Mooresville’s town-owned golf course is set to reopen this month after closing nearly two years ago for a nearly $10 million makeover.
A thousand new sprinkler heads have been installed, and golfers can perfect their stroke on a new 10-acre practice area with five target greens.
Other new features include five miles of concrete cart paths, eight miles of drainage pipes, a bathroom facility and pump station between holes 14 and 15 and a cart bridge between holes five and nine.
A clubhouse with a formal dining hall and banquet area is the only element left to be completed. It’s scheduled to open in the spring, town officials said, with a modular unit subbing in the interim.
The golf course cost $5 million and the clubhouse and road work just under $5 million.
Known for decades as Mooresville Golf Course, the links also have a new name: Mooresville Golf Club.
“We believe our course will be one of the best in North Carolina,” course manager Luke Steimke said in announcing the re-opening.
No opening date has been set, due to rain affecting completion of road work, but it will be this month, Steimke told the Observer on Saturday.
The renovated course was scheduled to open last fall but was delayed to allow for more turf growth, Town Manager Erskine Smith said at the time.
The redesign of the decades-old course followed local voters approving bonds for recreation projects in May 2014.
In August 2014, the Mooresville Board of Commissioners approved the redesign of the front nine holes of the course, which opened in 1949 and was designed by famed designer Donald Ross.
The back nine holes, designed by Porter Gibson and opened in 1977, were renovated with new greens, tees, bunkers, cart paths and reseeded fairways.
The new course design by Kris Spence is intended to mimic a Scottish “Links” style course.
“Kris Spence did a masterful job reframing the course and keeping the character, heritage and tradition of Donald Ross to make Mooresville an enjoyable challenge for all levels of golfers,” Smith told the Mooresville Tribune in June.
Rates to play the course are set: 18-hole players riding a cart, for instance, will pay $30 to $38 weekdays and $40 to $47 weekends and holidays. Seniors will pay $30 during the week and $35 to $40 weekends and holidays.
A full golf membership for Mooresville residents is $1,500 single and $2,250 family. Senior memberships are $1,200 annually, with a family rate of $1,800. Memberships allow daily access.