The idea of a golf course nestled in this idyllic Mount Prospect setting originated in 1948 when Lester J. Carlton, a Holderness farmer and property owner, together with his family, designed the original nine holes.
Twenty-six years later, in 1974, the future of the course fell into the hands of Professional Golfers Association [PGA] Master Golf Professional, Joe L. Clark, Sr. His lease began the development period of what became the JLC [Joe L. Clark] Golf Club.
1979 to 1988
Joe Clark and David Kent, of the Plymouth State College [University] Business Department, formed the Krypton Corp. in 1979. This team added fourteen homes to the development between 1985 and 1988 and completed two-thirds of the golf course, thereby establishing the foundation for the Highland Links Colony and Golf Club.
1989 to 2000
Due to the impact of a real estate recession, Krypton Corp. gave way to Maranatha Construction Company under Jim Ingram who worked a trade-out agreement with Joe Clark to build on the remaining twenty homesites and to finish the golf course to his design. Clark operated the golf course until 2000 when the completed project totaled thirty-four homes.
2000 to 2004
David Scerra, a local entrepreneur with Beech Hill Enterprise, became the leaseholder and general manager of the profitable HLC Golf Club. Joe Clark, as head professional, marketer, and golf instructor, extended the use of the course for Plymouth State College intramurals and college instruction.
2005 to 2014
Randall “Randy” F. Margeson who had been the chief greenskeeper took over David Scerra’s role in 2005 and became the lessee. However, in 2014 he chose not to submit a proposal for a follow-on bid, and the golf course was formally closed at the 2015 annual meeting of the homeowner’s association.
The association changed its name to Highland Colony in 2018 reflecting the fact that there is no longer a golf course on the property. Since then, members continue to enjoy and benefit from the wide expanses of open property left by the dissolution of the golf course.