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Visit from UK   DrSchteeve at 3/15/12 9:04pm
Charlotte has only one true resort and resort course - Ballantyne, which is fine as resorts go. If you want to get more local, you can stay downtown at one of many hotels - the Westin and Ritz Carlton are great high end option - and then play at the better high public daily fee courses. These include Verdict Ridge, Olde Sycamore, Carolina Lakes, Edgewater. There are others and you can look at the course reviews on the site for reviews.
Aeration dates   DrSchteeve at 3/14/12 8:07pm
Hmm.... I guess I am the "expert" on aeration dates. Gee, I made a bunch of calls to the various courses, posted the information they provided, and, guess what, someone gave me the wrong information. Bust me for trying to be helpful...
red bridge   panthersfann55 at 3/14/12 3:33pm
pretty good for this time of year. greens were slower then normal, but still rolled true. bunkers were in good shape as well as tee boxes. green grass should be starting anytime now since the warm weather is finally back. i do like the new configuration of not starting on a par 3, but man does the par 4 1st (old sixth hole)a bear playing into the wind up hill. was a nice change of pace but will head back to eagle chase for the year. their greens heal pretty quick if they use small tines.
Visit from UK   bunders at 3/14/12 12:04pm
Myself and a friend are lucky enough to have tickets to the Weds practice day at Augusta this year, and will be travelling via Charlotte from the UK. We'd like to play some golf in Charlotte Thursday 6th April, watch the golf afterwards (do most clubhouses have TVs?) then stay locally. Can anyone recommend a course we will be easily able to get on in/around Charlotte, or even on the way down to Columbia, and where we will be able to hire some clubs?

Any help would be really appreciated.

Many thanks
correction on some Aeration Dates   Jim Goldstein at 3/14/12 9:56am
Contrary to the "Expert" on aeration dates Fox Den has a Aeration date set for 3/18 after 3pm-3/19 and will reopen on 3/20 at 12pm. Make sure you call the courses for the correct dates.
cramer mtn country club   malamute at 3/11/12 8:30am
played on 3/8 for $22 course opened to public about 2 years ago to generate revenue - what they are doing with it i have no idea - the putting green is horrible, greens on course are so so, fairways are good, but tee boxes are iffy - shame because this is a challenging course that plays longer than yardage on card
Emerald Lake   DrSchteeve at 3/8/12 7:22pm
Most courses will say their greens are "OK, just a few sandy spots" after 2 weeks from aeration date, but full recovery to nice rolling greens after a full (large hole) aeration is usually 3-4 weeks - i.e., understandably, the course staff members perceive their greens as better than they usually are.
How is Emerald Lake ?   Taylan at 3/7/12 11:17am
I plan to play at Emerald Lake tomorrow but I am a little concerned about their greens which were aerated on 2/26. Does anyone know the green conditions as of today? Thx!
Aeration Dates   DrSchteeve at 3/4/12 3:29pm
Birkdale 5/29
Eagle Chase 3/5
Stonebridge 3/12
Springfield June
Tradition 3/5
Verdict Ridge going to Bermuda in June, no aeration
Rocky River going to Bermuda in June, no aeration
Warrior May
Olde Sycamore 3/12
Red Bridge no time soon
Highland Creek 3/19
Emerald Lake 2/26
EdgeWater 3/12
Fox Den April
Charlotte National 2/26
Waterford June
Carolina Lakes 3/19
Skybrook   DrSchteeve at 3/1/12 7:57pm
Awesome layout. Forgiving fairways. Always plays slow - just something about the course. Not sure about conditions.
Skybrook   ISlayMySelf at 3/1/12 4:58pm
Playing Skybrook for the first time this weekend. What should I expect and do you have any advice?
Looking for a 4th?   Jason at 2/26/12 10:15am
I want to play today - if by chance you need a 4th let me know. Jason - 704-287-8746

South Charlotte courses preferred. Thanks
Anyone need an exta player tomorrow (2/25)   HateSlowPlay at 2/24/12 9:55am
Hi All, I am looking to play tomorrow. Anyone on here have a spot available? My etiquette is good and I play ready golf.
Re: Eagle Chase??   PT at 2/23/12 12:20pm
That is good to hear....thanks.
Re: Eagle Chase??   The B-Man at 2/22/12 8:38am
I received a quick reply from Wally Moore, the general manager, and he simply said "We are not closing."
Eagle Chase??   PT at 2/22/12 6:46am
I have heard an unconfirmed rumor that Eagle Chase will be closing. I hope this isn't true as it would be a total shame to see this happen. Does anyone know if this is a truth or not?
Courses with good pace   DrSchteeve at 2/11/12 12:32pm
Eagle Chase. Verdict Ridge. Edgewater.
Courses with good pace of play?   HateSlowPlay at 2/8/12 10:27am
What courses around here consistently have a good pace of play?

I'm not talking about the quieter courses where you can sneak around in under 4 hours IF it is not busy; but courses that actively enforce a good pace of play with strict marshals, reasonable spacing of tee times, etc.

Courses where 4 hour rounds are the norm and not the exception, even on busy days? Or am I searching for the mythical unicorn...

Re: The Divide   Richard Newkirk at 2/7/12 10:28pm
I played out there today with a group of 10. This was my first time so I cannot comment on the greens in the past but they were ok today for the most part. There were a few greens that were a little bumpy, but not bad. I paid $29 on Click It so I did not think it was overpriced. I dont really have a review but I wanted to put my 2 cents in. It wasnt the best course I had played in Charlotte but it wasnt nearly the worst either.
The Divide   ISlayMySelf at 2/6/12 7:04pm
Don't understand why they can't maintain a nice course when they are on the Carolina Trail.
Re: The Divide   izzyf150 at 2/2/12 8:55pm
Course is usually junk and overpriced. When you see a good post about this course I suspect it is an employee trying to sucker some rounds of golf. Go to Emerald Lake, Old Sycamore or Charlotte National, they are in the same area and in better condition and better priced. I wouldnt chance it.
The Divide   ISlayMySelf at 2/2/12 1:37pm
Has anyone played there recently? I'm curious how the greens are looking. They were beat up and patchy the last time I played it.
Re: Ballantyne green fees   The B-Man at 2/1/12 7:19pm
phatdba: Gotcha. The problem is that the official name of the course is "The Golf Club at Ballantyne" now. It's no longer referred to as Ballantyne Resort. So look for that next time you want to post a review.
Re: Ballantyne green fees   phatdba at 2/1/12 7:16pm
I have a profile, but the courses is a list of values and does not include Ballantyne Resort, and I couldn't figure out how to enter it.
Cabarrus Country Club   DrSchteeve at 2/1/12 5:44pm
Played on the Clickit "Member for a Day" rate of $47. A bit pricey for midweek, even with good green conditions. But what you want at a country club, we got: a 3 1/2 hour round even on a warm February afternoon. The layout is good, nice mix of holes.
Re: Ballantyne green fees   The B-Man at 1/24/12 10:43pm
phatdba: You need to create a profile first, then you can post reviews for any course. Here's the link:

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Re: Ballantyne green fees   phatdba at 1/24/12 10:29pm
Ballantyne Resort is one of the most expensive public courses in the Charlotte, and rarely gives good discounts.

However, and this is unprecedented, on, 2 for $70 Mon-Thu or 2 for $110 Sat-Sun, rounds must be played this month so there is only one week left.

If you work in the Ballantyne Corporate park you can get 20-25% percent off everything, still pricey. It is a nice course but not that nice.

Once in a while they offer a weekday twilight rate of under $40.

They have just started showing up on clickitgolf and so I am hopeful that we will see more deals soon. I work and live near it so I would love to see that.

There is no place on this site to review this course, but I played today! (01/24/12) at 1 pm right when the sun came out, the course was wet, busy, slow (4.5 hr), but only $35. I love the layout, the tees were green and the greens firm. Their greens are usually fast, tough and true, but today not so much, but not bad for the season.
Best weekend groups   DrSchteeve at 1/20/12 11:33am
Most courses have both weekday and weekend groups. In terms of competitiveness, there's probably not that much difference - most courses are going to have their mix of scratch to 20 handicaps. You are more likely to find that the comfort zone relates more to things like age, jobs, single vs. family, etc., and these things will vary from course to course. You should identify the price range you are comfortable with and then play several courses to see where you like to play and where you feel that you fit in.
Best weekend groups   PML at 1/17/12 9:23am
I am moving to Charlotte in the summer and would like to join a weekend golf group. Do some public courses have weekend groups, or is it best to join a club? Which are most active and competitive? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

With Thanks
Re: Mississippi Dreams   panthersfann55 at 1/6/12 3:17pm
Having been a past employee at Wild Wing Plantation in Myrtle Beach (way back when they had 4 courses), weekend rounds were 6 hrs. Biggest reason was the 10 minute intervals instead of 15. This would back up the 1st tee even before the day started. All had to do with the round count for the day. "Snowbirds" killed it for the locals which is why I play all my golf during the week. I can't bring myself to pay more for a round of golf on the weekend for the same product I play during the week. At some courses it's a difference of $20 or more. I say find a place that treats you right, gives a good value and enjoy your day.

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