Return to Badin Lake
Posted Jun 16, 2015
More than 50 years ago, I came to Badin Lake as a member of the Guilford College golf team to play Pfeiffer College (now university.) We played what was then called the Stanley County Country Club, now the The Badin Inn and Golf Club. I was intrigued by the course. It was old. The greens were small. The course was short. I loved it because it fit a short hitter like me. Never mind, I lost my match, closed out on the 16th hole by a Pfeiffer player who had only one leg. He was three under for those 16 olds. I was even par. The course stayed in my mind for all these years. The other day, I decided I would return to the area and play the course again. I think the course is longer now and didn't shoot anywhere near as good as I did back in the mid 1960s, but you could tell this was a course with a lot of history. And the inn - which I believe was there the day we played Pfeiffer, but I don't remember it - was charming. I had a long conversation with Johnny Palmer Jr., whose late father won many PGA Tour events in the 1940s and early 1950s. He learned to play at the The Badin Inn and Golf Club and his family had stayed true to the Badin Lake community. We had a great day and a half trip and plan to return.