Archive for June, 2010

Annual Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament

June 12, 2010

A spectacular view of downtown Raleigh

Participating in my 4th RRAR golf tournament, I only remember one time where I was as anxious to play the course for this event and that was the Tom Fazio designed, Hassentree course in Wake Forest. The Lonnie Poole Golf course was on the same page of excitement as Hassentree from 2 years ago. I would like to say that my 4 person team won the event, but we did not. However, we did play well and scored in the top 10 out of 19 teams.

The Lonnie Poole course with its Training facility for its students and the Championship course, is a great addition to the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus. With around 200 acres devoted to the golf course, it is very picturesque with views of downtown Raleigh from a few holes on the back nine. With over 6300 yards from the white tees and over 7300 yards from the Pro tees, it is a very long and narrow course, which adds to the difficulty of this course.

NC State's Lonnie Poole Golf Course

The research and training facilities not only assist the Men’s and Women’s golf teams, but is a great school room for the Turfgrass management and professional golf management programs. Additionally, the colleges of natural resources, Agriculture and  Natural Science uses this facility for their programs.

The 501 yard, Par 4 number 3 is one of the courses signature holes which is a dog-leg left with several obstacles to overcome to include natural areas and sand traps around the green. The sand trap actually has several grassy islands which makes the approach to the green very difficult, especially if you are not long enough off the tee to make it in regulation and must lay up. Hole #11 is a par 5, 582 yards of misery. Actually, the tee shot is not bad as there is plenty of open fairway to hit, but your approach shot to the green is marred by an elevated green that is rather short and a major wastebunker/sand trap on the left front of the green. With natural areas on the right of the green, it leaves for a very narrow opening to get it onto the green, especially if you are short to avoid major trouble.

The shortest hole is the Par 3, #17 which is only 118 yards. However, it is made extremely difficult due to the elevation and natural areas if you are short of the green. With an ideally placed pin, it could make it very short, but with little room for error to get on in regulation. Of course, the issue is not getting on in regulation, but being short will leave you either in the natural, hilly area, on the side of a hill leading up to the green or in the sand trap.

It is a course that I would recommend you make an effort to play if you like beautifully laid out courses that is a challenge. For example there is a par 3 on the front nine where you are going up hill. Most people would assume that you would need to go up a club to get the higher elevation, but everyone on my team overshot the green off the tee.

The Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors are members of the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. The proceeds from this tournament help to fund charities that the RRAR sponsors annually and are managed its membership.

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