The Lake Lure Golf Club has been played as a nine-hole golf course since the Depression stopped the development of what could have been the golfing mecca of North Carolina. Six golf courses had been planned for our little community but sadly only nine holes were finished. Today we play those nine holes pretty much as designed almost ninety years ago.
Lake Lure Golf Management, Dale, Kathy, Robert and Victoria Minick, began operating the course in May 2012 working to keep the little course open for everyone’s enjoyment. The first order of business was to get the course back open after a six-month closure and begin improvement in course conditions, customer service and most of all, the return of fun to the golf course.
Each year the plan has been to improve an area while maintaining the improvements from the year before. Following the plan has returned the course to very good condition with the fairways getting the most attention this year. Memberships have seen a steady increase each year and the addition of a “Range” membership this year has also been a success. Overall play has also grown each year with over 5000 rounds being played in 2014.
However, to fulfil the mission of LLGM, play needs to increase toward 10,000 rounds per year greatly increasing revenues and allowing fees to remain low. Other revenue streams are unavailable to the course for various reasons so outside the box ideas must be explored. Mixed uses on golf courses can be hazardous but two potential additions were investigated this past winter, Disc Golf and FootGolf.
On May 24th, FootGolf was added to the Lake Lure Golf Club property. FootGolf you might ask; what in the world is that? Foot Golf is a worldwide growing sport whereby you advance a soccer ball from a tee with your foot to a 21 inch hole using the same rules as golf. There are even professional FootGolfers!
Carlos Stremi, President of the US FootGolf Association visited LLGC two weeks previous to design the nine-hole course. He was very enthusiastic about the slopes and small creek crossings adding exciting elements to the course. The Championship course plays to 1456 yards with a par of 29 while the Recreational course plays 1185 yards with a par of 34. The most severely sloped holes, numbers 3 and 8 could not be used so the first and ninth holes have two holes designed in their lengths.
Lake Lure Golf Club is thus the first certified FootGolf course in Western North Carolina. We will be able to host sanctioned tournaments and provide legitimate handicaps for FootGolf players so they can take their games on the road. Carts and balls are available for rent and group rates are also available for family reunions or birthday parties as examples.
Golf with the proper clubs is still the ‘King’ at LLGC. We hope FootGolf adds to your enjoyment of this beautiful property and the financial stability of the little course that could. Come and join us often for your health is dependent on enjoying the outdoors in Lake Lure.
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