Hound Ears Club Celebrates America by Protecting Bald Eagles

BOONE, N.C. – Hound Ears Club, the High Country’s premier private community, is preparing for a long-standing tradition that stretches back to the Club’s beginning more than 50 years ago – the annual Independence Day Celebration on July1.

The centerpiece of the celebration has always been a spectacular fireworks display traditionally launched from holes #2-3 of the golf course. This year, however, an amazing gift from nature has prompted the Club to move the display to holes #12-16 on the other side of the course this year.

This past winter, a nesting pair of bald eagles took up residence in River Pointe, a private residential community on Old Shulls Mill Road facing the course’s front nine holes. As of late June, several eaglets had emerged from the nest and are now flying near the Watauga River and learning to hunt as the proud, feathered parents keep a watchful eye.

“To ensure our annual fireworks display does not in any way disturb our community’s bald eagles, the Hound Ears Club Board of Directors decided to move the fireworks display this year to an effective distance from the nest,” said Don E. Vance, CCM, CPC, Hound Ears Club Chief Operating Officer/General Manager.

“Our Club has always been dedicated to preserving our unique mountain ecology while also providing a ‘mountain-peak’ experience for our members and their guests,” he added.

As an added bonus, moving the fireworks display will provide residents of Hound Ears Lakes condominiums an enhanced view of the show.

“Our annual celebration is all about community, as well as the family traditions and values that make America so wonderful,” Vance said. “We’re delighted to have this chance to honor our country as we honor the bald eagles – literally the symbol of American freedom.”

Centrally located near Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, N.C., Hound Ears Club comprises 750 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since 1964, the Club has been recognized as a premier High Country private club and community. Memberships are available for homeowners and non-residents.

For more information, visit the Hound Ears Club website at houndears.com.

Story and Photos by Jason Reagan

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