Ironwood Golf & Country Club opened in May of 1996. It started out as a dream of two local business men that grew up here in Greenville, Doug Parker and Charles Newsome. With the help of two other friends, Tom Smith and Miles Smith they teamed together and made a dream come true. They produced one of the finest courses and clubs in this part of the state. Many of you that are from Greenville will recognize the names of Doug Parker, owner of Parker’s Bar B Que and Tom Smith, past CEO of Food Lion Grocery Stores.
The wynding drive to the plantation style club house, which sits overlooking the wooded back 9 on one of the uncharacteristic hills in Greenville, puts you in a relaxed, comfortable mood that eastern North Carolina is known for. They wanted a very cozy, warm, family oriented neighborhood and they wanted the same for their golf course. They met with several course designers and the unanimous choice was for Lee Trevino.
The course was the first Lee Trevino Signature golf courses east of the Mississippi. Lee Trevino was a great professional golfer who won 29 PGA events including 6 Majors and then extended his career on the Senior PGA with 29 more victories. During the peak of his career his greatest competitors were Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Lee Trevino has signature courses that span from North Carolina to Vietnam.
A signature course is a course built using the philosophies of a player on how he thinks a course should be designed for golfers to play. Lee Trevino’s philosophies were very simple, to build a course that brings golfers of every level of talent back to play again and again. If you score in the 100’s he wants you to score in the 90’s, if you score in the 90’s he wants you to score in the 80’s and if you score in the 80’s he wants you to score in the 70’s, and still create a challenge for the best of golfers.
The “risk reward” is a stand out characteristic of the course. For example our 14th hole has a pond that appears to be in the middle of the fairway, but for the weekend golfer you can make your way around the pond fairly easily and for the seasoned player he can take a chance and try to carry as much of the pond as they feel comfortable with which will give a shorter shot to the flag. You will find this characteristic throughout the course. The tees have been built to give the feeling of hitting down hill even when hitting up hill. The mounding of the roughs and fairways will make errant shots bound back to the fairway. Making every golfing experience an enjoyable one.
On March 1st, 2011 the owners of Ironwood Development, Inc. turned the club and course over to the Ironwood membership. Ironwood Golf and Country Club was established as the members and homeowners rallied together with the leadership of key members, Jerry Davis and Wilson Brown leading the change of ownership. Ironwood Golf & Country Club is a not for profit social club – 501(c)-7. This transition to our members has insured the quality, stability and longevity of Ironwood to its members and to the Ironwood homeowners. Our members and their guests continue to enjoy the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that our club house and professional staff have provided and is expected in Eastern North Carolina.