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|Re: Golf coach for better player?||Russell at 8/15/11 1:57am|
|I recommend Randy Joyner. He is the head of instruction at Ballantyne County Club. He does take lessons from non members. He has coached PGA and nationwide pros, us open qualifiers and college players.
He even helps 40+ year old six handicaps like myself.
|Re: Golf coach for better player?||malamute at 8/11/11 2:30pm|
|check out pat stillanio (pga card holder)- he used to work at firethorne - you might find him on facebook or through google / or try charles t myers - he worked there for a time also / he was assistant pro at pine lakes for some time|
|Golf coach for better player?||HateSlowPlay at 8/10/11 9:40pm|
|I am looking for recommendations for some golf coaches in the Charlotte area who tend to focus on teaching better players. Would be nice to hear from people who have had first-hand experience as opposed to "I hear so-and-so is pretty good". I have found that golf coaches are like any other profession, there are a few good ones, but a lot more bad ones.
Appreciate any help. Thanks
|Stonebridge?||Jova007200 at 8/10/11 3:04pm|
|Is Stonebridge every busy Thursdays after 5? I'm planning on playing alone, but you never know....
|Re: Good course for bad golfers....||Jova007200 at 8/9/11 10:51pm|
|Alright, thanks guys. I'll put these on the top of the list until I get back into my game. :)|
|Re: Good course for bad golfers....||The B-Man at 8/9/11 10:41pm|
|Stonebridge is an easier course that's usually in great shape.
I learned to play golf on the par 3 out in Indian Trail -- Pebble Creek. No hole longer than 175yds. It's fun, inexpensive and laid back. Haven't been in awhile. So I don't know that it's in great shape, but it's worth a shot.
|Re: Good course for bad golfers....||Matt at 8/9/11 8:13pm|
|I have personally never played, but I hear Charles T. Myers is a reasonably open and easier course. Also, you can get good rates for this course through golfnow.com or clickitgolf.com.|
|Re: Good course for bad golfers....||malamute at 8/9/11 7:14pm|
|the tradition is a good course - not too difficult with wide fairways|
|Good course for bad golfers....||Jova007200 at 8/9/11 6:05pm|
|Hey, I'm trying to dig back into the golf world after quite a few years of either non-play or inconsistent play. I've pretty much lost my ability to hit anything other than wayward shots. It'll take quite some practice, but where would you say are the best places to play that are somewhat......... forgiving. Haha, I lost too many golf balls at rocky river. :p|
|Re: Riders fee?||Jova007200 at 8/8/11 12:53pm|
|I wouldn't say its standard practice as I've done this a few times without charge. However, as the B-Man says, if you go to play at a busy time there is a higher likelihood of them charging you such a fee. I've always done it during twilight hours, and never had a problem because it wasn't busy.|
|Re: Riders fee?||The B-Man at 8/8/11 12:01pm|
|Yes, I've encountered this before at a few area courses. The Divide and Larkhaven come to mind. To be honest, I think it depends on time of day / size of your group -- if you are a single player and won't be filling out a foursome, then it may not be an issue. I understand, though, if they are packed and need all the cart space they can get.
It helps if the staff knows you or if you talk to the manager beforehand -- like when making your tee time.
Personally, if no special consideration applies (like a crowded course), then I think this is a bogus charge and would express my displeasure with management -- letting them know they could lose a customer.
|Riders fee?||HateSlowPlay at 8/8/11 11:45am|
|I was surprised to find out recently that the Charlotte Golf Links charges a rider's fee for a non-playing partner to ride along in a golf cart with you.
Frankly nothing really surprises me anymore when it comes to the Charlotte Golf Links (or any Trail course), but do all the Charlotte courses do this? Is it standard practice?
|Re: Course Information||Josey at 8/6/11 1:32pm|
|Thank you, I will check them out.|
|Re: Course Information||Matt at 8/6/11 11:21am|
|Great Courses: Springfield, Olde Sycamore, Charlotte National
For the value Charlotte National is #1
|Course Information||Josey at 8/5/11 6:20pm|
|We have a co-worker moving to the Charlotte area. We would like to get him a gift certificate to play golf at one of the courses. Which course would any of you recommend? Thank you, Josey|
|Rock Barn||CU_Tigerfan at 8/2/11 9:35am|
|I played at Rock Barn up near Hickory a couple of weeks ago thanks to a big discount on Click-It. This is where they play one of the Champions Tour Events. Having seen it on TV a little bit, I didn't really have great expectations, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was an absolutely beautiful course in great shape. You really had to think your way around on every shot. It amazes me how low those "old" guys can go on a course like that. Well worth the trip if you can get a discounted price. B-Man: You might want to think about adding this to your list of courses.|
|Re: Springfield||malamute at 7/24/11 3:00pm|
|seems they are trying to pass on the cost of the new greens to the customers by increasing the greens fees which are way too high|
|Springfield||DrSchteeve at 7/23/11 9:42pm|
|My understanding of new greens is that they take a few years to soften and become receptive. Hopefully that will happen with Springfield. Don't get me wrong - for putting, the greens were great. But for receiving shots, not so much, and the layout of the course is such that you need either receptive greens (nope) or you have to play perfect shot angles into just the right spots on the greens or you are bouncing off into bunkers or rough, especially hard from some of the distances - 9 irons should have a chance, but not hybrids. Again, for the frequent players, this might be fun and challenging, but for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience with the course, quite frustrating. Plus, right now, they are at the high end of the public play cost range.|
|Re: DrSchteeve, Springfield Walking||Paul at 7/21/11 12:25pm|
I have not played there since they redid their greens with this miniverde stuff. I played at Waterford, and their miniverde greens are trampolines. I hit wedges with Nike One Tour balls that my 2 year old could probably rip back they spin so much, and the ball released forward there..it was crazy.
I really hope Springfield's greens are not this hard and bouncy. Makes me realize how much I really enjoy Bent Grass. I guess Tega Cay and Ballantyne went with this grass too. Surely, Ballantyne has them set up differently than Waterford, and hopefully Springfield too, being that they charge 65 bucks on Saturday.
|Springfield||DrSchteeve at 7/20/11 8:36pm|
|Not walking friendly. Actually, just not friendly - greens very nonrecptive with the angles required for many shots. If you play it all the time, you probably could figure out the angles of the fairways and greens, but to play occasionally, very difficult.|
|Springfield - Walking the course??||Paul at 7/20/11 9:15am|
|Hello there golf peeps.
Have any of you ever walked Springfield? I see people walking it from time to time, but it definitely seems like it is not the most walking friendly course, but hopefully I am wrong.
|Re: easiest way to get a USGA handicap?||El Supremo at 7/19/11 8:16am|
|I use My Scorecard.
|easiest way to get a USGA handicap?||marcjvr at 7/19/11 6:37am|
I am looking to get an official USGA handicap and was wondering what the easiest/cheapest way to go about it is here in Charlotte?
It has to be an official USGA handicap.
Looks like Ratcliffe golf services offers one with their package but I never play any of their courses.
Interested to hear what other decent options are out there...
|Anyone need a 4th this weekend? Or want to setup a tee time somewhere?||ILL-INI at 7/12/11 5:38pm|
|I see a lot of you guys posting reviews, as do I, and I am going to try and get out this weekend for a round. I'm thinking Olde Sycamore, Stonebridge, maybe Charlotte National, etc. Anyone from the site need a 4th this weekend or want to start a 4-some? I might have 1 other guy that wants to play but other than that no one I know is playing this weekend. I would sort of like to play morning if possible to beat as much of the heat as possible but if not I can play anytime. I am anywhere from 79 - 86 so I shouldn't slow you up, hopefully. ;) My name is Jason - shoot me a text if you want to group up or need a 4th. 704-287-8746. Thanks!|
|Charlotte National||Jamie at 7/11/11 9:17pm|
|Played for the first time at Charlotte National in over a year on Saturday 7/9/11. Course was in good shape except for the bunkers - some had little to no sand. Greens were recently mini-punched, and unusually slow. They rolled well, but you needed s sledgehammer on uphill putts. As for the clubhouse, still a trailer, so there still really isn't one. After 15 years in business - if the trailer continues to deteriorate, they will be forced to either build a clubhouse or shut down. At some point something has to give. Very strange situation for such a good course.|
|Which course to play||DrSchteeve at 7/10/11 9:25pm|
|Verdict Ridge, absolutely. Skybrook, also great. Olde Sycamore, yes. Different level - the "working man's" course, Eagle Chase. Ballantyne - no.|
|Re: Only one day in Charlotte, Which course is a must play?||sawlog at 7/9/11 8:18am|
|Although I have not played the course. I have heard great things about Verdict Ridge. This is on my list of places nearby to play.|
|Re: Re: Only one day in Charlotte, Which course is a must play?||Chad at 7/8/11 7:48pm|
|Thanks El Sup|
|Re: Only one day in Charlotte, Which course is a must play?||El Supremo at 7/8/11 7:16pm|
|Of the three courses you listed, Verdict is the best. Skip Ballantyne. Also consider Springfield and Olde Sycamore.
|Only one day in Charlotte, Which course is a must play?||Chad at 7/8/11 6:58pm|
|Heading to the Charlotte area on Monday July 11. We have enough time for one round of golf. Which course would be the must play in this area? So far, I'm
looking at Ballantyne, Verdict Ridge, and Skybrook. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.