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Business Notebook: Bobby Jones Links tapped to relaunch Woodlake Country Club in Vass

Also in today’s Business Notebook: Fayetteville Tech president reports on Carolina Cyber Network; N.C. DOT recognized as military friendly employer


Bobby Jones Links, an Atlanta-based club management and advisory services company, has entered a consulting partnership with Woodlake Country Club, a privately owned country club in Vass.

Woodlake is the company’s sixth club in North Carolina, according to a news release.

Located 25 minutes east of Pinehurst Resort, Woodlake Country Club is a private club and boating community developed in 1968. Woodlake featured two 18-hole golf courses — one designed by Arnold Palmer and the other by local architect Ellis Maples — plus the 1,200-acre Lake Surf and the historic Oates House.

Moved to Woodlake from Fayetteville, the Oates House was once the residence of John A. Oates, a judge, historian and civic leader, the release said. Enduring financial hardship through the 1980s, the community’s eventual demise was the potential breach of the lake’s dam during Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the release said.

As a precaution, the state drained Lake Surf, eliminating the irrigation supply for the golf courses, which led to Woodlake’s closure.

In 2021, local investor Atlantic National Capital secured the Woodlake community, including the golf courses, lake and undeveloped real estate, through foreclosure proceedings. Atlantic launched a plan to restore Woodlake and hired golf designer Kris Spence to restore the Maples Course. 

“We are thrilled to be a member of the team that will breathe new life into Woodlake,” said Doug Hellman, president of business development. “This project provides a rare opportunity to leverage our deep expertise and resources to launch and restore Woodlake Country Club as a premier lifestyle club and community in one of the most recognized golf resort markets in the country.”

The revitalized Woodlake Country Club is scheduled to open in fall 2023 and offer members access to the Kris Spence remodeled 18-hole, par 72 golf course, practice range, pool, clubhouse and multipurpose complex with indoor pickleball courts and golf simulators.

For more information, visit www.woodlaketoday.com.

Fayetteville Tech president reports on Carolina Cyber Network to state board

Fayetteville Technical Community College President Mark Sorrells met with the State Board of Community Colleges to discuss the work of the Carolina Cyber Network and its comprehensive cybersecurity workforce strategy for North Carolina, according to a news release. 

Sorrells made a presentation about CCN on April 20 at the state board’s monthly meeting 

Sorrells is a co-founder and leader of CCN, which was established in 2020 by Fayetteville Tech and Montreat College. Both schools are recognized as centers of academic excellence in cybersecurity education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Fayetteville Tech and Montreat joined to create CCN to establish a workforce-training solution to the burgeoning need for cybersecurity professionals. Sorrells told the state board that there are an estimated 23,400 cybersecurity job openings in North Carolina and more than 755,000 cybersecurity job openings nationwide. 

Sorrells said CCN members work together to ensure that students meet cybersecurity workforce needs in a variety of economic sectors, including agriculture, biotechnology, critical infrastructure, financial services, health care, manufacturing and military transition. 

Member schools are Blue Ridge Community College, Catawba Valley Community College, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Gaston College, Montreat College, North Carolina A&T State University, Richmond Community College, Stanly Community College, Wayne Community College, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, Piedmont Community College, and Wake Technical Community College. 

For more information about CCN, visit www.carolinacybernetwork.net

 N.C. Department of Transportation recognized as military friendly employer

The N.C. Department of Transportation has been recognized as a military friendly employer.

The department was received a 2023 3-Star Military Friendly Employer by VETS Indexes. The award recognizes DOT’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and supporting veterans and the military community.

This year, a record number of 239 organizations participated in the VETS Indexes Employer Awards. Only those that demonstrated a strong commitment to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and military spouses were recognized. 

Military veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses looking to join DOT are encouraged to visit https://bit.ly/ncdotjobs and DOT's military services page.

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