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#MakeGolfCool Spotlight: Sequoyah National Golf Club

As an industry leader for player development, we’re proud to highlight our facilities and teams from coast to coast who are going above and beyond to inspire a love and passion for golf in others and using the game to positively impact their local communities.

Sequoyah National Golf Club (Whitter, NC) provides a range of player development programs and new player retention initiatives for all ages and abilities within the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as well as the local community at-large. For many years, the team has provided complimentary lessons and group clinics specifically tailored toward members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Programs.

“A few years ago, the Cherokee Children’s Home approached Sequoyah National Golf Club and (PGA Professional) Carr Crowe about starting a regular activity with the children in our care,” said Cherokee Children’s Home Staff Supervisor Todd Wikle. “Carr graciously offered his time once a week to coach and give our children golf lessons at no cost to us. This activity is one of the ones that our children look forward to the most each week. The Cherokee Children’s Home is very grateful to the course and Carr for his partnership and passion for our children.”

Intended for kids ages 6-15, these weekly, in-season lessons and clinics serve as an introduction to the game to build core fundamentals and help teach golf’s rules and proper etiquette in addition to providing an on-course training component.

Outside of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians programs that also serve the Cherokee Boys and Girls Club of America and Cherokee Choices, Carr conducts seasonal golf camps open to the public for kids ages 6-13 that once again focus on fundamental skill development and teaching life skills. He does all of this in addition to serving as coach of the Cherokee High School boys golf team, where he helped two players qualify for the state tournament in 2021, which hadn’t been accomplished in close to a decade.

While most of the Sequoyah National’s player development programs target local, youth players and focus on retention and growth both on and off the course, the team also provides offerings for emerging and intermediate players as well as employees of nearby Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort, who receive special access to affordable, weekly clinics.

When you put it all together, the results of Sequoyah’s grow the game efforts speak for themselves. Over the past couple years, Carr and his team have seen 30 to 40 new players participate in one of their offerings, all of which boast an average retention rate of roughly 80 percent!

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