Straight from their web site: "Verdict Ridge was designed in the tradition of famous North Carolina golf courses, maintaining the natural layout of the land. But what truly makes Verdict Ridge interesting is that our golf course feel is similar to a cross-state drive through NC. You can actually see different areas of the state represented as your round progresses. The first few holes give the feel of Pinehurst as the area pine trees outline each hole. As you continue to the low-lying areas of the property, you find holes that meander along creeks, streams and natural wetlands, giving a North Carolina coastal feel. Finally, you come to the final four holes that have dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views."
Verdict Ridge has a large, luxurious clubhouse that would put some private clubs to shame. It includes a popular restaurant called Guilties that has live music and events on the weekends.
One of the top courses in the area, though it is quite a haul from Charlotte, up Hwy 16. From my home in Indian Trail, it's a good 50 miles. If it weren't for the drive, I'm sure I'd play here frequently. It is a very unique course with several gorgeous holes. You will find it plays almost like a mountain course, with steep hills and valleys. You're likely to have some sidehill and uneven lies throughout your round. My favorite hole is the 347yd par 4 9th hole -- one of the most beautiful in all of Charlotte. With water all along the right side, it's best to play an iron from the tee off the left slope. Then you have short iron approach into a green guarded by a small creek on the left and the pond on the right -- with a waterfall behind the green offering a nice backdrop. There are several difficult holes that may require a veteran of the course to give you some tips -- the long 461yd par 4 4th hole and the difficult par 5 18th hole with several hazards to navigate. Overall, this is a fun course to play due to the variety and beauty of the holes. Conditions are typically pristine and the Bermuda greens are kept slick and smooth.
Verdict Ridge always delivers. Course is in excellent condition everywhere. Great layout. Quick pace of play.Read The Review
I updated my Top 10 list for Charlotte Agenda and the new list was published yesterday. I use a lot of the feedback I see on my site here as well as my own experiences. A few changes since last year has Rock Barn shooting up to #3, Skybrook in at #8, and Red Bridge (conditions) / Stonebridge (Skybrook moving up) falling out. Verdict Ridge is still #1.
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Had the privilege of playing Verdict twice last week with the GM Scott Knox. I even got to meet his dad, the owner and developer of Verdict Ridge -- and former Charlotte mayor -- Eddie Knox. Great man and a great course he built! Verdict is still #1 in my annual ranking of the best public courses in the Charlotte area. The layout is very unique for the area and plays like a mountain course. Extremely challenging with risk-reward holes throughout both 9's. There are a number of picturesque holes, including the signature 9th hole with it's waterfall backdrop behind the green. I love playing here. The Bermuda greens are always in great shape. They also have GPS on the carts and a beverage cart stationed at the cross path of holes 6 and 14 so you're guaranteed two chances to grab some drinks during the round. Top notch practice facility and clubhouse/grill (when it reopens). If you haven't played Verdict Ridge before, go play it when you can. Only about 30 minutes north on Hwy 16 from uptown Charlotte.Read The Review
Verdict Ridge is still my #1 choice in Charlotte. Greens are near perfect. Everything was in good shape and it was 90 degree cart rule on most holes. I don't get to play here often enough because it's a haul from Indian Trail to Denver. That means I sometimes forget the trouble you can get into on a few holes (such as #15) where the fairway runs out into a hazard. There are a ton of hills and elevation changes giving you very few flat lies. So Verdict Ridge remains a formidable challenge. The course was using normal hole cups. I actually wish they would use a filler or turn them upside down like some courses so it's easier to retrieve a ball without touching the flagstick. The driving range was open and carts were normal use.Read The Review
Verdict Ridge lived up to my own hype (I ranked it #1 for Charlotte's public courses in a recent article for Charlotte Agenda). Course was in immaculate shape tee to green. The greens in particular were quick and true, just about perfect. While the heat took a nice break on Saturday, they had a well stocked beverage tent set up on the crossing between 6 & 14, which was perfectly situated in the middle of both 9's. The only notable negative was the ground under repair on #7 at the end of the fairway -- my playing partner's ball rolled under the black plastic fence and he got a free drop. Not sure what the plan is for that area right in front of the hazard. The staff was super friendly and I should also mention the practice area has free range balls before your round -- not many public courses offer that. Needless to say, I'll be back many more times this year.Read The Review
By The B-Man on 6/19/20
This is an interesting concept for a golf tournament being played on multiple courses - including Red Bridge and Pinehurst Resort - on multiple days to give participants the flexibility to pick their course and day. Check it out: THREE RIVERS LAND TRUST SWING INTO SUMMER...