The Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina is a project that was very close to the company.
The Alumni design team consisted of APDC Executive Vice President Erik Larsen and APDC architect Brandon Johnson.
"The Lonnie Poole course has been a very special project for myself, Erik and Brandon. We all have some roots in North Carolina and we're very excited to see the project become such a success for the school and community." said Palmer. "The course also provides an excellent example to students on how to design a "green" course that is sensitive to the environment."
"This golf course is pure golf." said Larsen. "No interruptions from housing or roads. Just a great walk on beautiful rolling NC land. Big views to the Raleigh skyline, pleasant streams, thick woods and open meadows all contribute to the round of golf. Bunkers are big and nasty looking, however the golf course is easier than it looks. Perfectly maintained Bermuda fairways and tees, plus bent grass greens contrast dramatically with the native roughs and woodlands. This course has US Open qualities. This players course will be fun for everyone to play, certainly to look at and just enjoy being there."
Manitou Passage Golf Club in Cedar, Michigan, an Arnold Palmer Design Company Signature Course, was re-designed with a new plan that makes the course more challenging for the low handicap player and more forgiving for the high handicap player.
The new plan called for restoring and expanding the natural areas to enhance the wildlife habitat and create a dramatic visual contrast with the course.
Producing courses that are enjoyable for all players while respecting and preserving the beauty of the existing terrain and environment are principles Mr. Palmer believes in and has instilled in the company and it's architects.
ABOUT THE ARNOLD PALMER DESIGN COMPANY
The Arnold Palmer Design Company has long been regarded as one of the premier companies in the golf course architectural industry. Founded 37 years ago in 1972, APDC has created approximately 300 courses around the world. APDC's design philosophy is straightforward: to design beautiful golf courses that are fun to play while maintaining the utmost respect for nature. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, at Arnold Palmer’s winter home, the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, this location allows clients to come enjoy Palmer's world-class resort and play on the renowned golf course which hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard on the PGA Tour. For more information on the Arnold Palmer Design Company call (407) 876-1068 or visit www.arnoldpalmerdesign.com.