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|$14 bucket of balls?||IM4DHERD at 5/31/13 7:56am|
|Over the years, I've usually purchased the least expensive Carolina Trail package to get the birthday round, one round at each course and range balls. Not fond of the way they manage their courses, but it hasn't been a bad deal. Went to Birkdale yesterday to hit a few and had to pay out of pocket for a bucket (large) for the first time in a while. $14? Is this anywhere near normal? Sticker shock for me, but maybe this is the norm...On the bright side, and as reported elsewhere, they have removed the mats and are hitting off grass. Some new balls in the bucket, but they are the "reduced range" type which make one feel weak until he realizes they are made to only go so far.|
|Loft and Lie Adjustment||Bob at 5/30/13 5:41pm|
|Can anyone recommend a good place to have the loft and lie of my irons checked?|
|Re: Lessons||izzyf150 at 5/29/13 11:24pm|
|I have never paid for lessons but I did receive a Tom Watsons Lesson of a Lifetime video for Christmas a couple of years ago. This video I think is awesome, but I will admit it is the only golf instruction video I have ever watched, so I don't have any thing to compare it to. I've been playing golf for 25 years or so. I had always shot in the low 100's. My driver always had a bad slice. After a couple of years of watching this video, my driver is pretty straight and Im getting at least 230yds off the box. Now Im a low 90's golfer and I feel like Im close to breaking into the 80's more regularly. When you got 20 years of bad habits built up, they don't go away over night. I just keep adding a piece to the puzzle when Im ready for a new piece. Anyway I just wanted to suggest this video to you. The bes! t thing about a video is - once you buy it, its yours. You can keep going back to it over and over. Unlike golf lessons that you pay for and hope you remember everything that was taught to you 6 months later. Practice DOES NOT make perfect. Perfect practice make perfect.|
|Re: Lessons||Don at 5/29/13 12:02pm|
|I think a good pro can look at your swing and simplify your thoughts and give you some practice drills to help. But for me, I need to practice better. That means working on the short game more than pounding balls in frustration.
I started playing again a few year back and went to Scott Fossum at Charlotte Golf Links. He was able to lead me through some rough times on the courses and kept trying various approaches to get it to "click" for me. I was a mid 90's golfer at best when I started and just broke 80 recently due a lot to his instuction over the past few years. Good Luck!
|Re: Lessons||HateSlowPlay at 5/29/13 10:13am|
|My experience with lessons is what you put in is what you get out. There is no silver bullet in golf. If you have been doing something wrong for a long time, and it has become a habit, a lesson with a pro will help show you how to fix it, but it very rarely changes you over night. You need to go and practice diligently to ingrain whatever your pro has shown you. Too many people go to lessons expecting to find the secret. Unfortunately the secret is practicing the correct moves, even if it feels terrible at the start. I highly recommend taking lessons, after all the top pros in the world all have coaches. But go in with realistic expectations, and expect to get out what you put in.|
|Lessons||slowmofo at 5/28/13 5:25pm|
|My game went from terrible to good and back to terrible again. I think i have put too many band aids on my swing and now they are making it bad. Anyone ever take any lessons? How did they help you? Any recommendations?|
|Re: Deer Brook||4Putts at 5/24/13 8:14pm|
|Now we just need Rock Barn added :)|
|Carolina Trail Lifetime Membership||lostinclt at 5/24/13 6:47pm|
|Thanks for the feedback guys! I appreciate the honesty. There's not much love for IRI or CT and that is obviously for a reason. I'm a frugal guy who doesn't have the luxury to play golf and when I do it's on the less desirable courses, so I thought this might be an inexpensive (in the long run) way to get back into it but it sounds like these courses may just be a long walk spoiled.|
|Re: Deer Brook||The B-Man at 5/24/13 2:27pm|
|Ask and you shall receive:
Deer Brook Golf Club
|Re: Carolina Trail Lifetime Membership||Wulfpack at 5/24/13 5:16am|
|I wouldn't dump any kind of money into a Trail membership. They are already in very poor financial condition. What makes you think they are going to be around for the long haul? Plenty of other great options out there, just search this site, visit courses, and even look at some of the privates. If I had an extra $12k laying around, I could think of many more ways to spend it on golf related costs. Just my $.02.|
|Re: Carolina Trail Lifetime Membership||izzyf150 at 5/24/13 1:17am|
|Make no mistake about it, you will be paying 12k to golf on courses pretty low on the totem pole when in comes to quality of Charlotte golf courses.(and that's a fact) You are gambling that one day things might get better. Looking at it today, it looks like a bad idea (and that's what others are screaming at you). I really can't tell you what to do. I know that there are people in this world that earn a nice pay check, 12k might not bother you as much as it would me. All I can do is repeat myself, your gambling on the future of these courses because today its not worth being stuck playing these courses.|
|Re: Carolina Trail Lifetime Membership||Paul at 5/23/13 10:07pm|
|At this point, Carolina trail has to know how they are viewed, right???
Every review I read is the same negative feedback. It is amazing. I have only lived here 6 years, yet in that time these courses have turned to crap. I was actually just on Waterfords website as my bro and I got an ezlink time for Saturday. They still claim to have bent grass greens on the site.
It is sad, but what seems to be even more sad is they still seem to operate as if they think they were Quail Hollow.
|Re: Carolina Trail Lifetime Membership||DrSchteeve at 5/23/13 9:26pm|
|Why would you pay for spotty range conditions and spotty course conditions when there are so many great Charlotte public course options? You would have to pay me a lot more than 12k to play Carolina Trail courses. I live next to 3 (Highland Creek, Skybrook, Tradition) and I never play them - just too many other great public course options in Charlotte.|
|Re: Carolina Trail Lifetime membership||lostinclt at 5/23/13 7:57pm|
|Thanks for the feedback izzf150. To get a better picture of what I'm looking at--The deal is basically $12k total for a family lifetime membership with the carolina trail... includes cart, unlimited golf range balls, no annual fee and it can be transferred later if I decided to sell.|
|Re: Deer Brook||slowmofo at 5/23/13 1:19pm|
|Awesome, I am playing there ( for the first time), Fox Den ( for the first time), and Emerald Lake this weekend. Unfortunately no one knows hwo good/bad Emerald lake is due to what seems like someone working there is posting the reviews of this course. I mean three usernames only reviewing Emerald Lake?|
|Re: Carolina Trail Lifetime membership||izzyf150 at 5/23/13 12:51pm|
|Looking at those courses today, I think most people would say you were crazy. Who knows though, 5 or 10 years down the road and someone takes over the courses and gets them back into shape, it could make you out to be a genius. Its a gamble for sure.|
|Carolina Trail membership||DrSchteeve at 5/23/13 9:01am|
|Just take a look at recent reviews for each of the courses. That should tell you all you need to know.|
|Eagle Chase||DrSchteeve at 5/23/13 9:00am|
|Full course open this weekend. May be a few weeks for conditions to ripen...|
|Carolina Trail Lifetime membership||LostinClt at 5/23/13 6:01am|
|I'm considering picking up a legacy lifetime family golf membership with CT at about 1/3 price. It's relatively cheap, but I've read some pretty bad reviews on IRI and the CT. I'm new to Charlotte and not that familiar with the courses. Thoughts?|
|Eagle Chase||PT3040 at 5/22/13 10:21pm|
|Any word on whether Eagle Chase has finished redoing the greens and opened all 18 holes?|
|Deer Brook||IM4DHERD at 5/22/13 11:18am|
|I'd like to nominate Deer Brook Golf Club to be included in the course listings. A great layout, always in great shape, full clubhouse and very affordable. I'd put it in my top 5 if it were in the listing.|
|Re: Public Tournaments||The B-Man at 5/21/13 12:08am|
|Try the Carolina Golf Journal. Towards the back of every issue, it lists the upcoming charity golf tournaments in the area that are open to the public.
If you're looking for competitive individual tournaments, try one of the local golf leagues (several are listed on the Links page.
|Public Tournaments||Kevin at 5/20/13 4:32pm|
|Can anyone tell me if there is a resource for upcoming tournaments that are open to the public? whether its stroke play or scramble formats? Its so hard to find any information like that.|
|Re: Update to Birkdale Range||DrSchteeve at 5/11/13 6:30pm|
|It's IRI. Don't be fooled. Lucy and the football. They bought some new balls at Skybrook, too - but look at the recent Skybrook review to see how much difference it made to the course (none - still horrible conditions).|
|Update to Birkdale Range||ChiBearGolfer at 5/11/13 7:24am|
|Well I'm not sure what has happened but the Birkdale range now has all new range balls. I'm talking PEARLS, and boy does it make a difference. Also, there not is a sign posted on the door if the Hours of Operation 7am-6:30pm. Things are moving in the right direction.|
|Re: Is Rocky River worth a membership?||tobacco_rd77 at 5/8/13 6:29am|
|Thanks for the info. I will look into it. I'm leaning toward Northstone since it will be down the road from me. Thanks again!|
|Re: Is Rocky River worth a membership?||mondiablo at 5/6/13 10:06pm|
|I would suggest taking a look at Cabarrus Country Club. I am a member there and can't say enough good things about the course and members. Lots of great golfers and games going on almost everyday. They are offering great deals on memberships at the moment. You'l find that is is comparable with a RR membership but with the perks of a private club. The only downside, which could be an upside, is that we are redoing the greens this summer and will be closed 8 weeks. We are going to the champion bermuda and will close from June 16 to around August 20. However, we have 15 clubs lined up for reciprocal. Shoot me a message if you'd like to come out for a round.|
|Re: Charlotte Golf Late July||Wulfpack at 5/5/13 4:44pm|
|I always recommend Olde Sycamore, Emerald Lake and Charlotte National to the South Charlotte golfer. Just a short trip on 485 headed toward Matthews/Mint Hill. Can't go wrong with any of them in my opinion. If you choose National, be sure to call ahead to see if there are any outings.|
|Re: Charlotte Golf late July||izzyf150 at 5/5/13 1:03am|
|I agree with DrSchteeve that you should double check the reviews on this site closer to the time, just to make sure. To answer your question though, from past experience, and assuming you want courses around the south Charlotte area, I would suggest Fort Mill Country Club. Fort Mill CC seems to be pretty popular with the older folks, as there as seems to be quite a few out there every time I golf there. Fort Mill also allows pull carts if you are one to get a little exercise with your round. Carolina Lakes is another popular course with the older folks. It happens to be a course at a retirement village. The downside to it is getting a tee time. Every day of the week is busy out there (you know their all retired) and the early tee times go fast because they want to beat the heat. Ballantyn! e always get good reviews. Iíve never golfed there though due to the cost. I can golf two rounds somewhere else for the price of one round at Ballantyne. If money isnít a concern to you, I would for sure consider Ballantyne. If you willing to drive a little further, I would suggest Lancaster and Edgewater golf courses. The courses just a little further away from Charlotte seem to be in a touch better condition because they donít get as much traffic. The cost is a touch cheaper also. All of the courses that I mentioned to you in my opinion, in their worst condition have been no lower than 3.5 stars.|
|Charlotte Golf Late July||DrSchteeve at 5/3/13 11:48am|
|South Charlotte doesn't have the best daily fee options. Make sure you check back on this site when it gets closer to your trip, as conditions in July can vary greatly at local courses. In particular, those with Bermuda greens are likely to be holding up much better than those with bent. Except for Ballantyne, the best courses are a bit of a hike from South Charlotte - Red Bridge, Verdict Ridge, and Eagle Chase are my favorites, and all have Bermuda greens.|