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More aeration!   t2green2 at 5/26/11 12:15pm
Played H Creek late yesterday and the greens are not too bad. Actually roll pretty well.
Crystal Creek   ILL-INI at 5/25/11 11:07am
Why not take down Crystal Creek from the site. it's been closed for some time now and it's never going to re-open.
More aeration!   DrSchteeve at 5/18/11 5:13pm
At least these 3 Carolina Trail courses are doing "light aeration" - 1/2" holes instead of 1", still top dressing with sand - apparently to try to avoid the fungus issues they had last summer and fall
Highland Creek 5/18
Tradition 5/23
Skybrook 5/31
Tee It Up for Technology at Verdict Ridge   Kellie Caddoo at 5/4/11 9:32pm
Catawba Springs Elementary First Annual Golf Tournament
Friday May 13th, 2011
Golfer Check-in and Continental breakfast began at 7:30 am
*18 Holes
*Captains Choice
*Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place teams
*Complimentary continental breakfast
*Lunch provided upon completion of tournament

Individual $75
Foursome $300

Contact KellieShrake@Caddoo.com for more details.
Course conditions   DrSchteeve at 5/4/11 7:07pm
Verdict Ridge should be perfect in 2 weeks. You need to play this course. You will love it and remember it. Springfield is interesting: almost Augusta like, greens too fast and silly shot angles into those greens, recommended but don't expect to score well.
Charlotte National   PT at 5/4/11 7:07am
The course is greening up nicely and the greens right now are in very good shape. They have some speed and roll true. Just wish more players would take the time to repair their divots and ballmarks.
Would like course condictions   Brad at 4/30/11 12:21pm
I am going to be in Charlotte in 2 weeks and was looking to play 2 rounds at either Springfeild, Olde Sycamore or Verdict Ridge. Thanks.
Send in your course updates   The B-Man at 4/29/11 1:59pm
I'm also interested in recent course condition updates for Ballantyne, Charlotte Golf Links, and Fort Mill among others. Please post your reviews or comments here. Thanks!
Highland Creek   paul at 4/29/11 1:58pm
Has anyone played Highland Creek recently?
I am curious to know what kind of shape it is in. I played it one time a while back and actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

Thanks,
Paul
Cleghorn   malamute at 4/14/11 8:30pm
thxs doc - i remember that post now - shame because it looks good on web page hole layout
cleghorn plantation   DrSchteeve at 4/14/11 7:42pm
Played it last year.

The good: the layout is pretty cool - lots of elevation changes. One or two holes a bit goofy (too much elevation change, type of shot required). Conditions were perfect - Bermuda greens, nice fairways. Cost was reasonable.

The bad: our round took 5 1/2 hours. If you scroll down in this message board, I think you will see a review from someone who played twice, and both rounds were 5+ hours. The worst: when they said something to someone in the clubhouse about the pace of play, they were told something to the effect of "If you don't like it, don't come back". WOW! PCA - pretty crappy attitude.
CLEGHORN PLANTATION   malamute at 4/12/11 5:16pm
has anyone played this course and can provide info on conditions, etc?
thx
Visitng the area looking for a great course, not in a golf community.   New Englander at 4/10/11 8:41pm
Visit the area a few times every year, have played Rocky River, Olde Sycamore, Birkdale, and Warrior. Rocky River I felt had the best layout. Is there any other courses similar to Rocky River that are not surrounded by homes or in a "community"?
Re: Golfing in Pinehurst   panthersfann55 at 4/10/11 6:23pm
Seven Lakes is a good layout. I liked the Hyland Hills course before they were bought out a few years ago, but I heard the group that bought it invested money back into it.
Golfing in Pinehurst   Wade at 4/10/11 12:33pm
Anyone played in the Pinehurst area this spring? I am heading there in June, playing Hyland Hills and Talamore. I am looking for 1 more course that will not break the bank. I am playing Olde Sycamore and Verdict Ridge in May, how are the conditions at those 2?
Aeration Dates   DrSchteeve at 3/16/11 6:12pm
For some of the courses:

Charlotte Golf Links 3/14
Charles T Myers 3/14
Eagle Chase 3/7
Edgewater 3/8
Emerald Lake 2/21
Fox Den 3/20
Highland Creek 3/14
Monroe CC 5/31
Rocky River 3/21
Tradition 3/9
Skybrook 3/7
Springfield 5/31
Stonebridge 3/7
Tillery Tradition 3/7
Verdict Ridge 3/21
Re: Olde Sycamore?   panthersfann55 at 3/15/11 4:57pm
we play seven lakes every year we go to pinehurst nice course. we'll be trying southern pines and little river this time around. In charlotte area foxden (30 minutes north)is a challenging layout, verdict ridge too. eagle chase to the southeast (45 minutes) is another to consider.
Olde Sycamore?   Wade at 3/4/11 10:29pm
I played Olde Sycamore last year and will play that again. I might drive over to Pinehurst and play a few rounds there. Any reccomendations? I am looking at Hyland Hills, Tallamore, Southern Pines. I am trying to stay within a budget of $50 per course.
3 can't miss courses   DrSchteeve at 3/4/11 7:14am
Verdict Ridge has to be one of them.
Looking for 3 cant miss courses   Wade at 2/26/11 8:53pm
I am going to be visiting Charlotte this spring and was looking for 3 very nice courses to play.
Re: sycamore   loveGolf at 2/24/11 10:42am
If I understand the Doc correctly, the balls were lying on the range tees (hitting area), left over by paying customers who did not hit their entire buckets. He did not walk out on to the actual range (landing area) and start shagging balls that have already been hit.

I too have seen people walk over to another person's area once they have left and finish their left over buckets and have never once seen a course complain about it. I have done it myself as well and would be utterly shocked if a course employee confronted me the way Doc described.

I don't want to generalize but from my experience, most people in the golfing industry started out wanting to play golf professionally (don't we all) but then end up as club/assistant pros where the customer ! service aspect becomes just as important as actual playing/coaching ability.
sycamore   KBrown at 2/24/11 8:11am
Picking up range balls is called shagging and most country clubs prohibit this.
Re: Range Balls   t2green2 at 2/21/11 12:34pm
Thanks DrSchteeve for the info and I too will pass on old Sycamore as well. Never really felt welcome there by the staff the times I have played it anyway.
Range Balls   DrSchteeve at 2/12/11 5:04pm
So here was my experience at Olde Sycamore yesterday.

Heading out to the range, about to use the token I bought for a bucket, I noticed there were quite a few balls on the range already. I pocketed the token, headed to the range, and began hitting balls. Called to pick up my partner who had just checked in, I got in my cart, having left several clubs leaning against the club rack in front of the balls I was hitting. When I returned, a course employee was on the range, buckets in hand, picking up all the balls on the range. He asked me if I “paid for those balls” to which I answered, “they were here when I came out”, at which he picks up the balls and puts them in a bucket and walks off.

I have played golf for over 20 years, on every ! course from exclusive club to downtrodden muni, and I have never seen this, and never had this type of confrontational event on a range. Usually, course employees are giving out free buckets if they happen to cross a golfer while they have some balls in hand. I have played at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, and when asked what to do with the bag of balls not used (because there were plenty of balls on the range to hit), have been told “Take them, they’re yours”.

I understand that there is an alternative view - that I was "stealing" balls by hitting balls that I hadn't paid for (even though somebody did). I just haven't seen this in over 20 years of playing golf. Not likely I'll be going back to Olde Sycamore anytime soon.
courses open?   tvrepairex at 12/30/10 8:58pm
Anyone know of courses open tomorrow-Dec.31.A lot that we contacted are closed due to still having snow.Prefer north side of Charlotte .
Re: Overseeded Fairways?   panthersfann55 at 12/24/10 8:49pm
larkhaven is the only course i know of, but seeing it from 485 the fairways are looking a little brown again. better off finding a course that doesn't cut the fairways so close in the winter (eagle chase comes to mind). played in november and the course was brown, rough was medium, and greens were very puttable (came back from the summer).
Overseeded Fairways?   CU_Tigerfan at 12/22/10 11:08am
Do any of the courses in the area overseed their fairways in the winter time? I rarely play in the winter, but it would be nice to hit off of some green grass if possible.
Any must play courses   DrSchteeve at 12/4/10 10:27pm
Verdict Ridge.
Coming back from Atlanta   Vagolfguy at 12/4/10 6:22pm
any must play courses since I am passing through the area?
Robert Trent Jones   DrSchteeve at 12/1/10 9:54am
Played Monroe Country Club last Sunday (conditions were perfect, BTW). Front 9 (used to be back) is classic RTJ design - small, lumpy, humpbacked greens well guarded by bunkers on usually quite short holes. What a blast to (try to) play - so much more interesting that the Tom Jackson back 9, and I generally like TJ designs (Eagle Chase, Olde Sycamore, Cheraw State Park). I'm going to be trying to find more RTJ courses to play - locally I know one of the Mooresville Muni 9's is RTJ, Charlotte Country Club (ultra private), otherwise not sure where there are some.


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