Verdict Ridge always delivers. Course is in excellent condition everywhere. Great layout. Quick pace of play.
This young course opened over the 4th of July weekend back in 2009. It is a very scenic layout that seems to be well-sculpted from the natural terrain out in Locust, NC. For now, there are very few homes built and I'm sure that eventually they will change the nature and aesthetics of this quaint course. In the meantime, it's a quiet but adventuresome round of golf. Over the course of 18 holes, you face many different challenges, from long, forced carries to shorter, target golf approaches. There are plenty of water hazards in play with ponds and creeks. The greens feature "velvety MiniVerde" grass, which is supposedly well-suited to the warmer climate to stay in top shape year-round.
The temporary clubhouse has a nice large deck for enjoying a drink on the 19th hole. Not sure when the permanent one will be built. The parking lot and many of the cart paths are gravel still and haven't been paved yet. Within a year of opening, they re-routed the front 9 and it was a welcome change. Your round used to start with a short par 3 (now the 5th hole) requiring only a wedge shot.
This course is one of the most unique in the area and most people will either love it or hate it. It is a fun layout with 5 par 5's and 5 par 3's. Several greens have multiple tiers or challenging slopes, making for some occasionally diabolical pin placements. Many holes also feature significant elevation changes and rolling hills, almost like a mountain course. The 18th hole is notorious for being one of the longest and toughest holes in town. It is 619 yds from the men's tees (650 from the tips!) and requires an uphill, hazard-crossing final swing of at least 120 yards. The 17th hole made me say "wow" -- a short, downhill, dogleg right 326 yd par 4 that has small green protected by a water hazard. You have to play target golf on some holes, but most have generous landing areas for your tee shots and approaches. Overall, my rounds here tend to be memorable and the course is definitely a must play. The weekday rack rates are fairly low and Red Bridge is one of the best values in town for price/conditions.
It was a slow round. Had group in front of us from 2nd hole on holding everyone up. We finally called on 6th with 2 open holes ahead of us. Nobody ever came after they said they would. Frustrating. The course was in ok condition. Wear and tear and the weather have caused a few areas that could be fixed. The tee boxes need a lot of help.Read The Review
I'll first say that I love the layout here -- and not just because I almost shot par today for the first time in my playing career! Five par 5's (including back-to-back on the front 9), five par 3's, several short par 4's, the namesake bridge, a mammoth par 5 closing hole, quick Bermuda greens, value-priced greens fees. There's a lot to love about this course if you are willing make the drive out to Stanly County and the little town of Locust. For the past season or so though, the conditions outside of the greens have deteriorated, I'm sad to say. The fairways had tons of crabgrass patches and divots. I had several terrible lies in the middle of the fairway due to this. There was also crabgrass on the collars and just off the greens, which made those delicate putts from just off the green very unpredictable. The tee boxes were chewed up with very little grass and not just on the par 3's. The greens themselves were good. They had been top-dressed with sand recently but didn't affect play. They were rolling quick and true. And though I did miss a couple of short putts I won't blame the greens. I had this in my Top 10 last year and I came back to play today to see how it was shaping up. Have to say I was disappointed overall. This is a top 5 layout saddled with average conditions outside of the greens. Hopefully it will round back into shape by next season.Read The Review
Greens were great as always, no issues. Tee boxes were not great, however. Not a huge deal, but noticeable -- either bare thin, weeds or flufy bermuda almost like rough. And around several fairways or just off, even just off the greens, there were lots of weeds. It wasn't a big problem, but enough to make some lies worse than they should have been and of course diminish the aesthetics. The layout is still great and the price is always really good. So still a great course, just not as nice as I've seen it.Read The Review
Wife and I played, play was a little slow. Course in good shape overall. Green excellent shape.Read The Review
Played Red Bridge this morning. Per the usual, the greens and fairways were in fantastic shape. They continue to have some trouble with some of the tee boxes. Overall, the experience was fantastic.Read The Review
By The B-Man on 6/19/20
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