Lakewood Club at the Grand Hotel is a sparkling resort member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Rolling fairways, tight greens, spring-fed lakes, meandering streams, and stands of mature trees make the 36 holes of Lakewood both beautiful and challenging.
The Lakewood Club had its beginnings in 1944 when Perry Maxwell, designer of the Tulsa Southern Hills Country Club and site of the 2001 U.S. Open, brought his extraordinary skills to Lakewood, debuting 18 holes of golf, the first professional course to grace the area.
Joining 10 other locations (26 courses) as a proud member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in 2005 brought extensive renovations to the historic Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear. Under the direction of Robert Trent Jones Trail team, arguably the premier golf course architects in the world, 36 holes emerged, partaking of their natural topography, and offering genuine championship layouts designed to pose major tests of golf for years to come.
The Dogwood course renovation was completed in the Summer of 2018 and the Azalea course renovations are now complete after an 18 month transformation. Additional improvements were made while staying within the corridor of the original design; the Lakewood Club has returned with improved putting conditions, enhanced bunker play, and world-class updates centered on making the game fun and exciting for both better and beginner golfers. Throughout it all, the rich history of Lakewood remains – a celebration of the game in all its glory.
Niall was born in Alberta, Canada and attended Michigan State University. He was hand selected by Robert Trent Jones Senior to travel the world to design golf courses. His work with Robert Trent Jones Sr had an strong and lasting influence on these prestigious clubs:
Most recently before joining the Grand Hotel Niall was Head of Construction, while overseeing the planning and construction from start to finish. The 26 courses, a total of 468 holes are at 11 locations across the state of Alabama.
Emerging from Leeds, Alabama, Jason took up the game relatively late as a high school player. He has spent the last 26 years in Alabama working in the golf industry at great stops including Eagle Point, Magnolia Grove and Ol’ Colony. Lakewood Golf Club was proud to appoint Jason in early 2002 and he has since focused his efforts on developing the game of golf by introducing and fascinating children with the sport at a very early age. Becoming a two time Alabama/NW Florida Section of the PGA Merchandiser of the Year (2011 and 2013), The 2016 Gulf Coast Chapter Professional of the Year and being awarded the 2017 Alabama/NW Florida Section Player Development Award, are among his accolades. Jason is a PGA Class A Member and past Gulf Coast Chapter President. Mr. Polk is also a US KIDS Certified Instructor and Little Golf Train Certified Conductor.
A native of North Alabama, Daniel grew up with a club in his hands at the age of two and has been playing golf ever since. Daniel has been teaching at the Lakewood Club since 2012 and is passionate about helping golfers of all levels improve their golf game. He was awarded the 2016 Gulf Coast Chapter of the Dixie Section of the PGA Junior Golf Development Award. He offers individual lessons, group lessons and playing lessons to golfers of all ages and levels. To book lessons with Daniel, call the Pro-Shop or email him.
The USGA announced that The Lakewood Club, will be the host site of the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The championship is scheduled for Sept. 12-17, 2020.
The championship will be played on the club’s Dogwood Course, which was designed by Perry Maxwell in 1947 and meanders through dogwoods, magnolias and ancient oaks. In addition to the Dogwood Course, the 36-hole facility features the Azalea Course.
The 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur will be the third USGA championship hosted by The Lakewood Club, which is a member of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The club, founded in 1947, hosted the 1974 and 1986 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.