The Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship is a 54-hole event conducted at Paradise Point Golf Course each year, usually during the last weekend of March.
The event was first held in 1972. Its purpose, in part, was to expose young college students to the military environment and conduct an event to foster interaction between the college and the active duty and retired Marines in the Camp Lejeune area.
The inaugural event, won by Duke University, consisted of five player teams from twelve schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The format was unique; for the first two days, each team consisted of two college players from different schools and two Marines from Camp Lejeune. The format was best ball, with the collegians playing at scratch and the Marines receiving their handicaps. After the second day, the Marines concluded their event, and the colleges continued to play team and individual tournaments.
The format and size of the field remained the same for the next 20 years. In 1991, the field was increased to 19 college teams and one military team, comprised of competitively selected Marines from Camp Lejeune. In 1996 the field was increased to 30 colleges and two military teams. At this time, it became necessary to utilize both courses.
As with every large tournament, we are indebted to the strong volunteer force who helps ensure that this tournament runs smoothly. From greeting the teams when they arrive to participating in the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, these volunteers are committed to the tournament’s success. They are an integral part of the Intercollegiate Golf Championship.
We hope you continue to enjoy this tournament as we do.
The history of the golf courses at Camp Lejeune began with the arrival of a young Marine by the name of George Cobb in 1942. George, who had recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Landscape Architecture, was assigned to Camp Lejeune as an Engineering Officer, more specifically, as the Officer in Charge of Forestry & Roads. Of further interest, George was a scratch golfer. When the idea to build golf courses for the recreation of the Marines stationed here was presented, George was put in charge of the project and given the title of Construction Superintendent. He enlisted the professional assistance of the Scotsman Fred Finley as the Golf Course Architect.
The Gold Course (then just called “Number One”) was completed in 1943. The Scarlet Course was built two years later, finished in 1945. George’s experience at Camp Lejeune set the course for his life after the military. He went on to design many fine courses in the United States, including several in this area. He is best known for creating the famous Par 3 course at Augusta National as a great friend of Bobby Jones. The fortuitous arrival of George Cobb allows Paradise Point at Camp Lejeune to stake the claim as the oldest 18-Hole Golf Course in the Marine Corps.