The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course located on the southernmost end of Centennial Campus. Now open to the public, the course was developed by the world-renowned The Palmer Course Design Company. NC State graduate Erik Larsen is the chief designer.
In addition to providing area residents with a quality golf experience, the par-71, 7,025-yard layout will also serve as the home for NC State’s men and women’s golf teams. In addition, the course is being used as a research and training facility for the nationally recognized Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE) at NC State, as well as providing a “living laboratory” for research into soil science, pathology, toxicology, wildlife management, urban forestry, and water conservation, under the direction of the College of Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students in NC State’s Professional Golf Management Program (PGM) will also learn first-hand skills on how to run and manage a major golf course.
The course is named after Lonnie Poole, NC State alum, who donated $3 million to the project. Poole is the founder and chairman of the board of Raleigh-based Waste Industries USA.