About Us

Arnold Palmer walks on a green at NC State's Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is a dream come true for NC State University.

The stunning layout was designed by Arnold Palmer and the design team at Arnold Palmer Design Company (including Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson, both NC State graduates).

The purpose of the facility is to provide a public golf course on the Centennial Campus of NC State University that serves as a venue for the men’s and women’s golf teams. It also facilitates turfgrass and stormwater research associated with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Likewise, the golf course serves as a teaching and training facility for the Professional Golf Management (PGM) Program in the College of Natural Resources. The course is playable for all skill levels and a challenge to low handicap players.

With breathtaking views of the Raleigh skyline and the world-renowned Centennial Campus, the course has become a favorite in the golf community.  After a round of golf, you will surely find it as one of the finest in the area, one of the best university facilities, and worthy of one of the premier universities in the nation.

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We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let others do it for us. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is consistently ranked as one of the best places to play golf, improve your game, and host a tournament.

Certified Silver Audubon International Sanctuary (1 of 2 certified college courses worldwide)
2024 CGA NC Four-Ball Championship
2016-2024 #1 Public Golf Course in Raleigh – NC Golf Panel
2023-2024 #13 in NC for“Courses You Can Play” – NC Golf Panel
2023 #9 Top 25 Best Collegiate Golf Courses in the US – Golf Advisor
2023 Finalist for Player Development Award
2021-2023 America’s 100 Best Clubfitters – Golf Digest
2019, 2022, 2023 Best Golf Course in Raleigh – News & Observer Voter’s Choice
2009-2023 Ranked Top 30 among College Campus Courses – Golfweek Magazine
2019 – 2023 Top 25 Best Collegiate Golf Courses in US – Golf Advisor
2015, 2020, 2023 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Regional Championship
2016-2022 Best Golf Course in Raleigh – Midtown Magazine
2014, 2022 US Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier
2022 #1 Facility in the Carolinas for Youth on Course by the CGA and HV3 Foundation
2022 US Men’s Amateur Qualifier
2022 Chip Watson named CPGA Merchandiser of the Year (Public)
2021 CGA NC men’s Amateur Championship
2020 #3 Toughest Public Courses in the – Triangle Business Journal
2020 CGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship
2020 Finalist for Youth Development Award – Carolinas PGA Selection
2019 #1 Public Course in the Triangle for Best Practice Facilities – NC Golf Panel
2019 #1 Most Challenging Tee Shot in the Triangle – NC Golf Panel
2019 Sustainability Award – NC Golf Course Operator’s Association
2019 CGA North Carolina Junior Championship
2019 Top 25 Elite Clubfitter in the United States (One of two at an 18-hole golf facility) – Golf Magazine
2019 Best Golf Course in Raleigh – WRAL.com Voter’s Choice
2019 First Tee Partner Facility of the Year – First Tee of the Triangle
2018 Top 10 Arnold Palmer Designed Golf Courses in the World – Golf Digest
2018 Top 25 Rated in North Carolina – Golf Advisor
2018 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Championship
2017 Director of Golf Maintenance Brian Green named to TurfNet’s Top Six Superintendents of the Year
2017 US Open Championship Qualifier
2015 Best New Clubhouse (Nominee) – Golf Inc. Magazine
2014, 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Regional Championship
2011-2013 PGA Tour Rex Open Qualifier
2009-2012 Jimmy V Celebrity Classic
2011 Best New Public Course in North Carolina – NC Golf Panel
2009-10 Top 40 New Courses – Golfweek Magazine
2009 Best New Courses – Links Magazine

Our Namesake: Lonnie C. Poole, Jr.

Lonnie and Carol Poole

Lonnie C. Poole, Jr. is the former chairman of Waste Industries, a solid waste services company serving more than 700,000 customers across five states that he founded in 1970.

A 1969 graduate of NC State, Poole has served as director of the NC State University Foundation and the Endowment Board, as well as several college-based foundations.  Along with his wife, Carol Lynn Poole, he provided a naming gift in 2007 for the Lonnie Poole Golf Course as well as the lead gift for the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse.

The Pooles have been joined by scores of generous donors from the NC State community to fulfill the vision for the golf course, clubhouse and practice facilities, which was built solely on private donations. It is only through ongoing support that we can continue to maintain the facility as one of the top public golf courses in the region.

Close-up of a hole at Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

Course Details

Hole Viewer

View each hole at LPGC in detail, with video commentary.

Scorecard, Ratings and Slope

View the course scorecard and course ratings provided by the Carolinas Golf Association.

A shaded pond, with a golf fairway and the clubhouse in the distance.

Course Design

LPGC has received much recognition from the golf community. Players of all skill levels marvel at the beauty and challenge the course offers.

Learn More About Design Features

Design Team

Our course was designed by the Palmer Course Design Company, including NC State alumni Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson.

Learn More About the Design Team

Audubon Signature Sanctuary

LPGC is a certified Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary, passing strict sustainability standards and hosting wildlife conservation programs.

Learn More About Our Audubon Certification