N.C. State’s new $6 million Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse which opened earlier this month, will benefit the Professional Golf Management program of the College of Natural Resources, the turf grass program and the N.C. State women’s and men’s golf teams.
Before the clubhouse was built, the golf programs were housed in a series of trailers and had indoor hitting rooms in a structure that was originally designed to hold machinery.
Though the structure was refurbished, it did not compare to having a real clubhouse, according to Robb Wade, director of the N.C. State PGA Golf Management Program.
“It was kind of like trying to teach physics without a physics lab,” Wade said. “There’s lots of theory, but until you have a place like that, you can’t really enhance the learning.”
The clubhouse is part of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course located on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh, N.C.