Renovations to Mooresville’s town-owned golf course remain on track, but the opening will be delayed until 2016 to allow for more growth on the greens and fairways, Town Manager Erskine Smith announced Tuesday. A final opening date has not been set, he said.
In May 2014, local voters approved $10 million of bonds for recreation projects. In August 2014, the Mooresville Board of Commissioners approved the redesign of the front nine holes of the golf course, which opened in 1949 and were originally designed by famed golf course 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 cost of the overall project is $5 million.
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“We are very pleased with the renovation of the golf course,” Dick Poore, Mooresville’s director of Cultural & Recreation Services, said in a news release Tuesday. “Our contractors have managed to stay on schedule even through a drought-plagued summer.”
The course was originally scheduled to open by year’s end, and workers are down to “punch-list,” or final items. But after talking with the course architect, contractors, the golf pro and course superintendent, “we recommended delaying the course opening to allow the turf to stabilize,” Poore said.
The grass used on the new course needs eight weeks to fully cover in optimum conditions (hot days/warm nights), he said.
“Given the lower temperatures we are already experiencing, it is unlikely we will reach full coverage/maturity unless we have an unusually warm September and October,” course superintendent Todd Lederer said in the release.
The renovation design by Kris Spence is intended to mimic a Scottish “Links” style course, Lederer said.
Town staff will monitor the growth of the greens and fairways and set an opening date consistent with the maturity of the grass, he said.