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River Oaks Golf Club


"Great course"

7/5/20: Review by sd84

I have not played this course in forever, back when there wasn't a clubhouse and they had a trailer. And the green on #1 was on the other side of the pond behind the present location of the green. It may have even been last century. I hadn't gone back because it wasn't in...

Highland Creek Golf Club
7001 Highland Creek Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 875-9000
www.highlandcreekgolfclub.com
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Review Rating:

2.67 stars - "Average" (29 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $45, Weekend $55

Practice Area:

Driving range with grass tees, sloped putting green (very indicative of actual greens), chipping area.

Course photo

Description

This residential course near Huntersville lives up to the Creek in its name, with water hazards coming into play on 10 holes. It has experienced some decay in course conditions over the past several years due to the turnover in management. It used to be one of the better kept and most challenging public courses in Charlotte. I have my fingers crossed that it will return to its former status in the future.

Notes

Highland Creek came under new management in 2014 and memberships & discounts can now be shared across its former sister courses in the old Carolina Trail -- The Divide, Tradition, Birkdale, and Waterford.

B-Man's Take

I used to play this course quite a bit with a friend who lived in the neighborhood. The Carolina Trail demise took a serious toll on the course conditions unfortunately. At times over the past few years (2016-2018), the course has been virtually unplayable. If you play here, please post a review and let us know how it's shaping up. As for the course itself, some of my toughest rounds have been played here. Easy to lose golf balls in the namesake creek, which runs along seemingly every hole. You must be accurate off the tee and with approach shots to stay out of trouble here. Otherwise, you're in for a long round. My favorite hole is #18, the signature 487yd par 5 finishing hole that is reachable in two provided you carry the water all along the right side with 2 shots. Several hell-holes for me on this course, but in particular the 419yd par 4 4th hole is a brutal dogleg left because of a narrow target for your approach, guarded by trees and bunkers. The 560yd par 5 12th is also a brute, with two tough-to-hit fairways and an approach over water.

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship (Gold)72704374.0137
Men's (Blue)72652071.5136
Other (White)72600168.6130
Ladies (Red)72508069.8134
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Links

Golfholes.com - Offers 18-hole photo tour for this course.

News & Updates

  • 4/25/20 - Review by The B-Man

    "Worth playing"

    Finally got back up to Highland Creek in Huntersville. I had been seeing and hearing better things lately and I used to play here often with a friend who lived in the community. I had modest expectations and I'll say the course met them. The Bentgrass greens were fine -- not great, not bad. The speed was decent but not fast. Putts seem to take more break because of that and that made shorter makeable putts more challenging today between the speed and the break. Perhaps I'm biased with some of the nicer courses I've been playing lately but it just goes to show that courses with smooth, fast greens stand out compared to the likes of Highland Creek. The bigger issue with the greens was the collars and areas just off the edges of greens. On several holes there was no grass on the edges, just several feet worth of bare dirt and/or weed clumps. This issue made chips and putts from just off the green dicey. Tee boxes were okay. Fairways were okay though there were some holes with the weed clumps here and there. Overall the turf conditions throughout the course was just kinda average. That said, this course has a fantastic and very challenging layout that I really like. So the gem is there. They just gotta bring it back up a notch to where it was 10 or 12 years ago when it was one of the nicest public tracks in town. All the par 5's are scoreable and offer great risk reward options -- especially the signature 18th hole, which surrendered my first eagle of the season! Much like other courses, this one is using the foam fillers in the cups, which don't affect play and do the job for not having to touch the flagstick. One note of caution, for now, this course (and supposedly others in Meck Co, though this is the first one I've heard this rule) strictly allows one rider to a cart, no matter your relation to the person. At the end of the day, I enjoyed revisiting an old favorite, but I will likely give this course another season to improve before I come back.

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  • 7/30/19 - Review by Hunter

    "Below average"

    I used to like this course. Layout wise. Haven't played in a LONG time and heard it got better so we played 9 after work. Outside of the tee boxes/fairways I was not impressed. Greens have tons of weeds and were very bumpy/slow. Several dead spots. Some bunkers looked good others looked mud. I will be passing on this course until I hear better news.

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  • 5/25/19 - Review by brinstone02

    "Worth playing"

    I hadn't played here in over 10 years because of how far I heard it had fallen. Based off recent reviews we thought we would give it a shot. The fairways were in good shape, the greens were in good shape but fairly slow. You can tell the new management is trying to get this course back. However they need more water stations and they did not have a cart girl so your only opportunity for refreshment was at the turn. It is one of the harder courses in the area and can give you headaches.

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  • 2/26/19 - Review by GolfNiners5

    "Worth playing"

    Some minor issues on tee boxes and some fairways with dead grass. Greens look great but need to be cut (can't blame them since it has rained forever). Worth playing- Should be in great shape once the season comes around

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  • 9/28/18 - Forum Posting by The B-Man titled "Highland Creek closing next week"

    Highland Creek sent a letter to its members this week that it is closing October 1st in an attempt to fix the greens. However, the letter did not say for certain whether the course will re-open. It simply said, "We will monitor progress and make a determination later in the fall whether reopening the course is a viable option."

    I'm not optimistic. Courses usually have a definitive plan to replace their greens (typically with Bermuda) when they reach this age and condition. HC's letter does not say they have the funding or support to replace the greens. So this sure sounds like the end of the line for what was once one of the more prestigious public tracks in Charlotte, in my opinion.

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"Great course"

7/5/20: Review by sd84

I have not played this course in forever, back when there wasn't a clubhouse and they had a trailer. And the green on #1 was on the other side of the pond behind the present location of the green. It may have even been last century. I hadn't gone back because it wasn't in...

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