The location of Hound Ears Club used to be occupied by Shulls Mill, a small town that provided lumber across Western North Carolina.
“This Foscoe timber town spread out in bottomlands beside NC 105 where Boone Fork joins the Watauga River (both streams with headwaters high on Grandfather Mountain). This electrified town was also home to nearly 1,000 people, a railroad, a movie theater, and stores.”
Today, visitors can still see some stone foundations and other remnants of the town along the road that bears the town’s namesake.
During the fall of 1962, Harry and Grover Robbins stood on a hill south of Boone, North Carolina, looking down on Claude Shore's farm and envisioned a golf course, clubhouse and chalets perched on the hillsides.
The Robbins family, which also created nearby Tweetsie Railroad, already had an established history in the town of Shulls Mill, owning a small hotel there.
By April 1963, the golf course designed by George Cobb was launched, along with the Clubhouse and three rental chalets designed by Mr. Claus Moberg. In January 1964, Hound Ears Golf and Ski Resort opened for its first season of skiing. Later that spring, the golf course opened. Today, Hound Ears honors its deep roots and traditions.
The Club is a member-owned, equity organization. A Property Owners Association also operates within the community.
For a more detailed examination of the Club’s fascinating history, check out this article from High Country magazine.