Pine Lake Country Club Renovation

Ribbon cutting by Mark Koval and Mayor Biggers
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Pine Lake Country Club unveiled its latest remodeling project to an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday evening. The open house included members, non-members, local politicians, and members of the business community, eager to see this million dollar improvement.  The ribbon was cut by Mark Koval, President of the Pine Lake Country Club, and Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, then the doors were opened to display a massive ballroom and dining room do-over. Sherri Taylor, a new General Manager at Pine Lakes said, “This is a milestone in our history. Mint Hill is growing, and we are growing right along with it.”

The reception served an appetizer buffet including beautifully displayed steak tartar, scallops and shrimp, along with several choices of cheese, crackers, veggies, and meat trays. An assortment of wine was available in long-stemmed glasses, offered on trays by roaming servers.

Buffet table in the refurbished ball room

The walls have been painted a lighter color, the carpeting has been replaced with easier-to-maintain flooring, and where there used to be only an entrance and exit, there is now an entire wall of glass windows and larger glass doors. What was once a solid wall is now a half wall looking into the reception area, further opening up the space.

Reception area now provides view to dining and ballroom

Foxx Contractors began the project July 5, and completed it August 11, much to the joy of Mark Koval. “I looked forward to a positive change, but this exceeds my expectations. It was truly a massive overhaul.” The room had not been updated since the 70’s. “We believe this improved venue will bring in new members and more events such as wedding receptions,” Koval said. He then went on to explain that this is considered “Phase Two”, with the first phase having been the remodeling of the lounge. “We see even Phase Eight or Nine ahead,” he predicted, “with one of the phases made to highlight the beauty of the property.” Part of that phase would involve removing some trees so the lake can be seen from the ballroom. “We would like to make the lake a place for paddle boats and picnic tables for our members to enjoy. Many people don’t even realize the lake is there.”

A bigger, brighter view

Mayor Biggers was also impressed with the new look. “Pine Lake gives the citizens a great place to golf, swim, and play tennis. Sometimes people I meet have no idea where Mint Hill is, but then I mention Pine Lake Country Club, and suddenly they know where we are located,” he said. “This renovation will not only benefit the current members, but it will give Mint Hill a convention center, a place for dances and receptions, and will make Pine Lake even more well known.”

Sandy Barnett is the new Marketing Director at Pine Lake, and was busy coordinating the evening’s activities. “I am very excited to be a part of Pine Lake’s transformation and rebranding campaign. The remodeling brings a fresh face to an established amenity in Mint Hill, and allows us to expand our reach for recruiting.”

Attendee Mike Javers remarked, “I can’t get over the difference. It doesn’t look at all like the same place. I think that wall of glass is what I see as the biggest change–it makes this room look so much bigger.”

Mike Koval is not only proud of the renovation, but of the golf course as well. “I have probably played on three hundred or more golf courses, and I still like this the best. The 16th hole is especially amazing. Pine Lake Country Club is truly a hidden gem.”

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Kathy Shepler
I was an English professor at The University of Akron, Ohio before retiring and moving to Charlotte last year. My undergraduate degree is in journalism and my masters in education. Along with writing for The Mint Hill Times, I tutor in English and do book editing. I live in Mint Hill with my husband and am involved in a number community activities.