By Design – Issue 64, Winter 2023

6 Construction is under way on a new golf course, designed by Lester George, ASGCA, for the new Contentment club in Traphill, North Carolina. George’s design is inspired by the work of C. B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor, with each of the eighteen holes based on one of the Golden Age duo’s template designs. The course begins with a par-five Maiden hole and includes Biarritz, Redan, Punchbowl, Double Plateau and Road holes, finishing with a Narrows eighteenth. The course will be part of an 800-acre private destination in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that will also include cottages and lodging for members and their families, as well as small groups. There will be no home sites, with Contentment owner Curt Sidden wanting to preserve the rural site that has been in his family for three generations. “Contentment is a tribute to my grandparents with whom I spent time here as a boy,” said Sidden. “My family showed me the benefits of a quiet, uncomplaining and satisfied mind, and we hope Contentment is a true, tranquil haven for the body, mind and soul.” A project development group from construction firm Landscapes Unlimited has overseen all aspects of site planning, design and engineering, permitting, contractor selection, project administration and budget planning. The company will build the course and direct development of the club amenities. “The property on which Contentment sits is one of the most DIGEST Ground broken on new design by Lester George in Blue Ridge foothills