In the 1960s tourists began to discover the delights of cool summers coupled with accessible ski resorts in the winter. Three brothers, Grover, Harry, and Spencer Robbins, were no strangers to this trend. The Robbins brothers 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.
The journey from vacant farmland to world-class Club started back in 1962 on the site of the lumber town of Shulls Mill. In decades past, Shulls Mill had been the largest town in Watauga County and was a railroad hub for the ET & WNC line, also known as Tweetsie.
The brothers bought 750 acres from Claude Shore and in January of 1964 opened Hound Ears Golf and Ski Club. It was Mr. Shore who inspired the name of the Club. As the Robbins brothers were negotiating with the farmer, he pointed at some of the rock formations and said "You surely can see the Hound Ears rocks today." And the name stuck.
The Robbins turned to renowned architect, Claus Moberg, to design the Bavarian style Clubhouse, lodge, several chalets, and later many of the homes within Hound Ears. To build the course, they turned to George Cobb, one of the 20th century's most prolific golf course designers. Cobb created the Par-3 Course at Augusta National Golf Club.
Today, the member-owned Club remains a family-oriented mountain community offering a variety of amenities as well as a full calendar of annual social events.
For more information about membership at Hound Ears Club, call 828.963.2137 or e-mail [email protected].