Idyllic Surrounds

The charming gatehouse and the magnificent clubhouse of The Club at Longview have an air of distinction, and along with the manor-style homes on the grounds look native to England or Scotland, favorite travel spots for Graham and his wife Terri.

“This is the common theme and goal for the entire project—the golf course, clubhouse, streets and homes. We want it to have an old-world look and a feel of home and permanency,” says Graham. “It’s unique architecture that you won’t find anywhere else in the Carolinas.”

While the architecture may be purposefully dated, the amenities are anything but. The clubhouse facilities, totaling 38,000 square feet and open 24/7, include a 10,000-square-foot activity center housing a full-service fitness center, adult and family pools, aerobic studio, spa and steam room, and an expansive youth lodge. Buildings also include a gate house and carriage house.

There are multiple dining facilities on the property to accommodate both casual and formal dining, as well as banquets and meetings. Four hydro-clay tennis courts await the inclination of members. There is a tennis pro and a golf pro on staff to provide instruction. Personal concierge services are available.

“When you first drive through the gates, you don’t realize the complexity of the operation. It takes a small army to manage this property and all the amenities,” says Graham, adding “We have a great staff that is second to none. We train our people to treat members and guests with down home southern hospitality.”

Waxhaw resident Rick Poling is the Club’s general manager; he most recently hails from the Miramont in Bryan, Texas. Chip Swanson is the director of golf, a PGA member since 1993 most recently hailing from The Club at Spanish Peaks in Big Sky, Montana, although he has over 20 years’ experience at several high end clubs throughout the country.

The tennis pro is world-renowned ATP tennis tour coach Louis Vosloo from South Africa. Vosloo has played with the likes of Pete Sampras, James Blake, Robin Soderling, the Bryan Brothers and Andy Roddick. As a tennis pro and coach, he has worked with the Brickell Tennis Club in Miami as well as The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club and The Sundial Beach and Golf Resort on Sanibel Island.

Director of Golf Course Operations Avery and Golf Course Superintendant Barry Rewis maintain and manicure the course to provide one of the best conditioned courses in the Carolinas.