A variety of events are planned to celebrate the Boone, N.C., club’s golden anniversary in 2014. The club will partner with the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum to present a community-wide historical exhibit June 20 – September 7, and also invite residents to a special gala event, and a 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament.
Hound Ears Club in Boone, N.C., will celebrate its golden anniversary in 2014 with a variety of events. Envisioned in 1964 as a mountain refuge, Hound Ears Club will look back at its heritage as it looks forward to a healthy future.
To celebrate the milestone, Hound Ears Club will partner with the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum to present a community-wide historical exhibit June 20-September 7. The club will also invite residents to experience a special Gala event as well as a 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament.
Three brothers—Grover, Harry and Spencer Robbins—believed that a Bavarian-style resort that included both a golf course and a ski slope would find a successful niche in the growing High Country tourism industry. They found a tract tucked away on the site of a former mill town and in January of 1964, Hound Ears Club opened.
Hunters in the area had already begun to call the area “Hound Ears Rocks,” and the name stuck. Soon, the club began to take shape. The Robbins brothers employed legendary architect Claus Moberg to design the Bavarian-themed buildings, as well as several houses. They also commissioned course designer George Cobb to design what would become a 6,400-yard course.
Today, the member-owned club remains a family-oriented mountain community. Hound Ears is known for its casual elegance and authentic charm and offers dining, golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, and a fitness center, as well as a full calendar of annual social events with its approximately 300 members.
The club holds an annual golf tournament to benefit the local hospital system, which has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help purchase needed equipment for the hospital. “The tremendous support of Hound Ears Club greatly increased our ability to provide specific services such as cardiac care and cancer care for the people of our region,” said Appalachian Regional Healthcare System president Richard Sparks.
“We brought a great community of involved people to our area,” co-founder Spencer Robbins said. “[The club] has created new jobs and boosted the economy … and has contributed significantly to [the local] tax base. I feel good about what we started.”