Pete Dye design concepts have been well documented as some of the best championship courses ever conceived and constructed. Although the Cardinal course was one of his earliest designs, his genius was well evident in 1975 when the Cardinal debuted as one of the finest tests of golf in the region and has remained as such over the years. With the club's purchase by McConnell Golf Properties in June 2006, Mr. Dye returned to renovate and restore his original design into a superb test of golf ensuring his legacy as one the most well known and respected golf course architects of our time.
The fully restored Par 70 layout has been lengthened to provide a stern, but equitable test of golf for players of all skill levels. The course is both unique and demanding, providing scenic views covering over 140 acres of well-kept, rolling terrain. Its two lakes and meandering creeks add to both the beauty and challenge of the Cardinal, and its richly deserved reputation as one of the finest golf courses in the Carolinas.
The primary attraction of the Cardinal is golf at its absolute best. Most players find it very diffcult to match the quality of a Pete Dye golf course when compared to the play of any other course. A Dye-stamped course is something that has to be seen and played for one to really appreciate the artistic skills of his design concepts.
With an extremely active men's golf program, the Cardinal has many opportunities for all skill levels. Our Professional Staff conducts Private Lessons and Group Clinics throughout the year. The golf calendar includes many events to regularly participate in, including Men's Stag Night, which includes 9 holes of golf followed by a top-rated dinner, One Day Member-Guests and the Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot Tournament. Additional Cardinal season highlights include the Cardinal Member-Guest and the Cardinal Member-Member, which are two weekends packed full of food, golf fun and entertainment. The Cardinal is also proud to host the nationally recognized Cardinal Amateur which is held in August.
The Cardinal features an active and inclusive Junior Golf Program. Our Professional staff promote the game with warm-up clinics and rules seminars, as well as Junior Playdays. Our juniors also participate in an Interclub Program with other area clubs. Within this format, junior golfers learn and practice fundamentals of the game as well as team playing, competition and sportsmanship.
The Ladies Golf Association is an Eighteen Hole Group. The purpose of this association to to promote an interest in golf among the lady golfers of the Cardinal Golf & Country Club and to hold weekly playdays and other tournaments as planned. The Ladies' season opens in April with an Opening Day Tournament and luncheon and closes in November with the same format. In addition to weekly playdays, there are many exciting tournaments, such as Member-Guest, Blind Partner, Low Putts, President's Club, Three Club Tournament, Kind for a Day, Crier's Tournament, Mixers and a Triad Playday, in which the Cardinal Ladies host other area clubs. Let's not forget competition for the title of Cardinal Ladies Club Champion!Our Ladies Association is very active and welcomes low & high handicaps, as they enjoy the camaraderie as much as the challenge of the game of golf.
Couple's Golf is played on Friday evening with dinner following and on Sunday afternoons, in season. Our couples enjoy the camaraderie of their spouses as well as their playing opponents/friends.