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|Springfield||J.D. at 8/3/09 8:54pm|
|Sadly, the greens at Springfield have degraded to the point where the course isn't worth the money. A shame, because all other parts of the course are fantastic.
Those damn, enormous bees have ruined at least 3 greens and about 8-9 others are in just general bad shape.
|Charlotte Golf Rates and Play||Jamie at 8/3/09 3:21pm|
|I'm curious as to whether the BMAN or anyone else has seen any data on the relationship between volume of play and green fees at local courses. Many local courses like the Carolina Trail courses have cut rates this year and have offered summer discounts. Others like Springfield and Regent Park have not. Still others like Ballantyne Resort still charge noncompetitive prices and/or require you donate an arm or leg to play.
I'm just wondering what the effect of offering discounts or charging noncompetitive rates has had on volume of play, and whether these higher priced courses are getting what they bargained for.
|Regent Park Golf Club||Lee F. at 8/2/09 9:30pm|
|I hit up Regent Park Golf Club for the first time ever today (8/2) and came away with a need to play it again. The layout is spectacular and the condition is even better. Could be one of the best maintained courses within 20 miles of downtown.
The course must drain well because we've gotten a good amount of rain this week and I couldn't even see many wet spots at all. Fairways, for the most part, are forgiving and the thick rough presents a challenge. The greens played well and the fringe is very well defined. In fact, the fringe helped save some of my approach shots from rolling off the green.
I paid $40 for twilight, which I'm not bragging about. Wish it could be a bit more affordable to play at Regent Park, but it's definitely worth the money.
|Charlotte National Golf Club||Lee F. at 8/1/09 8:08pm|
|Played Charlotte National Golf Club today (8/1) for the first time. Passed Emerald Lake on the way and was reminded of the excellent course there; was hoping today's round at Charlotte National would be just as good. It definitely was up there.
The course is in great shape for this time of year. Greens rolled well and looked good. It's a very open course but it does present some challenges. The last three hole (depending on pin placement) are not as easy as they look.
You may get a little scared pulling up to the course, as its clubhouse is a triple-wide trailer and the cart barn in more like a fenced-in cart jail. But don't be threatened. The owners definitely put the money into the course.
We paid $27 for weekend twilight %!
28after 2 p.m.). The two of us went out on our own and didn't once see a group in front of us.
Would definitely play Charlotte National again. Couldn't find the course's Web site (don't think they have one), but you should call them up to get a tee time and rates. Good value.
P.S. B-Man, love your site. Just discovered it this week. Thanks for having this resource available for the local golf community.
|Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation||Lee F. at 8/1/09 11:02am|
|Played Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation on Friday, July 31. We've gotten a good amount of rain this week and the course was a bit wet (cart path golf), but I can imagine this course will suck up all the moisture this week. The place was in great condition. It was my first time playing it and I was impressed. On "par" with Emerald Lake and Skybrook, though Skybrook has had a little wear and tear in recent weeks. Greens were a little beat up due to the moisture and resulting softness of the playing surface, but I think they'll bounce back soon. Even though this course is a bit more expensive than the other public courses in the area, I thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a decent challenge and good conditions.|
|Waterford Golf||Ruthless at 7/31/09 12:58pm|
|Played on SAT AM. Wet, and a Few Greens were shot...Course was in OK shape, and Cart girl did not show til 17th hole. Coupon online for 37 bucks, otherwise I thought it was AVG at BEst...If it was in good shape, it would have been sweet. Bunkers were perfect.|
|Birkdale||Jamie at 7/30/09 8:57pm|
|Played Birkdale today (7/30). Course was in good shape, although wet because of recent rains. Only negative is that all the pin placements were tucked at the edges of the greens. Seems to be a popular trend lately.|
|Tega Cay||Jin at 7/26/09 5:12pm|
|Played Tega Cay this morning and finished under 4 hrs. Pace of play was great! Fairways are green and the rough is nice and thick. Some of the tee boxes need work though, #8 (black tee) on Grande View in particular. Greens are rolling true, without many ball marks and barely any brown spots.|
|Golf Links (another opinion)||Drew at 7/26/09 10:06am|
|I played Golf Links on the 24th. I have to disagree with Jim - the course was not in that bad of shape (in my opinion). Not to say it's pristine at this point in the summer, but fairways are decent and you could always seem to find a nice lie within inches of your ball (if you felt like you were on a bad spot). Greens were fine and rolled pretty well for me. Some were very very nice. Some of them (3-4 maybe) had been punched recently but the mini-tines were used and it really didn't affect putting. They were also soft and held good approach shots well. With the recent Click It coupons (I payed $37), it's a pretty good deal. I enjoy the layout and will be back soon.
I will agree, however, with the staff. Very rude in the clubhouse and almost dismissive of patrons.
|Golf Links||Jim at 7/23/09 8:20pm|
|Played 7/19/09 and the course was in poor condition. 3 of the greens are virtually unplayable. The staff is very rude. I would rather pay a bit more and play Springfield or Emerald Lake.|
|Edgewater||James at 7/20/09 8:34pm|
|I played in the "Heat Stroke" tourney at Edgewater, and it was a treat. I enjoyed the course and the layout, and thought it was a fair challenge. The back nine was in better shape than the front, but such can be expected for a new course. The greens were terrific, and the terrain is at times breathtaking. Certainly worth the drive to check this one out, but it does take a solid 70 minutes from center city Charlotte. They have a great staff and are committed to working hard to bring players in like me, which I appreciated after being ignored at other courses.|
|Re: Another opinion on Red Bridge||Sean at 7/19/09 1:39pm|
|For a bogey golfer, there is a fine line between a challenging course and a ridiculously frustrating course. Redbridge is a ridiculously frustrating course.
We played on the first day that the back 9 was open.
Two of us normally shoot in the mid 90's and two usually shoot high 80's to low 90's. Our scores were 101, 102, 109, 112 (playing from the Whites).
My biggest problem with this course is that it doesn't give you any options. If you miss the fairway, you are in big big trouble. Most courses with tight fairways and lots of trouble seem to give you choices. There are plenty of times when I've played a par 4 or 5 hole and hit a 5 iron off the tee to be safe. But at Redbridge, many of the holes have water or other hazards that extend far enough out from the!
tee box, that you don't have the option of hitting a "safe" shot. And a 620 yard par 5 from the whites? Come on, that's just silly.
This is an incredibly gorgeous course and for very low handicappers, I think it would be a great challenge. But as an 18 HCP, I will NOT play this course again. Not unless I'm really in the mood for some self punishment.
|Practice facilities||James at 7/18/09 8:32am|
|I would like to conduct an informal poll of users. What is your favorite course / independent practice facility? I fondly remember Stonebridge as being the best, but I now live in Charlotte and am not willing to make that commute just to practice. Birkdale is pretty solid, with a chipping area and practice bunker. Thanks for your input.|
|Another opinion on Red Bridge||B-Man at 7/16/09 10:02pm|
|Got this email a few days ago from Steven and thought I would share another opinion about this new course (see my review here):
"Played 7/12/09. Course is in great shape; the rough will need some taming. Needs significant tweaking unless it becomes truly private. My main word for the layout is: GOOFY. #10 has a long carry to a narrow and very sloped fairway. #18 is a 625 yard par 5 to a small green perched on a hill with a gorge in front of it (that is from the WHITE tees?!?). Lots of blind shots: if you were a member and knew the course well these might even be fun, but not for the casual occasional player. The gold tees play 5700, the white tees play 6400 - they need something in between. Overall not impressed and unlikely to go back."
|NC Legislature proposing tax on Golf fees||B-Man at 7/13/09 2:56pm|
|I was at Skybrook over the weekend and they had a petition at the check-in desk that they were asking folks to sign. Apparently, North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue and the state legislature are proposing a new recreation tax that would increase golf fees and membership dues. I looked into it today and this is serious:
Golf enthusiasts opposed to recreational tax proposal
NC Legislature considers Recreation Tax on Golf
Please take a look and help fight this. And get the word out.
|Springfield||J.D. at 7/13/09 8:53am|
|Played Springfield yesteday. Very good conditions with two items of note: 1) Those enormous bees have taken nest by burrowing into 4-5 of the greens again, same as last year. I hope they get on top of this, those buggers really damaged the greens. 2) Despite promises to the contrary, the course STILL hasn't added white/red/yellow stakes around the course. Slows down play dramatically.|
|Ballantyne Resort closed until September||B-Man at 7/12/09 4:58pm|
|I drove past Ballantyne today and saw that the 2nd green was all dirt and knew something was up.
Sure enough, the course is closed during July and August for the second summer in a row. After renovating and rerouting a couple of holes last year, now they are completing reseeding all 18 greens with Champion Ultra Dwarf grass, known for its "durability and consistent playing conditions throughout the year."
Seems like an odd decision. Why didn't they do this last year?
Here are quotes from the press release:
“We made this decision because of recent problems with the current putting surface. After careful study, we did not like the prospects for recovery in a time frame that would enable us to provide our golfing guest with a putting surface that meets our quality expectations, and, more importantly, because we believe the end result will enhance the quality of the greens in the future,” said Joe Hallow, President, Bissell Hotels.
“We chose the Champion product after extensive consultation with agronomists and experts from the USGA, PGA and nationally prominent members of the academic community. The Champion product is known for providing a firm, fast and true rolling putting surface and is used extensively by leading golf courses in the Southeast and other areas of the country,” said Woody Allen, Director of Golf, The Golf Club at Ballantyne.
|RED BRIDGE||randy at 7/9/09 4:50pm|
|red bridge is a new course thats opened up in locust. its a pete dye design. ive played it several times now and its breath taking. the course opened up july 4th.|
|Carolina Golf Reviews||B-Man at 7/7/09 10:28pm|
|Hey everyone, I set up a second web address for the site so it'd be easier to remember and advertise:
I hope to expand the site to include more and more courses around Charlotte and the Carolinas. So at some point I may rebrand the site to capitalize on that. For now, it's still the B-Man's Guide to Golf in Charlotte and http://golf.bman.com/ will always get you here. This is just another way to find it and share with friends.
Thanks for visiting and providing great updates!
|Re: Larkhaven||B-Man at 7/7/09 10:13pm|
|Got a note from Terry at Larkhaven and he did say they had to punch the #3 and #8 greens about a week ago. He said they are coming along but still a little bumpy. He also said the rest of the greens were pretty good and invited me to come out and play their July special, $25 anytime Mon-Fri and after 12:00 on weekends.
I'm a bachelor this week and next (family drove up to PA to see relatives). So I may try to get out for a late round one day next week and see things for myself.
|CLT National, Springfield, CLT Links||J.D. at 7/6/09 9:05am|
|Charlotte National: Continues to be in good shape off the tee, fantastic greens and decent fairways. Bunkers have 1/2 inch of nice fluffy sand that covers a crusty, angry base. (Don't follow my lead -- use the leading edge of your lob wedge and DIG IN.) Some of the toughest rough I've played this year led to my worst round of the year by far.
Springfield: Very good conditions all around, with the exception of 1-2 greens that are just starting to get chewed up (worms?). Highly recommended.
Charlotte Links: The staff continues to be some of the most ornery people around...they need attitude adjustments. 4-5 greens were recently punched and are really soft, and you need a pick-axe to get your tee in the teeing ground!
But the rest of the course is in fine shape. Seems like they're content to keep mowing down the rough -- making this course easier and easier. (Tom Doak would be horrified at what they've done to his design.) All that said, I shot my lowest-ever round of 79 (white tees...we were just having a practice round) so it's tough for me to be too angry.
|Larkhaven||Jeff at 7/3/09 7:10pm|
|Played Larkhaven today. The fairways are in good shape. Some of the teeboxes are rough with the worst being #9 (its totally bare). The greens are horrendous. Normally the greens here are a little hairy and slow but they must have aerated them or something (dont really see holes in them) there is sand all over. Very rough. I'd stay away for awhile.|
|Tega Cay||Eric at 7/3/09 6:37pm|
|I have played Tega Cay twice in the past month. It is in great shape, greens are rolling true, pace of play has been very good, and the staff is very friendly. I had not played there before this year and I've been very impressed.|
|Tega Cay||fsquid at 7/2/09 10:16am|
|Anyone played Tega Cay lately? I never hear much buzz about it and maybe that is justified|
|Stonebridge||Tom at 6/28/09 10:08pm|
|Played Stonebridge today, and it was awesome. The conditions of the fairways were country club-esque and the greens were in the usual top notch shape. They also have a free VIP program that gives you the lowest rate avaialble at all time. Highly recomend|
|Re: Round of Golf||Rob at 6/25/09 9:54am|
|Played Rocky River last Saturday. I thought it was in really good shape T-boxes needed work but fairways were really nice and the greens were very puttable.Price was great for the weekend with the coupon offered on there website. I say go for it!|
|Re: Round of Golf||Jamie at 6/24/09 7:35am|
|I have not played Rocky River in years. Good course overall, but try to avoid playing on weekends. Normally on weekends they used to put the pins in impossible locations at the edges, and the greens are big. You could hit the center of the green and still have 50 feet for birdie. Don't know if they still do this, but call ahead and ask sarcastically if they have the pins actually on the greens. Seriously though, it's a solid course, but find out the pin positions before you go.|
|Round of Golf||Mrbiolife at 6/23/09 3:43pm|
|Hello fellow B-Man visitors. I am planning on playing several courses in the Charlotte area and one of them is River Rock Golf course. I am reluctant to now, because I have heard so many negative things about the greens. I would prefer true greens, that are well maintained, but I do understand occasional greens that have been burned, as long as there has been in effort to have them repaired.
I am bringing some clients with me, and I know you're saying, there are better courses to play, but hold on, let me say that one of my clients played this course about 4 years ago, and he said when he was in the area again, he would want to visit it. Do you think we will be disappointed?
If I get good feed back, I will proceed with the planning, but if not, I will go by and check out the course myself to see. Anyways, I am hoping someone can save me a trip
|Springfield||Chuck at 6/23/09 3:09pm|
|Just played Springfield and from tee to green the course is in great shape. I can only remember 1 green that had some brown spots but the flag was on the opposite end so no problem. Check there website as they have some special rates, I for one will play more than once this year.|
|Re: Emerald Lake Golf Club||B-Man at 6/20/09 10:54pm|
|I had received another review last week on email and wanted to post here:
"Just wanted to report that I have just played Emerald Lake Golf Club yesterday [6/13]. The course is in FANTASTIC shape!!! The greens are perfect!! The rough is deep. The fairways are true. Rumor is of a complete bunker renovation also. I would HIGHLY suggest everyone come play this track. It truely is a gem!!" [Will]
Don't quite know what to make of the disparate reviews...