Staff Directory

Courtney Ford
Director of Golf
Co-General Manager

Courtney comes to us from Michigan where he grew up playing all sports though he ultimately decided on a career in golf. He attended and graduated from the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University and has worked all over the country from Arizona to Georgia in all types of golf facilities, both public and private. He settled in Huntersville with his wife Carol back in 1998 and first worked at River Run Country Club for 5 1/2 years before signing on with NorthStone Country Club in 2004. Carol gave birth to their daughter, Claire, in 2008, and she and Courtney look forward to having her grow up in the country club setting and enjoying all that NorthStone Country Club has to offer. Courtney now oversees the Golf, Tennis, and Fitness departments and is one of the General Managers at the Club.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 244

Jim Grill
Director of Food & Beverage
Co-General Manager

Jim began working at NorthStone in 2006 after spending time at it's sister club, Four Bridges, in Cincinnati. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jim spent six years in the United States Marines before starting with Rare Hospitality where he was a general manager for 14 years. He enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors in his spare time. Jim is one of the General Managers of NorthStone and oversees all clubhouse matters, the pool, and Food & Beverage Department.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 225

Darrin Spierings
Golf Course Superintendent
Darrin was born in Sheffield, Ohio and graduated from OSU-ATI in Wooster, Ohio in 1986. He and his wife of 27 years have an 11 year old daughter, Alexis. He enjoys playing golf, riding motorcycles, being outdoors, and spending time with friends in his free time.

Phone: (704) 948-4299

Steve Foster
Club Controller
Following four years at UNC-Chapel Hill, Steve began a 12 year career in restaurant management, including more than 10 years as General Manager for upper mid-scale steakhouse restaurants in Ohio and North Carolina. Seeking a “career reboot”, Steve returned to school at UNC-Charlotte, where he earned degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Following graduation, he joined Southern Cabinet Company in 2003 as Vice President of Operations and CFO, a role he held for more than seven years. Steve’s most recent experience prior to joining the team at NorthStone was as Vice President of Operations and Finance for BreakFront Software in Charlotte, NC, a role he held for four years and in which he lead the financial, development, and support teams for a niche cloud-based software provider.
Away from the club, Steve enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Tiffanie and his four children as well as coaching travel fastpitch softball for the Charlotte Starz, a non-profit organization for which he also serves as President.

Phone: (704) 949-1293

Nicole Delp
Membership Director
A native of Denver, NC, Nicole attended Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Nicole brings over six years of experience in the country club environment, including membership and marketing as well as catering and event planning. In her spare time Nicole enjoys spending time with her friends and family, spending time on the lake, and trying out new restaurants.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 236

Amy Bowers
Banquet & Catering Director
Amy Bowers, a native of Mooresville, is our Banquet and Catering Director. Outside of work Amy enjoys spending time with her two sons, playing sports, and spending time with friends.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 230

Kevin Kunstmann
Fitness Director
Originally from Rhode Island, Kevin left the cold New England winters to study at the University of Arizona. He was always active and involved in sports so it was natural for him to find a career path in fitness. Kevin and his family have lived in Charlotte for 5 years now, after moving from Sarasota, Florida. He has been a professional in the fitness/wellness field for over 10 years and has a true passion for training and helping people reach their fitness goals. Kevin is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified USA Weightlifting coach, and CPR/AED certified. He has worked with a wide variety of clients including men, women, youth, and athletes of all levels. Some of his specialties include strength gains, power development, full body circuit training, and high intensity interval training.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 243

Mark Hofstetter
Head Golf Professional
 Mark is originally from Orange, California and has been married to his wife Tracy for 32 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Mark took up golf in 8th grade and was hooked. He played all four years of high school and played on a four year scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he was a two time all American. After college, he played professionally for two years on mini tours. He has a career low round of 60!

Mark began working on the club side of golf in 1985 and became a Class A PGA Professional in 1990. He is a member of the quarter century club. Prior to NorthStone, Mark was the Director of Golf at River Run for 7 ½ years, the General Manager at Crowfield Golf and Country Club in Charleston, the Head Professional at Pine Island Country Club for 7 years, and he’s been teaching at the Golf Studio at NorthStone for the last year.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 245
Tripp Reynolds
Assistant Golf Professional
 Born and raised in Shelby North Carolina, Tripp Reynolds knows what good BBQ tastes like and what school someone is referring to when they say, “Carolina.” After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduating with a degree in Psychology, Tripp began a career in the golf business with time spent at Cleveland Country Club and Cowan’s Ford Golf Club. Tripp has a passion for teaching the game of golf with a focus on fundamentals and swing plane. Tripp is a classically trained cellist and an avid six string picker. With sights set on PGA Class A certification, Tripp is continually educating himself to become the best he can be.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 220

Rodrigo Cagide
Tennis Professional
Rodrigo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and finished first in both singles and doubles in 1986. He represented Mexico at the Junior US Open, the Junior Davis Cup, and the Orange Ball Tennis Tournaments. He played for Campbell University on a double tennis and soccer scholarship. He finished his four years at Campbell with a 24-0 singles record and a 23-1 doubles record at the Big South Conference.

Prior to joining us at NorthStone, Rodrigo was the Tennis Director at the Point Lake & Golf Club in Mooresville from 1999-2013.

Phone: (980) 621-6941

Laura Kelly
Tennis Professional
Laura joins the NorthStone Tennis Program after working as the Head Pro at AMP Tennis in Concord, North Carolina.  Originally from Oxford, Mississippi, Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi.  She began her coaching career under Head Pro Debbie Smith at the Oxford Park Commission and received her certification from the USPTA in 2006.  She has a beautiful 12 year old daughter, Mary Hart.

Laura will focus on the grass roots levels of the Beginner and QuickStart in the Junior Program and beginner adults.

Phone: (704) 699-0765

Betty Winkler
Office Manager
Betty began working at NorthStone in 2006 after spending several years at Cramer Mountain Country Club. A native of Charlotte, she loves visiting Lake Lure, going to the mountains, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 239

Carlos Garcia
Executive Chef
Carlos joined the NorthStone staff after working for 16 years at Harbor Ridge Country Club in Palm City, Florida. Originally from Querertaro, Mexico, Carlos enjoys working out, watching and playing soccer, fishing, and spending time with his family. He particularly enjoys cooking French food.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 223

Ben Winkler
Facilities Manager
Originally from Mt. Holly, North Carolina, Ben began working at NorthStone in 2009. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, spending time at the pool, and attending his grandson's football games.

Phone: (704) 948-4286 x. 249