Brady Noland has been around the game of golf for as long as he can remember. His mother Lori played the sport in college and passed her love of it on to him.
“There’s a picture of me at the state fair in West Virginia – I’m like three years old with a plastic golf club, swinging it around,” said Brady, who is now the golf director at the Cutalong development near Lake Anna.
Noland began golfing seriously in his freshman year at Louisa County High School, playing all four years for the Lions before going on to play for Concord Univerity’s team for a year. Soon after that, his attention began moving away from playing golf and on to what would ultimately become his career path – working at golf courses.
He began working at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina and served as the head golf professional at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
In order to become a golf pro, Noland had to complete 36 months of education on the sport and take an aptitude test to prove he could play at a high enough level.
“I’m a professional player at this point, but I don’t have aspirations for the [PGA] tour,” he said.
Last June, Noland returned to Louisa to become the head golf pro at Cutalong. In the year since, he’s been promoted to director, overseeing all golf operations for the facility.
“I remember working at the Food Lion when Cutalong was first getting started and thinking it would be neat to work at a golf course someday,” he said. “I didn’t know I’d be working at one here.”
Noland said he’s particularly excited to start “with a blank slate” and help build the culture of golf at Cutalong from the ground up.
“Our culture is that we’re serious about our product, but we’re pretty casual,” he said. “It’s like the lake life culture, but with golf.”
He’s also excited to be doing it in the community where he grew up.
“Louisa has needed something like this,” he said. “We’re creating a social class that you might not find in town. It’s well thought out and well organized. It’s not for everyone because it is pricey, but it’s exciting to see it grow.”
Though his journey has taken him to many places and taught him many things, golf has been the one constant for Noland.
“It’s kind of surreal,” he said. “To remember, as a kid, having the passion to want to be really good at [golf] and just working at it ... I can’t imagine what I’d be doing if I wasn’t running a golf course or playing golf or around it somehow. It’s surreal to have gone out and gotten the experience I needed to come back and do what other places are doing, but to do it better and to do it here [in Louisa]. It’s been unique.”