Our Team

Larry Carter 

Larry Carter – Director, Golf Operations
Larry is our director of golf operations, bringing impressive expertise and leadership to our team! Larry is a graduate of UNC Asheville, where he played on the golf team. As an active member of the PGA, Larry holds a professional golf career of more than 30 years and enjoys teaching lessons now by appointment.

Rick Merrick 

Rick Merrick – Head Golf Pro
Rick is the PGA professional at Etowah Valley Golf Club & Lodge – providing members and guests exceptional golf instruction. Rick has been in the golf industry for more than 25 years. He has a passion for the sport and has dedicated his career to ensuring that golfers – young and old – enjoy all that the game has to offer.

Mark Hughes Assistant Golf Pro North Carolina 

Mark Hughes – Assistant Golf Pro
Mark worked for the Senior PGA Tour as a caddy and instructor for several professional players. Throughout his career, he has also held the position of head golf professional. He now works part-time with Etowah Valley Golf Club & Lodge, helping members and guests enjoy the game. Mark offers lessons to golfers of all ages.

Jim Sparks Golf  Pro North Carolina

Jim Sparks – Superintendent
Jim is our golf course superintendent and brings with him years of professional experience owning and maintaining golf courses. Jim has built more than 40 golf courses over his career and has worked with many well-known, prestigious courses including Augusta National, Quail Hollow, Victoria National, among others. Jim also is the owner of Course Doctor’s, a national golf course construction and renovation company.


Terrell West – Tennis Pro
Dr. West has been the tennis pro at Etowah Valley Golf Club & Lodge since 2008. He began his career in professional tennis in 1970 as the teaching pro for Country Club of North Carolina at Pinehurst. In conjunction with being a tennis pro, Dr. West worked for more than 25 years teaching physical education for the North Carolina Community College system. After retiring from the community college system, Dr. West joined the Etowah Valley family and enjoys working closely with our tennis team, clients and guests.