Joe Lee - One of Golf's Great Architects

The late Joe Lee, one of the golf's most celebrated architects of the 20th century, designed this very distinguished mountain course. To this day it remains one of the most preponderant examples of his work. His course design at Highlands Falls includes at least four memorable holes. 

Ron Whitten, Golf Digest Magazine’s Senior Editor of Architecture and foremost expert on golf course design authored the book “Gentleman Joe Lee – 50 Years of Golf Design.” In it he devoted three pages to the design and construction of the most dramatic waterfall hole Lee ever created; the Par 3 15th hole at Highlands Falls Country Club. The backdrop for this magnificent hole is a natural 100ft. waterfall fed by the headwaters of the Cullasaja River. Whitten describes this hole as "the most memorable par three in golf."

Joe Lee was an amazing and modest man who showed little interest in promoting himself in his work. Instead, he built his career in golf architecture through word of mouth with hard work and dedication. Lee’s clients, his timeless designs, and the endless stream of satisfied golfers that play his courses each year are what brought fame and recognition to his craft. His courses are as much a work of art as architecture, featuring graceful landscapes and challenging holes while highlighting the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Joe Lee designed and renovated over 200 golf courses.