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Highland Creek closing next week
Posted by: The B-Man
on 9/28/18 2:18pm
Highland Creek sent a letter to its members this week that it is closing October 1st in an attempt to fix the greens. However, the letter did not say for certain whether the course will re-open....

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Location: Huntersville, NCAge Group: 50-64
Profile: Avid Golfer (about once a week)Handicap: 16.0

Warrior Golf Club Date: 9/11/18 Tue Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 91
Cost: $40
Conditions: PerfectPace: < 3 Hours
First time at Warrior since the re-do. VERY impressed. The new greens are as perfect as anything around. A little slower than you might think for the way they look, but not shaggy. Perhaps kept a fraction long to keep them healthy. 95% of the fairways are perfect, just a couple spots here and there. Traps look great. I was in a couple and they played well ... Not fluffy, but compacted and raked. I was afraid they were thin, but they weren't. All the tee boxes were as good as any. GPS wasn't on, but I use my own so didn't even ask about it. Might have just needed to flip a switch. For the most part there is a nice 2nd cut, but the third cut can be pretty bare or overly thick. I expect this to be the next priority. Definitely well worth the trip (40 mins) and even the cost.
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Fort Mill Golf Club Date: 10/17/16 Mon Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 92
Cost: $36
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
First time here in years. Subtle changes for the better that maybe those who play it fairly regularly might not notice. They've cleaned up a not of the tree areas, maybe most notably on #18. Greens were fantastic, not fast but in great shape. Fairways and rough were in very good shape as were the teeboxes. Forgot how tricky this course can be. Senior rate starts at age 55. Very enjoyable.
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Larkin Golf Club Date: 10/16/14 Thu Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 92
Cost: $27
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Fox Den was acquired by the ownership of Stonebridge, and has now been re-branded as "Larkin Golf Club". Fox Den has always been a favorite - GREAT layout, always good condition but maybe no pristine. Looks like the Stonebridge folk will work to make it as nice as their first. You can see some changes already...New granite tee markers, big improvement in the sand traps (edging, etc.) and overall the conditions are excellent. There is a gap between Good and "Perfect" but this is better than good. Tees and fairways are excellent. Greens are a little slow, but it looks like they had punched them fairly recently. Am looking forward to seeing what the new owners do for what is already one of my top 10.
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Skybrook Golf Club Date: 8/4/14 Mon Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score: 88
Cost: $35
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: < 3 Hours
Maybe a lesser rating due to all the fairways just being plugged. Even then, better than Carolina Trail days. It will take a while to get this course back to the shape it should be in. Greens were in pretty good shape for the most part, but many had large patches of sandy issues, one a 3 inch deep, 3' x 3' or so hole. Some teeboxes were just crabgrass, but it does look like they have been working on the weeds. Certainly working on traps with many showing new samd and well-raked, but others just mud and dirt. What was strange was that there would be a nicely re-done trap next to a trap that was a total wasteland hole after hole. Perhaps they are going to fill some traps in? Otherwise, why not have entire holes fixed? Like the layout and can see improvement, but not there just yet.
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Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Date: 10/3/13 Thu Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 91
Cost: $34
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Beautiful, just beautiful
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Glen Oaks Golf Club Date: 9/18/13 Wed Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 86
Cost: $33
Conditions: PerfectPace: < 3 Hours
Best conditioned course in the area, hands down. Found out that a membership costs just $240 per quarter...something to think about.
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Tega Cay Golf Club Date: 6/14/13 Fri Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 92
Cost: $43
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
Greens were ideal and fairways were in excellent shape. Some teeboxes were a bit thin and the traps weren't fixed from the previous week's rain.
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Deer Brook Golf Club Date: 5/31/13 Fri Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 96
Cost: $25
Conditions: PerfectPace: 3 1/2 Hours
$25 for 18 holes (Sr. Rate - 55+) on a Friday is not too shabby, particularly for one of the best conditioned courses in the area with one of the nicest layouts. Seemed slow - played in a twosome and there was a fivesome out there and a very cute cart girl everyone was flirting with which slowed things down - but it only took 3.5 hours. I rate this place up there with Verdict Ridge, Carolina Lakes, etc. Playing lousy, so don't laugh at my score, please.
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Red Bridge Golf & Country Club Date: 5/24/13 Fri Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 92
Cost: $39
Conditions: PerfectPace: 4 1/2 Hours
"Perfect" is much closer than "Good - normal wear and tear". Some rough is still a bit thin, but the teeboxes, fairways and greens are in excellent shape, perhaps the best I've seen this year so far. Hadn't been to Red Bridge in perhaps a year and am very impressed with how it's grown in. Always liked the layout.
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Rocky River Golf Club Date: 5/21/13 Tue Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score: 42
Cost: $25
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Always liked Rocky River from a layout perspective and the rates are fine. I am playing in a Tues PM nine-hole league over there and although the fairways are in really good shape, something went wrong with their upgrading of the greens. No one can get a ball to hold on them and the place just isn't designed for hitting short and rolling up with many greens just elevated enough that the ball stops in front. Verdict Ridge and others changed to the Verde strain and don't have this issue. Even after heavy rain, it's like trying to stop a ball on a pool table. Takes the fun out of an otherwise really nice course.
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Rocky River Golf Club Date: 10/26/12 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 94
Cost: $30
Conditions: PerfectPace: 4 1/2 Hours
Played Friday for a $30 GolfNow fee. Excellent conditions. Fairways and Tee boxes in fantastic shape. Greens are very, very firm. Need to hit up and roll, vs. shooting for the pin. Had my worst 9 holes in 3 years, but not due to the conditions by any means. Another thing - seems not many are aware that they are re-opened. We didn't see much of anyone (2PM tee time) until the final two holes.
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Birkdale Golf Club Date: 10/24/12 Wed Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 87
Cost: $
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 1/2 Hours
Gotta give 'em props...Best condition this course has been in in a long time. Except for two, greens are in great shape and faster than I ever remember for Birkdale. Fairways in excellent shape. Many traps still need work, but many more are full of new sand. Maybe they are taking the money they aren't spending on other courses and spending it here?
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River Oaks Golf Club Date: 7/27/12 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 89
Cost: $20
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
I Live in Huntersville. Normally play Verdict Ridge, Glen Oaks, Fox Den, Birkdale & Skybrook (although am not a fan of CT mgmt's lackadaisical attitude towards conditions),Rock Barn and Warrior, sometimes Red Bridge. River Oaks is now definitely added back into the rotation. Have played here often, back through when it was Buffalo Shoals National, but gave it up a couple of year ago when there was no grass anywhere but on the some tees and greens. Had read that new management was making great improvements and saw a recent good review here so gave it another chance today. Fairways were all in really good shape, greens the same for the most part. Certainly hardpan in a lot of the rough and some on some fairways, but if you'd seen this place a couple of years ago, you'd never believe it now. Traps were in great shape. Where it's thin you can see where they are planting to make it better. Definitely one of the best layouts within an hour of Charlotte (10 minutes from 77 off 40 at Statesville - JUST off I40 Exit 141)...I'd put the layout itself up against the Jones course at Rock Barn.
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Larkin Golf Club Date: 8/31/11 Wed Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 82
Cost: $18
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Course is in good shape...Never has really had a manicured look, but fairways, rough, tees and greens are all looking good. Fun course to play. Took advantage of an $18 coupon on Golfnow.com. 2.5 hour pace.
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Emerald Lake Golf Club Date: 8/12/11 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 86
Cost: $
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
One of my favorite courses. Fairways, tees and greens overall in very good shape. There is some crabgrass poking up on some greens which they will need to get working on, but may be afraid to kill now due to the heat. Teed off at 3PM and finished at 5:15 and was slowed by one group who wouldn't let me through for two holes. Hosted the Marshall U. Athletic Booster Club golf outing there the next day. They do a wonderful job with outings at the best rates in the area. Head pro TJ Congleton just left Emerald Lake about a week or two ago...Not sure where he went.
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Edgewater Golf Club Date: 7/17/11 Sun Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 88
Cost: $30
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
First review. As an intro, my girl calls me a golf whore because I will do it anywhere, anytime, with anyone whether I am enjoying it or not. I play public courses because I'd rather play 50 different places before I return to play any one twice...Variety is the spice of life. Figure I've gotten enough info from this site, so I might as well contribute. First time at Edgewater and it is now in my top 3-5 in the area. People complain about how far away it is, but that depends on perception. Took me a little over an hour from Huntersville, so P'ville, Matthews, etc. can't be all that bad. Excellent layout with wide fairways and interesting holes, not just the same old 380-400 straight par 4s with a bit of sand. Greens were in excellent shape, a bit slow but that's ok. Ball bounces a LOT in the fairways, but that'll take care of itself after their aerated a few times. $30 after 2PM and a 2.5 hour round on a Sat afternoon means I will make this trip again.
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Birkdale Golf Club Date: 7/13/11 Wed Afternoon
Overall Rating: Below average
Score: 88
Cost: $37
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 4 Hours
The Club Pro had a playing lesson for a 10-12 year old boy and just jumped around from hole to hole, seemingly ending up in front of me every third hole or so. I'd pull up to the blue tees, they would be on the front tee with no one in front of us and go ahead and play, making me wait while the kid slapped it around. Also, informed the pro shop that their water hazards are improperly marked in a couple of places (red stakes where there should be yellow) and they just brushed it off, even commenting that the stakes don't make any difference in the type of relief one takes. All the Carolina Trail courses dropped off dramatically in maintenance once they came under their management. Weeds, thin spots, unmarked GUR, poorly if at all marked hazards, etc. Ask me how I feel.
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