Golf Course Review: The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC
10 Jan 2012
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: Golf Club at Irish Creek, All Course Reviews


By Ed Donlin

The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC formed from the original Cannon Country Club originally designed and built in 1954 by a group of textile employees from Cannon Mills.

The nine-hole course was built around Kannapoils Lake which was the water supply for the city and textile mill. A few years later another nine holes were added. The name of the club has changed three times in it's 56 year history. After the Cannon company was sold, the name was changed to Kannapoils Country Club and when the club was completely rebuilt by Davis Love in 2007, the name was changed to The Club at Irish Creek.


Love restored the front nine to the original routing with some added length. The back nine was modified with holes 10-13 and 15 being completely new holes and the remaining four holes were modified to fit with the new architecture.

The 400-acre Kannapolis Lake can be seen from all but two holes on the course and the lake comes into play on eight of the holes. The course has rolling hills but is very walkable and has a large number of walkers. The heavily- contoured greens are an A1-A4 bent grass blend and the tee boxes and fairways are TiftSport Bermuda. We have a large practice area and there is a six hole Par 3 course incorporated into the range that can be used for special events.


The course hosts a number of events, including the First Stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School, the North Carolina Open, the North Carolina Mid-Amateur, U.S. Amateur Qualifying, the eGolf Tour Southern Open, and the Irish Creek Collegiate Championship.

Irish Creek has also received a number of Awards including being ranked the No. 30 Best Residential Course in America by Golfweek in 2010 and rated the No. 9 Best New Course in America by Golfweek in 2008.

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