Joe Ratchford, who built Apple Creek Executive Golf Course in 2005, was killed Tuesday while trimming tree limbs on the course, police say.
Ratchford, 63, died when a large limb fell from a tree and struck him on the head. The incident was reported shortly after 3 p.m., according to police.
Ratchford owned and operated the 18-hole golf course, on Dallas-Bessemer City Highway in northwest Gastonia. Observer Staff Reports