Racing to the Golf Course in Mooresville
PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett
With more than 60 NASCAR teams and racing-related businesses located in Mooresville, there is no doubt that this is a high-speed town. Still, even in Race City USA, there are people who prefer the slow pace and quiet atmosphere provided by a round of golf.
Mooresville’s golfing roots date to 1949, when legendary course architect Donald Ross designed a nine-hole layout for the city, just outside the downtown area. For nearly 30 years, the Mooresville Golf Course remained a nine-hole gem, highlighted by Ross’ trademark inverted-saucer greens.
Ross, who designed or redesigned approximately 600 courses during the first half of the 20th century, often made his greens into gently sloping mounds that require precision shot-making, or else the ball will roll slowly away from the hole. Golfers have long been both delighted and frustrated by these greens, and the Mooresville front nine is a classic example of such work.
In 1977, the city decided to expand the course to a full 18 holes. Porter Gibson designed the back nine, and it is significantly different from the front nine. Many golfers say that playing a full round at Mooresville GC is almost like playing two different courses.
All together, the 18-hole layout is 6,528 yards long. The open fairways of the front nine give way to a much tighter, tree-lined course on the back nine. The back side also includes a lengthy 240-yard, par-3 at No. 14.
Nine holes can be walked for as little as $12, while a full 18 holes on the weekend with a cart runs approximately $35. Discounts are available for seniors and youth. Since many people who play only nine holes prefer to play the side designed by Ross, the back nine usually is less crowded.
Mallard Head Country Club is a 6,900-yard course that was designed by George Cobb in 1979. Trees and water hazards come into play throughout the course, and the layout has enough variation to require the use of several different clubs.
Nine holes can be walked during the week for as little as $10, while a full round with cart is $30. The course can become crowded on weekends, so walking is not allowed on those days. Weekend rates range from $19 to $37. There is a discount for seniors during the week, but not on weekends.
The Point Lake and Golf Club is a private facility located on the shores of Lake Norman. Designed by two-time British Open champion Greg Norman, The Point measures more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, with 13 of the 18 holes playing alongside or over the water.