Since its 1909 inception, Greensboro Country Club has been
the most prestigious golf institution in town, but its Carlson
Farm course was never a source of great pride.
1963 Ellis Maples design was intended to be a meaty, modern
alternative to the club’s shorter Donald Ross course at its
downtown facility, but Carlson Farm failed to take advantage
of its potential.
Forty years after the club acquired the
course, it enlisted Donald Steel for an extreme makeover.
Ably assisted by Jonathan Gaunt, Steel transformed a tired
6,914-yard, par-71 layout into a 7,302-yard, par-72 funfest.
Two new par 3s, the 5th and the 14th; completely rebuilt
greens and bunkers; new zoysia grass fairways; and dramatic
alterations to seven other holes have infused the Farm with
the kind of challenge and playability that can compete with
any course in the region. In a year when Old Macdonald
captures top new course honors, it’s only fitting that the
renovation award goes to the Farm.