Lake Norman & Mooresville

Student learns to manage golf course

Michael Peterson, 17, has been playing golf since he was 3.

So when he found out his English class senior project at Mooresville High School could be on the topic of his choice, it didn't surprise anybody that he chose the Mooresville Golf Course.

"I wanted to see what employees do to prepare the course," said Peterson, who lives in the Cherry Grove neighborhood in Mooresville.

In addition, as a frequent golfer at the course, Peterson wanted to help "spread the word" about the course and what it offers the community.

Peterson became an intern under the supervision of Charlie Roberts, the director of golf at the Mooresville Golf Course.

Roberts oversees most operations at the course, including tournaments, the driving range and the crafting of the course's long-term and short-term goals.

During his more than two months as an intern, Peterson has been learning about the behind-the-scenes efforts it takes to make a course operate, including managing the grounds, scheduling players and making sure the golf carts are cleaned and maintained for another day.

The title of Peterson's project is "Golf Course Management."

His project consisted of researching and writing a paper, creating a news release and planning a community event designed to inform the people of Mooresville about the benefits of the municipal golf course.

The event included discounted food and beverages, a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities and course, a free 10-minute golf lesson, a talk about the wildlife seen at the course - which is certified by the National Wildlife Federation - and a movie after the presentation.

Though Peterson and Roberts admit they got the word out late and attendance was lower than anticipated at the May community event, Roberts said he was excited about the event's potential. He said the event was just the beginning, and that in the future it would be done with more notice and at a time that would be easier for people to attend.

Roberts said he hopes this and future events will help raise community awareness that the Mooresville Golf Course is more than a place to play golf; it's an amenity available to everyone.

Roberts gives all the credit to Peterson, and said the event would never have happened without the student's efforts.