Donald Ross designed this municipal property, opened in 1948, as a 9-hole course.
There had been no significant improvements since the addition of a second nine
in 1977. The result was poorly performing
conditions throughout the course under a
load of heavy play.
The makeover involved a complete
redesign, which included adding a 10.5-
acre practice facility. This expanded the
outreach for junior golf and created a
new income stream. The renovation team
reshaped and rebuilt the greens, tees, bunkers, fairways and roughs. They also added
What the judges said:
“A solid renovation overall, considering
it is a course that was completely redone.
Being able to add a practice facility to
grow the game with new golfers, upgraded
greens, irrigation and drainage for $4.5
million should be considered a success.”
“The architect embraced the Donald Ross
roots of the golf course and carried out
renovation and construction of features in
the spirit and design style of classic Ross.
A good mix between modern playing and
safety standards and the sensibility of classic design principles and aesthetics.”
— Matt Dusenberry
Mooresville Golf Club
Owner: Town of Mooresville
Architect: Kris W. Spence
Contractor: Southeastern Golf
Renovation budget: $4.5 million T
a new irrigation system and pump station.
They re-grassed fairways and removed 20
acres of tree encroachments to enhance
turf growth. A new routing for the front
9 freed up 13 acres, which the Town of
Mooresville sold to help offset the cost of
Though a strict restoration of the original
Ross design was not possible, “We moved
as little earth as possible and employed
Ross’ philosophy in every fashion when
designing and building the greens, bunkers
and fairways,” architect Kris Spence said.
IT MAY BE SHORT, BUT IT’S LONG ON FUN. IT MAY BE SHORT, BUT IT’S LONG ON FUN.
And thanks for
allowing us to be part
of this great project
photo by dave sansom
Woodbine Development and
BRIAN CURTIS STUDIO DESIGN
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