Established in 1948, Raleigh Country Club boasts the last course designed by legendary architect Donald Ross. It has remained true to the original standards, as described by the Donald Ross Society, of making each hole present a different problem, making every stroke count, and taking full advantage of terrain while wasting no ground. Other names to grace the course include Sam Snead who participated in the inaugural exhibition tournament, Ellis Maples who served as the club’s first Director of Golf and, years later, Arnold Palmer who often played RCC during his college years.
Modern-day Raleigh Country Club remains a cornerstone for the sport and social scene near downtown. Our “pure golf” approach is a promise to maintain a challenging and competitive course, coupled with the most attentive service in the industry. These values extend beyond golf in dining, aquatics and event spaces for all members of the family to enjoy.
McConnell Golf, founded in 2003, is currently the largest owner of private clubs in the region. McConnell Golf’s stable of premier private clubs ( comprised of 12-18 hole, private golf courses, one semi-private and one nine-hole course ) in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee include Raleigh Country Club in Raleigh, N.C., Sedgefield Country Club and The Cardinal by Pete Dye in Greensboro, N.C., The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C., Old North State Club in New London, N.C., Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C., The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, S.C., Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C., The Country Club of Asheville in Asheville, N.C., Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, T.N,; and Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C..
McConnell Golf also manages the prestigious Grande Dunes Members and Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach for LStar Ventures as well as Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington, NC. Both properties benefit from McConnell Golf's expertise in staff and facility management.
Old North State Realty joined the McConnell Golf offering in 2016 and is proud to extend unbeatable real estate values for the luxurious lakeside community. Nestled in the Uwharrie National Forest foothills, one of North Carolina's top-ranked golf courses (Old North State Club) lies within the Uwharrie Point gates. With unlimited outdoor activities at the club, on the water, or along the trails, exploring has never been so beautiful.
Most recently McConnell Golf signed a 10-year lease with Raleigh Golf Association to manage its 27-hole public facility. Founded in 1929, RGA is the second oldest golf course in the Raleigh area and equally popular among senior, women and junior golfers. Comments John McConnell, “It gives (McConnell Golf) a great opportunity to help grow the game of golf for those who may not be club members or have a regular golf course to play."
The McConnell Golf values are reflected in the communities we build inside, and outside, club walls. The Footprints on the Green and McConnell Scholars programs are prime examples of our commitment to the future of golf.