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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...

Rocky River Golf Club
6900 Bruton Smith Blvd
Concord, NC 28027
(704) 455-1200
rockyrivergolf.com
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Review Rating:

4.26 stars - "Great course" (19 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $49, Weekend $69

Practice Area:

Grass tee driving range and a chipping / putting green.

Course photo

Description

This semi-private club is located within earshot of Charlotte Motor Speedway and you'll know it if you play during a race week. Designed by Dan Maples and managed by the Embassy Suites-Concord, the course offers stay and play packages similar to a resort course. The clubhouse offers nice views of the 18th green from the Stonehouse Grille. With several risk-reward holes and the amenities, this course is a great place for an outing. The greens were redone in bermuda grass during the summer of 2012.

Notes

Good selection of affordable, annual golf plans, including discounts for Concord residents.

B-Man's Take

I now play here regularly a few times a year. It's typically kept in very nice shape and the staff and amenities are top-notch. It's also fun to play when something's going on at the race track -- the Zmax Dragway stands now rise over the clubhouse and driving range. The course has many unique and memorable holes, including the 555yd par 5 3rd hole with a huge boulder smack in the middle of the fairway -- "Gragg's Rock" is named after Floyd Gragg who directed the opening of the course in 1997. With the conversion to bermuda grass on the greens in 2012, the course remains in great playing shape almost all year round. I enjoy the challenge and scoring opportunities at Rocky River -- I nearly aced the 10th hole (missed by inches) in July 2014.

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship (Gold)72697073.5137
Men's (Green)72645070.9130
Other (White)72602869.0125
Ladies (Burgundy)72475468.4119
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Links

Golfholes.com - 18-hole photo tour and coupons available

News & Updates

  • 6/12/20 - Review by syncgolf

    "Perfect"

    Staff & Pace of play was very good despite the course being packed. Outstanding greens rolled very quick and true, fairways freshly mowed, rough wasn't too long yet. Its a great Dan Maples design with multi-tiered greens and country club like course conditions. First time I have player in several years and will be back very soon! One of the finest public tracks in #CLTGolf

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  • 4/8/20 - Review by The B-Man

    "Great course"

    Rocky River is in fantastic shape tee to green -- the best of any public course I've played this year so far. Fairways in particular were nice and lush and providing lots of roll on tee shots. Greens were near perfect (with one exception noted below) and very quick. I still have trouble reading these Bermuda greens though and I didn't make anything over 10 or 12 feet all day. Tees and sand bunkers were also good. We were able to take individual carts and the pace was brisk starting at 8:30. Not crowded at all. The hole cups had foam fillers which made it easy to retrieve our holed putts without disrupting anything. The snack bar was open and stocked. The only issue on the course was the repaired spot on #4 green. It looks like maybe they had some vandalism on that green a little while back and had to sod a 10 foot wide strip through the middle of the green. The hole was cut away from it and it didn't affect my putt rolling across the strip from the other side of the green. So not a big issue just an anomaly. Overall, these were the best conditions I've played in recently (see my reviews for Warrior, Monroe, and Springfield -- I've also played Skybrook and Olde Sycamore). This course is Top 5 Charlotte material.

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  • 10/30/19 - Review by IM4DHERD

    "Great course"

    Normal wear and tear allows for a lot of thin/bar spots down the edges of the cart path, but we did have a tough summer and early fall with little rain and high heat. Tee to green in excellent shape. Some penalty areas improperly marked (red when should be yellow). Quick round, good price, very good conditions.

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  • 8/28/19 - Review by dad4204

    "Great course"

    I hadn't played here in about 3 years. It was in fantastic shape. I'd heard the bunkers were sometimes bad, but they seem to have been repaired. Except for the fairways just a little thin in some places this is perfect. The greens are super, rolled fantastically. Play there !

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  • 7/7/19 - Review by The B-Man

    "Great course"

    Had a good experience Sunday afternoon at the #7 course in my recent Top 10 list (Charlotte Agenda link on my Insta profile). One of my playing partners is friends with the PGA Director of Golf (Ryan Brickley) so we received great service -- he even rode with us a few holes. Fairways and greens were in fantastic shape. Only issue we encountered were several washed out or water-filled bunkers due to the recent heavy rains over the holiday weekend. We played lift, rake and replace in the bunkers because of this, but I did lose one ball in a sand bunker "water hazard" that led to a double bogey even after a rake/replace. I also think the course could be improved by cutting down the brush just off the cart paths so it's easier to find shots that are only mildly out of play. Despite that and the 95+ degree heat, my group had a fun round. The carts have GPS which was helpful for measuring targets to different portions of the greens and for layups. The amenities -- clubhouse, pro shop, bar, driving range, etc -- combined with the course conditions and layout will keep Rocky River in my Top 10 and possibly moving up this year.

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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...

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