The Minnesott Golf & Country Club is located on 150 +/- acres of land fronting the Neuse River. The land was donated to the club by the family of Mrs. N. W. Hardison. The original idea for a golf course in this area was made by the Research Institute of East Carolina University. Chartered as the Minnesott Recreational Development Corp., the organizational meeting was held September 4, 1967. Specifications were prepared by R. T. Burney and Associates. At the opening of bids on June 19, 1968, the costs exceeded the amount budgeted. After elimination of the boat harbor and the paving for the access road and parking lot, a proposal by Coastal Contractors and Robert Hall Construction Co. was accepted on July 31, 1968 for $192,000.
Formal closing of an FHA loan was made on July 31, 1968. By this time, 233 charter members had paid $150 each. The loan plus the member payments resulted in an initial account of $235,100. Money advanced by several members made it possible to (1) pave the parking lot and the road, (2) construct a machine shed, and (3) start construction of the jetties for the harbor. Later, the club obtained a supplementary loan to pay for these items. Loan negotiations were complicated by the fact that Congress had rescinded the FHA authorization to encourage rural recreational projects. Our project was the last one.
First President, Clifford K. Sloan, served as liaison during the construction period. The club house was finished in time to hold the first general membership meeting on April 20, 1969. The swimming pool was opened on Memorial Day and the golf course was opened for play on July 23, 1969. The club was formally dedicated on August 31, 1969, with Leland Brinson serving as master of ceremonies. The principal speakers were Congressman Walter Jones and a representative of the Research Institute of ECU. Articles in the “Carolina Golfer” described the excellence of the course and its beneficial influence on the surrounding area in Pamlico County.
As the course developed through the years, many improvements were made including tee box renovations, a fairway irrigation system, fairways changed to 419 Bermuda, continued trimming and removal of trees, drainage, new storm shelters, senior tees, and a new cart shed. A course improvement program was begun in 2001. This program, under the direction of Pro/Manager, Terry Bobbin, was established as a continuing effort. Holes Number 1, 3, and 6 have been redesigned with new tees and sand traps. The swimming pool and pool house areas were completely renovated in 2006, by a host of volunteers. In 2007 and 2008 the Club House was renovated with the construction of a new Pro Shop, a new social area, kitchen and bar known as The Live Oak Grill. Grill and Bar operations started in late April of 2009.