The McLamb family’s history in Brunswick County dates back nearly two centuries, and much to the delight of golfers, they opened their first course two decades ago.
Long one of the Grand Strand’s most successful builders, family patriarch W.J. McLamb built Meadowlands Golf Club in 1997 on land that was once home to a family farm.
As part of the celebration of its emerald anniversary, Meadowlands will be hosting a pair of 9-hole events September 20 to benefit Canine Angels, an organization that rescues dogs and trains them to be service dogs.
The event, which will cost $50 to enter, will offer players the opportunity to win $10,000 or a custom golf cart for a hole-in-one, lunch catered by Middle of the Island, and a bloody Mary bar.
While the 20th anniversary celebration will bring attention to Meadowlands and the experience it provides, savvy group leaders have long been familiar with the Willard Byrd design. Meadowlands, which was ranked among North Carolina’s top 10 new courses upon its opening and earned a spot on Golf for Women’s list of the Top 100 Courses for Women, is renowned for its quality and value.
The white tees play 6,080 yards, an ideal distance for the vast majority of golfers, but even more importantly, the McLamb family has consistently emphasized the playability of the design. A 2012 renovation project featured the installation of TifEagle Bermuda grass greens that are now in their prime and design modifications on two of the course’s most prominent holes.
Highlighting the family’s commitment to golfers, Meadowlands’ signature hole, the par 4 third, underwent changes during the 2012 project. The hole featured a lake that many mid to high handicappers were able to reach off the tee, leaving an approach shot that was a little long for their skill level. With that in mind, part of the lake was filled in, allowing players more room to drive the ball, which in turn sets up a more manageable approach.
The sixth hole went from being one of the most visually intimidating holes on the course, courtesy of a narrow, elevated fairway, to being more scenic and playable. The dirt removed from the fairway was used to fill in the pond on No. 3, and it opened up the fairway and made the hole less daunting.
Golfers that can enjoy the 20th anniversary celebration on September 20 absolutely should, but Meadowlands will be a treat to play throughout the fall.