HOW GRENELEFE GOT ITS NAME
The Ballad of Robin Hood and His Merry Men
Back in the late fourteenth century, about 1378, in England, a ballad and story exploited the feats of a gentleman named Robyn Hode and his merry men. They frolicked in a forest named Sherwood and tussled with a sheriff from Nottingham. Over the centuries, Robyn Hode became known as Robin Hood, and to this day his feats are trumpeted by books, television, and the screen.
Of Robin Hood's companions, the one who appears most frequently as an actor with individuality is Little John. He is the subject of the most humorous episodes. On one of his adventures, he enters the Sheriff of Nottingham's service disguised as Reynald Grenelefe. One day, when the sheriff is off hunting, "Grenelefe" lies in bed until noon, then demands his dinner. He has a fight with the cook, robs the sheriff of 300 pounds and his silver, and then traps the sheriff and leads him to Robin Hood.
From Little John's name, Reynald Grenelefe, comes our name Grenelefe for several reasons: The Grenelefe land is symbolic of Robin's Sherwood Forest - with towering pines and oaks, green grass, and blue water.
Our first golf course was named Arrowhead several years ago, and, of course, Robin and his men were known for their skill with an arrow.
While we had nothing to do with it, Grenelefe is located on a lake named Marion (remember Maid Marion, Robin's sweetheart?). Even more coincidental is the fact that when viewed from the air, it is in the perfect shape of a king's knight, used in the ancient game of chess. And now you know the story.