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Re: Mens Golf League Suggestions?
Posted by: eric_w74
on 6/22/18 8:27am
hey Brett, you should come out and play with the charlotte chapter of the MGA. we play once a month for a big check and trophy.

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Location: Charlotte, NCAge Group: 35-49
Profile: Frequent Golfer (about once a month)Handicap: 6.0

Emerald Lake Golf Club Date: 6/30/13 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 77
Cost: $25
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
It has been awhile since I have teed it up at Emerald lake - back when it still had its clubhouse. The trailer seems to be working just fine until they figure out what they want to rebuild. I was very happy with the conditions. The greens were in great shape. Sure, there are ball marks but I think this is more due to the type of greens than the ability of people to repair them. The fairways and tees were nice too. The traps were in tough shape but that is understandable due to the recent rains. The best part of the round though was the pace of play. Right at 4 hours on a busy Sunday? Not sure if it was the threat of rain but everyone seemed to be keeping it moving. With the deals available on line I will try to play here again soon.
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Charlotte National Golf Club Date: 5/27/13 Mon Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 78
Cost: $49
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Had the first tee time on Memorial Day. Our foursome made it around in less than 4 hours and did not get any pressure from the full tee sheet behind us. I thought that the course was in great condition. The greens were top notch and all of the bunkers that we saw were well groomed. Tees were a little "hairy" but much better than the bare sandboxes I have seen at other courses. Overall, Charlotte National is pretty flat and wide open but well placed hazards and length make it a good test. I also like that it is usually $10+ less than surrounding courses.
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Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Date: 5/19/13 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 37
Cost: $12
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: < 3 Hours
The course renovations a few years ago have really improved the layout here. They installed all new putting surfaces at the same time and last year they were in great shape. They are suffering right now, I think from the cool spring. It appeared as if they had been punched awhile back and were not recovering well. Hopefully, the warm weather will revive them. I really like the overseeding of the fairways they did this winter - the course looked great. The rest of the course was acceptable - remember this is a Radcliffe course (CT Myers, Renaissanse) so don't expect plush conditions. I think it is a great deal for a quick 9 but it is not for everyone.
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Waterford Golf Club Date: 3/9/13 Sat Morning
Overall Rating: Bad, stay away
Score:
Cost: $
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: > 5 Hours
Well, with the nice weather everyone and their brother was out playing Saturday. I thought I would try Waterford since it was one of the only courses with room on their tee sheet. I called in the morning and there was a half hour frost delay but the pro said they should be caught up by our tee time at 11:18. We went off about 11:40 but ground to a halt by the second tee. Waited on every shot and every tee without a ranger in site. We abandoned the round after a 3 hour front nine for a rain check. Not sure what was going on out there - maybe they crammed too many groups out after the frost delay. Conditions could of been a factor. The new greens seemed to be extra hard and quick and the pin positions on a few holes were ridiculous. I have played other local courses with the same type of greens and they were not baked out like these were. Also, the rest of the course as in pretty dismal shape - from the unraked muddy bunkers to the torn up cart paths - pretty beaten up all around. It is really too bad, I thought I would play here a lot more after they replaced the greens but it looks like I will have to go elsewhere until I hear different.
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Charlotte Golf Links Date: 12/7/12 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score:
Cost: $35
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 3 1/2 Hours
It has been many years since I have played here. I am not a big fan of the layout and never seem to finish a round in less than 5 hours. I thought I would give it another chance since they have replaced the greens. A light drizzle kept most people off the course but the tee sheet was pretty open anyway. The clubhouse was dirty and worn out - but that's not really important to me if the course is in good shape. My biggest issue was with the greens. Like most new greens they are hard to hold with an approach shot. This combined with the fact that almost all the greens are elevated with run off areas in all directions made it very difficult to score. Once on the greens they rolled pretty well and were pretty heavily contoured. Tee areas were pretty chewed up and could of used a trim. They have cleared out many of the waste areas that I remember - I imagine to try to speed up play. The course needs a season or two for the greens to soften up before I come back. Hopefully Carolina Trail will have sold the course by then to a management group willing to spend some of their income on the course.
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The Tradition Golf Club Date: 9/2/12 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $29
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Went out early Sunday morning and the pace of play was great. The greens were ok - I imagine they will be getting better as the weather cools off - a lot of unfixed ballmarks though. The biggest complaint that I have is that there is no indication of pin placement. The greens are deep and many are elevated so you can't tell where the in is. Normally it does not hurt me much but it can mean a 2 or even 3 club difference. Also, the tee boxes could of used a pass with the mower - very fluffy. The rest of the conditions were typical for Carolina Trail courses. Check out the algae growth on the lake in front of the club house - it is impressive. You may be able to walk on it.
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Birkdale Golf Club Date: 9/1/12 Sat Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $14
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 4 1/2 Hours
I got a great deal and decided to,give Birkdale another shot. The greens have improved from midsummer but there are still problem spots. They have lost almost all of the 10th green. I was paired with a Birkdale resident and he said the course is having problems paying its staff like other Carolina trail courses. Too bad because with a little care this could be a really nice course.
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Charlotte National Golf Club Date: 7/29/12 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 79
Cost: $42
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 1/2 Hours
I like Charlotte National. Usually in good shape and always a reasonable price. Sure, you see things here that you don't see at other courses (dress code includes boots and overalls) but I think that is part of why I like it. The course has bent greens so I had pretty low expectations. The practice green was in excellent shape. Most of the greens were good but a handful were having real problems. (#15 comes to mind) It looks like they are doing what they can to nurse them back but it is tough. I guess my 4 star rating is relative to the other bent greens I have seen recently. Fairways and tee boxes were a little long and hairy - I suppose to try to protect the turf during the hot and dry conditions. Traps were not maintained on the front nine but I noticed maintenance working on the back nine bunkers.
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Birkdale Golf Club Date: 7/28/12 Sat Afternoon
Overall Rating: Below average
Score: 76
Cost: $20
Conditions: Poor - significant issuesPace: > 5 Hours
First time playing at Birkdale. Used an ezlinks tee time so it was very reasonable. Arrived to find tee times delayed 40 minutes becuase of an earlier shotgun tournament followed by a large group outing. Understandable for a Saturday - I guess. It was a terribly slow start (two groups waiting on #2) but slowly picked up. I really liked the layout but conditions were poor. The biggest problem were the bent greens. They appeared to have been aerated awhile ago but were not coming back. Most were bad - some terrible. I know bent greens struggle this time of year but bunkers were washed out, areas of the course were overgrown, downed trees were adjacent to greens, etc. Unfortunately, this seems to be the level of care typical at Carolina Trail courses. I had heard that Birkdale used to be in great condition under its previous owner and I hope it gets back to that level someday because I like the layout.
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Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course Date: 6/16/12 Sat Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $30
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
It has probably been four or five years since I braved the conditions at Renaissance. Conditions had gone from marginal to poor since Ratcliffe took over management and there are just too many other good courses near by in this price range. So I had low expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. The greens were in much better shape than I remember. They are not perfect - but it is all relative. Most surprising were the traps - much better than other courses in the area. Sure, the fairways are spotty and there are bare dirt spots and other maintenance issues like its sister courses CT Myers and Sunset Hills but overall not terrible. If they would lower the greens fee I would consider playing here more often.
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Charlotte National Golf Club Date: 6/8/12 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score:
Cost: $35
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
I am starting to like this course. The cost is more than reasonable, the layout is solid and the pace of play was good. The bent greens are starting to get beaten up but are overall pretty nice. The difference between these bent grass greens and the mini verde bermuda is drastic - you really need to adjust your approach shots and short game to score well.
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Springfield Golf Club Date: 2/17/12 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $35
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
A few quick comments about my last visit to Springfield. Their tee boxes have always struggled and seem to be in the worst shape I have seen them. Even in the heat of summer they are historically thin and heavily sanded - right now there is just not much grass at all. Also, the greens were in great shape but not as quick and seem to be softening up a little. Actually had to fix a ballmark or two. The balance of the course was still above average and the price was reasonable. A great option for this side of town.
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Springfield Golf Club Date: 8/16/11 Tue Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 83
Cost: $35
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Took the afternoon off to play this course near where I work. Pace of play was terrific - we teed off around 2pm did not see anyone for the whole round. The course was in terrific shape - specifically the greens - but I got an email that they are being punched next week. Tees, fairways and traps were all good. Yes, the greens do not hold as well as bent but they are not unplayable - maybe that was due to the recent rains. 7, 8 and 9 is one of the hardest three hole stretches in Charlotte.
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The Tradition Golf Club Date: 8/14/11 Sun Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 82
Cost: $36
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 5 Hours
It has been a few years since I have played the Tradition because I never felt it was well conditioned. Well, while conditions were not perfect they were better than some other courses I have played recently. The tees and fairways were in good shape. The greens were ok - definitely chewed up due to the soft conditions. They rolled pretty quick and very bouncy. (I guess this is the time of year to search out mini-verde greens.) The traps were a mess possibly because of overnight rain - but I doubt it. Pace of play was slow partly because of cart path only. Overall, pleasantly surprised - probably because I had low expectations.
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Highland Creek Golf Club Date: 8/13/11 Sat Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score: 75
Cost: $36
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: > 5 Hours
First time playing this course. It is definitely a step up from some of the other Carolina trail courses. (Tradition, Divide, Links) I enjoyed the layout. Not many flat lies. Conditions were ok. The tees and fairways were above average. The greens were typical of what I have seen from other bent greens in town - soft and torn up. Very bumpy from ball marks. The traps are a disaster - washed out, water filled and rocky. And then there was the pace of play. Granted it was cart paths only but almost 6 hours for the round? There were rangers out but I am not sure what they were doing. One told us that they are trying their best to maintain conditions with less money - and it is noticeable throughout the course.
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Regent Park Golf Club Date: 7/15/11 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 81
Cost: $42
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
I have been avoiding Regent Park since they seemed to be hit harder by last year's harsh weather than surrounding courses. Their practice green is about 1/3 the size it used to be but the practice area is still pretty nice. Tees were pretty good, the fairways were in excellent shape and the rough was pretty thick. The greens are still suffering. Patchy in many areas. Maybe I have become so used to the miniverde greens (Springfield, Fort Mill, Tega Cay) that the bent greens seem sparse. Ball marks are plentiful. Again, I have to say the sand is some of the best in town - I just wish I could stay out of it.
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Charlotte National Golf Club Date: 7/8/11 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 85
Cost: $29
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 3 1/2 Hours
It has been over 5 years since I played Charlotte National. Just a little too out of the way for me. I really like the layout. It is challenging - mostly due to the length - especially the final three holes. (I made a mess of them playing them in 7 over!) The greens had just been aerated so it was only $29 on Friday afternoon. Sure, the clubhouse is a trailer and the carts are a little banged up but the course is a solid bargain. They are known for their greens - I prefer theirs to the the dwarf Bermuda greens everyone is putting in now - but you do need to fix your ballmarks. There is still a number of greens that are still suffering from last summer's damage but the holes were cut to avoid most of the trouble spots. Pace of play was great. I will be back soon.
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Fort Mill Golf Club Date: 7/1/11 Fri Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 79
Cost: $46
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 1/2 Hours
I have not played Fort Mill in over a year. I still prefer the donald ross front 9 to the back but overall it is a good test. The course is greening up pretty well. Conditions were not perfect but they were not bad either. Normal wear and tear on the fairways and tee boxes. I think the greens will be perfect with a few more weeks of hot weather. Pace of play was pretty slow but it was a full tee sheet. It is a good course to walk and there were a lot of people walking - but I don't think that is what slowed us down. Overall, it is a good option for the south side of town. Also, they offer memberships that combine privileges at Fort Mill with their Springfield, Lancaster and Chester courses.
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Red Bridge Golf & Country Club Date: 6/5/11 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $36
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Well, I was looking for an inexpensive round on a weekend a settled on Red Bridge. I figured from the coupons that they had aerated recently, and they had. Average amount of sand topdressing but still hard to keep putts on line. They have changed up the order of the holes. The first hole used to be a short par 3 - strange in my book. Now the front nine starts on a long par 4. Front nine still has 3 each of par 3, 4 and 5. Also strange. This change in the hole order also messes up sky caddie. Just a hint - start the sky caddie on hole 2 to get the correct distances for the first hole. I can understand both the good and bad earlier reviews. The fairways have always been on the harder side (good since you need the additional distance) and I have seen drives land in the middle of the fairway only to careen left or right into a fairway trap or woods. Also, many of the areas just off the fairways are rocky / weedy making recovery shots difficult. But, everything does seem to be greening up at the same pace as many other local courses and there are some memorable holes. Staff was friendly and the price was right - they even had a $29 rate before 7am. Dry and hard? Yes. Unique? OK. Inexpensive? Yup.
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Tega Cay Golf Club Date: 6/3/11 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $38
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 4 1/2 Hours
Have not played here in over a year. Greens were recently aerated with a very light top dressing so they were a little rough and bumpy. The rest of the course was fine. Not great but not bad. I plan on giving the the greens a few weeks before heading back.
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Charles T. Myers Golf Club Date: 10/24/10 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Average
Score: 82
Cost: $32
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: < 3 Hours
If you have played at CT Myers before you know what to expect. I went off by myself first thing and only had to play through one foursome before having the course to myself. I was surprised at the turn (~9:30am) to find myself behind a five-some! Only at CT Myers. Course conditions were as expected. The greens were in pretty bad shape but survived the summer. Traps were maintained - an improvement over my past visits. Everything else was so - so.
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Waterford Golf Club Date: 9/25/10 Sat Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 82
Cost: $35
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
I thought that I would give Waterford's new greens a spin - I had pretty low expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. The greens were in very nice shape with only a few isolated issues on one or two greens. They also made some other changes while they were closed - resodding some teeing areas, putting down new mulch and clearing out wooded areas around the greens - I assume to increase sunlight and airflow around the new greens. It is nice to have Waterford as an option on the south side of town again.
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Carolina Lakes Golf Club Date: 5/28/10 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 77
Cost: $45
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 1/2 Hours
First time playing this south Charlotte course. Definitely more expensive than I am used to but I was able to get a good discount with clickit golf. The club has a large clubhouse with grass tee driving range and large putting green. Friendly (although aggressively so) staff of what appeared to be retired residents of the surrounding Sun City community. I really enjoyed the layout. Strategically placed hazards made me think on every shot. A LOT of sand but it is well conditioned. Large greens were in nice shape (fix your ballmarks!) and had some significant contours. I do have to agree with the earlier review that the fairways were not up to the conditions of the rest of the course. I think that they are trying to address this since six of the fairways were closed to carts - slightly slowing down the pace of play. I thought that they were playable though.
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Springfield Golf Club Date: 5/22/10 Sat Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score:
Cost: $39
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 1/2 Hours
I played in a modified scramble tournament at Springfield and the course was in pretty good shape. Everything has "greened up" pretty well and the greens were in nice condition. The only complaint would be that the greens needed to be cut - they were very shaggy. They have also moved the tees around to try to address some of the bad teeing areas - hopefully they recover quickly.
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Tega Cay Golf Club Date: 5/7/10 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score:
Cost: $0
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 4 Hours
I have played here a lot in the past few years and enjoyed the "target golf" course layout. The course conditions vary from excellent to not so good. Right now they are not so good. The major issue is the new greens. They were sodded in the fall with the new mini-verde bermuda greens. Unfortunately the seams have not healed uniformily on all of the greens. My partner had a short put that got caught in one of the seams and redirected his putt severely. Hopefully this is something that they can address as the greens grow in but right now there are some problems. In addition, the area behind the 18th green is still GUR due to new sod. The back half of the 8th green on the Pines was being removed - hopefully to level the slope for rear pin positions. One or two teeing areas were bare (17th) I hope that some of these issues are addressed before I head out there again.
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Springfield Golf Club Date: 4/10/10 Sat Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 86
Cost: $44
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 4 Hours
They had punched their greens 3 weeks ago and were at about 90%. They should be nice in the next week. Fairways were ok and some tee boxes (3 or 4 - mostly par 3s) were almost all sand. I am not sure what was going on there. I like the layout and the economic downturn has slowed some of the builidng surrounding the course. The clubhouse is nice and the staff is friendly. They offer a USGA/CGA handicap service for $25. There are other courses in the area that are in better condition right now that are the same or less $ - so it may be awhile before I go back.
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