Thom Morgan, one of Haywood County’s most successful self-made businessmen, has come out of retirement to undertake the most monumental undertaking of his career: ensuring that the legacy of the Laurel Ridge Country Club survives the next generation.

When Laurel Ridge was put up for sale a few years ago, the golf community got nervous. Laurel Ridge is one of WNC’s top mountain courses, an ace in the hole for Waynesville, and an anchor in the golf landscape and venues scene.






GOING FOR THE EAGLE — Waynesville businessman Thom Morgan has been golfing at Laurel Ridge Country Club down the road from his home for nearly four decades. He is now the new owner.










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EVENT VENUE – The idyllic setting and wood-beamed architecture of the clubhouse, pavilion and dining hall make Laurel Ridge an iconic event location in Haywood County.




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NO MULLIGANS HERE – Thom Morgan, the new owner of Laurel Ridge Country Club, plans to preserve what makes the property unique and build on its heritage.

NO MULLIGANS HERE – Thom Morgan, the new owner of Laurel Ridge Country Club, plans to preserve what makes the property unique and build on its heritage.


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COMMUNITY ASSET – The Laurel Ridge Country Club is a premier event venue, which new owner Thom Morgan wants to ensure it remains a resource for Haywood County for galas, banquets, weddings and receptions .