. State PGA Golf Management Program, told the Technician in January that though the structure was refurbished, it did not compare to having a real clubhouse.

“It was kind of like trying to teach physics without a physics lab,” Wade said. “There’s lots of theory, but until you have a place like that, you can’t really enhance the learning.”

Chip Watson, the clubhouse general manager and an assistant coach for the men’s golf team, likened it to “living out of our cars.”

“But now we have a place that’s right there where we practice,” Watson said.

In addition to the golf management program, the Clubhouse benefits several groups, including the PGA program of the College of Natural Resources, the turfgrass program and the N.C. State women’s and men’s golf teams.

“We needed a place that brought all the user groups together for the golf course,” Watson said. “And it’s exciting to have this facility with all of the different groups here.”

Also featured at the clubhouse are a full-service restaurant, bar and catering, golf shop, public and Charter Partner locker rooms, meeting rooms, golf cart storage, and many other amenities. The $6 million clubhouse was built over the course of one year with private donations, the lead donation provided by Lonnie Poole and his wife, Carol Johnson Poole.

The Players Retreat:

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 a.m.to 6 p.m. daily.

No membership is needed to use the facility, as dining and golf are available to the public.

To book your event in the clubhouse, call 919.390.7802. 

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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 a.m.to 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 www.lonniepoolegolfcourse.com

ABOUT THE CLUBHOUSE:

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.

Bulletin: New Lonnie Poole Golf Course Clubhouse to Open

The finishing touches are underway, and the new Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse is almost ready to be occupied.

The plush new home at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course – a mixed-use building that will include classrooms for professional golf management and turfgrass management students, locker rooms for varsity athletes and visitors to the course, a restaurant and bar and a fully stocked pro shop – hopes to be open for business before the holidays after nearly 10 months of construction.

A grand opening with Chancellor Randy Woodson is slated for this spring or summer.

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Lonnie Poole Golf Course receives Audubon International certification

June 18, 2013 (Raleigh, N.C.) –  North Carolina State University’s Lonnie Poole Golf Course has passed strict sustainability standards and become a certified Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary and member of the organization’s Signature Program.

Established in 1996, Audubon International’s mission is to work with others to deliver high-quality environmental education and to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources in all places people live, work and play. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is one of only two university-owned golf courses to earn the certification and among more than 90 projects that have received the certification.

The Lonnie Poole golf course, located on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus, meets Audubon International qualifications due to careful planning to fit managed turfgrass seamlessly into the surrounding environment. The golf course also serves as a living lab for sustainable turfgrass management and environmental stewardship.

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, sustainability program coordinator for the N.C. State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was integrally involved with the planning and construction of the golf course. Carley said that Audubon International certification was always the goal.

“The success of the golf course industry transition towards sustainability will depend, ultimately, on changing the awareness of sustainability issues within the industry and its clientele,” Seth Carley said. “Everyone must understand the relationship between their everyday lives and the resources on which they depend. This course is specifically designed to uphold these sustainability elements.”

Picture of Dr. Danesha Seth Carley and a turfgrass class at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Photo by Becky Kirkland

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, blue shirt, leads a turfgrass class from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

 

Dr. Charles Peacock, a professor in N.C. State’s crop science department, emphasized that the Signature Program is an elite Audubon International category. Peacock, who has worked for the past 15 years with close to 200 different Signature projects worldwide, said that only new locations are considered for Signature Program membership, making the certification particularly notable. There are only 92 other signature sanctuaries.

“It’s in a whole separate category, and it’s a very selective category,” Peacock said.

Extensive, undisturbed vegetative buffer areas are among the Lonnie Poole golf course’s distinguishing features. These buffers include mixtures of fine fescue and native warm-season grasses, loblolly pines, American beautyberry and butterfly weed. It is not uncommon for golfers to see deer, beaver and even foxes during a round of golf.

“These buffers were integral to the design and were a big part of what allowed us easy Audubon International certification,” Seth Carley said.

Dr. Tom Rufty, professor of crop science at N.C. State, helped lead the initial push for Audubon International certification during Lonnie Poole Golf Course construction in 2007. Rufty said the golf course maintenance staff, led by superintendent Brian Green, was key in the installation of the adapted plants and overall turf maintenance.

“The staff are aware of the importance of environmental protection and the distinction of the Audubon program,” Rufty said.

Another winning feature is the surrounding constructed wetlands.

“Wetlands are natural water filters,” Seth Carley said, citing research from N.C. State that the constructed wetlands provide many ecological benefits. “The biological, chemical and physical conditions within wetlands create ideal conditions for removing many pollutants from water.”

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course not only fulfills a recreational and athletics role but also provides the university with a functioning laboratory for research and teaching. Turfgrass Management, Professional Golf Management, Crop Science, Horticulture, Entomology and Plant Pathology programs as well as College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sustainability students all use the golf course in their studies and research.

Within the golf course, programs involving wildlife conservation, habitat enhancement and environmental issues are balanced with the economics, operations and practicalities of running a golf course. In addition, the nearby Centennial Middle School uses the facilities for sustainability lessons in their science curriculum.

Lonnie Poole Golf Course Adopts New Mascot

In furthering its partnership with the North Carolina State University, the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State has partnered with The Department of Marketing (DofM) to create an illustrated golfing wolf named “Dogleg.”  Dogleg the Wolf is a laid-back, cool character.  While he sports the familiar red and black of the Wolfpack, he also dons a retro look with his knickers and Irish cap.

Instrumental in getting this secondary logo approved was Gregg Zarnstorff, Director of Trademark Licensing for N.C. State University.  “’Tuffy, the Strutting Wolf’ registered trademark of NC State is  the only wolf on campus allowed to wear the Block “S” trademark,  so we worked out a solution where the golf bag carries the university’s trademarks.   This protects the integrity and uniqueness of the Tuffy mark and allows another wolf to join the pack.” said Zarnstorff.  All logos or likeness of brands that are to be associated with the university have to be approved prior to distribution.  The golf course logo had to go through this same process when it first opened so it could include the wolves running under the famous NC State block “S”.   Zarnstorff further explains “Royalty revenue from the new mascot like the original Lonnie Poole trademark will go to scholarships and also to build the endowment fund”.

“Having a mascot like Dogleg is another great way to brand our course, said Chip Watson, Lonnie Poole Golf Course’s General Manager. “While our main logo with the foursome of wolves is very recognizable, Dogleg can help bring more options for advertising and apparel opportunities.”

In partnering with the Lonnie Poole Golf course, managing partner of the DofM, George Wallace, stated, “To be able to create a unique illustration for a renowned golf course like Lonnie Poole is an honor, and to be associated with the Wolfpack is a huge bonus.”  Watson and Wallace have been in collaboration to create the Dogleg character since the course began construction in 2007, so to finally get it approved and displayed is exciting.  Dogleg the Wolf currently adorns the souvenir cups at the course snack bar; plans to use him in more unique ways are underway, so look for Dogleg next time you tee up at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.