It all started with a bunch of cows...
Claude "Mack" Henderson owned one of the largest dairy farms in the southeast, with over 1,000 acres of land nestled here in West Marietta. Henderson, the father to four daughters and not himself a golfer, was pitched the idea of turning the dairy farm into a course in the mid-1960s, when H.D. "Doyle" King, married Henderson's oldest daughter.
"Like many other avid golfers, I had always longed for a golf course that was challenging, close to home, uncrowded, with a price tag that isn't prohibitive for the average businessman," King said. At the time, Cobb County only had one public golf course and no country clubs.
With the help of friends named John Causey and E.J. "Bud" Laurent, two amateur golfers from Cobb, King convinced his father-in-law that his land was perfect for a beautiful golf course.
The clearing, plowing, seeding, and all of the work to groom the land for a course was done mostly be King, Causey, and Laurent themselves. They spent many long days laying underground pipes for a complete irrigation system for the greens. This improvement project, which cost them $200,000, and today the price tag is much higher.
In the summer of 1967, the trio's hard work finally paid off as the course opened as a semi-private club. Between fifty and one hundred friends and family came out to play the course and Dogwood quickly became known as one of the "best spots for amateur golfers of all skill levels" in Cobb County.
When Dogwood was first developed, it was a course for golfers from all walks of life as its earliest members included surgeons, lawyers, and plumbers, along with many others. And through the years the club has seen its share of celebrities as well. President Jimmy Carter once spoke at the club and Dogwood has hosted governors and many others from high society.
At the same time, Dogwood has always held true to being a course of the people and one that is affordable and fun for the everyday golfer. Today, Dogwood is a beautiful, tree-lined 18-hole, 6,501 yard Par 72 course that is open to the public from Monday-Friday with memberships available for weekend play and other "member advantages."
In the summer of 2014, Dogwood completed a massive greens project, putting in new Mini Verde greens, which are now available for play. Call us for a tee time and come see what makes Dogwood Golf Club one of the best-kept secrets in West Marietta.