The History of Rock Barn
Yes, there really is a rock barn!
Not far from the entrance to Rock Barn Country Club and Spa stands a once splendid, Pennsylvania style bank barn. Built in the early 1800’s, Squire Frederick Hoke fashioned this impressive structure from the stones of Lyle’s Creek. It became a community landmark and now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Weathered and almost forgotten, the barn no longer serves as a place for communal congregation. But others had a grand vision for the bucolic land along Lyle’s Creek, taking it from fields to fairways. * And, today, the Rock Barn story endures.
In 1966, not far from the old barn, Billie Younce purchased land to establish a golfing community. Bob Mathews joined him, and together they built The Rock Barn Club of Golf. A group of investors from Ohio bought Rock Barn in 1979. But in 1983, a local group, led by John Hemmings, took ownership of the golfing community. Over the next fourteen years, Rock Barn grew in size and stature.
Big changes occurred in 1997, when local businessman Don Beaver acquired Rock Barn. His dream was to create a premier golfing community and resort destination, with two championship courses and first-class amenities. In 2003, Rock Barn hosted its first PGA senior tournament. Every year since, Champions Tour favorites do Battle at the Barn. Come see why Rock Barn is Conover, North Carolina's ultimate country club and event venue.
*A Rock Barn History: From Fields to Fairways, by Michael and Sharon Smith
the GREATER HICKORY CLASSIC
Legends Make History Here: You Leave With Memories.
For over 12 years Rock Barn Country Club & Spa’s Robert Trent Jones Jr. course has been home to the Greater Hickory Classic - a PGA Champions Tour event. Throughout the years, the Greater Hickory Classic has raised more than $1,100,000 for local charities, most notably through the tournaments “Together Anything’s Possible Charity Challenge”. Non-Profit organizations are able to sell tickets for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic and in return receive 100% of the proceeds.
The Greater Hickory Classic has brought such legendary players as Fred Couples, Tom Kite, Colin Montgomerie, Fuzzy Zoeller, Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer to Rock Barn.
Past champions include:
Craig Stadler, 2003
Doug Tewell, 2004
Jay Haas, 2005
Andy Bean, 2006
R.W. Eaks, 2007
R.W. Eaks, 2008
Jay Haas, 2009
Gary Hallberg, 2010
Mark Wiebe, 2011
Fred Funk, 2012
Michael Allen, 2013
Jay Haas, 2014