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Lonnie Poole

Raleigh, North Carolina
ArchitectBadgeArnold Palmer
Raleigh, North Carolina
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  • Address1509 Main Campus Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA

It seems less than coincidental that North Carolina State University is the only such institution to host an Arnold Palmer Design Company layout. Perhaps that employees Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson are both graduates played some hand in the decision? At any rate, Lonnie Poole is a fine course for Wolfpack faithful to enjoy.

That is, if they can remain patient through the first three holes, which offers one of the toughest opening stretches at any golf course. The first hole is a 580-yard brute that defends par with ample bunkering as well as distance (there are “firm handshakes” and there’s bone-crushing handshakes!), which is followed by a 235-yard par three that features a 60-yard deep green. Finally, the No. 1 handicap hole comes at the 3rd. This second par five is “only” 550 yards and all the more toothy for it. Once past this initial stretch, players can ease into their regularly-scheduled handicap expectations.

This course, like the Warren at Notre Dame, titles its holes after alumni who have made significant contributions to the school over the years.

It seems less than coincidental that North Carolina State University is the only such institution to host an Arnold Palmer Design Company layout. Perhaps that employees Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson are both graduates played some hand in the decision? At any rate, Lonnie Poole is a fine course for Wolfpack faithful to enjoy.

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Arnie teamed up with Ed Seay in 1972, forming the Palmer Course Design Company which was later renamed Arnold Palmer Design Company when the firm moved to Orlando, Florida, in 2006.

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