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Croasdaile

Durham’s second major country club community is Croasdaile Farms. The club and the development were established on a dairy farm once owned by John Sprunt Hill who was a community leader and founder of Central Carolina Bank.

The land was inherited by John Sprunt Hill’s daughter, Frances Hill Fox. Dr. Fox was notable in her own right as one of only a few women medical school graduates of the time. In 1935 she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical and later taught at the UNC medical school. She also inherited her father’s business sense and developed the country club, the upscale luxury neighborhood around it and a shopping center and office space.

Vestiges of the old dairy farm have been preserved as part of the development and are part of its ambiance. There are many styles of homes here although it is dominated by more traditional designs. Also included in recent years has been a very nice retirement community.

The club has all the amenities you would expect in a fine club. The golf course was re-designed in 2002 by award winning golf course architect, John LaFoy who was also a protégé of the original architect, the renowned George W. Cobb. Cobb created the original design in 1966. The name Croasdaile was derived from the name of the dairy farm, which in turn was the name of a family John Sprunt Hill met on one of his trips to Ireland.

Of the three major country club communities in Durham, Croasdaile is closest to the Duke campus and medical center and has been popular with both faculty and staff. The main entrance to the club is just north of I-85, the Durham 15-501 Bypass and the Durham Freeway which means that it is also very convenient to southern Durham, Chapel Hill, Downtown Durham, RTP and shopping at both the major malls.

Information on the Croasdaile Country Club can be found at its website http://www.croasdailecountryclub.com/

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