Center Country Club

3839 Highway 96 North
Center, TX 75935


The Center Country Club was established in 1955 with the original officers being Frank E. Parker – President, Tolbert Foster – Vice President, and Mann Pinkston, Secretary / Treasurer... The founding board of director’s was W.R. Boyd, Tolbert Foster, Poncho Goddard, Mann Pinkston, Edmond Herbert, Jack Motley, Howard Motley, C.P. Sanders and Maxie Thomas, Jr.

These individuals were instrumental in the course design as you see it today with some help from a professional golfer and the collaboration took place under the shade trees near the current clubhouse.  The foundations for most of the greens are built with bricks from the Old Panola County Courthouse. In addition to the originating board members, volunteers provided the work and equipment in the construction of the course and clubhouse.

The golf course officially opened on July 4, 1956 with a Member’s Tournament. In 1958, an Invitational Tournament was established for the professional and amateurs golfers as well as allowing the collegiate golfer to play. This tournament has evolved into the current day East Texas Open.

In 1988 the original clubhouse burned and was replaced with the current day facility.

We can thank the founding officers, board members and regular members for their insight into providing the community with a superb place to play golf and dine.

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