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Harold Peck 1922 - 2011
Harold Peck, the golf course superintendent at Battle Creek CC from 1947 until 1988, passed away on May 15, 2011 with his family at his side.
He was born October 23, 1922, the son of Andrew and Rena Peck. Harold was dedicated to the Battle Creek Country Club for 41 years as the Golf Course Superintendent, from 1947 until retiring in 1988.
Harold was a second generation superintendent of the club and a lifelong resident of the club home on Capital Avenue and Country Club Drive. His father Andrew was the superintendent at Battle Creek CC from 1919 until 1946.
During his career, he rebuilt every tee on the course, installed one of Michigan’s first automated watering systems on a golf course, and planted over 2,500 trees at the club.
Along with his brother, Roy, who was the superintendent at Kalamazoo CC for over 4 decades, helped establish the Turfgrass program at Michigan State University and the association now known at the Michigan Golf Course Superintendent Association. At the time of his death, Harold was probably the longest tenured member of the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America. He was a charter member of both organizations and a past president of the Western Michigan Chapter. Harold also helped many other area golf course owners and volunteered his expertise at the local VA Medical Center’s Golf Course.
He was honored by the City of Battle Creek in 1975 with a designation of “Harold Peck Day” and received national recognition from the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 Wednesday evening, May 18th at Shaw Funeral Home in Battle Creek, Michigan. Services will take place at Thursday afternoon at 2:00, May 19, 2011.
Memorials may go to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.