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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...

The Divide Golf Club
6803 Stevens Mill Rd
Matthews, NC 28104
(704) 628-6438
www.thedividegolfclub.com
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Review Rating:

3.23 stars - "Worth playing" (24 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $39, Weekend $55

Practice Area:

Great place to practice all facets of your game. Grass tee driving range. Chipping green with sand bunker. Large putting green.

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Description

This residential course is located just off I-485 in the Matthews-Mint Hill area. Several holes can be seen from the highway as you drive by. Fun course to play with different types of challenges -- water, tight fairways, length, doglegs and bunkered greens -- evenly sprinkled among all 18 holes.

Notes

The Divide came under new management in 2014 and memberships & discounts can now be shared across its former sister courses in the old Carolina Trail -- Highland Creek, Tradition, Highland Creek, and Waterford. With the turnover in ownership, the course conditions here have suffered. My last few rounds here had several issues - so look for a recent review or keep your expectations low when you make a tee time here.

B-Man's Take

Another course I grew to like once I got to know the nuances -- such as where you can hit driver off the tee and where you should play it safe. The course has a very good mix of easy and difficult holes, but overall to score well you'll have to keep your tee shots in play. My favorite holes are the 501yd par 5 5th hole, reachable in 2 with a good drive, and the 568yd par 5 18th, the signature hole with an approach over water. The course can play tough too, so there are hell holes here and there, including the 414yd par 4 4th hole, with its narrow fairway, and the 185yd par 3 7th from an elevated tee over water (choose the right club!).

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship (Gold)72692273.5137
Men's (Blue)72650671.9131
Other (White)72609069.3123
Ladies (Red)72518369.9122
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News & Updates

  • 6/17/20 - Review by Hunter

    "Worth playing"

    Apparently I am just following around the B-Man. And I tend to agree with him. If you enjoy the layout of the Divide, now is the time to get out there. The course is pretty decent for the price. Greens are running a little slow for my tastes, but putts roll on line.

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  • 6/14/20 - Review by TheClaw

    "Great course"

    First time back here in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have always loved the layout here but the conditions of previous years have kept me away. I am ready to add this course back to my regular rotation. Everything was in really good to great shape. The bent grass greens were receptive to iron shots and rolled very true. The highlight to me is always the 18th hole. Such a brilliant risk reward hole and the perfect finishing hole. I always walked and happy to report it is a very walkable course overall. I will be back soon

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  • 6/11/20 - Review by The B-Man

    "Worth playing"

    My annual round at The Divide to see how things look. My take: much better than it's been. In fact, if you like this course (I'm kinda ehh about it), now's the time to play it. This is the best shape it's been in for years and the summer heat has only just started. So the greens should be decent for another month or so. The course was green and lush (look for the pics on my Instagram) with only a few issues of note. The greens had no issues. There weren't even any ball marks to complain about. The greens are soft and a few were slower than others but mostly they were just fine. The fairways and rough weren't cut to my liking, a little furry creating some poor lies. A few greens had some muddy unplayable spots just off the collar. This course will always have trouble with some of the shadier spots. Hard to keep those greens and surrounds in good shape (#3, #4, #16 in particular). The other thing I noticed is that they've done away with the Gold tees (back set). The tees themselves are mostly intact except for a few that were not kept up, but no sign of the Gold tee markers on any hole. That makes this course not really one for long hitters. You already can't hit driver on many holes from the Blue tees. Also this is not a course for beginners or hackers. Lots of trouble off the tee with O.B. as the course winds through a neighborhood and then woods, shrubs and little creeks. You will lose many golf balls if you are wild off the tee or misjudge distance to trouble. So I'm not really a fan of this course. I wish I was as it is 5 minutes away. The price was decent ($33 for a weekday twilight) but on a regular basis I'd hit Charlotte National, Stonebridge, Monroe or Red Bridge instead of The Divide.

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  • 6/16/18 - Review by The B-Man

    "Average"

    The course is more playable than it was on my last visit (Labor Day last year). Conditions are still hit and miss. Greens were very soft -- likely aerated recently. Several on the front 9 had major problems with little or no grass in spots. These were mostly the shady greens that get little sunlight -- #3, #4, #7. This made putting very bumpy and unpredictable on those greens. The back 9 greens were better but I doubt they'll get the few (#12 was another rough one) greens I mentioned back this season. There were a few other head-scratching maintenance issues -- a giant patch of resodded fairway on #9 that was overgrown like rough but covered the left half of the fairway, unmown grass right next to the 16th green, and grass in the greenside bunker at #17. They are also doing work on #18 which has the cart path to the second fairway blocked -- which requires a long detour by the 1st green to get around the lake. All in all, the course is playable now and you might have a good round if you avoid those issues. They are clearly putting some work into the course. However, right now it's still overpriced. $34 for that late on a weekend afternoon was about $10 too high for those conditions.

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  • 9/4/17 - Review by The B-Man

    "Below average"

    I wanted to get a late afternoon round in on Labor Day and most courses were packed. This course is 5 minutes from my house so I took a chance, knowing conditions have not been good. Well somehow The Divide managed to not meet even my low expectations. The greens were atrocious. They *averaged* a 3 out of 10 -- meaning several were virtually unplayable due to long grass, sand and rough spots. Several bunkers were unplayable due to mud and dried riverbed condition. Fairways and rough were thick and not recently mowed. Tee boxes had also not been cut recently. The course looked very neglected. I fear for the future of this course, to be honest. We've seen Regent Park close a neighborhood course and turn it over to developers. The same could happen here if they don't spend money to get it back to playable condition. The best thing I can say about my round is that Kent in the pro shop was very nice and told me I could start on the back 9 so my pace of play would be good. That was very much appreciated!

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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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