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Mallard Head Country Club

Entrance to Mallard Head, one of the first country clubs on Lake Norman.


Opened in 1979, Mallard Head Country Club was one of the first country clubs on the shores of Lake Norman. The 18-hole course was designed by George Cobb (1914-1986), a noted golf course designer (Courtesy of Visit NC). The course is located off of Brawley School Road, near The Point in Mooresville. The neighborhood surrounding the course is sprinkled with homes built in the 1980s as well as more recent construction. View more photos of Mallard Head Country Club here.

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The Point Community

The Point, a large Mooresville subdivision with 18 miles of Lake Norman shoreline, was planned during the 1990s. The community plan is available here. Today, the subdivision is home to over 500 families. Crescent Communities manages the development.

The Point has specific architectural guidelines. Individuals who choose to build a home in The Point must work with one of the subdivision’s designated builders. While many homes were built between 1995 and 2005, building in this neighborhood continues through 2014. The golf course at The Point was designed by Greg Norman in 1999 and serves as a major attraction for residents and their guests. The community is very proud of its vacation feel and country club lifestyle. In fact, signage and common areas are inspired by Nantucket (Courtesy of The Point website).

Crescent Communities transferred ownership of the club and golf course to its members in 2011. However, in 2012, Donald Trump bought the golf course and poured millions into the site, transforming it into Trump National Golf Club of Charlotte. View photos of The Point and Trump National here.

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Lake Norman’s First Residential Developments

Early development on Lake Norman.

Early development on Lake Norman.

As our timeline suggests, residential development on Lake Norman was a gradual process throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Although Duke Power leased some property for summer homes, most of the shoreline was undeveloped.

A 1964 article in State Magazine states, “Even with homes, summer cottages, docks, and boathouses being constructed along its shores, Lake Norman appears almost untouched to many observers, its that big” (Harry Snook). 

According to Cindy Jacobs in Around Lake Norman, many of the first private developers were former farmers. With their farmland now sitting underwater on lakefront property, selling or leasing land for home sites was a profitable endeavor.

The earliest subdivisions around the lake include Moonlite Bay, Kiser’s Island, Catalina Cove, Bonanza, and Island Forest (courtesy of Stallings-Sigmon Collection). The Charlotte Observer also mentions an early lakefront subdivision called Malibu Pointe (Bruce Henderson, “Lake Norman at 50, Public and Private“).

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The Peninsula Club

Privately owned by the roughly 700 members since 2000, The Peninsula Club seeks “to provide an exceptional lakefront, resort-style country experience for our membership, their families and guests in a welcoming and friendly environment.”

Golf Course

A map of the Peninsula Club Golf course and surrounding residential lots.


With a Rees Jones designed golf course, tennis facilities, swimming, social events, and an idyllic view of Lake Norman, The Peninsula Club has been described as the “intersection of real life and a dream.” Membership is not limited to those living in the Peninsula community and frequent philanthropy events raise hundreds of thousand of dollars for local charities.

Learn more at: www.thepeninsulaclub.com

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Timeline: Luxury Residential Development