On April 13, 1959, James J. Harris hosted a meeting at Morrocroft Farm that marked the Club's formal beginning. On December 18, 1959, the twenty-one Founders of the Club executed its Certificate of Incorporation, which was filed on January 4, 1960, officially constituting Quail Hollow Club.
The 21 Founders, Incorporators and Initial Members of the Board of Governors of Quail Hollow Club were:
|William H. Barnhardt
||John L. Crist, Jr.
|John M. Belk
||George S. Crouch
|F.J. Blythe, Jr.
||James J. Harris
|J. Chadbourn Bolles
||T.E. Hemby, Jr.
|B. Irvin Boyle
|J. Herbert Bridges
||Willilam B. McGuire, Jr.
|J.E. Burnside, Sr.
|James G. Cannon
||Addison H. Reese
|Norman A. Cocke, Sr.
|John Scott Cramer
||F. N. Thompson
The first ninety members of the Club were designated its Charter Members. The Club's property comprises 257.3131 acres and is fully utilized for Club activities.
The Golf Course
The Course and the Clubhouse are located at 3700 Gleneagles Road in Charlotte, NC. Quail Hollow Club has what is considered by many to be one of the finest courses in the United States.
The course was originally designed by famed golf course architect George Cobb in 1961 to capture the beauty as well as challenging terrain of the Piedmont region. In the intervening years, the course has undergone a series of improvements, including modifications to several holes by Arnold Palmer in 1986, and a redesign by Tom Fazio in 1997.
The Quail Hollow course has two signature holes. The par four, 14th is a dogleg left that can be driven with a good tee shot. It measures 346 yards from the championship tees. A 15 acre lake frames the left side of the hole and the rough on that side slopes down to the water. The narrow landing area measures about 27 yards across and is guarded with two bunkers on each side. The two tiered green is long and narrow with about 7,100 square feet of putting surface. Two more bunkers guard the left front and middle of the green, and a collection area waits just off the right front of the green for short approach shots hit off line, or almost perfect drives. The area immediately left of the green slopes severely down to the lake, so shots hit left have a very good chance of ending up in the hazard.
The 17th hole is a 221-yard par three over water. A rock wall rings this part of the lake and borders the left and front of the green. The tee shot must carry the water hazard, and a bunker that protects the center. The 6,500-square-foot green is undulated, and on the left side there is only six feet between the edge of the putting surface and water hazard. On the right lies a closely mown collection area for errant shots. The water will be the collection area on the left.
The white, Southern Style Plantation clubhouse was designed
by Charles W. Connelly & Associates and was under construction
from 1963 to 1967 and officially opened in September 1967.
In 1999, the golf-course side of the clubhouse was redesigned
for a more open feel by Ferry Hayes & Allen Designers, Inc. and
Brian Dickerson. The building features a grand ballroom in the
center with an oak floor. Off the main entrance foyer are a library
and card room. Other features include several dining areas off
the main kitchen, each with a distinct look and 15 fireplaces
located throughout. The gentleman’s and ladies’ locker rooms
are located on the west side of the building. The men’s locker
room features a grill and two lounge areas with paintings of the
golf course throughout.
Early decorations and furniture were provided by members
and much remains in the club with the idea to create a feeling
of comfort, much like entering an elegant home,” with the
driveway leading to the front entrance bordered by large oak
trees and the interior furnishings creating a sense of a “great
big living room.”
In the winter of 2008, the member’s pavilion was constructed
behind the 18th green. During Wells Fargo tournament week,
this is a members-only area where they can watch play on 18.
This building features oak walls, a large gathering space, a bar
and a kitchen. The swimming pool was also re-done at the
same time and is connected to this building on the parking lot
side. The tennis shop was also rebuilt near here.
The membership has such a sense of community that when a
club member dies, the American flag located at the front of the
clubhouse is lowered to half-mast.
Champions Park, built in 2004, is situated between the ninth and 10th fairways and honors those who have won professional tournaments at Quail Hollow. Kemper winners are named on the left and World Seniors victors on the right of a rock structure located in a grove of trees. On a massive, 20-foot high fireplace in the center, the winners of the Wells Fargo are honored with gold plaques. A stone building on the far end serves as a halfway house for most of the year and a popular concession stands during the tournament, with nearby tables for eating.