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Highland Creek Golf Club


"Average"

9/21/20: Review by Jonny

I played this course on a Monday in September, it was sunny and about 70 degrees but a very strong & gusty wind, maybe 20 to 25 mph. I had never played this course before so that certainly impacted conditions of play and my experience overall. I would say, the front...

River Oaks Golf Club
233 Broken Arrow Drive
Statesville, NC 28677
(704) 883-8724
www.golfriveroaks.com
Map & Directions

Review Rating:

4 stars - "Great course" (4 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $31, Weekend $39

Practice Area:

Elevated driving range with a view, putting and chipping area.

Course photo

Description

About an hour's drive north of Charlotte, River Oaks Golf Club is set in a pristine wildlife area marked by a rolling topography, heavy tree cover and meandering streams. Renovations on the old course layout were extensive and the new championship layout takes full advantage of nature's splendor. It promises to be an enjoyable, scenic Stateville golf adventure with plenty of golf risk and reward for all levels of play. It features Bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways. The course is about 10 minutes from Rock Barn, making it a cool 36-hole day pairing.

Notes

In August 2006, golf course architect Ed Carton directed a multi-million dollar tee to green renovation of the golf course. It reopened for play in May 2007. The course was formerly known as Buffalo Shoals and NC National. Prime season memberships (April-September) are offered for $499 with $15 cart fees - that's a deal!

B-Man's Take

First played this course in the summer of 2020 and holy cow, I was missing out. It was a very challenging, unique courses. Hills and elevation changes make for some awesome views and fun holes. There are many memorable holes, including the 3-hole closing stretch on the front 9, starting with the dramatic downhill par 3 7th, then an impossible elevated tee shot to a postage stamp landing area on the par 4 8th and the blind tee shot and approach over a creek to the par 4 9th. The back 9 is a great mixture of risk / reward and birdie / bogey opportunities, summed up perfectly with the closing par 5 18th hole. You'll need an accurate tee shot in the fairway to have a decision about going for the guarded-by-a-creek green in two. Playing it as a 3 shot hole also requires three accurate shots with plenty of hazards and bunkers to test your nerve. This is just a fabulous layout and is now kept in good shape year-round. The rack rates are a steal, making this course one of the best values around the Piedmont.

Tee Par Yardage Rating Slope
Championship (Black)72643370.7137
Men's (Green)72591368.1126
Senior (Gold)72515765.1111
Ladies (Gold)72515769.8127
View the complete scorecard for this course

Links

Superintendent's Blog - The golf superintendent regular posts on current course conditions and maintenance plans, with pictures.
Facebook Page - Official Facebook page.

News & Updates

  • 7/29/20 - Review by BetterThanMost

    "Great course"

    First time out to River Oaks in several years. Course was in fantastic shape. Probably in the top four or five places I've played so far this year as far as conditions go. Tees, fairways, and greens all were great. Bermuda rough was thick in some places, yet more playable in others. Maybe my only knock on the course was the inconsistency of sand in the bunkers. Some had soft, white sand, while others had harder brown sand. The elevation changes and doglegs require accuracy and correct decision making off the tee. Greens are large and receptive, but you have to put your ball in the proper section if you want a chance to score. Fringes and run up areas are mowed tight and require precise chips and pitches. Pace of play was good; there were only a few groups on the course early on a Wednesday morning.

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  • 7/3/20 - Review by sd84

    "Great course"

    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 best shape then but reading some reviews on here recently made me try again. And I'm glad I did. The course was in excellent shape, and it is much more open than I remember it. Lots of trees have been removed which I'm sure has helped improve the condition. This is still a course where you must position yourself well and was just as hilly as I remember. If you can't control your ball well, you will lose a bunch of balls even with all of the tree removal. But the tees, greens and fairways were in fantastic shape, except for the common area between 15 and 16 as all of the rain this winter and spring may have contributed to it. The only drawback was pace of play (nearly 5:10) on a very hot day.

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  • 7/3/20 - Review by The B-Man

    "Great course"

    My first time playing all 18 holes here and only my second visit. Man have I been missing out! Just a fantastic layout, front and back, with unique challenges and many memorable holes. This course fits the "Wow" factor of my Top 10 rankings very well and that's why it earned an Honorable Mention in my Charlotte Agenda Top 10. If I had played all 18 before I wrote it, River Oaks would likely be in the Top 10. It's a haul for me (1 hour plus from southeast Charlotte) or I'd play this course every week. And I need to, to get used to some of the more difficult holes. The front nine has 4 really tough ones -- the par 4 3rd hole and the par 4 8th hole require two of the most accurate tee shots you'll face on any course. You can sometimes get a break on #8 if the tee is down on the bottom, making the hole 10x easier as an iron/wedge par 4, but oh man, if the tee is on top! You are barely able to see the narrow fairway, protected on 3 sides by hazards with the view blocked by a steep hill on the left. The closing par 4 on the front 9 is a blind, layup tee shot with an approach to an elevated green perched in front of the clubhouse. The back 9 doesn't let up either, with a back and forth mix of risk/reward and birdie/bogey opportunities throughout. The closing par 5 is the best example -- you can play for birdie/eagle with an aggressive tee shot that better be in the fairway to try for the creek-protected green. Or you can play it as a 3-shotter but that again requires 3 accurate shots with hazards and bunkers challenging each shot. It really is an exhilarating course that you will score better on the more you play it. Conditions were very good - the greens rolled true and quick with no issues at all. The tees and fairways were lush. There are a few areas on the course you want to avoid -- especially the right side of the par 5 #2 hole, which is all dirt and dead trees and not cleared out yet. There is also quite a bit of thick high grass bordering the fairways on some of the back nine holes where errant shots go to die. I did not use the practice facilities but I did notice they have a uniquely elevated driving range. The clubhouse and restaurant are top notch and when the COVID restrictions ease, it's a great spot for your 19th hole gatherings as it overlooks the 9th and 18th greens. And check out their rates -- this course is value-priced with a 5 star layout and great conditions. I can't wait to get back and try this one again!

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  • 7/10/19 - Review by IM4DHERD

    "Average"

    For the most part the fairways were in good shape. The greens had been top-dressed with a sand that had numerous small pebbles in it. Ball marks all over, not unlike Emerald Lake. The traps looked good. They had put a lot of money into clearing trees and maybe just don't have enough now to keep it in the shape I remembered (last play 11/17).

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  • 6/21/14 - Review by phatdba

    "Great course"

    This is a beautiful, fun course in terrific shape, and needs a current review, since the last one here is two years old. If you like elevation change, this is the course for you. My new favorite, and although it's an hour north of Charlotte, or I'd play it all the time. Nothing at all wrong with the course. Definitely need to play it a couple times to figure out where to hit on some of the holes.

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Highland Creek Golf Club


"Average"

9/21/20: Review by Jonny

I played this course on a Monday in September, it was sunny and about 70 degrees but a very strong & gusty wind, maybe 20 to 25 mph. I had never played this course before so that certainly impacted conditions of play and my experience overall. I would say, the front...

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By The B-Man on 8/5/20

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