Lake Lure's Golf Course Symbolizes the Golden Age of Golf

In the mountain lake community of Lake Lure there is the picturesque nine-hole municipal golf course called Lake Lure Golf Club.

Originally opened in 1927, this beautiful golf course was born in the golden age of golf course design. Previously called Lake Lure Municipal Golf Course, there is much folklore surrounding the course design.

Although many have believed the course to be a Donald Ross design, neither the Donald Ross Society or the Tuft Archives (home of the Donald Ross course records) have acknowledged the Lake Lure Golf Course as a Ross design. 

The only real clues related to its design is in an article in a 2010 issue of the Asheville Citizen Times that notes the Wayne Stiles Golf Society as affiliated with its design. Additionally, a 1926 Asheville Citizen newspaper also shows Stiles in an ad photo stating, “Wayne Stiles of Boston, famous golf architect…is personally supervising the construction of the courses at Lake Lure, the first is almost completed.” However, the  Wayne Stiles Society website only states some sort of association with the Lake Lure course, although it is not specific. 

 Due to the financial struggles of the late 1920’s only the existing 9 holes were completed. The log cabin style clubhouse was built as a WPA project in the mid 1930s and survives today as another reminder of times past.

That is the special allure at Lake Lure Golf Club. It is from a simpler time but provides a strong challenge, full of enjoyment for golfers of all skill levels.

 The course is owned by the Town of Lake Lure and operates under a management agreement with Lake Lure Golf Management of Hendersonville, NC. The principles are Dale Minick, Kathy Minick, their son Robert and daughter Victoria.The Minicks have been involved in golf course management for over thirty years.