About Us

Our Story

What began as the historical preservation of Donald Ross’s last design in Raleigh, North Carolina has blossomed into a portfolio of championship golf courses stretching from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the Carolina coast. McConnell Golf’s flagship property, Raleigh Country Club, was acquired in 2003 and has been a cornerstone for growth ever since. Through improvements to its facilities and operations, John McConnell established a winning strategy that the company continues to extend and refine through its sister properties.

McConnell Golf emerged as an industry leader by offering its members access to a collection of pristine golf courses designed by legendary architects such as Ross, Pete Dye, and Arnold Palmer. Consistently ranked among the best in their respective states, McConnell Golf proudly hosts two professional tournaments and several acclaimed amateur and collegiate contests. Its “pure golf for the true golfer” motto transcends agronomy, sport and culinary disciplines – it is a principle lived every day through exceptional facilities and service.

With his passion for the game, Mr. McConnell’s excitement to offer the best collection of golf courses also encompasses state-of-the-art amenities that foster active, healthy family lifestyles. The McConnell Golf membership enjoys family-friendly aquatics, modern fitness centers, tailored event offerings, on-site accommodations, tennis complexes and much more!

McConnell Golf Today

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.