The Past, the Present and the Future...

Bigger is not always better. In fact, small towns got preferential treatment by the FHA* back in the early 1960's. The government, in all its wisdom, decided that towns of less than 2,500 folks could get a loan to turn farmland into a recreational facility. Norwood, North Carolina was just such a town - 1,800 citizens and lots of perfectly beautiful farmland just aching to be cultivated for golf.

Norwood community leaders, including K.L. Young and R.L. Isenhour rose to the challenge. They began work immediately to secure a loan and they were so successful that Norwood became the first town in the country to do so. The program was so new that no rules has been established so it took many meetings, many long lunches at local cafes, and probably some good natured arm twisting, but the deal got done. However, there was a stipulation.

The FHA told the organizers that they would loan Norwood the huge sum of $260,000 to build a golf course, but the town had to come up with $40,000 of its own money.

Undeterred, Young and Isenhour began to sell charter memberships to this un-built golf course. They were so successful that they had more than enough money and members, so by early fall of 1963 construction began.  One hundred sixty five acres of prime pasture and farmland on Lake Tillery was purchased (a mere 2 miles south of Norwood), and J. Porter Gibson of Charlotte was contracted to design and build the course. This was early fall of 1963, and amazingly, one year later the course was open for play!

The swimming pool, large brick clubhouse, and tennis court were also finished and ready for the 375 charter members to enjoy. Many obstacles had been overcome (damage from flooding rains, more money had to be borrowed) but the topography of the land was so ideal, its highest and best use was serendipitously found in the growing popularity of the sport of golf.

 


Expertly shaping this prime piece of undulating farm land, Gibson designed Piney Point by maximizing the natural lay of the land itself. Very little earth was moved - he wisely located the best sites for greens and tees and designed the course around them!  Members are still enjoying the well designed and executed facilities, and each year thousands of golfers from nearby towns visit Norwood for the pure enjoyment of a great game among fellow golf enthusiasts.

As for the future, it is limitless. Piney Point Golf Club continues to build upon the dreams and ideas of those confident and visionary planners, community leaders, and charter members who so wisely selected the locale for a golfers paradise.

There is a constant drive for excellence and a pledge to exceed the expectations of players and members. Thus, in 1997 an ambitious greens renovations project was under taken. Golf course architect, Chip Powell, performed an extensive evaluation of greens and bunkers, came up with a plan, and in the summer of 1998 the rebuilding work began. The goal was for all bunkers and greens to meet or exceed USGA specifications. Crenshaw Bentgrass was selected for greens and 419 Bermuda was chosen for the surrounds. A new irrigation system was installed for each green. By early December the course was reopened for play and enthusiastically received by an excited membership.

Call 704-474-3985 today to secure your tee time.

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