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The 500 Club


"Worth playing"

7/19/24: Review by Jonny

Everything the B-Man said in his review about this course is accurate. I might use some different adjectives, like replacing the word 'challenging' with extremely difficult! Let me just say that for me, blind shots are just not enjoyable at all! There are so many on this...

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  • The 500 Club

    7/19/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Worth playing"
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    Everything the B-Man said in his review about this course is accurate. I might use some different adjectives, like replacing the word 'challenging' with extremely difficult! Let me just say that for me, blind shots are just not enjoyable at all! There are so many on this course and if you are not in the fairway most of the time you are in big trouble. There is a tremendous amount of up and down with some extreme elevation changes. Some of the Par 5 holes and the longer Par 4's are really hard because they are uphill all the way. For the most part the course is in good shape. The greens were generous and flat for the most part and were rolling true. Oddly, I found there to not be a lot of break in the greens. There are some very nice vistas with elevated tee boxes which were really exceptional. My favorite hole was #16, a reachable Par 3 that has a little water and an intimidating bunker guarding the front of the green; I nearly carded an Ace! I got a nice greeting when I arrived from Parker who loaded my bags on a cart and directed me to the Pro Shop where Caleb checked me in and gave me the low down on the set up. I was very pleased with my Veteran rate of just $60 bucks on a Friday which included the cart and two bottles of iced down water. There is a practice putting area which is large and in great shape. Norm was the Starter who is a real Pro. I was playing solo so he paired me up with a new Member and we got started about 20 minutes sooner. It really helped to have a member offer guidance, especially on the blind shots It was busy on a Friday but we were able to complete our round in just under four hours. There is GPS in the electric carts and they were running good and in great condition. They will really help you find the hidden creeks and water hazards. I especially liked the yardage markers on the tee boxes and at key intervals along the cart path There was a beverage cart that was making regular rounds on the front and the back. There were also several bathrooms on the front and the back. The snack bar at the turn offered some great hot and cold food options and all the usual beverages you might expect. There are just a few nits: No driving range or chipping area. The practice putting area is small and under repair No water stations at all. Too many blind shots and way too many extreme hills. On some holes you are right next to Interstate 77 and you can hear the trucker traffic as well as the sirens from the fire tricks and ambulances.. For the most part the cart paths were good but there were stretches where it was broken. Extreme down hill runs on some cart paths which were a bit scary in some areas. You are penalized to the extreme if you are not accurate with your tee shots. Very little forgiveness for being off the fairway, you will lose balls. With this review, I have finally completed the B-Man's top 10! It's taken me two years but it's been a ton of fun!!

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    7/17/24 - Review by Hanson

    "Great course"
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    Enjoyed my round of golf on 7/17/2024. Course condition was fantastic. The staff was warm and welcoming. My only minor complaint was the amount of ball marks on the greens. The greens would be perfect if everyone repaired their pitch marks. I look forward to playing again soon.

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  • Springfield Golf Club

    7/16/24 - Review by RT

    "Worth playing"
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    Greens recently aerated, so fuzzy, bumpy, and very slow. Tee boxes also a bit fuzzy. Fairway turf in good condition, as well as bunkers - nicely shaped and raked. Pace of play (on a Tuesday morning) was slow on the front at 2.5 hours, but picked up on the back (at 2.0 hours). Staff accommodating and professional.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    7/15/24 - Review by dalewt43

    "Great course"
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    I enjoy playing Skybrook most of the time. I get to play it a couple of times a month. Today the course was in its usual great condition with fairways and greens having no issues. The new sand traps are good but could use a little more upkeep. The greenskeeper at Skybrook keeps doing a great job with the course conditions. The staff that rides around the course doing maintenance such as trash removal and other duties are rude and do not care at all about the customers. Several times during our round these guys would come flying up around you on their carts even if you were standing over the ball getting ready to hit. We have not had this type of issues at other courses in the area. Not enough to keep us from playing Skybrook but it does take some of the enjoyment out of it.

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  • Olde Beau Resort & Golf Club

    7/14/24 - Review by TSain

    "Great course"
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    Course was super nice!! Greens rolled amazing!!! It cost me $143 for myself and my 14 yr old junior player with two range tokens. The views were stunning on the back 9. Lot of shots I was guessing on club selection. For that price carts should have GPS. Greens were fairly flat to be a mountain course, but man they were nice. 1 hour 40 minute drive is a little to far for a round of golf, but I love the mountain courses.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    7/10/24 - Review by Dean

    "Great course"
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    Good layout with many doglegs. Challenging layout that tests every part of your game. Fairways were perfect and aprons and chipping areas around the greens were in excellent condition. Bunkers were all raked and in very good condition. Most tee boxes were excellent; however a few of the par 3 tees were pretty thin. Customer service in the pro shop, restaurant and the beverage cart were all outstanding. Well-stocked pro shop and decent food menu. The only negative comment is regarding the greens - lots of brown spots, some fungus and burn spots and a large number of ball marks. Speed was decent and they rolled fine - but they were a long way from great or perfect. Unfortunately, this time of year with high temps and high humidity, bentgrass greens are tough to maintain in the south. Will definitely play Olde Sycamore again, but will likely wait until fall when the cooler weather will give the greens a chance to thrive. Hopefully, down the road, they are considering replacing bentgrass with bermuda.

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  • Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course

    7/10/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    I've played this course so many times over the years. As a CLT native I can say, this has always been one of the easiest courses to get a tee time for. If you play early in the morning during the week you can easily play it in 2 hours. I was invited to join my buddy Adam who loves to play here. We had an 8am tee time on a Wednesday and the weather was just perfect! It was in the BEST condition I've ever seen. The greens were in absolute immaculate condition! Easily rivaling some of the top courses in the area, just that good, rolling fast and true. They have recently come under new management so there have been some notable changes and upgrades. The tee box on #3, 145 yard par 3 has been completely rebuilt. It's now elevated to include both the blue and white tees and much larger and in better condition. The bridge over the creek on #9, the 460 yard par 5 has been completely rebuilt. My favorite holes remains #7, a 173 yard par 3 with an elevated tee box and a great green complex downhill. It sets up beautifully an it's all right in front of you. You don't want to miss long and go over the back. The pin placement will be key for scoring on this hole. The right side is on an elevated shelf which feeds down to the lower left. The greens keepers her love to place the pin in this undulations just to keep it interesting. This course has a history going back to 1929 when it was first called The Bonnie Brae. It still holds up to this day as one of the best short courses in the CLT area.

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  • Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

    7/8/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    From the time I pulled my vehicle into the 'bag drop', I knew I was in for something out of the ordinary. A young man immediately picked up my clubs and put them on a cart and instructed me to the ProShop. There I met Jacob who got me checked in and I was smiling with the news that my Monday round of 18 holes and a cart would only be $55 bucks, what a great value! I made my way to the driving range to hit some complimentary balls and also test out the putting/chipping green. My group of 4, was able to tee off right at 1140a with an assist from Mike T, the Starter. I will say, this is a very challenging course. There is a lot of changing elevation throughout and a fair amount of water that comes into play on a majority of holes. There is a creek that criss crosses throughout and some small ponds as well. You'll find the fairways wide open, however you'll be challenged for ball placement as the majority of fairways will funnel to the creek or water. The greens are very fast, they are undulating and generally small for the most part. The views are amazing! It's built in a development with Million dollar homes that line the fairway and circle around the green complexes. There are adequate water stations scattered throughout and there is bathroom at about hole #8 where they have cold face towels in water that will refresh you. I didn't try the food but I did check out the menu and it looked like a good mix of hot and cold options. Even on a Monday it was very busy and our round of 18 holes took about 4.5 hours. It was tough with 93 degree temps and 60% humidity. Just a few nits that were not major but a bit disappointing. Even though they had a food/beverage cart parked by the Club House, there was no one to operate it. In several areas, you will be confused on where to go for the next tee box because there is no directional sign. The carts were all gas, not a single electric cart and they struggled getting up the steep hills. The pace of play was longer than expected, not a big deal when the weather is great but when it's 90+ degrees and humid, you will suffer as there is no Ranger to keep things moving. This is a semi-private club and only members are allowed to play Friday to Sunday. Overall it was a five star experience, sadly it's quite a drive from where I live in Fort Mill but I was glad to check this one off my most of the B-Man's top 10 CLT area courses.

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    7/7/24 - Review by Dean

    "Great course"
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    Enjoyed playing the Tradition. Fairly tight course and challenging off the tee - it could be a long day if you're spraying the driver. Fairways were in very good shape and greens were smooth and decent speed. We teed off at 11:00 am on a Sunday and got around in just over 4 hours - we only waited on one hole. A few of the par 3 tee boxes were a little rough, but overall very good course conditions. Very challenging layout and a course I'll definitely play again. I would recommend playing this course.

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  • Woodbridge Golf Links

    7/5/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Average"
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    This is a country track, Everything is straightforward and simple and an OK golf experience. The greens were actually in decent shape and I liked the well marked tee boxes, they were large and well maintained. As a Senior you can take advantage of some really good tee box placement on many holes. Several holes over water but with the Senior tee's takes the water out of play, Just too many blind shots for me. Tee box sitting low and maybe 200 yards to the top of the hill where you can't see beyond it. Most all the Par 3's are long and have low tee boxes with shots up hill. I played with a group of Senior Veterans so it was a memorable day for this AF Vet.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    7/3/24 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    Best greens of any public course in the Charlotte area. Fairways were in great shape. Only downside was loud maintenance machinery even at 10am which was a bit distracting. But I can see why this a top 10 courses in the Charlotte area.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    7/2/24 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Worth playing"
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    Always like playing here. Fairways and bunkers in great shape. The greens would be really good if golfers fixed their ball marks. Some holes looked like the surface of the moon. I think if the club started to enforce golfers to repair their ball marks it would greatly help.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    7/1/24 - Review by Dean

    "Great course"
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    First time playing Eagle Chase - great golf course and challenging layout. Very hilly layout - felt like I was in the Ozarks in southern Missouri. Several elevated tees and greens with lots of variety. Par 5s are all fair and challenging and the course has a very good set of par 3s. Greens are firm (I think that's just they way all Diamond Zoysia greens are), but were in great shape at a decent speed and rolled true. Tee boxes and fairways were both in very good shape. Holes 11-13 are super challenging and beautiful (par 5 over water, long par 3 with trouble left and right and a short par 4 where you drive over water with a tricky green waiting). All in all a very solid golf course that I will definitely play again. Weekday rate of $49 was very fair. Not much of a restaurant/snack bar if that's important to you. Practice area is excellent.

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  • River Bend YMCA Golf Course

    6/27/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    I made the 1 hour trek from Fort Mill on a Thursday morning for a 810a tee time. Matt at the Pro Shop was real nice, checked me in, got me educated on the course lay out and recommend I pair up with a regular named Jaime. Turned out to be a great round and fortunately Jaime was able to educate me on how to play several holes. Without that guidance it could have been a disaster. There are several holes that are blind shots especially on #17. From the tee box you can see a red flag on the right side of the fairway. It gives you no indication of the massive pond that lurks right in front of the green. From the Gray tee, it's' 321 yards to the pin. Fortunately, I was able to pull of a miraculous 210 hard drive that left me 110 yards over water to the green. It's a beautiful green complex and a very fun hole. It's slightly elevated from the fairway and large. The grass is well trimmed right to the edge of the green and then a well trimmed second cut that slopes down on all sides. You must land the green in the middle otherwise it's going to roll down and leave you a chip shot to a slanting green. Overall, I was very happy with this course. It's part of the Cleveland County YMCA. Jaime told me he plays there at least a couple times a week during the summer and that it's now been 'discovered' and is very busy especially on the weekends. The tee boxes are in excellent shape, the fairways are in great condition and wide open. The greens are beautiful and fast. You have to be really wild off the tee to be out of bounds. There is a fair amount of water that comes into play on several holes, especially on #8, blind shot up a hill with a big pond on the other side. They have an adequate driving range and practice putting green. The electric carts are in great condition. They have a nice little snack bar where you can get burgers dogs and snacks to go. Only two small nits worthy of mention. For the most part, the asphalt cart paths are good. Sadly, there are quite a few areas where the ashphalt has washed away and only gravel remains. If you’re not playing with someone who has been here before, you’ll be confused at some of the intersections between green and next tee box. The secret is out! I highly recommend this place. The weekday Senior rate for 18 holes and a cart is $30 bucks. Just can't beat it for the quality of golf and facilities.

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  • Charlotte National Golf Club

    6/22/24 - Review by Ace

    "Worth playing"
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    Another solid round of golf at Charlotte National. The course is crispy and the greens are quite firm, but that is to be expected with the lack of rain recently. The greens did roll true and pins were in some difficult positions - several pins were just a couple yards on the green and some were right on the spine of slopes. The only issue on the day was the pace of play - 5+ hours on a 90-degree day was not ideal and I did not see a ranger on the course to keep the pace moving.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    6/15/24 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    Tee boxes could use a little TLC. Fairways were in very good shape. Although we weren’t in a lot of bunkers, they were in good shape. Fluffy sand. Greens were recently sanded so they played pretty slow and a little bumpy. But not very many blemishes or dead spots. Friendly staff. Good practice areas. Ranger did a good job of instruction - pace of play, pin positions, etc.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    6/11/24 - Review by RT

    "Great course"
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    Great experience in first trip to Monroe CC. It's a haul from Charlotte but worth the effort to play an enjoyable and well-maintained course. Front side is quintessential Ross - compact tract, small punch-up greens, hidden bunkers, very playable when you're in position. Back side feels roomier, with a lot of tree-lined fairways. Conditions were top-notch. Played ball down all day with premium lies. Greens were spotless and rolled consistently. Breaks are subtle. Bunkers have quality sand and are well maintained. Course is very walkable. Clubhouse staff friendly and helpful.

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  • Mooresville Golf Club

    6/10/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Worth playing"
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    This is a legit top 10 CLT area course. Don't let the fact that it was a former municipal course slow you down It's a Donald Ross design so it's a classic! Richard who runs the ProShop is great and has an answer for every one of your questions. They have a driving range, chipping area & separate putting green. All are in great condition, all so close together and in excellent condition. You will love the wide open fairways! The tee boxes are in great condition & large. They have tee positions that will suit every level of play. Most of the greens were in really good shape. There were maybe three or four that had bare spots but not unusual given the weather. They have GPS on the carts. They had rain the night before so many of the holes were 90 degree or 'cart path only' You will get a beep on the GPS and a nasty gram if you try to defeat the guidelines. As a Senior on a Monday, I got a great rate of $48 bucks for 18 holes with cart. It's a course I highly recommend!

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  • Sapona Country Club

    6/3/24 - Review by Pudge

    "Average"
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    Yup, I’m actually writing a not so good review. After my last three reviews, I thought after not playing for months because of my move, that I was just overjoyed to play and thought every course was a gem, perfection, an absolutely must play…well not today. Sapona is within an hour’s drive for most of the Charlotte area but that doesn’t mean you want to take the trip. I played during a tournament so while the pace of play wasn’t bad for a tournament, I can’t tell you what it is normally like. I also cannot tell you what the staff is like except for the wonderful cart girl who should be given every resource she requests from the club: sandwiches, more drinks, bigger beer selection, liquor, and a raise (ok I said the raise, not her). While most of the layout was good, with challenges of elevated greens, a few blind tee shots and water on more than a few holes, some of the holes were wacky, with very short par 4s with layup iron tee shots (8 or 7 iron) and tricked up fairways that had no landing area that allowed your ball to stay in the fairway. That being said I would play the layout again if it wasn’t for the condition of the course overall. There were many dirt/bare areas in the fairways and rough. While they have made changes with installing some sod and drainage, the course is just beyond the band aid fix. One of the issues with carts making the bare spots worse are the carts paths being more like motocross tracks than golf cart paths. Many players would drive next to the carts paths instead of on them. The greens for the most part rolled well and their condition was good. There were a few areas of soil showing through the grass but the ball rolled true. That’s why I gave 5 starts instead of 4. I don’t like downgrading a course because I know the staff, especially the maintenance staff, put the work in. This is more of the club not putting resources into the course sooner. Final thought would be play if you have a reason (tournament, buddy in the area, etc.) but don’t make a trip for it.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    6/2/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Great course"
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    Birkdale is still getting better! The golf shop is very well stocked with supplies, from premium to value. They just added Puma gear which makes sense since they carry Arnold Palmer stuff and it’s an Arnold Palmer course. Food menu is still lackluster: just Glizzies, Turkey, or Ham sandwiches. Great beer and liquor assortment and friendly bartenders. They now have a beverage cart heading through the course though I played 18 and never saw it. The course itself is in great shape. Greens were fast but rolling true. The rough is cut for a challenge if you miss a shot. The bunkers are hard packed which is surprising since they recently had the sand replaced. Tee boxes are sandy at this point and most holes need to be rotated. It’s still one of the very best public courses.

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  • Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

    6/2/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"
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    Verdict Ridge is the best semi-private club in the area. It is neck-and-neck with Rock Barn for the #1 spot in my annual rankings of public access courses around Charlotte. It only allows public play Monday-Thursday. So find a member (or shoot me a message) if you want to play it on the weekend. Or... play it in a tournament on TheGrint Tour. We have a few spots left for our event there next week. Scott Knox and his team at Verdict do a fabulous job constantly improving the course and the amenities. This year, they are expanding (by 30-50%) and resodding many of the tee boxes (all of the par 3's) and adding Xgrass turf mats to use in the winter or during inclement weather. They are almost finished but today we had to play from some shorter tees on two holes (the par 3 No. 8 played 85 yards and the par 5 No. 16 played about 375 yards). Aside from the work on a few holes, the course, especially the greens, were in near perfect shape. The Champion Bermuda greens putted great, with consistent speed and roll throughout. The tees and fairways were lush and the bunkers were good, though my group had a fried egg lie or two to deal with. The layout is breathtaking with many dramatic rises and drops, severely sloping fairways and greens, rock features, waterfall features, ponds, etc, etc. The par 4 ninth hole is the signature one with the waterfall next to the green and the pond along the right side and the clubhouse at the top of the hill. I probably think to myself about 4 or 5 times during the round: "I love this hole", especially No. 9 and No. 16. I will never say that about No. 7, however. :-D I've made more double and triple bogeys on that hole than any other hole I can think of around Charlotte. I do applaud the addition of some short rough in the middle of the fairway, dividing the upper tier from the lower tier. This gives your ball a chance to stop on the upper tier and not roll down into the right rough. The approach shot over a ravine to a crazy, multi-tiered green is still one of the most challenging second shots you'll have on a public course. There's no such thing as a benign pin location on this hole. The closing stretch here from No. 14 through 18 presents a diverse set of challenges and risk-reward decisions. The dogleg left par 4 No. 14 forces you to go for position off the tee so you're not blocked out on the approach over another ravine. The par 4 15th has a valley for a fairway that can get you into trouble if you hit your tee shot too far. The uphill par 5 16th has signature boulders framing the approach to the green. The dogleg right par 4 17th has a long, two-tiered sloping green. And the closing par 5 18th is a sloping dogleg right with danger lurking on all sides for all 3 shots (2 if you're long off the tee and brave). The course is very difficult the first few times you play it and can get you even if you've played it a hundred times. It pays to take mental notes each time you play so you leave yourself in good spots, both off the tee and around the greens. Verdict Ridge is a fantastic course with great amenities and a friendly staff. Go play it whenever you have the chance.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    6/1/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Worth playing"
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    I booked this round at Red Bridge based 100% on the reviews posted to this site. When I pulled up, the entrance befits the reviews then it falls apart. Everything about this club screams “we ran out of money.” They were going to build a parking lot until they ran out of money. They were going to build a clubhouse until they ran out of money. They were going to have a snack bar until they ran out of money. They were going to repair and maintain the golf carts until they ran out of money. The good news, I know where the money is. It is obviously spent on the course. The greens, fairways, bunkers, pristine! The layout is really cool but the signs are confusing and don’t give you clear directions on where to head next. There are a lot of elevation changes, really really long Par 5s, including two back to back. The Verdict: this course is great but needs to be invested in.

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  • Rock Barn Golf & Spa

    6/1/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"
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    Rock Barn is a treat every time I play it. The layout is fantastic with so many fun scoring opportunities and breathtaking risk-reward shots. The greens were in good shape, but not quite perfect. They had been aerated about a month ago and verti-cut recently. There were still a few traces of that but I didn't notice much effect on the roll. So maybe they played a bit slower than normal but they rolled true. The rest of the course conditions were ideal. If you can make it past the opening tee shot (a 200 yard carry over a hazard), the course plays short (about 6000 yards from the Men's tees for a par 71). The two par 3's on the front side have dramatic drops from tee to green with a beautiful pond fronting the signature No. 6 green and a steep ravine requiring 2-3 clubs down on No. 9. The par 5 10th hole is one of my favorite risk-reward holes in the area with another gasp-worthy tee shot that drops 50-75 feet to the fairway, then a decision to go for it in two (175-200yd carry) or layup to the right side of the pond. The two par 3's on the back nine play slightly uphill and both have ponds to carry for a mid-iron shot. The par 4 15th hole is a short but fun and picturesque hole with the fairway sloping down towards a pond and a second shot to a super long green (120+ feet). The par 18th takes you back up the hill to the spa and clubhouse with a large, severely sloping green. Par is tough on this one! If you've never played Rock Barn, go make the trip! The price is very reasonable for what you get (best public course in the area with GPS / green maps on the cart and range balls included). I can't recommend it enough.

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  • The 500 Club

    6/1/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    If you haven't played The 500 Club since its renovation and rebranding, go play it now. The course is in great shape. In particular, the Bermuda greens were really good and rolling very quick. The bunkers were very good and consistent (and raked! Compare to my earlier review of Skybrook's bunkers). The layout is very challenging, with lots of hazards and high grass where you can lose shots. So your mileage may vary on whether you like it. I appreciate the challenge and stayed out of trouble for the most part. I would like to see better hazard markings though. The high grass on Nos. 2, 3, and 4 and the trees/brush on Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9 should probably be marked as hazards to speed up play. There are many holes with some dramatic elevation changes: holes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 18, in particular. They can create some blind shots. So make sure you know where the group is in front of you before hitting! The GPS on the carts is helpful and fairly accurate. A few notes about the amenities: there is no driving range but they have 2 simulators inside that you can warm up on. They are building TopTracer simulator bays outside that should be done later this year. They also have a cool putting course just outside the clubhouse that is lighted at night where they frequently have live music. The sports bar upstairs with the 2 simulators is awesome! Great place to meet and hang out before or after your round. If you want to go play a premium course and make a day of it with your friends to hang out afterwards, The 500 Club is a great spot for it.

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    6/1/24 - Review by Opow

    "Average"
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    Nice course that was in decent shape. Pace of play was slow and Marshall did nothing to move the group in front of us. When we got to 13 hole we could see they were two holes behind group in front of them. Other than pace of play would recommend course.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    5/31/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Skybrook is one of my favorites due to the layout and the greens. It did not disappoint this time out. The greens were in fantastic condition and not crazy fast. Conditions on tee boxes and fairways were mostly lush with just a few exceptions on the front nine. The opening par 4 is a cool way to the start the round as it has an elevated tee with a valley fairway that can feed the ball towards the green. However, the drainage on the hole leaves muddy, thin tracks in the fairway and near the green that take away from the aesthetics and playability of the hole. A few other holes on the front have similar issues around the fairways that are less than perfect, but the back 9 had no such issues. My other bone to pick at Skybrook is the bunkers. We teed off at 3pm so who knows how many rounds had been played that day before us, but every bunker I was in or near, it looked like no one had raked them all day. The sand in all the bunkers, greenside or fairway, is super fine grained white sand which makes shots come out very heavy or fat if you don't hit close to the ball. It also creates fried egg lies for every shot that flies into the bunker. Last thing about my experience for this round... the price. $85 for a 3pm Friday tee time is very high. It seems public courses around Charlotte have done away with twilight rates altogether. I love the layout here and that hasn't changed much. They have taken out the trees on the right side of the path on hole No. 3 and let the area grow wild -- making this hole even more difficult than it already was since anything to the right of the path is now lost. The elevation changes that come into play for more than half the holes are the course's most distinguishing feature. The closing stretch of holes, No. 14 through No. 18, is one of my favorites in the area. Skybrook is still one of the best public tracks in Charlotte and worth playing several times a year.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    5/29/24 - Review by Pudge

    "Great course"
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    The Tale of Two Nines Monroe Country Club sits just southeast of downtown Monroe in a well-hidden, tree-lined setting where the original Donald Ross nine-hole design is laid out near the clubhouse and the Tom Jackson back nine is a short cart ride under Pageland HWY and across Richardson Creek. Driving up to the clubhouse, you will see the pro shop and snack bar to the left next to a small practice green. I made a tee time online for $50 and was paired with a father and son from the area. The pro shop staff was nice, even outgoing to give a bunch of info including the course guide and apologized for the range not being open. They did point out a short game area that I could use for full swings with short wedges. It was basic, with three targets and enough to get the swing moving the right way. After that I checked in with the starter, who was a great help in finding the short game area and giving me some info on the course. While on the practice green, I struck up a conversation with a regular who was also an Air Force vet like me. Monroe CC is another example of a public course with the basic facilities but put their money where it matters, in the course. The course, at first glance, is simple and peaceful. The first hole is an uphill blind tee shot, where the starter will help out by positioning themselves at the top of the hill and let you know when it’s clear to hit. Over the hill, the course opens up and you can see much of the front nine. The bite comes when you walk onto the greens. Donald Ross does not disappoint with greens that hide their breaks and look much larger from the fairway. These are definitely small greens, so have your chipping game with you. The tale of two nines comes in when you play the back nine. Definitely a different design with more doglegs and a couple holes with water. While the design was different, it was complementing to the front nine. Enjoy the round coming in especially on 18, a long par 5 with elevation changes and some required shot making. Conditions…the fairways are very good and the greens did not have a spot on them, obviously from excellent maintenance and golfers who fix their ball marks. Now you will see some different grass encroaching on some of the greens (but no effect on the true roll) and bare areas around the course mostly around the cart paths and some rough. The bunkers were tough with high lips and firm sand, but they were well maintained. The end all be all is the layout, fairway & green conditions, and the test of Donald Ross greens all in a wooded setting, made Monroe CC a pleasant surprise. PS – I’ve read previous reviews of Monroe from this site and others where the club was not so welcoming. I believe there has been a change in the customer service and the focus of the management. Most notably after my round since I live about 15-20 minutes away and was happy with the course, I asked about membership that is on the city website and in the course guide. Well the memberships were cancelled 2 months ago and Monroe CC is a straight daily fee with only a senior’s discount (60 and above). With that I believe there will be better conditions with the increase in revenue and less volume. I wonder what the previous members are doing since the membership cost was in the low $100’s per month and now if you play 3 times a week at $50/round, it’s $150+ a week.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    5/28/24 - Review by Pudge

    "Great course"
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    Edgewater Golf Club, opened in 2008, is southwest of Lancaster, SC backed up to the Catawba River in what will be a very large, planned development, most of which has yet to be built. It’s a good hour from uptown Charlotte and Columbia, with the last 10 minutes of the drive giving you an idea something special is coming. As you enter Edgewater by passing their signature tower gate, the community vibe is relaxing while leading you to the club house and course. Currently the club house is a small pro shop and snack bar, but look across the street and you will see the major projects taking place. A huge clubhouse, practice area, and tennis/pickleball court center is being constructed. The practice area will be one of a kind, with a practice green that will be over an acre, a range that will entice you to practice more than play with Top Tracer technology, and a relaxing atmosphere all within reach of a club house being built for luxury and enjoyment. I’ve been around a few clubs from the beginning and some that grow over time. Edgewater is impressive and will be great to watch grow. Enough of the vibe, I checked in for my 9:09 tee time and was warmly greeted by the staff and asked if it was my first time there. As it was, they gave a little info on how to get around during the construction and some course info including a course guide. Then I was on to the range for warm up. I met up with the three guys I was paired with, guys who are neighbors and two brothers, so I knew this was going to be a fun group with all the brotherly banter expected. While the range is mostly under construction (which the next phase will open up in about 3 weeks), it was adequate. One word of advice, get a couple buckets since a single token gives about 20 balls. Moving onto the practice green which is located next to the starter’s area for #1, you get to look down from #1’s elevated tee box to feel for what lies ahead. The first hole is a great opening hole to get familiar with the course and a little challenge. Stay left and the hill down the left side will feed your ball to the center of the fairway and closer to the green. The green is accepting and it should be an easy par. One thing to note are the bent grass greens and their conditions will vary slightly when wet. I saw a lot of old ball marks but nothing affecting the roll. Number 2 is a long par 5 which requires a somewhat accurate tee shot to stay away from the right fairway bunker and out of the trees on the left. Your second shot should be down the left fairway to avoid the right drop-off into the trees and set you up for a better approach into the green. The course is giving you a little less forgiveness but you’ll enjoy the challenge. Third hole is a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. Don’t let it fool you because you need this tee shot to be right to have a less hazardous shot to the small green protected by a front right bunker and water to the left and behind. Number 4, your first par 4 is a beauty from the black tees which sit on its own island. The rest of the tees still have an over water shot but a bit straighter. Regardless plan an extra club for the elevated green and be mindful of the wind you can’t feel because of the tree lines behind and right of the hole. Oh, one more thing, don’t be short! Moving forward #7 is a great shot making hole. You don’t have to be long from the tee, just set yourself up for the approach shot with water in play and bunkers left and right of the green. After you finish you’ll see one of the inlets leading out to the Catawba River. Nice place to take a breather. Edgewater shows you more teeth when making the turn, where #10 is a slightly narrow tee shot to an uphill green. It’s a great hole to start the back nine. The back nine will show you more elevation changes and a few doglegs which set up some great views. As you make it around the back nine, more houses and construction are visible but mostly not in play. Many players do not like houses surrounding or bordering the course, but from my perspective of playing Florida golf where houses are right on the course (literally having back patios 8 feet from the OB markers and even fairways), Edgewater has them set back away from the course with generous amounts of trees in between the houses and the general areas. Maybe a better win-win for players and homeowners. As you finish Edgewater, #18 leaves you a little perplexed with the tee shot having two very tall pines about 100-150 yards straight out and in the middle of your tee shot. It was explained that the original design had much lees room on the right so the player was required to hit a fade around the pines. Now it looks like you can try a draw or a fade. Stick with the fade, trust me. In the future, they will be taking those tall pines out after they plant some shorter pines (there are two already but they need more). Regardless of the tee shot, you see a great finishing hole with slightly elevated approach shot to a well bunkered green. Right now, you see the construction of the club house and the practice facilities well behind the green and further up hill. Once the club house is finished, it will be a beautiful sight from both #18 and the club house. While Edgewater is definitely a longer drive from Charlotte and Columbia, it is well worth it.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    5/26/24 - Review by RT

    "Below average"
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    Poor value. Fairways in good shape, with a few isolated spots, but able to play the ball down. Greens generally in good shape, with a lot of unrepaired ball marks. Speeds were consistent. Tee boxes are beat up. Bunkers not raked. Pace of play was just under 5 hours, with a marshal monitoring but not enforcing pace of play (two holes open ahead of group in front of us). Olde Sycamore has a nice layout, and if it were a $60 or even a $75 course, then this review would be different. But when I pay $100, I expect, at a minimum, raked bunkers. Kinda screams that you're not trying very hard, right?

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  • Highland Creek Golf Club

    5/24/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Worth playing"
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    I played last Friday, a sold out holiday weekend so I knew what to expect for pace of play. Took about 5.5 hours to play the course. There were marshals out and about but there were no gaps to be found. The course has gotten better as the season has gone on. I know they plan to replace the greens next year but they are finally in good shape and since we haven't had drought, they aren't scorched. The bridges are all brand new which was a grave concern before. Fairways are a little splotchy on some holes but this place seems to be very well cared for. The value is there compared to the comparably priced courses in the area. Their clubhouse and pro shop are top notch, well stocked, and the food is really good. BEST 18th HOLE IN THE AREA!

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    5/20/24 - Review by golferdude

    "Worth playing"
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    Played the tips..few mud balls due to recent rains. Greens were decent speed but not very receptive (many iron shots and pitches ran off the green). First time here in 8 years. Do like the look with the renovations. Rates are reasonable.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    5/19/24 - Review by Pudge

    "Great course"
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    So here’s a little perspective before I review Eagle Chase GC. I recently moved to the Charlotte area…recently being 10 days ago. Coming from a country club in South Florida which is in great condition and on its way back to the what it once was when hosting the Honda Classic, the switch back to public golf scene is reminiscent of my time playing military courses and public/semi-private clubs around the world where I enjoyed the competition and the friendships. I’ve also played a lot of NC mountain golf in the Highlands/Cashiers area where my parents retired and still live. I have experienced a lot different golf courses, clubs, and resorts, and understand the different vibes. So I’ll hopefully give you a perspective of course, club, and “vibe” in my reviews. Eagle Chase is set in farm land and ranches in the foothills southeast of Charlotte. The course elevation changes create dynamic views and challenging hole layouts, especially on the back 9. First impressions of Eagle Chase are deceiving as the pro shop, facilities, and services are minimal but provide what you need for golf, and fun. Go into the small pro shop with the obligatory tv locked into the current Tour event and pay for your green fees and range balls, which you’ll scoop out your bucket of balls there. Simple homemade sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, snacks and plenty of beverage choices are also available. Grab what you may need on the course because there’s no beverage carts on the course. The staff are friendly and care about your experience while at Eagle Chase, using the resources at hand. (Spoiler: they put the resources into the course conditions) Going out to the range was a short trip past the outdoor patio with some tables and chairs and the practice green with plenty of room and different types of putts. The range is two tiered with a small chipping green next to it. Plenty of distance and targets to choose from. While stretching I noticed the regulars around; teenagers who play golf for competition, college kids, middle-aged, and retirees, along with the every-once-in-a-while players with girlfriends in tow. Watching the players on the range, the regulars play golf to compete and enjoy. I didn’t get a chance to ask about the money games or groups, but I’m sure they exist. The above average conditions of the practice areas give you a good idea of what lies ahead on the course. The first hole is visually elusive where the tee box looks out at an over water carry to a dog leg left and you don’t see beyond that. It promotes a thought of “ok, what is this course?” Put your drive in the middle or right center for a safe shot or challenge the left trees with a draw. Once you get around the dog leg, you see a simple shot to a mildly guarded green. The greens are one of the gems of this course. They are smooth (the regulars and visitors alike obviously fix their ball marks), undulating, and today they are about a 10 on the stimpmeter. They could easily be cut and made like glass but be careful about what you ask for! Finish the hole and drive to #2. Coming up to the #2 tee box, the course bears its teeth, half grin, half biting snarl, as you look out to water down the left, trees and creek right with a sliver of green to be seen in the distance from the left side of the tee box. Looking down to the fairway in the narrow space between the water and trees you think you see a cart sign in the fairway…it’s a drop zone sign in the middle of the fairway. Ouch. I yanked my shot left and just found the water beyond by the left fairway bunker. Once you get down to the fairway, the course opens up to say “enjoy the views” as you see left of the water, the front side par 3’s, #3 and #6. After the drop, my approach shot looks at a well-protected green with water, bunkers, and death beyond the green. I flushed a 9 iron to 15 feet and one-putted for par. While I didn’t get bitten here (I’d rather be lucky than good), you get a feel for what the course was going to be like…gentle beauty mixed with lethal consequences. Think Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, a seductive smile then the kill shot. Don’t worry, I’m not giving you the hole by hole run down, I want to play golf too! But it is easy to see why Eagle Chase is one of the best public courses in the Charlotte area. It is the perfect statement of pure golf. No white glove service, no resort waterfalls, just challenging natural beauty. -Pudge

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    5/14/24 - Review by Ace

    "Worth playing"
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    The course was in good shape. The greens were a bit firm despite a consistent rain during the round (planned to play 18 holes but stopped after playing 9 due to weather) but they rolled true. There are some areas of the course where it seems the club appears to be doing repairs/remediation but they are mostly on the outskirts of the holes. All in all, it felt like the course handled the wet conditions fairly well. I will definitely return to the course (minus the rain, hopefully)!

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    5/12/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Great course"
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    This course was in much better shape than the last time I played it. The greens are in fantastic condition. The front nine has some big drainage issues and even though it hadn't rained in days, I had a couple mud balls. The back nine is really fun with some interesting and challenging holes. I enjoyed the bar / snack area, the renovations have been really well done. They should work on their pro shop assortment for sure.

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  • Deer Brook Golf Club

    5/11/24 - Review by TSain

    "Best of the best"
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    Course was in immaculate shape!! We play there quite often and love the layout. Greens are firm and fast. Fairways are in amazing shape. We actually played 27 holes and ate at mulligans restaurant inside the clubhouse after we finished. Great food. Only thing that I don’t like about the course are the tough greens. There’s not a straight putt on the whole course. One of the toughest finishing holes around.

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  • Woodbridge Golf Links

    5/6/24 - Review by TSain

    "Bad, stay away"
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    Only played 9 holes and took a rain check for the back nine. Course is in horrible shape. Greens are bumpy and have dead spots all over them. But made an eagle on #6. My son shot a 37 and I shot a 39. Only reason I’ll be going back is to take advantage of my rain check.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    5/5/24 - Review by Mark

    "Never going back"
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    Do not play this course. Without any notice on their website...we had to play the front 9 twice. No discount. No ranger to keep pace of play going smoothly. The group in front of us were re teeing multiple times. Would not let us pass through. And finally..the greens are horrific. Don't not waste your money. Shame on this once a wonderful golf course that you money grabbed on a Sunday ! At best...it's a $30 round. Never will play there again.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    5/5/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Worth playing"
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    I cannot wait for the parking lot to be done. It is slightly inconvenient to wait for the golf cart shuttle. Once you're there its a non issue. The clubhouse is cool but in need of serious updating. There was no food available just booze. They do fill coolers with ice for you and I dig that a lot. The pro shop is well stocked with product you actually want to buy. The course is in good shape. The bunkers around the greens are soft, the greens are receptive (except 9, which to be fair is a new green). I really enjoy this course and look forward to its return to glory.

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  • Crowders Mountain Golf Club

    5/4/24 - Review by B-Bomb

    "Worth playing"
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    I absolutely enjoyed the layout of the course and nature of it, with Kings Mtn in the background. But would have to take it down some points because of some unkept spots on the course, or lack there of. Management seem to just cut the grass and that’s it, not much of trying thoroughly fix different spots on the course so leaves ugly lies sometimes.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    5/4/24 - Review by KevMax22

    "Great course"
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    Pureeeee is the best word to describe this place. A lot of the skunks were in rough shape so stay away from the bunkers. Fun tee shots and scoreable if you are in the right areas.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    5/1/24 - Review by Dave

    "Great course"
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    Course was in really good shape. Fairways and greens were excellent. Greens have a mix of grasses but they were mowed close and rolled true and fairly fast. As long as they keep the greens in decent shape, which is a problem for them in the heat, it’s a great course to play. Nice facilities as well.

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  • Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course

    5/1/24 - Review by Brian

    "Worth playing"
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    This 9-hole course is quick, cheap and fun but nothing special as you’d expect. I like to play first thing in the morning and walk 9. It’s worth playing if you live close by and want to play a quick 9, as it’s one of the only options within charlotte.

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  • Warrior Golf Club

    4/27/24 - Review by KevMax22

    "Great course"
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    The greens were super slippery but I thought everything was in good shape. Most fairways are quite wide and the greens are huge. One knock is there are some pretty long par 3's 200+ yards from the 1 up tees. Played here a handful of times and pace is usually slow...

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  • Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    4/24/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    I am playing in a 9-hole Twilight Golf League every Wednesday here. I've now gotten play both nines. I really enjoy this layout and consider the 4-hole stretch from No. 13 through No. 16 to be one of my favorite in Charlotte public golf. The views from the 13th and 14th greens and the 15th and 16th tees are very cool. With that said, the conditions for late April are just kinda okay. The greens are fine and have rolled pretty true. They are medium speed right now. We are playing after 5:00. So we get the slowest speeds of the day, I'm sure. I didn't see any issues with the putting surfaces. Speaking of the greens, though, they are huge. So you can get some really long putts if you don't hit your approaches to the right section of the green. The course also has hundreds of bunkers and most seemed to be in good shape, though by the end of the day, we encounter some questionable rake jobs. The tee boxes were not so great though. Very chewed up and some were pretty bare. The fairways, green surrounds and rough were hit and miss as well. So like I said, the course feels like it's in average shape right now. My league runs through the end of May. So I've got 5 more weeks to play it and see if conditions improve a notch. One note, I had heard the rates had gotten over $100 here. I'm only paying $39 for 9 on weekdays. So that's about a $78 rate during the week. I checked their online booking engine for tee times next week. Sure enough, the peak rate on Sat/Sun morning - $109! Wow. That's outrageous. I love the layout here and when the conditions are pure, it's one of my top 10 public tracks. But with the average conditions right now (at the start of peak season) and those prices, I'd look elsewhere for your weekend round.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    4/22/24 - Review by Steve

    "Great course"
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    Lots of new construction / improvements. What a fantastic course. Plays almost like a mountain course. Really amazing staff, great range, challenging but rewarding layout. Worth the drive 100%

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    4/21/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Below average"
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    The Good: The parking lot and facilities are in great shape. Beautiful building. The snack bar was clean, stocked, and the staff was really kind and friendly. Good beer selection. Prices were fair inside. Most of the fairways were in great shape. A few drainage issues seemed to muck up parts of the fairways. The layout is awesome, some holes reward accuracy, some reward precision, and the green complexes are complicated but very playable. The Bad: The greens were advertised and bragged on and 1/3 of them were burned or had weeds poking through. There were some questionable hole placements trying to keep people away from the pock marked parts. The tee boxes were covered in sand yet the sand traps were rock hard and devoid of sand. The cart paths are horrendous and are not safe. There is also two very questionable bridges. Maintenance is a must. The assortment at the pro shop was more football related than golf related, it felt like they cleaned out an off brand mall sports store. The Ugly: They charge a booking fee on their site and don’t book on 3rd party sites. They do not offer twilight rates, and they are overpriced, especially compared to their sister courses. No public course should be priced above Mooresville or Verdict Ridge. Further, Pinnacle has nicer courses in their portfolio, Birkdale, Highland, and The Tradition are all in better condition for the same or less money.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    4/19/24 - Review by NCNole

    "Worth playing"
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    I am happy to have the course back in operation. I miss the driving range and practice area. The course was in pretty good condition. There are some challenging holes. There is little to no water on 18 so it is a bit of an eyesore compared to the original design. GPS apps are not updated for the new 9th hole yet so you need a range finder or play like we used to 20 years ago without all the technology.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    4/13/24 - Review by Kimchi Golfs

    "Worth playing"
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    Straight forward course and not terribly difficult - other than the greens, which offer a good challenge. The course is mostly in good condition, even with the recent rain. Can’t say I’ll be making the 45 minute drive to play here regularly, but it’s worth making it out here once or twice a season.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    4/12/24 - Review by Kimchi Golfs

    "Great course"
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    Love Rocky River, especially this time of year. It was cart path only, but conditions were still over solid. Greens weren’t playing as fast as I’ve seen them later into summer, but still offer a good pace & challenge. This course gets more fun the more you play - definitely recommend.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    4/1/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    This was my first round back at Birkdale since it re-opened last November. I spent some time before my round chatting with Jeff Thomas, the GM, to get some construction updates and tour the changes to the course, including the new 9th hole. The $45 million commercial and residential development construction is ongoing and unfortunately, displaced the parking lot and eliminated the course's popular, lighted driving range. For now, you park in a temporary lot and wait for a golf cart shuttle to the clubhouse. The shuttles run continuously and your wait shouldn't be more than 5 minutes. I went ahead and called the pro shop since I was the only one waiting and they had a shuttle right out to get me. As mentioned, there is no driving range or warm-up area anymore, just a practice green near the 1st tee. So you may want to make plans to stop at a nearby course or simulator venue to get some swings in before your round. The course layout has not changed except for No. 9. What used to be a tricky dogleg left par 4 with the driving range net along the rightside is now a challenging, long par 3 hole. I liked it. It still has the creek along the left side of the green and two large bunkers on the right side. So the tee shot presents a nice risk-reward decision, especially if the hole is cut on the left side or in the back. Other memories of this course came back quickly as I made my way around. You can also still hear the buzz of power lines on the 1st and 11th holes. The par 5 5th hole is still the signature hole with a nerve-wracking approach shot over a pond (I put two in that pond for old time's sake). The short par 4 7th hole is another fun risk-reward hole. On the back nine, the 10th and 18th holes are currently affected by a damaged drain (from the development construction) and so there's no water in the pond that comes into play for the tee shots on both holes or the approach into 18. This is a pretty bad eyesore but isn't affecting playability. It is scheduled to be fixed and the pond restored this month. My favorite stretch on the course is Nos. 13-18 (the issues on 18 notwithstanding). In particular, No. 15 is a very birdie-able, short par 4 surrounded by large greenside bunkers followed up by the pond-guarded, downhill par 3 16th hole. I birdied both holes in my round so my opinion may be slightly biased. Ha! The greens are in great condition, rolling quick and true. There was only one exception, the lower portion of No. 18, where geese have apparently damaged the green and left small sandy craters in their wake. This will get fixed but for now they are keeping the pin locations on the upper portion. Most of the greenside bunkers throughout the course have nice, fluffy white sand in them now, which is great. However, the fairway bunkers and some of the greenside bunkers are still the darker, firmer sand. So the consistency can be tricky to judge. The rates right now are $65 weekdays and $75 weekends (with no twilight rates, only 9 hole rates). That's consistent with similar caliber courses in the area. However, with the construction going on, no driving range and the drained pond, it's a little overpriced, in my opinion. All in all, I still love this Arnold Palmer layout and I was very happy with the greens. The inconvenience of the parking situation, the disruption and ugly views created by the development construction and the issues around holes 10 and 18 definitely take away from the experience. But... most of that will improve once the development is complete (within 6-12 months is my guess). If you are like me and have fond memories of this course, it's definitely worth going back to play. It's only going to get better and it has the potential to be one of the top courses in the Charlotte area again.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    3/31/24 - Review by JDgolf

    "Great course"
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    Every time I play Red Bridge I have an absolute blast. This time of the year is easily the best time to play anywhere in the Charlotte area. However, Red Bridge never ceases to amaze. With great pricing. The greens were rolling a solid 12-13, and fairways were amazing. The reason this course isn’t a 10 or a 9, is simply because of the lack of scenery. Red Bridge has some pretty holes, my personal favorite is #9, a picture worthy par 3. As a golfer who has played semi-professional, this course is ideal for both beginners and professionals. I would put it in my top 5 public courses.

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  • Highland Creek Golf Club

    3/29/24 - Review by Rico80

    "Bad, stay away"
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    Greens weren’t bad, fairways were as expected this time a year. Course was dry but carts on path only. We left after 5 holes, waiting 10+ mins per shot because the course was so packed, tee times were spaced and seems like they just wanted to make as much money as possible leaving golfers with a poor experience. Haven’t played here in over 10years and now I remember why. Allowing 2somes to go off back to back to back just isn’t it, pair them up so people don’t feel like they have to allow players to play through. We didn’t even try to get a raincheck, wasn’t worth it as we don’t plan to return.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    3/14/24 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"
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    Had the best conditions in months at Skybrook during my post-work 9 holes on Thursday 3/14/24. They were still not allowing carts on the course so it could fully dry, but it's pretty much there now after a week of no rain and warm temps (of course it's raining heavily now as I type this a day later). Contrary to another recent review, there were zero issues with tee boxes, fairways, greens, or bunkers. The course is not "destroyed" and in actuality is starting to add more green as each day passes. There are no ruts from carts in the fairways, although number 6 has a large area or ground under repair between tee and fairway where some work was done to address drainage. All bunkers look like they've been recently filled, although one still had the new sand sitting in an pile but it had a ground under repair sign next to it. Greens were rolling well as usual although they were a little shaggy/slow compared to normal. Give this course another couple of weeks and it should be in really great shape as the days get longer and temps warm up to help dry it out more consistently. Thankfully, winter golf is just about behind us!

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    3/8/24 - Review by Steve

    "Bad, stay away"
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    I was so excited to go back to this course. We played it in early fall of 2023 and it was a fantastic experience. This was a different story, the course is nearly destroyed. It has been a wet spring and yes it was cart path only this time - but it looked like they lost their superintendent or something because it was in such horrendous condition and not even close to the previous experience. Tee boxes were a muddy mess with the markers not being moved to dryer areas though easily could have been. The fairways were destroyed with deep cart tracks in the mud and super bad drainage. The greens were mostly in pretty rough shape other than a few of them. bunkers were rough with piles of new sand dropped on them but not raked out. Disappointed as this was beautiful 9 months ago...

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    3/3/24 - Review by The Good Son

    "Worth playing"
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    Greens were rolling true, just a little slow given the recent rain. 9th green is healing from some weird damage across the middle of it, but imagine that will be remediated in the next couple weeks. Always enjoy playing this course, but like most charlotte area courses, it didn't drain well with the rain we had the last few days. Very muddy, but that's to be expected this time of year. Only negative was that the range was pretty chewed up when I was warming up. Scattered divot patterns all over in every spot.

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  • Tega Cay Golf Club

    2/26/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Another fun round at Tega Cay. I need to get out to play it more often. The greens are always rolling nicely and the Carolina Pines / Grand View layout has an exciting mix of scoreable and challenging holes. The course was in good shape despite late winter conditions which tend to keep fairways muddy and the dormant Bermuda rough difficult for chipping. Despite the pricey $64 greens fee for a Monday morning, this course still feels like a good value for the Charlotte area. I'll be back when Spring weather greens up the course.

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  • Waterford Golf Club

    2/25/24 - Review by The Good Son

    "Average"
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    Course was in decent shape. Some holes didn't drain very well, so a couple muddy fairways were chewed up by carts. Greens were rolling well, despite the occasional ballmark that wasn't fixed. They did have a frost delay (~30mins) that slowed down the pace of play with the course getting a little jammed. Hole 13, Par 4 was the sole cartpath-only hole.

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  • Springfield Golf Club

    1/30/24 - Review by Golfmusician

    "Worth playing"
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    The course is in pretty good shape for the winter conditions. There was hardly anyone there because it was cart path only. HEADS UP! According to the pro shop, it will probably be cart path only through April.

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  • Charlotte National Golf Club

    12/22/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"
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    Finally made it out to play Charlotte National and absolutely loved it. The greens are pristine, even at this time of year when everything else is brown. The course is awesome and brings a good amount of thought into club selection and course management due to hazard placement, doglegs, etc. Really enjoyed playing out here where there isn't a house in sight and everyone was so welcoming. Can't wait to get out there again!

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    12/20/23 - Review by dalewt43

    "Great course"
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    First time out to Eagle Chase is 2023. As usual the course was in great condition. The greens were receptive and while the speed was slower than the last time I played there, they were still challenging and rolled very good. We played the course at 6394 yards. A little long for me but my grandson was the host and those are the tees he plays. While I was hitting longer irons and some 7 wood shots into the greens the course provides enough space to hit those shots. The staff at Eagle Chase is friendly and work with you when there is a frost delay to make sure you know exactly when you will go. This eliminated any group being confused until the tee times were back on schedule. My favorite hole on this course is the 14th. This hole is set up for a slight fade but don't push it to the right of the fairway, that will put you in the tree jail. The green has a trap guarding the right front but the green is pretty flat so you can play several types of shots into it. My least favorite hole is the same as the BMan, number 2. This hole has water on the left and no room to miss on the right. The visual from the tee box makes it look like there is absolutely no room to get the ball where you need it. The correct play for me is to start it down the left side of the fairway with a baby fade. The approach shot into the green is slightly uphill with water left and traps around the green. Eagle Chase is a little bit of a drive from the north side of Charlotte but well worth it.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    12/7/23 - Review by Dean

    "Worth playing"
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    First time playing Birkdale. Loved the layout - lots of variety and the course overall was in great condition. The new greens putted great - both speed and condition. New bunkers look and play great. They're in the process of building luxury apartments and a hotel nearby, so no driving range for the time being and a temporary parking area with a shuttle to and from the clubhouse. Decent pro shop, excellent service all around and a nice tavern to have a cold one after the round. Golf carts appear to be new also. I'd definitely play it again.

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  • Lancaster Golf Club

    12/6/23 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    First time playing here in over 20 years and I will definitely be back. Course was in good shape, really liked the layout, back 9 more than the front 9. Definitely walkable, pace of play was 3 1/2 hrs and only $30 to walk 18.

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  • Tot Hill Farm Golf Club

    11/22/23 - Review by dalewt43

    "Great course"
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    This was my third time playing Tot Hill Farm since it reopened in September. This course has already been labeled a love it or hate it type Stranz design. I have really enjoyed all three rounds. The review is for our round on 11/22/2023. The staff is very friendly and work with you to make sure you have a great experience. We were early arriving from Charlotte and they asked if we could go out 30 minutes early to get in front of an outing. This probably reduced our round by at least 30 minutes. Thanks!!! The course is in great condition. The Zoysia greens are getting some speed in them as they had to leave them a little long when the course first reopened. The 1500 trees that were removed during the work in the summer has resulted in better views of where you need to hit the ball and doesn't "pinch" you in as much. The fairways are generous but it does help if you know exactly were the best angle is to get to the correct tier on the green. My favorite hole is the par 3 15th. The waterfall behind the green is a great touch. The par 3's on the back nine all have water so make sure you carry the ball onto the green. This course rates in my personal top 10, which some may question but it is my top 10. Will definitely play again in 2024.

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    11/14/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Teed off around 12:40pm but didn't finish until 5:20pm. We had a few slow groups in front of us with no ranger on the course. I don't understand why you have a starter but no on-course marshal to control pace of play. That was really my only issue. The course was in fine shape, with the greens being very good. I would say they were as fast as they get, but someone else told me they were even faster the week before. So this is a good time of year to play Stonebridge. The greens are in their best condition of the year. I played with a guy who gives lessons here and so I got a very good rate. I highly recommend playing with someone who works at the course (ha). Flipping the nines (it's been over a year now) still bums me out because 17 and 18 now are kinda "blah" par 4's to finish your round. I still love what is now the front 9, especially the finishing stretch of 5-9. Though the par 3 8th still gives me fits. That green is smaller than you think so there's no point in playing to the front or back pins. Just hit a club that will put you in the middle of the green. I wish I could take my own advice more often. Speaking of the par 3's, I absolutely tanked them all on this day. Two doubles, two bogeys, +6 for those 4 holes. Yikes. This is a course I enjoy playing, especially the familiarity I have with the layout. It's just gotten a little pricey for public golf.

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  • The 500 Club

    10/29/23 - Review by THE BIG SHOW

    "Average"
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    I meant to post a review last week about the experience of playing the newly renamed Larkin/Fox Den course to what is now known as The 500 Club. Well, with a deep long sighhhh, it was nothing special, considering they have gone up to $80.00 on the weekend. Basically, in a nut shell it was my last time playing there for that price. The new Mach 1 greens were OK, rolled decent and at a decent pace, but IMO, the Mach 1 greens at River Oaks are much more mature, firmer and are quicker and were seeded at the same time. When you put in new greens I would assume that you would make sure the practice putting green would be one of the main priorities. The practice putting green was closed and it looked terrible. Not sure what happened there, but to charge $80 for that course with no range and closed putting green is an absurdity. Just because you change the name "AGAIN" and put down another type grass on your greens doesn't justify that price. The course was in the same shape as it was when it was Larkin. This place was purchased by a group of Daytona 500 winners, meaning a Nascar group, hence the name change according to the word going around. Well, let's say you can't almost double the rate because you put in new greens. The course was fairly empty and we played in a flat 4 hours. Just an FYI to any who will read my review to this point, River Oaks is a far better deal @ $58.00 on the weekends, Tony did not go up 1 dime on the rates after he put in new greens and moved the green on the first hole back across the ravine to where it originally was.` The 500 Club has gotten my last $80.00. Golfers beware!!!

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  • Highland Creek Golf Club

    10/22/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Worth playing"
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    Good conditions, greens are a little chewed up with ball marks but not nearly as bad as some other courses and they were definitely challenging to read! Everything else is in really good shape. Course makes you think a lot regarding distance off the tee and setting up the next shot. Fun course to play! Starter mentioned that they'll be closed for renovation for a few months in 24. Replacing greens, tree maintenance, cart path maintenance, etc. Look forward to seeing them reinvest in the course!

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  • Tot Hill Farm Golf Club

    10/21/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Got to play the newly restored Mike Strantz gem Tot Hill Farm in the season opening event for TheGrint Tour NC. The course looks to be back to its former glory. The conditions were very good and the greens, while slow for now as the new Prizm Zoysia grows in, were very consistent. I struggled to get the ball to the hole early and often. So make sure you hit putts confidently and aggressively. This is a love it or hate it course for most people. I'm more towards the love it side, but I wouldn't play this course too often. It is tough! It's a very unique layout, with dramatic elevation changes, visually intimidating tee shots and approach shots, and sometimes downright goofy multi-tiered greens. A round here becomes an adventure very quickly. The layout features 5 par 5's and 5 par 3's, with back to back par 5's on the front side. The closing stretch includes a short, risk reward par 5, a long par 4 road hole, and a tricky, severely uphill par 5. Common features on nearly every hole: rocks, boulders, streams, bunkers and severely sloped or tiered greens. These make for some very tight, target golf tee shots and approaches. On some holes, you need to hit a 5-10 yard radius target or you will find trouble. It's exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. The new owners took great care to restore the course to Strantz' original design intentions and it's a visually stunning course. With the renovations, which also included a revitalized clubhouse, lounge, porches and "Strantz Room", the price to play increased and is now around $110. The further in advance you book your tee time, the better deal you can get. I recommend looking ahead several weeks for a $70 tee time if you know you want to play here. Tobacco Road is still my favorite Strantz design by far, but I'm happy to see Tot Hill Farm restored and worthy of the Strantz name again.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    10/19/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Eagle Chase was in great shape. The greens were good and consistent, not blazing fast like they sometimes can be, though. The restoration of the bunkers from 2 years ago has now really settled in and they now add to the beauty and aesthetics of the layout with the bright white sand contrasting the rolling green hills. The greenside bunker on No. 13 stands out, as it now guards the approach shot even more closely and prevents big hitters from bouncing a ball up onto the green from the teebox. The 11th-12th-13th hole stretch is one of my favorite in all of Charlotte public golf. Despite hitting the fairway, just missing the green and tapping in for a bogey, I still hate the 2nd hole. :-D The weekday morning rate online was only $48 and that qualifies as a good deal around Charlotte for this quality of course.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    10/4/23 - Review by Golfmusician

    "Worth playing"
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    I've lived in Charlotte for almost four years, and recently discovered this course. I love the layout! I have yet to use the driving range, but I see they have Top Tracer systems in all of the bays. The course is in pretty good shape. I really liked the greens! Fairly quick, and roll pretty true. I moved here from Los Angeles. And after 40 years of playing on Poa Annua greens, I'm still getting used to the greens here. Customer service was great - very friendly staff. There are some areas on the cart paths that are in really bad shape, but I was told they will be fixing those this winter. They're also reding the draiage systems in the bunkers. That work is going on now, so some of the bunkers are torn up. The only suggestion I would give to the course, is get rid of the $4.95 online booking fee. It makes no sense.

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  • Springfield Golf Club

    10/1/23 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    Always liked this layout and again it did not disappoint, Fairways, tee boxes and bunkers were in great shape, greens were smooth but soft and slow compared to other courses I normally play. Played as a twosome with a 3:10 Sunday tee time and finished in 3.5 hrs , we normally walk but took a cart to make sure we finished before dark.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    9/30/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Bad, stay away"
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    Clubhouse is nice. And that's the end of positive things to say Course is in awful shape. Greens are running a 2. Bare spots on several holes. Weeds all throughout greens. Group in front of us took almost 5 hours. Ranger came by once but didn't improve anything.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    9/30/23 - Review by Rico80

    "Never going back"
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    Great fairways but the greens here are absolute ridiculous, they should not charge anywhere near $79 bucks as this place isn’t worth it. Terrible terrible greens, some are near unplayable. I will never play here again and grew up in the area playing this course. I will also recommend to everyone I know who golfs to avoid here. They think because they are in a decent neighborhood they can charge these prices. Don’t play here, save your money!

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    9/21/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"
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    Love this course. Its a tough track with elevation changes, narrow fairways, and some tiered greens as well. Lots of bunkers protecting landing areas and some other hazards that make you really contemplate what to hit off the tee. It's a residential course so houses are everywhere but that's become the norm around Charlotte so no big deal. I was ambitious and wanted to walk my round but opted for a cart at the turn...just so hilly and some decent distances between holes. Definitely one of the more challenging courses around town to walk!

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    9/16/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"
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    Finally made it out to Red Bridge and man is it a different course than anything else in the area. After a par 4 1st, there's a run of 3-5-5-3-5 on the next 5 holes that is definitely unique. You want to find the fairway because the rough is thick and will punish you for your misses. Many greens have mounds surrounding them that will also kick you left or right if you miss...and if you hit the greens they were playing very fast. Water is found throughout the course but I avoided it, and only found 2 bunkers that were very well maintained. Fairways and tee boxes were all in excellent condition as well. It was a unique and challenging track, but I'm not looking forward to the day that construction is complete on the surrounding homes...many holes will have houses right on top of them (each cart has a warning to not cut the corner on 3 as there's a house right at the dogleg). Took 30 minutes to get there from East Charlotte, so not nearly as far as Eagle Chase...a really easy drive down Albemarle Rd. Everyone out there was nice when we interacted, and I'll definitely return!

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  • Lancaster Golf Club

    9/11/23 - Review by jsud

    "Worth playing"
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    Played a solo during a weekday and it was pretty empty which I loved. overall the course was in great shape, particularly the front 9. Some greens had some burn marks on the edges but overall nothing to complain about. The only real complaint was hole 12 was going thru some fairway repair so it went from a 350 yard par 4 (from white tees) to a 60 yard par 3. no warning about it from the club house or anything. will return once course is fully back

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    9/11/23 - Review by jsud

    "Great course"
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    Played this on a whim as my earlier tee time finished up very quickly. Thought I would only play 9 but the course was pretty empty which allowed me to race through. This course was amazing but it is a bit a of a drive. The front 9 eases you into the round with some scoreable par 4's and 5's. The par 3 were very challenging for me as I am new to the game and dont have the yardage for 170+ par 3s. I actually ended up doing a hybrid tee round on the back 9, playing the navy for par 4's and 5's and white tees for the par 3's. Lots of elevation changes keep you guessing and make you think of your next shot. Course was in great shape as I imagine it looks pretty new. will definitely be back!

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  • Tega Cay Golf Club

    9/8/23 - Review by jscum13

    "Best of the best"
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    PURE. PURE. PURE. Greens were immaculate, running so fast and true. Holding iron shots as well. Fairways were in such good shape. Zero complaints about the course at all. Deer were everywhere as the town of Tega Cay is well known for, but they don't bother you one bit and add to the scenery. I've played Tega Cay 5-6x now and this is the best shape it's ever been in.

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    9/4/23 - Review by Mike

    "Great course"
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    I gotta say it has been years since I've played The Tradition. I remember it being a nice course, and today I forgot just how nice it was. Great public course tucked away not far off both the 85 and 485. It has a nice mix of challenges and good opportunities for scoring; most of which sadly I did not capitalize on. #1 is probably best with a hybrid or long iron; and then on #3 (if I recall correctly) you have a nice and tempting downhill elevated tee box. It has some junk about 310-320 out that a great drive may be threatened by, but it is probably out of reach for most folks. Still, if you're a big hitter that's something to consider. The rest of the course is a mix of challenges, uphill approaches, and good scoring opportunities. This may have just become one of my "home courses" to trade time. The only problem was the sand being a little hard. Their sprinklers seem to dump a lot of water into them; it's not ideal. Yet, the rest of the course was in great shape. Not a lot of pock marks on the greens. They were fast and kind of unfair to missed putts lol. Better have your putting stroke in order when you come here. Hopefully, I can get back into better scoring the next time because today was hot and dismal scoring wise.... I left a LOT out there. But warmup went so well... LOL

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  • The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent

    9/4/23 - Review by THE BIG SHOW

    "Great course"
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    The new Mach 1 greens were rolling pretty good and at a decent speed. Quiet a few holes had downed trees due to tree removal but were not in play unless it was a real wayward shot. Fairways were nice and full. Pace of play was SLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOW. My group (3some) waited on every tee except 1 and 10 at least 10 minutes minimum and a couple holes 15 minutes. The course wasn't that busy. We tee'd off @ 10:41 am and finished at 3:20 pm. Can't allow "entitled" golfers to hit 2 tee shots off every tee which both ended up OB most times. This place needs a marshal or 2 to keep things orderly and moving along because it affects everyone else. Overall, besides that I'd definitely go back and play. Hopefully, this course doesn't turn into a "money-grab" and just let golfers do as they please. There are enough of those courses now. Hopeffully this is an isolated situation.

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    9/2/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Worth playing"
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    Course is in great shape all around except for a few areas under repair on a couple of greens. Starter is always a pleasure to talk to, the ranger was making his rounds frequently and was also very pleasant, even had a beverage cart come around twice which I don't always see here. A very positive experience except for pace. Took a smidge over 5 hours to get through 18 with no stop at the turn. People were late to early tee times which backs the course up immediately. We were constantly on the heels of the group in front of us while also having the group behind us pushing us as well. Have not had this happen before so hopefully it's an anomaly. Planning on going back soon so we'll see. Definitely worth playing though.

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    9/2/23 - Review by jscum13

    "Great course"
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    Tradition was in great shape. Greens were surprisingly pure. Real fast and minimal wear or ball marks. This course is surprisingly tight. If you hit your tee shot off-line into the trees, good luck even finding it, the woods are dense. The group lost a decent amount of golf balls. All in all, a good course that is worth playing. You can do a lot worse than Tradition in the Charlotte area. Will for sure play again.

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  • The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent

    9/1/23 - Review by BetterThanMost

    "Great course"
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    First day of reopening at Revival after the greens replacement. Lots of other course work has taken place this summer as well. The greens are typical for new greens, still a little sandy and fairly firm. All 18 look to have taken the new grass well; I could find no issues with them. Elsewhere on the course, the tees and fairways were in the best shape I've ever seen at Revival. Bunkers were well manicured with PLENTY of sand in them. Lots of tree removal has also taken place: The right side of #2, between 12 and 13, between 14, 15, and 16, and to the right of 17 green/behind 8 green. The removal has opened up so much of the course. Hopefully it will help get air flow to the greens and other spots on the course that can get soggy and remain so over long stretches. Some downed trees from recent storms are also present, but not in areas of play.

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  • Warrior Golf Club

    8/28/23 - Review by Mike

    "Great course"
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    Course was in good shape even with the lack of rain. They're working on the greens; did some top dressing today (but it's Monday). Lots of pock marks, but nothing irreparable. I think the "play fast" encouragement in general at most courses has distracted most golfers from repairing ball marks, but as slow as it was... meh, come on. Tee boxes are good, and the fairways are in good shape. Overall, it wasn't busy so we took our time, but played at a good pace. I felt like I turned a corner with my game, but then I fell apart on the back 9.. 42 in and then 55 out...... Should have been an 80s level round. Oops. :D

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    8/28/23 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    Back here on 8/28/23 with my golf buddy Ron. He heard me talk about this place and had seen the B-Man's guide rating this place as #7 on the top 10 public courses in the CLT area. It was as good as I remember when I first played it 5/12/22. We were out at 10a on a Monday morning. It was busy but not slammed. We hit a few balls off the driving range and a few practice putts. I noticed they have a designated area for chipping which is new and a welcome addition. Hole #6 is a Par 3 with an elevated green and quite a drop to the green below. It's 142 yards from the Whites/Gold tees. It's a beautiful hole with a fantastic view in the background. Hole #13 is a short Par 4, 217 yards from the Gold. It runs along a lake on the right and has a banking fairway on the left all the way to the hole. There's a green side bunker on the left approach and water on the right as you approach the green. A note worthy hole which is a lot of fun and great bird opportunity for a Par 4 Hole # 15 is a monster! I hope you brought your hiking shoes! It's 321 yards from the Gold and there is barely a level spot in the fairway. It's banked on the right side and a steep grade you want to avoid. Within about 100 yards of the green, the elevation increases dramatically so you may not even see the top of the pin. You will def not see the green until you climb the steep hill to get to green level. It's probably one of the most challenging holes I've ever played. They course was in excellent condition even though they did a 'lite punch' about 2 weeks ago. It didn't noticeably impact play. The clubhouse is on the smallish side as they don't have a lot in the way of hot food options. They do have a warmer for hot dogs and a cooler for cold sammies. At $39 for a Vet rate, I thought it was an excellent value. It's def not a course you want to walk unless you're preparing for a Triathlon. If you are not fit, I would not recommend playin the full 18 holes in the high heat and humidity of the summer. You'll be OK with the front 9. Some of the cart paths have new asphalt since I last played though there are still areas on the front where it's gravel only. They got quite a bit of rain the day before so the bunkers were a little suspect with packed sand though there was no standing water that I could tell as I was only in one bunker :) It's in the beautiful rural and rolling Piedmont of NC and very remote which is part of the attraction for me. It's a golf trip you plan and not a 'spontaneous' golf outing for most. It's situated in the foothills of the Uwharrie Mountains which has a peak at High Rock of 1,200 feet so that will give you an idea of the elevation. From my house in Fort Mill, SC it's 33 miles and a solid hour drive which goes through 'downtown' Monroe. If your coming from Charlotte, you might do it quicker since you can access off highway 74 and if you take the bypass, you'll avoid a lot of the Monroe traffic.

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  • Deer Brook Golf Club

    8/27/23 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    First time here in over 15 months and it did not disappoint. Love the layout with all the rolling terrain and great views. Only minor issue was the bent grass greens. They were fast but extremely soft and bumpy due to all the ball marks. Unfortunately we unable play the 18th hole due to heavy rains. My neighbor went for the first time and said even with the 1 hr drive from Ft Mill he will definitely be back.

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  • Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    8/26/23 - Review by jscum13

    "Worth playing"
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    Teed off at 720 am, unfortunately group at 715 am was so so slow. We had to talk to them and the ranger on course talked to them about pace of play. Ended up being 5 hour round in 100 degree heat. The course tee to green was in great shape, bunkers were very well maintained, but the greens had been punched 5 days prior. Didn't get any warning of that until we saw the starter as we approached the first tee and paying full price hurts when the greens are going to be subpar. Very sandy on most holes. Will probably be real nice in a few weeks. Saw the cart girls 4x on the course which was great and the transfusions inside at the grill hit the spot. I've always loved Carolina Lakes, just an unfortunate group to play behind and the conditions of the greens left a bad taste.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    8/24/23 - Review by Shake

    "Below average"
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    Greens - inconsistent, bare, infiltrated with patches of unwanted grasses, and tons of unrepaired pitch markes. Greenside - deep bermuda very close to greens, sprinkler head areas with standing water, inconsistent. Fairways - good Sandtraps - poorly maintained, clientele seems to refuse to rake Tee box - good on most, a few bare areas Staff - good, courteous Amenities - no beverage cart, water on course Pace of Play - My group was slow and our pace was not good - had to let two groups through during round and haven't had to do that in many years. In fairness, there appeared to be a tournament played in the morning and seemed to be a charity event which brings in a wide variety of players so not surprised to see the sand and greens in such bad repair. That being said, bare spots and overall quality was expected to be better.

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  • Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course

    8/23/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Worth playing"
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    Sifford is such a great option to get a quick 9 in after work. The course was in great shape, greens were a little long and spongy so putts were rolling very slow. Things are usually pretty packed and the holes are right on top of each other so make sure you set your expectations accordingly. The range gets busy, so it's not guaranteed you'll get a spot to warm up but they short game area is the best around. Have spent many hours over there just pitching/chipping/putting and it doesn't cost a dime. At $25 for 9 holes riding during the week, Sifford is a fantastic value.

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  • River Bend YMCA Golf Course

    8/21/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    My first time at River Bend in Shelby, NC and... WOW. I'll start with what I paid – $19!?! I got a Hot Deal on GolfPass but even the rack rate of $35 would have been a steal. Next: the greens. Immaculate. FAST. Challenging. Simply the best putting surfaces in public golf around Charlotte. Period. End of debate. These Mini-Verde Bermuda greens were so good I will put them up against the best *private* club greens I've played in Charlotte – the likes of Peninsula Club, Trump National and Rolling Hills. The layout is fun, challenging and diverse. Great mix of elevation changes, doglegs, water hazards, short and long holes. Hole No. 5 is reminiscent of Augusta's Amen Corner par 3 No. 12. It is a short-iron par 3 over water, beautifully framed by the pond and three bunkers in the front and a landscaped hill with flowers behind it. The number 1 handicap hole is the short but uphill par 4 No. 8 hole. The tee shot is somewhat blind because of the elevation change and is guarded by water left and O.B. right. Your approach shot to the huge, shallow but wide putting surface will also be uphill, over a hazard to a perched green where balls that come up short will roll back down the hill possibly into the water. The tees, fairways and bunkers (I wasn't actually in one) were all in very good shape, super lush all around. Off the fairway, lies were hit or miss and there were some areas clearly marked as GUR (e.g. right of fairway on No. 13), but that feels like a nitpick considering the greens. One other less appealing aspect of the course is all of the power lines throughout the course. They can even come into play on some holes. A member of my foursome hit a good tee shot on the par 5 6th hole that struck one of the lines and deflected down on the Red tee box. Of course he got to re-play the shot with no penalty but I've rarely ever seen that happen (e.g. Mooresville and Birkdale also have power lines in play). The driving range is sandwiched between holes 10 and 11 and it can affect the play of those two holes – i.e. don't go left off the tee on 10 or long on your approach to 11. The chipping and putting green was just as immaculate as the greens on the course. So it's perfect for getting your speed down before you play. Overall, this course is just an exceptional value. In fact, it's not really close to anything closer to Charlotte. If the 45-60 minute drive gives you pause, I would suggest finding a day when you can play 36. You could play here twice or play a second round at nearby Deer Brook, which is very similar in price and conditions. Look for River Bend to contend for a spot in my 2024 Top 10 list! Go play it!

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    8/19/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"
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    Had a fun round at Tradition. Conditions were pretty great, the greens were hard and fast...so hard to stick and challenging putts, but they were in really good shape. Pace of play was pretty slow but the starter gave us warning before teeing off that it was a busy day and to make sure to keep that in mind and have fun. Staff here are always great (we saw the beverage cart 4 times during our round), and love that they have cart coolers. There are some blind driving holes that would benefit from a bell to ring once you're clear, but instead you'll have to drive up a bit to watch for the group in front to clear the landing area before you hit. I always have a good time here, and this was a first time I've seen it this slow so hopefully that's not a trend. I'll def be back.

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    8/18/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    First time at Stonebridge this year. The course is in good shape and should be good for a few more weeks, as they postponed their aerification to the week of 9/11. While the Bentgrass greens had the expected plethora of ball marks, fixing the ones in my putting line was enough to get a very good roll. I think I noticed only 1 putt in my group bounce offline due to a mark the whole round. The speed was good so I give the course high marks on the greens. The tees, fairways and bunkers were good too. So overall, the course is in great shape for August. Having played Stonebridge for 2 decades, I'm still getting used to the not-so-new-anymore routing where the front nine is the old back nine. I miss 5-6-7-8-9 being the finishing stretch of 5 holes. It's one of my favorite collection of consecutive holes around Charlotte. Now you finish on two non-descript par 4 holes. Meh. I'm also still getting used to all of the houses around the course, especially the back nine on 11-12-13 and 16-17. It's just a little strange and makes me fondly remember the old "Amen" corner behind 16 and around the 17th tee when it was nothing but trees. That said, it hasn't really affected the playability of the course as those areas were always O.B. or lost balls – except maybe right on 11. I still love holes 5, 7, 10, 13 and 16. And I still hate No. 4. You really have to be precise with your line and distance off the tee or you have no chance to hit the green in regulation on that hole. Back to the greens, they are all virtually flat. Like seriously, don't try to read break into your putts. 90% of the putts you will have on this course will be dead straight. That significantly lowers the difficulty of this course. So if you keep your tee shots in play, you should be able to post a good score here. Last thing I'll mention is the price. If you missed the memo, Stonebridge raised their prices back in April this year. So this round (11:18am tee time on a Friday morning) was $70, which did not include range balls. There was also no beverage cart on the course. There's no GPS on the carts either. While the course conditions were very good, for this price, the course loses some value compared to other courses around Charlotte. I enjoy playing Stonebridge and will be back, just not as frequently as I used to.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    8/13/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Below average"
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    Returned to Olde Sycamore on 8/13/23, had last been out here in early June. The good: -Was able to get a 7:57 tee time 3 days out. Seems like this is the only course you can do that in Charlotte, probably because they're at a higher price point than everyone else. -Most of the conditions were great, tee boxes/fairways/bunkers were all in great condition. -Got through 18 in a hair under 4 hours which is awesome. -Staff were all friendly, cart guys even dropped a cart behind my car while I went inside to check in. The bad: -The greens are in horrible shape. It looks like no one has repaired a ball mark in the 2 months since I last played here. They were also really soft so every shot that hit the green left a large mark which probably contributes to the poor conditions. -The $100 weekend cost is too high for the conditions of the greens. All in all, this course was always on my list if I was scrambling for a morning tee time on the weekend and everything else was booked. Unfortunately the greens are in such bad shape I'll pass until they get them repaired.

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  • Mooresville Golf Club

    8/13/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    I played TheGrint Tour event here and the course was a great test, as usual. The greens were very, very good – which is the norm here. They were smooth and quick, but not crazy fast. Pin positions were reasonable except maybe for No. 3, where it was in the middle left right at the top of the slope. I think everyone in my group 3-putted. Tees, fairways, rough and bunkers were fine. No issues. A few holes were cart-path only, which did slow us down a bit. My biggest complaint though was the tall gnarly grass that is just off the fairway on some holes. These areas are not marked with red stakes so if you hit into them it's a lost ball and you have to go back and re-hit (if you didn't hit a provisional). This slowed down many groups in our tournament and made the course artificially difficult, in my opinion. These areas are prominent and adjacent to the fairway on holes 5, 8, 11, and 17 in particular. I really wish they would mark these areas as hazards to speed up play and make it more obvious what the penalty will be for hitting into them. This course has a tough closing stretch with the long par 4 17th (including that ball-eating high grass along the left side of the fairway) and the long, narrow, hazard-ridden par 5 18th. My par at 18 felt like a birdie, as it was playing over 560 yards into the wind. Difficulty aside, this course is a bargain (under $65 weekends) with excellent greens. So it's worth every penny when I play here.

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  • Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course

    8/13/23 - Review by jsud

    "Worth playing"
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    The more difficult one of the 2 major Ratcliffe courses in my opinion. Fairways and greens had no major issues. A couple of greens could have used a cut but other than that, no complaints. Hole one is by far the most difficult on course. Recommend getting some warm up or stretching in before hand. Lots of elevation changes throughout the course so either club up or club down appropriately. Some of the cart paths are in need of some love but other than that very happy with overall experience. Cooler was taken on course with no issue

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    8/9/23 - Review by Mike

    "Great course"
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    I always loved playing Rocky River, and I still do. This was my first time back in years, and somehow it seemed different. It's amazing how time changes your perception, because it's still the same as it was then. The greens are in good shape, and they roll true. They are firm, so ball marks are going to be hard to find but I repaired what I could. In fact, I was able to average two putts, and even chipped one in on a penalty hole to save single bogey instead of much worse. Shaved a bunch of strokes off today, but the penalties killed me. I like the GPS in the carts. :) Top notch course as usual.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    8/6/23 - Review by Mike

    "Great course"
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    For $55 on a weekend (Sunday no less) it's a great course. There were some areas that were a little bear on the but mostly not in the fairways. Fairways were firm and in good shape. As hot and relatively dry it has been, the fairways are in as good of shape as I would expect, which I'd say was pretty good. The greens were super fast and rolled true. Missed putts that were even a touch too fast were punished, but no pock marks to bump the ball around. Impressive to say the least. I started to get in sync with putting later in the round compared to my last round. The folks there were friendly, so I guess they've improved their customer service. I felt pretty welcome and the starter and ranger were decent folks that got me paired up efficiently and earlier than my booked time. A note about the range. You'll find it quite a cart drive, but it takes roughly 5 minutes (probably less) from the clubhouse. It's to the right after the cart return heading toward Tee #10. You then bear to the left right before the 10th tee onto a gravel path. You can see it on the satellite, but you'll be driving through spider webs. hehehe The range appears to be little used, so that's a plus. :D

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    7/30/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"
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    Great course and great atmosphere. Greens were punched in early July so they're in great condition now as is the rest of the course. Carts have GPS, score tracking, built in Bluetooth speakers, and coolers provided. Everyone from the pro shop to grill (had an excellent breakfast sandwich too) were super friendly...very much enjoyed my round and will certainly be back.

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    7/30/23 - Review by jsud

    "Worth playing"
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    I really enjoyed the layout. As a new golf who started this summer, the wide open fairways were welcoming. A very long par 3 (hole 17) from white tees (170 yards) was very challenging. Some shorter score-able par 4s are mixed in that help newbies stay in it mentally. Pace was very good and we had our own cooler with no issue. Will be back

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    7/29/23 - Review by Mike

    "Best of the best"
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    Great conditions. The greens were a tad slower than they were the last time I played here a bit more than a month ago. That was a good thing because the last time they were somewhat solid and I think the aeration obviously worked that out. They're in great shape. Fairways and Tee Boxes are in the conditions you would expect from a top course. This one is a challenging course. There are a few holes to keep in mind. Keep cart speed in check on down hill paths, as the brakes on their cars are soft. The aforementioned #2 is indeed a challenge. If anything, you need to aim for the bunker and gently fade it. A straight shot in that direction will not make you pay until you get above 320 yards or so. A straight snot aimed slightly to the right is optimal, but approach with caution as the water is in play. Another one is #5 that has an island of woods after a steep drop, so keep to the left if at all possible. It takes a 270 yard drive to carry it into the crap. Long hitters are better off with a 3 wood, but a driver on a draw is less likely to be punished. Just not too far left. #11 is pretty straight forward, but water is in play for your 2nd shot, and a layup is a smarter play. That said, if you want to go for it, pick a little more club and the back side of the green is on a steep uphill, so over strikes won't be punished terribly. #12 is bloody murder if you miss it anything other than short and slightly left. To the right and it'll bounce out of bounds. To the left and you're hitting it out of the garbage. I missed this one AGAIN today and ended up with a 6. I barely missed O.B. and chunked it out of the weeds with the weed whacker (lob wedge). #13 is fun or frustrating. It is within reach for long hitters. If taking the chance, the desired path is a fade into the hill so it bounces and feeds into the green. Anything else is 99% going into the water, so you've got to have control; otherwise don't bother. But it's tempting. :D Other than that, everything else is pretty straight forward. :) It is a fun course, but also very challenging.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    7/23/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Below average"
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    Course was in solid shape, but The Divide has a lot of work to do when it comes to customer service. They stack tee times in anticipation of no shows (5 minute intervals), so the first tee was already backed up by 8:30 on a Sunday. Starter is more concerned with being the cooler police than he is with giving pin placements, managing the box, or any other function of his job. When we called the pro shop about slow play, the guy drove out to meet us at the 7th and argued that 2 hours was not slow play when putting on 7. Only saving grace was the back 9 clearing out due to rain so we were able to salvage a 4 1/2 hour round by playing the back 9 in under 2 hours. Unless you want a 5+ hour round and to be yelled at to make sure you don't have a cooler, play elsewhere.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    7/21/23 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    It's been 4 or 5 years since I played here. 7 or 8 of the Greens were in need of repair in some spots. (Bare patches on the edge and general wear and tear from golfers not fixing their ball marks. Fairways in very good shape. Tee boxes had normal wear and tear. Bunkers in pretty good shape as well. Distances on the score card and the placards on the tee box were off on most of the holes.....by a good 30-40 yards each hole. Would play there again

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  • Tega Cay Golf Club

    7/17/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    I returned to Tega Cay for the first time in many years. I was impressed. #1, the greens were excellent throughout both the Carolina Pines and Grande View nines. The Bermuda grass was in great shape and rolled quick and true. Some of the best public access Bermuda greens in the Charlotte area. #2, the layout is fun. Tons of elevation change and doglegs. Some short holes, both par 5's and par 4's. And several challenging but fair holes, with risk-reward decisions. The Carolina Pines nine definitely has an older, more casual feel to it. The Grande View is in a little better shape and has two challenging holes to bookend the nine. The price is in line with the value but still steep. $62 for a weekday afternoon is $15 higher than you would have expected to pay a year or so ago. We happened to play while Ron DeSantis was speaking at the clubhouse (by accident). We could hear him taking questions as we finished up on the last hole. Since we had no place to go, we played the Grande View nine a second time. :-P Tega Cay also has the Cove nine hole course, which is the more casual nine. The driving range was mats only today and you are hitting off a cliff. So there's no real feel at all for how far you're hitting shots. It's strictly for warming up and grooving your swing. The turnhouse is convenient and well stocked. Overall, I felt like Tega Cay is right there in the conversation for a Top 10 Charlotte area course, though it's probably just an honorable mention still.

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  • Lancaster Golf Club

    7/16/23 - Review by GoBux

    "Great course"
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    First time playing here but well worth it and will play more often Front and back are totally different which makes this unique. Fairways and greens were in great shape! Pace of play was 4 hours in the AM -- 10 minutes between tee times. Go play it!

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    7/15/23 - Review by Mike

    "Great course"
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    They had just aerated the greens earlier in the week so they were still not grown back in fully at the time we played. So the greens were less than optimal, but it's just the way it is. I was still able to 2 putt even from reasonable distances, so it wasn't that bad. The course was strangely damp for 12:45PM and onward, and I don't recall there being any rain in the morning. Although maybe there was an isolated shower. The sand was wet and the fairways had some damp spots. I can only guess they're increasing watering to fend off the heat. That said, it didn't really impact scoring. My score is all...me....with several holes of just awful play that likely separated me from shooting in the 90s (typical, right?). Had a lot of fun as usual at Red Bridge. I don't recall this course ever really disappointing. It's in 9-10 shape, but the wet sand and damp conditions along with aeration were the reason for the 8. The aeration is both temporary and necessary.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    7/13/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    The course is in really good shape. They’ve recently used the small tine spikes on the greens. Very small and no affect on putting. They are in the process of “cleaning out” some needed areas and trees. I highly recommend playing this course.

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  • Charlotte National Golf Club

    7/8/23 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    Not the fanciest public course out there, but they do a really great job maintaining very good playing conditions. A few bare spots are noticeable off the fairways where rough should be, but other than that, greens and fairways are in very good shape. Tee boxes have the normal wear and tear on some of the holes. Always a fun course to play.

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  • Warrior Golf Club

    7/6/23 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    Their on-line tee time reservation system works great, they do require a CC to book. Nice to get a Senior discount at $42 bucks with cart for 18 holes. It was busy but not slammed so the pace of play was very good. They don't have a dedicated Starter but they announce your start time over a PA system. It's a scenically beautiful course as it's built around Lake Wright in rural China Grove, NC. There are elevated tee boxes on the front and back and there is a fair amount of up and down but not excessive like a mountain course. The tee boxes were well marked and the fairways were wide open on most holes. There is some trouble on each side for many holes if you're out of the fairway. There were several holes that had blind shots. They have well maintained electric carts all with GPS and video screens that give you good info. There is a fair amount of water throughout as it wraps around Lake Wright and some smaller ponds are scattered over the length of the course. Hole #7 is called the War Party. There is water in front of the tee as well as to the left and right of the fairway. It's a 363 yard par 4 from the white tees. It will challenge you. All of the greens were in excellent condition and rolling true. Not a lot of undulation and most were generous. For the most part, everything about this course was favorable. There were just a few things that I was disappointed with. The driving range was closed for some reason. We never got a clear explanation as to why. There was only one bathroom on the entire course. There were no water stations and it was in the low 90's and humid. There was no beverage cart so be sure and bring lots of water to stay hydrated. After playing 18 holes at good pace of about 4.5 hours we all agreed it was a legitimate top 10 course as rated by the BMan and one that offers a lot of value for your money.

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    7/4/23 - Review by THE BIG SHOW

    "Worth playing"
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    Played on July 4th. We had a 10:40 tee time (foursome). We started right on time, and we moved at a really good pace. I don't think we waited more than 5 mins on any tee box all day. I'd say 90% of the holes we got there and hit with minimal waiting (1-2 mins). The new greens were just recently verti-cut. Didn't have much factor in speed or accuracy of putts. Fairways were full and pretty plush. Some bunkers needed attention, i.e., 6 inch high weeds around bunker edges. and in middle of some bunkers but that's about it. For the most part the course was good for this time of year. It's been one of my favorite tracks since 2000. Check it out!!

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    6/14/23 - Review by Jonny

    "Best of the best"
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    There is a lot to like about this course. It has a mountain course feel as there are a lot of ups and downs with elevated tee boxes and greens. The course is well maintained in every way. The tee boxes are all in excellent condition and well marked. The fairways are wide open and generous. There are a few that are narrow and you'll be punished for being OB. Quite a few greenside bunkers and some scattered fairway bunkers. There is some water with a couple of holes where there is a creek crossing as well as a couple of holes where there is water along the fairway but none that will impede your shot. The greens are all immaculate and roll well. They will challenge even the best golfer. I found the check-in easy and the overall staff was professional and friendly. The Starter was great with a sense of humor and some good info on bathroom location/access and holes to watch for when you're a first time player. The electric carts were all clean and in great repair. There was a beverage cart making regular rounds on the front and back. They have a great driving range with an elevated tee box that has a dramatic feel and easy to follow your ball flight. The bar/grill was very nice though I didn't order anything. I really liked the shady back porch with lots of tables and chairs making great viewing as players roll off 9 & 18. My favorite hole was #16, a 144 yard par 3 with a pond on the left and one green side bunker to the right. Just a great overall golf experience that I would highly recommend

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    6/5/23 - Review by Mike

    "Best of the best"
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    I am posting this about a month and a half after playing, but I felt I still needed to give Eagle Chase its fair rating. They keep this course in excellent shape. I'll just say that if you're a recreational golfer trying to improve your game, expect this to be an exceptional challenge. It's worth it, though, just for the scenery. My favorites are #2, #10, and #13. My most hated hole is #12. #2 is a risk/reward kind of hole, but I like the lure of an elevated box. I'd recommend a 3 wood here if you're better with it than your driver, but a solid driver strike will be rewarded. Frankly, I'd rather play it conservatively. The rewards are uncommon here. LOL #10 is fun because I almost always bias to the right and almost always get a kick to the shelf before the fairway ends. Then, when I did land it in the mulch, I actually struck a nice iron onto the green. It seems like that hole likes me..... #13 is another risk/reward lure. Except this one is in full view with a slope toward the water and into the green. A fade off a solid strike with good speed will have a chance at rolling onto the green. 290-295 yards will do it in spite of the posted yardage from the tees. It's just a mis-hit is obviously punished with a penalty. #12..... Misses are severely punished. Left and you have a difficult downhill chip that needs to drop and stop or it could roll off (and down hill into the crap). Misses right are in that crap, or at least an up-hill chip. The latter is about the best miss scenario other than missing short. Obviously, the water is in play, but frankly is irrelevant since it takes an accurate shot. This hole is cursed for me. LOL Overall, most of the holes are a mixture of risk/reward and some fair chances at a good scoring hole. Overall, it's a 9-10 type of course, but it is very challenging. The greens tend to be very difficult to hold, and that can be frustrated. Even a skilled golfer needs to be prepared if it is the first time playing Eagle Chase.

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  • Charlotte National Golf Club

    5/29/23 - Review by GoBux

    "Great course"
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    First time playing here --- very impressed with the greens as the Sunday Ultra-Dwarf Bermudagrass is as advertised! Very smooth and they roll true. A good variety of holes and good risk/reward shots as well. Hard to get into too much trouble here. Enjoyed it very much and we'll be back again!

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    5/27/23 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    Course was in very good shape - Greens 9/10; Fairways 8/10, Bunkers 9/10, Tee Boxes 6/10. We were able to get a cheaper internet rate, but it goes through a third party and your card is charged immediately. If you need to cancel or raincheck it has to go through that venor, not Stonebridge. But it did save us about $22 per golfer.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    5/24/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Best of the best"
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    I play here regularly. The course is in fantastic shape. They are in the process of multiple upgrades around the course. The greens are rolling perfectly. I highly recommend playing this course.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    5/21/23 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    This is one of the top three courses in the Charlotte area in my opinion and again it did not disappoint. Greens were smooth, FIRM and fast. Fairways, bunkers and tee boxes were in good-great shape. I love the layout and love walking this course. Just an FYI, we had a 4:10 tee time and when I booked it online the twilight rate for a cart was $55 and the rate to walk was $60. I called the pro shop to confirm the walking rate was higher than the cart rate, I was told yes it was and I could pay the cart rate and walk instead.

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    5/21/23 - Review by GoBux

    "Worth playing"
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    This is purely about the rates. Ridiculous. $90 for a good, not great golf course is causing us to look elsewhere. Just an observation but there were plenty of tee times available last Sunday AM and that is normally sold out. Go look today, there are plenty of tee times available this weekend as well. The consumer has spoken.

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  • Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    5/19/23 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    I had stopped playing this course years ago because of the very poor playing conditions and management still charging top dollar. Complete turnaround so far. Greens (which were previously the biggest issue) are back to almost perfect condition. Everything else was in great shape. It was a charity captain's choice event, so the pace a play is not a true representation of a normal round. Will start playing there again if these conditions stay consistent.

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    5/10/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    It’s a good track in good shape. Price is very reasonable. My biggest drawback here is there’s never anyone on the course to speed up play. We were behind 3 groups entire round with nobody in sight in front.

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  • Rock Barn Golf & Spa

    5/9/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"
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    Rock Barn continues to be my favorite course within an hour of Charlotte – and it stretches that radius to the max as it's located in Conover just west of Statesville. The course is well worth the drive, however, and the price. At $65 for a weekday round and $75 on weekends, Rock Barn is still a great value for what you get. The Tom Jackson course is the public track but the resort also has a private Robert Trent Jones, Jr. course for members only. Both courses share the same clubhouse and practice area, which are resort quality. The practice putting green is by far the largest I know of in the Carolinas and it allows you to practice those 200-foot putts if you want a fun challenge. The Jackson course is a par-71 layout that tips out at only 6427 yards. So you may feel it plays short, but your first shot will have to carry 180-200 yards uphill across a hazard to reach the short grass. Several holes feature dramatic elevation changes, both downhill and uphill on tee shots and approaches. With the shorter length, you get some fun risk-reward choices throughout the round, none more exciting than the 10th hole. This downhill then dogleg left par 5 is one of my favorite public course holes in the area. If you hit a good drive, you should only have 200 or less yards to reach the green. However, that shot will be 90% carry over water! I didn't trust my 210-yard carry and so I laid up to about 80 yards during my round to give myself a birdie putt. One of the signature stretches is Nos. 5 and 6. No. 5 is a narrow par 4 tee shot with a severely downhill approach to a green that falls off the back into a pond. That same pond surrounds the front and right side of the par 3 No. 6 hole that plays dramatically downhill. And speaking of dramatically downhill, the par 3 9th hole is another long tee shot over a hazard with a 100-foot drop from tee to green. The back nine closes with a fun stretch from Nos. 15 to 18, again with elevation changes and ponds in play. The closing hole requires an uphill approach shot to one of the largest greens on the course that protects par with a two-tiered, back-to-front steep slope. Overall, this layout is very memorable and fun to play, which is one of my criteria for the Top 10 list. The course is part of the Rock Barn Resort & Spa and so the amenities (which include a very nice public bar/bistro and a members-only restaurant) are top-notch. Your range balls are included in your round, making the price even better by comparison to other Charlotte courses that charge another $6-$8 for a bucket. Not to give too much away (the new Top 10 list will be out in a few weeks) but Rock Barn was No. 1 last year for good reasons and not much has changed. NOTE: the course will be aerated next week. So give it a few weeks to recover.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    5/7/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Good to be back at Red Bridge after almost 2 years. They had some maintenance issues in the summer of ‘21 and so it had been awhile. I still love the layout and a few of the holes stand out as very unique to Charlotte. I was playing in TheGrint Tour’s two day Spring Sizzler event (Oak Valley was the day 1 course). We were playing the Black tees (just under 6800 yards) and that was a first for me, playing the tips here. I’m not a long hitter so this made it extra challenging for me today. From the Black tees, several tee shots require a 220-240 yard carry to reach the fairway (!). With houses and backyard fences now guarding the dogleg on the par 5 third hole, it can be a very intimidating tee shot. Speaking of those new housing developments, Out of Bounds stakes now encroach very quickly on the left side of holes 3 and 4. With the layout featuring five par 3s and five par 5s, it feels fun and score-able (just not from the tips!). A few years ago, they redid the bunkers British Open style on the signature par 3 9th hole and it’s a very picturesque hole now. The short downhill dogleg right par 4 17th is still my favorite though. Lots of risk reward on both the tee shot and the approach, with a creek and a pond threatening those shots. The 600+ yard par 5 18th is the longest hole in the Charlotte public golf landscape. From the tips yesterday, the GPS on TheGrint app showed it playing 627 yards (!). After my tee shot got into trouble left forcing me to punch out, I managed to reach the green in *five* but missed my bogey putt. [sigh] The Bermuda greens were quick and in good shape overall. Although most looked like they had been raked (?) when they were last aerated and most had several old cup scars, they rolled true. A few of my competitors thought they were bumpy but I guess everyone’s mileage varied. For the price, conditions and the fun factor in this layout, Red Bridge is worth playing and in the top 15 tracks in the area.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    5/7/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Below average"
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    The Divide is trying. I can say that. But it's a work in progress with ways to go. They have an amazing range. And greens and bunkers were for most part solid. They are currently sodding some tee boxes. Everything else needs major work. I love the layout so I hope it becomes what it has potential for. And it's close to fair for the price. What we didn't like was zero ranger influence. Our front 9 took 2:10 (fair on Sunday). The back we got stuck behind a couple who was clearly new to golf. That's understandable but they wouldn't let us play through even when we asked, were waiting for par 4s and 5s to clear for long 2nd shots in, etc. Back 9 took over 3 hours. No ranger to police them.

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    5/5/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Worth playing"
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    One of my favorite layouts in Charlotte. This used to be one of my favorite places to play. The staff is always friendly. The course is always in solid shape tees to fairways to bunkers to greens (most the time). I'm not a big fan of the reversal of the 9s. And the new front 9 greens had some poa annua in them. The grill was closed on a Friday and no beverage cart. Normally I'd give Stonebridge an 8/9 but at the new higher rates I'm down a bit on the value.

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    4/29/23 - Review by 2chipdan

    "Worth playing"
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    Course was in pretty good shape, greens were a little slow, likely because of all the rain the 24 hours before and the morning dew, got a little faster on the back 9. Some sod and mulch work on the first 4 holes to get rid of a the hard pan has improved the look, still too soon to tell how it will hold up. Always enjoyed this course and grew up playing it, but between reversing the 9s and the weekend price going up to $90, it’s lost its value to me. Trips out here will be less frequent, but still worth playing if you are in the area and don’t mind paying a premium.

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  • Mooresville Golf Club

    4/29/23 - Review by 2chipdan

    "Great course"
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    Some of the best greens in the area, course always seems to have some drainage issues and some spots that struggle coming out of winter, consequently a lot of areas marked as GUR in the fairways, but outside of the rough spots the course is fine.

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  • The 500 Club

    4/29/23 - Review by stevensmith53186

    "Worth playing"
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    Showed up early for an early morning tee time. They're doing a lot of construction/upgrades, but there was no driving range. Many of the bunkers were under construction and were free drop areas. The course drained pretty well, especially after the heavy rain the week we played. Greens rolled well. Had a lot of fun at this course and will drive up to Statesville to play this again.

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  • Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    4/24/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    My first trip back in over a year. Carolina Lakes got a lot of bad reviews last summer when they had issues with their Bentgrass greens. Not only did they suffer in the summer heat as Bentgrass can do sometimes but they had some sort of fungus or disease. I'm happy to report that the greens are in fine shape with no major issues. The greens were very consistent with good speed (not slick but not slow). I saw very few problems on any green. I wouldn't say they were perfect (I have been spoiled at Longview), but by comparison to say, Olde Sycamore, they were better. I think Edgewater's Bentgrass greens were smoother and quicker, but not by much. There were a few holes on the back nine that had areas in the fringe and within a few yards around the collar of the green that were dotted with clumps of poa annua - similar to Edgewater. I didn't notice this problem on the front 9. Tees and fairways were good with a few exceptions. The fairway on the par 5 13th hole (one of the signature holes, I might add) was dotted with burnt out spots, almost like winter kill scars. It was more of an eye sore than a problem that affected play, though it made for a thin, hardpan lie if your ball was sitting directly on one. I really, really love this layout. It is one of my favorite public tracks in the Charlotte area. I started on the back 9 and was reminded how tough those first few holes on the back really are. The 10th hole is a long dogleg right par 4 that requires a very accurate approach. The 11th hole is a short dogleg right with such a sharp left to right sloping fairway that it is extremely difficult to hold the fairway. The par 3 12th hole requires an all-carry tee shot of at least 135 yards (depending on your tee) to a wide but shallow green. Just some nervy shots to start your round (or rather your back 9). The stretch of holes 13-16 is picturesque and breathtakingly dramatic. The par 5 13th is reachable with two good swings but the perched green is protected by water on 2 sides. The par 4 14th is a dogleg right that climbs steeply uphill to a large two-tiered green. The short par 4 15th is a driveable dogleg right but you have to challenge the pond and fairway bunker on the right side to get there. The long par 3 16th requires a 160+ yard carry over water and a murderer's row of bunkers protecting the green. Just an exhilarating stretch of holes. The front nine is similarly fun and varied with elevation changes, hazards, doglegs and tricky greens. My favorite hole on the front is probably No. 9 with bunkers protecting the dogleg right and the opposite side of the fairway. You can't see the green from the tee, but big hitters who can cut the ball left-to-right have a chance to get close with a good drive. Overall, I was happy to return to Carolina Lakes and play this layout again with greens in good shape. I worry about the Bentgrass surviving the summer after last season, but right now the course is in very good shape. The course still ranks as one of the more expensive ones in the area ($49 for a twilight weekday round felt pricey), but when conditions are good, it can be worth it. And right now, it is.

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  • Waterford Golf Club

    4/24/23 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    I've played this course many times since I retired about 2 years ago. Especially so since COVID. This year, I decided to become a member. As a Senior, I like this course because you really can't get into a lot of trouble. There are some creek crossings but not too much water comes into play. Not too many fairway bunkers and not many around the greens. The fairways are wide open, it's well maintained and a great value overall. They have a Starter, Friday to Sunday and the pace of play is well maintained. On a busy day, they have a Marshal who will cruise the course to ensure pace of play. They are always willing to give you an update if it's going to be backed up The greens are well maintained and they change the pin placements regulalrly. It's always well staffed and the food is good with lots of options. You can call ahead from the 9th tee and they will have your food ready at the turn.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    4/22/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Edgewater has always been one of my favorite layouts with excellent Bentgrass greens. Playing yesterday afternoon in a tournament with TheGrint Tour, I can say I still love it and it shows! I shot one of my best rounds of the year with my career lowest putts for 18 holes (25). This review may be a tad biased due to that, but I will be frank about a few things. The greens were in very good shape overall. While the putting green seemed furry and on the slow side, the greens on the course were quick and rolling true. These greens are very large and while there were one or two with burnout spots, they did not affect play at all. The one issue that *did* affect some play though was the clumps of poa annua grass just off the greens around the fringes. These were common around most greens and they had not been treated or buzzed with the mower. That meant that if you were a few feet off the green your putt or chip could be bumped off line. For those of you like me who putt from off the green whenever possible, this was especially problematic. I ran into this on at least 2 holes (15 and 18) but saw it affect my playing partners a few times as well. Tees and fairways were fine. The bunkers were like beach sand. While they were very consistent that way, it was difficult to not hit it heavy each time. A few comments about the layout. The 1st hole is a medium length par 4 that is steeply downhill and very drive-able for most players if you catch the right bounce. If you catch the wrong bounce, however, you could get lost or deep into trouble. So be careful with that tee shot. The 7th hole is my nemesis hole here. It is a downhill, then uphill 90-degree dogleg left with a pond guarding the corner and thick trees (and mud) to the right of the cart path if you bail out. I was in the latter this time. Just a very challenging tee shot for players like me who hit a cut. The 8th hole is a benign looking par 3 with just a bunker front left. However, beware! Any shots right or long will bounce or roll down over the cart path into a drop-off ditch that is not playable. In my opinion, this area should be marked as a lateral (red) hazard but is not. So you are re-teeing if you hit it there. Several other holes have similar woods or marshes and were marked as lateral. This one should be as well. And I'm not just saying that because I made triple bogey here (promise ;-). 10 is a lo-o-o-ong par 4. In my tournament we were playing a mix of the tips and 2nd tee from the back. The tee marker said 419, but into the wind and uphill for the approach, this hole played like 450, 475 today. I love the closing stretch of 15-18, with the long, downhill par 3 15th, the long par 4 16th, the short, eagle-able par 5 17th (which I've eagled before), and the tough par 4 18th with two large pine trees just in front of the fairway, forcing you to pick a side and then work the ball one way or the other to hit the fairway. Edgewater still ranks as one of the best public courses within an hour of Charlotte and right now it is in very good shape (the poa clumps, notwithstanding).

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  • Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    4/21/23 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    One of my favorite layouts and again it did not disappoint, Bunkers were in excellent condition, just wish there were more of them, kidding of course. Greens were smooth and very firm. Fairways were rock hard and can really use some rain that is predicted for Saturday.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    4/21/23 - Review by 2chipdan

    "Great course"
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    Greens were in great shape and very fast, fairways still coming in with a few patchy spots and some GUR. Good value to walk on a weekday afternoon, and one of the best courses in the area currently.

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    4/19/23 - Review by Teresa

    "Below average"
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    Have returned to play here a couple more times this spring. Not a lot has changed except the bent grass greens were very firm, which I found odd. The course will be closed all summer until post Labor Day for green conversion and they are operating on 16 holes until mid-june when the conversion starts as they are reconfiguring 2 holes currently. It is my hope they alter a couple greens during the renovation. Greens on #6 & #9 need restructuring since many near perfect approach shots, even many putts, end up in the creek or marsh hazard due to their current lack of fringe and slope. Most Fairway grasses this last visit were fine, except for the landing areas on #10 & #14 where ALL the cart traffic is directed. I was hoping for cleaner Golf Carts this year however they were nastier & more grimy than before. Hopefully after all the construction is complete .. next year these things will get the attention they need.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    4/18/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Average"
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    A little disappointed in conditions. The front 9 greens appeared to be recently verticut. The grooves affected your putts, but they left the waste, cut grass on the greens. This made you putting difficult to read putts as the loose grass and the cut lines into the grass. As always there the tee boxes need plenty of growth.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    4/17/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    The course had improved as much as any course in the area. The greens have come in nicely (16 had a couple of spots). Overall I’d recommend this course. Only negative this time are the tee boxes. Quite a few had no or very little grass.

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  • Warrior Golf Club

    4/13/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Great course"
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    BMan told me for YEARS I needed to make the drive to play here. I'm kicking myself for not listening earlier. Course was in top notch shape. Greens are legit tour speed but perfect. Fairways/bunkers solid as well. Once you get a hang of the speed it gets really fun. This might be my new favorite closing stretch of holes. The only thing that kept this from being higher is the layout/conditions of hole 7. Really narrow teeing ground and just kinda goofy.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    4/12/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    Been awhile since I've gotten back out here. I used to play this course frequently about 15 years ago or so, but not so much anymore. Olde Sycamore is one of the last holdouts among public courses in Charlotte with Bentgrass greens (Stonebridge, Emerald Lake, Highland Creek, Carolina Lakes are among the others). As greens fees have gone up the past few years, it's been more difficult for Bentgrass courses to compete with the nicer Bermuda ones (e.g. Rocky River, Skybrook, Mooresville, Verdict Ridge, Warrior, etc, etc). So while I would say Olde Sycamore is in very good shape for Olde Sycamore, it is just middle of the pack for your public golfing dollar. In fact, it's pricey for what you get in comparison to the market. It was $55 for a weekday morning and I've heard from folks that it can push $80-$90 on weekends. That's outrageous, if true. Back to the conditions, the greens were fine. There were several greens with bare dirt spots but most were near the edges and holes were cut to keep them out of play (No. 11 was the worst example). No ball mark issues for now and the greens were lush. The speed was decent. Not really fast or slow. Fairways and tees and bunkers were fine. There was some work being done to clear trees and other brush (Hole No. 5) in some places, but we didn't encounter any issues. Layout-wise, this track is unique. Tons of doglegs and layup tee shots. If you are a long hitter, you don't have to hit driver literally all day, but definitely shouldn't on Nos. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, and 15. That's 2/3 of the par 4's and 5's! I remember I used to like that when I didn't hit driver very well. Now though, the course doesn't play to my strengths as much. The course has a mix of everything with the doglegs, elevation changes, ponds and fountains, creeks and rocks. It plays *very* different from the Gold to the Blue to the White tees. As for the tough holes... No. 3 is a tricky target tee shot with OB right and trees left and then a valley in the fairway where you want to land a good drive. That leaves you with an uphill approach to well bunkered green. No. 15 is similar on the back nine. Downhill par 4 with the fairway running into a hazard, then a long-ish uphill approach to a big green with bunkers all around. The par 5's are all gettable though and the par 3's are fairly benign. Generally speaking, if you are swinging well you will get rewarded here. Overall, this is a fun course to play and it brings back memories for me. So I will return once or twice a year. Now's a good time to play it but don't pay $70+!

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    4/11/23 - Review by dalewt43

    "Worth playing"
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    First time playing Red Bridge Golf Club in over 10 years. I was surprised by the build up in the area and the sign on the back door requesting golfers not cut the corner on #3 due to houses. Course conditions were good. #3 fairway had a burst water pipe which made the fairway about unplayable but that we the only water situation on the course that I saw, which was pretty good considering the downpours we had over the weekend. Tee boxes were thin on grass at times. Greens were good. Approach shots held the greens well and putts tracked pretty good. Sand traps were average. It seemed like pace of play was slow but we finished in 4:39 which is only 9 minutes over the posted pace of play. Course was very busy today. I will go back and play the course again. Very good value for the price.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    4/10/23 - Review by dalewt43

    "Great course"
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    Very wet morning. I do play Skybrook more than once a month. Considering how much rain we had over the weekend the course played good. Several of the traps were unplayable but that is understandable with the rain. Greens were very good with the ball tracking smooth and the speed was just a little slower than normal. The greenskeeper has done a wonderful job with these greens over the past three years or so. The only drawback to the course is it appears they purchased new flagsticks. The new ones do not have reflectors on them so if the flag is not waving in the wind it can take the rangefinder several times to get the distance. Overall the course is coming in very nicely from the winter and the greens are of course very good.

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  • River Bend YMCA Golf Course

    4/7/23 - Review by Richie

    "Great course"
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    RIverBend YMCA is one of the best, I have lived behind the #2 tee box for about five years now, but have played this course for the last 25 years. I think it's in the best shape now that it has ever been in. Phil (Wallace) and his staff have the course in top shape. If your in the area its worth a day to come out and give this course a play. You will come back. RT

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    4/6/23 - Review by sd84

    "Great course"
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    The improvements on the course continue. A lot to tell here. First, the course is closing around June 12th to re-do all of the greens in Mach 1 Bermuda (I think that's the right kind, it was used at Streamsong) with the plan to re-open around Labor Day. Some updates to the clubhouse and driving range are also part of the plan. In addition, they have been building new tees on several holes (back tee on par-5 18th, new tee to stretch par-3 11th to nearly 220! if you are brave, new tees on 3 open for play). A lot of sod has been put down in places to fill in bad spots and around tees and greens. All of the tree stumps that were still there a couple of years ago from the removal of hundreds of trees on the parallel holes 12-15 on the back nine have been removed. And finally, they have begun work on moving the 1st green back behind the pond where it was originally and moving the 8th green back and to the right to a higher spot to avoid the flooding problem the creek on that hole has presented over the years. This course is a great value and definitely worth the drive to get there.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    4/5/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    This continues to move up my list. Everything is coming together. Course knowledge helps on a few of the tee shots. Especially 10, feet here you need to play the tee shot further right than you think it the slanted fairway will push the your drive into the trees. The greens were tiling great, but a little slow. You need to land in the correct areas or you’re three putting.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    4/4/23 - Review by Greygoose

    "Great course"
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    Fabulous course -a few wet spots, 6 holes were cart path only Greens were still a bit bumpy from aeration - but this is a hidden gem and the staff were super friendly. Will return again next year

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    4/2/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Worth playing"
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    Greens and bunkers were solid. Fairways were average but that's to be expected with recent rain and time of year. 18 had the tree removed so they had it playing as a par 4. Not sure how long this will be in effect.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    4/2/23 - Review by anewt33

    "Great course"
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    Played Rocky River as part of a Grint Tour event. Greens were in great shape as always, as they are consistently some of the best in Charlotte. There were some areas of the fairways and approaches that were surprisingly in rough shape for Rocky River's standards, with very little grass or some even just bare dirt. Surely will grow in as the season progresses. Round was pretty slow paced at around 5 hours, but that is somewhat expected during tournament play. Overall, still one of the top tracks in Charlotte.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    3/31/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Average"
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    Course was in OK shape given the amount of rain we have gotten. Several areas with drainage/moisture problems. A few tee boxes were aerated and sanded. Bunkers were solid and greens were in better shape than typical at this course and rolled decent.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    3/31/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"
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    You’ll love the layout. There’s a couple of risk/reward holes. Overall, the course is in decent shape (fairways and greens). Their tee boxes always have issues with lack of grass. At least at the moment they are not using the fake grass mats this year.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    3/30/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"
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    It was cart path only. Kind of surprising, but there were several areas that still had standing water. The greens were smooth with a few spots of grass growing in them. The traps are need of some upgrade. They were very hard and appear to not have been raked in awhile. This used to be the premier course in Union County. It’s slowly declining. Still a good course at this time.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    3/29/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"
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    Normally I rave about this course. Give it about 7-10 days before the greens mature back from the aeration. There are still significant holes in the greens making it impossible to make putts at this time. Once the greens grow back the course will be fantastic.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    3/28/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Best of the best"
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    I highly recommend this course. The fairways are beginning to grow in from the winter. The greens were in great shape. Always enjoy this difficult layout. The course has sone nice scenery as well.

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  • Springfield Golf Club

    3/21/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    Got out to Springfield as I make my rounds for the updated Top 10 list (coming in May). This course has never left a great impression on me but I tried again to see if I could come to appreciate it. I made some strides in that direction, but a few things keep this course just outside my Top 10. The greens are in great shape and I don't remember them not being good. So in that regard, the course is a good value every time out. Almost every one of these Bermuda greens is elevated and sloped or crowned. So they can be very tricky to hold and to putt when they are slick. Today they were quick but not silly fast. The dormant Bermuda fairways make this course play hard and fast. With all of the slopes and elevation changes, your ball can bounce or roll out of play quickly. That can be very frustrating and make the course play very difficult at times. Several holes play severely uphill, making them play much longer than the yardage (and several par 4's are already over 400 yards from the Blue tees). So, from a layout perspective, this course is very challenging. From a conditions perspective, outside of the near-perfect greens, the tees, fairways and rough were just okay. Thin, sometimes bare dirt lies. A few fairways had patches of weed grass throughout. The course is using the Cart Path Only rule until May. On a dry afternoon, that was no fun. That also meant the fairways were dotted with unfixed divots. The rate was only $40 for a weekday afternoon (2:30pm) and that felt like a good value. Checking a few other courses online showed $50-$62 rates for the same time. My primary reason for not ranking Springfield higher is that there are very few memorable holes. The long dogleg left par 4 No. 9 is probably the signature hole (it would be a great finishing hole). I rate Springfield as one of the better but not best public courses in the area. The price puts it in the value half of the courses in the area. With very good greens, Springfield is definitely worth playing.

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  • Mooresville Golf Club

    3/13/23 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Mooresville continues to be one of the best values in the area. $34 for a weekday afternoon is very good, especially given the conditions/amenities. So my 4.5 star rating is based on the price and the greens more than anything. Speaking of, the Bermuda greens were near perfect. Slick and smooth. The fairways were extremely wet and muddy and it was cart path only. So to be honest, it's not the best draining course around town (especially hole 1). Pace of play was solid despite the cart rule, though we had a twosome and single in the two groups directly behind our foursome. Seems like the twosome and single should have paired up so they wouldn't be waiting on us, but to each his own. By the back 9 we were waiting on almost every hole. High school matches were teeing off No. 1 when we made the turn and I believe the course let a group out in front of us on No. 10. So that slowed us down a tad, but it wasn't brutally slow. I did not notice any significant changes to the course since last season. We played the tips and given the wet conditions, several holes played very long. I seemed to shoot about the same score I would normally expect. So I was kinda surprised that it didn't seem brutally difficult from back there (6800+ yards). I do like the diversity of the layout. Some folks don't like the back 9, but not me. I appreciate the full 18. There's a great mix of easy/difficult holes and risk/reward. Some holes seem quirky (Nos. 4, 13, and 16). Others are just difficult (Nos. 5, 11, 17, 18). But overall, I really like this course. It will once again rank highly in my Top 10 list.

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  • Sapona Country Club

    3/8/23 - Review by BetterThanMost

    "Great course"
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    Played Sapona for the first time in early March. Course knowledge is everything on this course, as there are lots of tee shots that end up in blind landing areas or where fairways run out and you need to hit less than driver. Driver is not needed on several of the front nine holes, as hazards or doglegs make it a risky play. The course was in good shape for early Spring, and according to their member newsletter, work is constantly ongoing to make even more improvements. The day I played there were 3 holes that were CPO, even though it wasn't wet, but this illustrates their desire to make improvements that are lasting. There is water on several holes sometimes in the form of creeks, occasionally in the form of ponds. The tees and greens were in good shape with the dormat grass. Greens were in great shape. The practice area is good, and the staff is friendly.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    3/1/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    A tucked away gem just across the state line. The course is in fantastic shape. The fairways are starting to get grassy and the greens were rolling nicely. I highly recommend playing this course.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    2/27/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    You’re not going to find better greens in February. Fairways showed signs of green grass. They’ve done a fantastic job of clearing sone trees. Definitely worth the time to play this course. It’s tough but fair.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    2/21/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"
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    Always has been a nice layout. For the most part physically the course was in good shake for February. The greens were deceivingly fast. The only issue I have with Red Bridge is their lack of on course management. Three singles went off in front of us. They were slow and eventually made a threesome. They were still and we waited on every hole and it was obvious that there were holes open ahead of them. I never see rangers on this course and it always takes more than 4 hours to play here. I go back because I do like the course.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    2/20/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"
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    I’m starting to get a little disappointed in Monroe. Being the course I grew up with and knowing its potential, they’ve let the conditions drop the last couple of years. The fairways are struggling to keep any grass and there’s several worn areas where the water has come through. The greens were slower than normal, but rolled nicely. It is still a course I recommend playing. Hopefully, they will put more money and effort to regaining their he condition from a couple years ago.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    2/20/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Below average"
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    Trending in the wrong direction. Greens were fine, bunkers were decent, and the TopTracer range is nice. Rest of the course is in bad shape. Not worth close to the $70 rack rate. The range was also full which allowed no warm up prior to round. Pace of play was surprisingly slow for carts on fairways.

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    2/20/23 - Review by Queen City Golfer

    "Worth playing"
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    It’s definitely not the nicest looking track in the area but for the price it is a great deal. I LOVED the layout especially from holes 8-17. Was still “winter” golf and a bit wet which was to be expected. But the greens were in good shape and the employees were welcoming. My only complaint on the course is hole #18. It’s a blind tee shot on a par 5 which I’m fine with but once we got to our ball we noticed golf balls EVERYWHERE. The range is situated that players are hitting directly into 18 fairway. Either they need to fix this or just not allow golfers to hit more than a certain distance on the range. Overall great experience and definitely will be playing there again!

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  • Deer Brook Golf Club

    2/10/23 - Review by Richie

    "Great course"
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    Great Greens! Deer Brook is another great course to play, for the money you can't beat this course. If you play a bit of a fade no worries here. The greens that day had a great speed after the morning dew lifted the were perfect. I love this course.

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  • Warrior Golf Club

    2/9/23 - Review by BetterThanMost

    "Great course"
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    Played Warrior this afternoon in warm but blustery conditions. The course is in good shape currently, with a few projects underway to improve the course even more. They are making improvements to the driving range area. They are also in the process of removing trees in areas that may not necessarily be in play, but are areas where a lot of tee shots end up. This will allow for faster pace of play and the chance of playing a recovery shot as opposed to a lost ball. The one big project underway is the renovation and repositioning of the bunkers on the par 3 6th hole. The two large bunkers that were on the front left of the green have been removed. In their place will be two smaller bunkers that are directly in front of the green, as well as a small pot bunker to the left of the green. As for the rest of the course, the greens are in great shape, and roll faster than anything else in the area. Teeboxes are a little beat up, but they are moving tee markers around to utilize better areas of turf. Fairways are in good shape, and you get good roll on the dormant grass.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    2/9/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    Overall course was in good shape. Many places still wet with all the rain. Greens were rolling nicely, but have plenty of unfixed divots. They are in the process of cleaning several trees out. Still one of my favorite courses to play.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    2/8/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Best of the best"
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    One of the best hidden gems in Union County. In my opinion it’s in the best condition of any course at the moment in the area. The greens were speedy today and we’re rolling fantastic. The traps had been raked and had decent sand. It’s definitely one of my favorites of all time. It’s worth the drive for anyone that’s never been there.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    2/6/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    Still a very nice course. It was cart path only. Not as pristine as it used to be, but a very good municipal course. The greens were slower than usual, but rolled true. I recommend this course to anyone.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    1/18/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"
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    The greens were phenomenal and fast at Eagle Chase. The pace was fantastic as we finished in just under 4 hours. This is a hidden gem in eastern Union County. I highly recommend playing this course.

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  • Lancaster Golf Club

    1/16/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"
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    I was disappointed. We were instructed cart path only. I asked the started why since there was minimal water around the course. He said their carts wouldn’t hold up charges for a full 18 holes. They were trying to save the batteries. Buy new carts!!! The course itself was in ok shape. The greens were on the slower side, but rolled nicely. A little overpriced in comparison to other area courses.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    1/15/23 - Review by tpac

    "Worth playing"
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    The course was in really good condition. Greens were excellent, albeit hard due to the winter temperature. A few of the sand traps needed some attention as were still suffering from the previous day's rain. All in all the course was really good for a January round. Pace of play wasn't bad at all even though we were stacked up a bit due to the frost delay. And no one chooses which course to play based on the cart paths, but holy cow are those paths in bad shape - make sure your bags are strapped in tight! Would I go back, for sure. The layout is fun, with some very challenging holes, but not so hard that even a mid/high handicap can't enjoy a round. The price of a round has really increased, presumably since the addition of the covered TopTracer technology bays recently added. Those were definitely cool, but you'd think for the price they're charging for range balls (you can use the tracer technology for no additional charge when you get a bucket of practice balls, though only half of the bays have the tech installed currently) would more than cover their recent tech spend..

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    1/7/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Worth playing"
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    Fun layout and the zoysia greens are solid. Little firm as they are new and it's been cold. Practice facilities are solid as well. Fairways and bunkers are what you would expect for this time of year and all the rain. Areas around the tees, fairways, and greens have some pretty significiant issues but if they can improve upon these in the spring this might get back into a regular course for our group. It was cart path only so giving the pace of play a bit of a break but even so it was brutal. We teed off just after Noon and barely finished before sunset. Lots of log jam on last 4-5 holes. (To be fair group in front of us was playing it back and we didn't see a drive go over 220)

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    1/7/23 - Review by Steveboos

    "Below average"
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    The Divide has a lot of work to do to get back to it's roots. The majority of the tee boxes are ruined and all sand/dirt. Most of the cart paths need full replacement and they are charging way too much for what this course is. For $70, i expected them to spend more time and effort on making all aspects of the course nice. All they did was replace the greens(which they should have done a long time ago) and add a Top Tracer range and that still doesn't justify the cost of the round. I know Charlotte golf has almost doubled in price during Covid, but it should reflect the quality of the course, and not just because people are willing to pay. I love the layout of the course, but i wont return due to the lack of maintenance and the cost.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    12/4/22 - Review by Hunter

    "Below average"
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    I heard they are closing for 8 months for a sewer project, hopefully they use that time to fix the issues. The greens are newer Bermuda and were fine (but fast and hard, I like those, some may not). None of the bunkers were playable. Full of mud/water etc. To be fair they might be purposely neglecting them since they will be unused for 8 months, but the price should reflect that. I love this course design and remember when it used to be top notch. Hope it comes back.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    11/3/22 - Review by Golfmusician

    "Great course"
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    Played Eagle Chase for the first time yesterday. I had heard about the elevation changes, but I wasn't expecting as much as I saw. If you're a straight hitter, you'll have no problems here. If not, plan on losing balls. The Bermuda rough can be brutal, and if you get in the thick stuff, good like even finding your ball. The layout is spectacular. Can be difficult but fair. The greens were a little slow for me, but they were smooth and true. The undulations in the greens were problematic for me, but it will take quite a few rounds to figure them out. The staff was very friendly a professional. I had read some complaints about the marshals, but didn't even see one all day. On the drive out to the course, it's quite a nice drive through the NC country side. My wife jokingly said "wow, this is in the middle of nowhere". I said, "I know, and I think the zip code is EIEIO". Looking forward to coming back soon!

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  • Sapona Country Club

    10/30/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Played in TheGrint Tour's season opening event yesterday at Sapona and the greens were immaculate! I mean, they played like artificial turf. Every green, Nos. 1-18, would not make a mark even with a wedge shot. Yet, the greens would hold shots. They were firm and fast but did not produce hard bounces. These Zoysia greens are the toughest, fastest I've played all year. They were legit 13+ on the stimpmeter. And with the slopes and undulations, several pins were 10/10 difficulty. I saw a 4-putt and a 5-putt in my group. I had several 3-putts. They roll true, but if you struggle with putting, I wouldn't recommend playing Sapona. Outside of the greens, fairways and bunkers were in good shape (though I was in several with bad rake jobs). The sand is that heavy stuff that takes one swipe with a rake to smooth out, too. The tee boxes were just okay and hard to get a long tee into. The course is very challenging with tree-lined, hilly terrain throughout. This time of year you will have some trouble finding balls in the leaves off the fairway. Knowing the course or having a good GPS app like TheGrint will help tremendously. You need to know where fairways run out or what yardage you need to carry certain hazards. To give you some context on the difficulty of the course, my flight of players with handicaps ranging from 4.0-7.9 played from a mix of the Blue and Green tees (~6400yds). The winning score in my flight was 81 (+10) and I tied for 3rd with an 86 (+15). Sapona is a semi-private course. So it's open for public play at very reasonable rates. Only about 45-60 minutes up I-85 from Charlotte, too. It's worth the drive and money if you are up for a challenge!

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    10/5/22 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    First time playing here since 2020. Course was in great shape, greens were fast and smooth, fairways were lush and the bunkers were in great shape as well. I love the layout, no houses in sight, at times on certain holes you feel like you're out in the country. Pace of play could have been better, it was ~ 4 hrs and 40 mins and we caught the twosome ahead of us on every tee box and the twosome behind us watched us tee off on every hole. ONly saw the marshal once on the front 9. We will definitely be back, one of if not the best course in the Charlotte area.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    9/16/22 - Review by KirklandSpecial

    "Average"
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    Tee boxes - above average Fairways - excellent Greens - below average Played the course more times than I can count in the last 5 years. The greens were the best the crew can make them, but more than half of them have dead spots. They put the flags in the best spots, but there was no avoiding the dead spots. Tough for bent grass greens to survive the summers down here. I hope they change to hybrid Bermuda like much of the area has I’ve the years.

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  • Tillery Tradition Country Club

    9/14/22 - Review by tvrepairex

    "Best of the best"
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    First time playing in a year and what a treat.Te course was in the best shape that I have ever seen it.Tee boxes good,real sand in traps,and the greens were perfect with no issues at all.The fairways were plush and the rough was actually-well rough,not too high but thick and consistent. My only downside was that there was a significant rate increase in July which makes the senior rate of $44 M-Thur.and $80 for everyone on weekends,not such a good deal for us fixed income,senior citizens that must drive nearly an hour to play.However,with the conditions and layout,it is probably worth the price.

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  • The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent

    8/29/22 - Review by JIGGITY JOE

    "Worth playing"
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    Really enjoyed the layout. Plenty of challenge for all levels of play. Tee boxes are the best I have seen in the area. Fairways were good. Rough was actually rough, lol. If you were not in the fairway it was a penalty and I really like that. The course actually makes you think about what shot to hit, driver was not always the correct choice. Bunkers in excellent shape and placed so they are in play no matter what tee you use. Greens were soft, some crab grass and bare spots, which is really the only detraction I can give this course. Range was nice and putting/chipping area was nice. Well worth the money.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    8/28/22 - Review by aclark

    "Below average"
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    Tee boxes and fairways are in good/great shape. But the greens are the worst in the area I have seen all year. A combination of weed and crabgrass infested PLUS dead and dirt patches. And at $70 (plus a fuel surcharge?!? that makes it $75), it will be off my list for a while. We showed up a bit early to our 10am Sunday tee time to hit a few range balls. If you know the course, you know that one tee is just next to the range. We should have known when no groups went off the tee between our 9:15a arrival and our tee... on a Sunday.

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  • Fort Mill Golf Club

    8/27/22 - Review by Steve K

    "Great course"
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    Conditions were terrific. I would have liked slightly plusher tee boxes to allow for turf-tees, which were not an option. Fairways were in excellent condition. Very forgiving. Not tight. Greens were faster than most other public's I've played recently, but not too quick (maybe 25% faster). There are some really hard par 4's on this course (long) - especially the front where water is in play. The par 3's were fairly long too. If it weren't for the heat and walking, I'd have loved it. But by the back 9, I was roasting and soaked.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    8/21/22 - Review by Steve K

    "Worth playing"
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    recently aerated, slow, fuzzy, lumpy and inconsistent. but that wasn't the big issue. a number of greens had significant die-off. worst i have seen. tee boxes were in better shape than Emerald, for example. Fairways were AOK. I plan to give it a couple of months for the greens to recover from the Summer onslaught before returning again.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    8/13/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Worth playing"
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    Fairways were in great shape. Bunkers normal. Greens were extremely soft and there were a tone of ball marks that were not repaired. Fun course but a haul from Charlotte. Rangers did not do a great job keeping the pace of play on track. We skipped a hole on the back 9 to get ahead of the slow foursome in front of us (7:40AM). Probably saved us 40-50 minutes

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    7/29/22 - Review by RT

    "Great course"
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    Course is in excellent shape. Aeration scars still slightly visible, but greens rolled smooth, were consistent, and pretty fast. Played ball down all day and never had a bad lie in fairway. Traps well maintained. Tee boxes in good shape with normal wear. Course was set up very difficult from green markers, which were pushed back next to black on several holes, and most pins were 5 paces from an edge. Pace of play generally good at 4+15 on a hot day.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    7/24/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Worth playing"
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    Fairways were in good shape. Greens were also in pretty good good shape, although they were extremely slow. Course may be cutting down on mowing/rolling the greens because of the heat. About a third of the tee boxes were really chewed up. There were a handful of bunkers that were unplayable, either from erosion from rain or standing water. If I had paid more for my round I would have been disappointed. The new driving range when it is up an running looks awesome. (They are installing trackman)

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    7/17/22 - Review by Slick

    "Average"
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    Grasses on the course are currently great (although slightly thin & compacted in several fairways on the back 9 due to 80% of the carts following the same track). NOBODY here follows the 90deg rule and prob 35% still park on Tee Boxes. As noted in a prior review, course conditions are not the current issue at ROaks. It’s the totally unstructured operation of the place. Every visit we have to sort thru the carts to find any that actually have Sand in the Divot Bottles, and or, no sticky residue from prior use. The clientele currently using River Oaks is all over the board. Due to its troubling history but current great course conditions you’ll find a wide Range of Folks playing here. One group will be wearing sleeveless Wife Beater Tee Shirts, cut-off Jeans with 20 yr old tennis shoes while the next group very well dressed. You’ll find a new $70,000 Truck parked next to a 40 year old delapidated one with 2 Giant ‘Don’t Tread on Me” Flags sticking of of the Bed. Guess that’s where some of the Dogs I’ve seen on the course in Carts rode on their way to the course! River Oaks has reached a transition period to where it needs to decide which direction it wishes to pursue. With very little effort RO could be come a Nice Golf Club. Adding Water & A Bathroom on the course, repairing several dangerous delapidated cart Bridges, keeping the Clubhouse Restroom presentable, replacing the 3 unusable/broken ceiling fans on the back patio, maintaining the Cart Fleet and enforcing several common Industry Course Rules would go a long way in upgrading the place!

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  • Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course

    7/14/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    Sifford is in good shape, no issues to report. Greens were consistent and cut to medium speed. Fairways were solid. As always here, if you get off the fairway, wide left or right, your lies can be dicey, with bare dirt or rocks and tree roots. I play a regular 9 hole game on late afternoon weekdays with a few friends and Sifford is a great place for that.

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  • The Divide Golf Club

    7/4/22 - Review by TheClaw

    "Great course"
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    Last time I played this course a few years ago it had gotten so bad I swore to never return. A buddy booked a time here and I was not looking forward to playing the Divide based on my past experiences. Boy was I wrong. The greens were absolutely FANTASTIC. They were not super fast but they rolled straight and true all day. Only 16th green had some patches but not really an issue. The course was in better condition than many other courses around that are charging way more. I was really surprised and glad to see this course is back on track. Always loved the layout. I thoroughly enjoyed my round and I am officially adding the Divide back into my rotation

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    7/2/22 - Review by Steve K

    "Worth playing"
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    It was a wet morning. Greens were super slow and lumpy (not true). Needed a mow badly. But conditions were good. Quite a lit of ground under repair and some standing water on some par 3s. But for the money, a surprisingly good round. Course itself is very forgiving of tee shot errors except on a couple of holes (#6 for example). I would play it again.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    7/1/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    Hot dry weather have made the fairways rock hard but overall the course was in very good shape. Greens fast as ever but in near perfect conditions. Real sand in the bunkers. Tee boxes had the normal wear and tear. Nice layout overall for the course. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Aeration will start the week after. Definitely will play here again.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    6/26/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Eagle Chase has gotten even better over the past year. They've completed the bunker renovations and they are excellent now. And glory be! They repaved cart paths throughout the course! I've been complaining about broken cart paths and recommending that you don't even use them for years. They finally fixed them! There are 3 covered pavilions next to the clubhouse now, including one with tables and stools for gatherings and events. It's a great place to settle bets after the round over beers. I was disappointed they didn't have any hot dogs on this Sunday. So just pre-packaged sandwiches as far as food. The fairways and greens were in fine shape. The greens were consistently good throughout. Typical speed not lightning fast. The rate was $54 for a weekend morning. That's at least $20-$30 less than other top tier public courses around Charlotte. This course and Deer Brook are the best courses for your money locally. Living uptown, Eagle Chase is now a good 50-60 minutes for me but I will continue to go back every chance I get.

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  • Glen Oaks Golf Club

    6/21/22 - Review by CarolinaGolfer

    "Great course"
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    Have been playing here on & off for nearly 40 yrs. I’ve found it very hard to top… especially if you like golfing where it’s calm, clean, & neat with decent patrons around you. Much like the town of Maiden itself, Glen Oaks is a nice, relaxed family oriented facility where prices are reasonable. It’s actually a better bargain than all of its neighboring courses.. especially ones in the Statesville direction. The facilities here are top notch.., the clubhouse is relatively brand new as are the Golf Carts which are always spotless! Like many older courses that started small and evolved Glen Oaks has a few odd holes for sure… however I consider that to be ‘character’.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    6/20/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Worth playing"
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    Course overall was in very good shape. Greens were pretty quick. Fairways are staring to show a little wear and tear and getting harder from the heat. Pace was painfully slow. We were the 3rd group out and we waited on every hole to hit. Rangers need to do a better job keeping up the pace of play. Especially early in the morning.

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  • Waterford Golf Club

    6/20/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    This was my first round back at Waterford in many years. I had heard good things about conditions recently and they were in fact pretty good, especially the greens. The Bermuda greens were all in good shape, pretty consistent and fairly quick. The size, slopes and undulations in the greens make them challenging to putt but in my experience they roll true. Tee box conditions were just okay, fairways were fine but some had rough spots, bunkers were good, but oh boy, the rough! Perhaps it was because of the U.S. Open last week, but the Bermuda rough had not been mowed throughout the course, even around the greens, which made those shots very penalizing. In some cases, you had to walk right near your ball to find it because they tended to settle down in the grass to where you could barely see the top of the ball. The one thing I remembered about this layout that is still true – it's very easy to lose golf balls here. Every hole feels tight and sloped, with trees, brush, creeks, rocks and other unplayable areas awaiting errant shots – many of which are blind. Several guys in my group hit seemingly good shots that bounded into trouble anyway. The "rub of the green" was evident throughout our round and it felt very British Open-esque. There are some fun holes in this layout with risk-reward choices to make. So if you know the risk (because you've played here before or have a GPS phone app like TheGrint), then it's cool to try for the reward on some of those shots. The par 5's on the back 9 along with some of the short par 4's were my favorite holes. Pace of play was not good. Our group had a 1:10 tee time and times were running about 10-15 minutes behind when we started. We finished just after 6:00, a shade under 5 hours. While the price was great ($56) considering the condition of the greens and course overall, I won't be in a hurry to come back and play Waterford again. With so much trouble on every hole, it can be a frustrating round of golf.

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

    6/18/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Had to get back out to Stonebridge since I had been hearing good things. First off a conditions update. Greens were in good shape though I noticed the slowness of the Bentgrass more this round since my last round was on Cramer Mountain's lightning quick Bermuda. Tough comparison and while the difference is exaggerated since Cramer is private, it illustrates what a public Bentgrass course is up against. It is difficult to keep these greens firm and fast during the heat of the summer, which for Charlotte lasts pretty much late May to early September. It was difficult to get the ball to the hole, especially from just off the green even thru just a few feet of fringe. A few of my putts were bumped off line by old ball marks. So, all in all, I have to give the greens a B-minus. A couple even had some sizable bare spots that almost looked like vandalism or maintenance mistakes (No. 8 in particular). The tee boxes, fairways and bunkers were all in good shape and I didn't notice any other issues that affected play. As reported in April, they've flipped the nines to improve pace of play. A source told me rounds are 12-15 minutes faster with the nines flipped. While I appreciate that improvement, I sure miss the Nos. 5 through 9 being the closing stretch. It's the best part of the course, bordering the large pond and featuring risk-reward choices on every hole. Since my last visit, the course has undergone another significant change, with developers finally clearing land to build more houses around several holes. The clearing has changed sight lines and aesthetics (arguably not for the better). This has changed the surroundings on No. 2 (left fairway and green side), No. 3 (left fairway), No. 10 (right fairway), No. 13 (right fairway), No. 16 (left fairway, now out of bounds), and No. 17 (left fairway). So far, it's just clearing and marking of lots. Once construction starts, expect significant intrusions and distractions to what was once a fairly peaceful round of golf. Stonebridge has one of the best practice areas and staff of teachers in the Charlotte area, led by GM and PGA Master Professional Nick Jacobi. The range servant accepts credit cards and Apple Pay. So it's easy to get a bucket of balls for the range or the short game area. You can now check in online when you get to the course. So you don't have to wait in the pro shop. That was nice. Finally, I have to mention the price. The online reservation said $75. That did not include taxes or the $2 reservation fee per golfer that the reserver has to pay when booking. You get the fee back as a credit assuming your group checks in, but we're talking $82 for a Saturday late morning tee time. On a value scale here in Charlotte, Stonebridge falls somewhere in the middle. It's not the worst (I'm looking at you, Olde Sycamore, and your $97 weekend rate), but it's nowhere near the value of Rock Barn, Mooresville, or Deer Brook. I'd keep my eye on these reviews to see how the greens hold up this summer and I would suggest finding an afternoon time or weekday to play this course at a better rate.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    6/11/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Worth playing"
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    Several of the tee boxes are under construction. Fairways are in good shape but they are starting to get hard with the dry hot weather. Greens are in very good shape. Bunkers have real sand. Staff is friendly. Course has a nice layout. 3 or 4 holes have a severe right doglegs. One is a 90 degree on #17. I always enjoy playing here.

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  • Waterford Golf Club

    6/11/22 - Review by wesleyheightshacker

    "Worth playing"
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    This golf course use to be a goat track until the past year or so. The course is well maintained and kind of a hidden gem down in Rock Hill. The greens were immaculate with perfect collars and some thick rough around the greens. There were a few fairways that had some dead spots however they were top dressed and the course was working on them. Will continue to go back as long as the conditions continue to be great!

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    6/8/22 - Review by Slick

    "Average"
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    This COURSE has a long (often rocky) history, now called River Oaks it has continued to improve each year under current ownership. Condition wise it can now compete with many of the other Public courses in the area. The primary issue at RO is now not the course conditions as much as it is everything else. For many years this course was a goat track due to bankruptcy and ownership changes. During these down times the only patrons using it were lower income golfers or new golfers just looking to get on a course. Current ownership (approx 10 yrs) has brought the course and the clubhouse back, however the general environment of the place and its clientele has not been elevated to a level resembling a higher-end or nicer golf club. It operates on a skeleton staff… Thus many things suffer.. including dirty carts, dirty or unorganized facilities (ie. bathroom) and little to no monitoring of the course nor cart management on the course. The Maintenance Superintendent is one of the hardest working guys you’ll find, ownership leaves the majority of decisions up to him, however he too is short handed. Many areas of the course struggle due to cart traffic with little to no cart controls. Too many patrons drive on to Tee Boxes and park greenside, ignoring cart paths. These actions are the primary issues for compacted grass & soil in areas that harm your game the most. As for the course layout… it’s an enjoyable course that has been altered several times. IMHO hole#10 needs a bulldozer taken to it (and the extremely rocky hillside cart path leaving the primary Tees is ridiculous). The landing area for drives on this hole is severely steep, given that the cart path dumps all cart into the center of this fairway conditions can be rock hard. Several of my near perfect drives have landed near the 100 yard marker but ended up rolling backwards down the hill some 50 to 75 yards into several rough areas or holes. These compacted areas can be found on numerous holes and approaches. River Oaks can be an enjoyable golf outing, and as mentioned earlier the grasses on the course have reached a level rivaling any Public course. This place could very easily become a Top Course, however it never will until Staff & Ownership understand what’s required to be a Top Course with Quality Facilities, Clean Carts, Respectful/Knowledgeable Patrons, and more restrictive course rules found on Higher-end Courses. River Oaks… Give it a try.. I’ll bet up find it interesting if nothing else.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    5/28/22 - Review by wesleyheightshacker

    "Worth playing"
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    Golf course was in decent shape. Greens were nice but slow and inconsistent in terms of speed from green to green. Collars on some of the greens were chewed up and there were some places that were ground under repair. My groups biggest complaint was pace of play. Our tee time was 10:30 and we were told on the putting green that they were “at least” 30 mins behind. We teed off around 11 and we’re told to expect a 5.5 hour round of golf even though there were rangers on the course. I understand a 4.5 hour round but 5.5-6 hours to play is unacceptable. If you go, try being one of the first groups off to avoid the all day round of golf.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    5/25/22 - Review by aimtobreak80

    "Great course"
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    Background: First time in 5 years posting a review; 6 month's since playing following a year of health issues; and 3 years since last (recorded) play at Skybrook. Observations: Addition of two, new restrooms on the course is a BIG improvement; trap's and bunker's conditions (previously a failing grade for the course) are very much improved with no obvious problems; and changing the Green Tee locations on some of the holes (lengthening in all cases) increased the challenge, but not unfairly, for this senior golfer. All-in-all, I agree with, and support, B-Man's recent elevation of Skybrook in Charlotte's top 10 rankings.

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  • Rock Barn Golf & Spa

    5/22/22 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    I arrived at 940am for a 1040am tee time. There are no markings on the three buildings that share the same address on the GPS. The Club House is the building with the 3 flags flying in front. You drive around behind this building for the bag drop. There will be an attendant who will provide your cart and load your bag and direct you to the back door of the Pro Shop. I made my way down to the driving range and began to hit some balls which are included in the $75 green fee which also includes the cart. I made my way to the #1 hole which was not marked. The carts have GPS so it did say 'Jackson' and hole #1 even though there is no yardage marker on the 1st hole I was told there would be a starter named Grant to check me in and confirming my pairing, there was no starter. I waited a few minutes and saw another cart coming down the path. I introduced myself and it was Ted & Carmen. A local couple who had played the course several times. They explained the GPS operation on the cart and impressed upon me the importance of staying within distance parameters of the greens. If you go too far, you'll hear a loud beep and text on the GPS screen instructing you to 'put your cart in reverse back to the cart path' Happy to be paired with some locals who explained this as the cart attendant never said a word nor did anyone at the Pro Shop on check in. For the most part the course is top tier for a public course, The tee boxes are well marked and in very good condition. The fairways were not so great. Very sparse with grass in areas, it's been a while since they had some rain and it showed. The greens were in really good condition, they are mostly large and very undulating creating challenges. Most every green is gudarded by at least one bunker There are ponds on many holes but no creeks My favorite hole was The Signature #6 a Par 3. From an elevated tee box you look down 150 yards to the pin. There is a massive pond on the right and trees guarding on the left. There are 3 large bunkers on the left side which slope down the to the green. I nailed my tee shot, my red Callaway sailed beautifully and landed on the green and bounced a little before stopping about 25 feet from the cup. The round took about 4 hours total. We called ahead to order food on the 9th tee box & food was ready in the bar/restaurant when we arrived. At $75 it's more than I would normally pay for a public and non-resort type course. I will have to think long and hard about another 1.5 hour trip here from Fort Mill, SC but it's #1 on the B-Man's ranking of the top 10 courses so it's now checked off!

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  • Lancaster Golf Club

    5/22/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    It's a hike to get to this course from the Charlotte area, but it's well maintained, affordable and pace of play is excellent. Aside from the fairways being mowed a little too short and the bunkers having more dirt than sand, I would definitely play here more regularly. Fairway width is very forgiving.

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  • Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course

    5/20/22 - Review by Jonny

    "Worth playing"
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    The last time I played this course was in 1999. It was somewhat new at the time and built on re-claimed property from a land fill. I was most impressed by the driving range and practice area for chipping and putting. Nearly every course I have gone to in the CLT area is challenged to keep real grass growing on the driving range tees but not this place. Over all this course is about what you would expect for a Charlotte area public course. The tee boxes are in decent shape, the fairways are spotty with grass that needs water and scattered bare spots. The cart paths are a disaster. Broken concrete and MIA in many cases, at times you're on gravel. Sometimes a challenge getting on the correct cart path from green to tee, the paths are not well marked. What I found exceptional was the condition of the greens. Not a single bare spot on any of the 18 greens. all well cut and rolling true. There are quite a few blind shots, up hills and severe dog legs. There is a fair amount of water and you'll be punished for missing the fairways. If you're distracted by the sound of gunfire, you might want to avoid this course as there is a nearby gun range. I played 18 holes with a cart for $34.00 bucks with the Perks + plan. Even though they have a dining room and kitchen, it remains closed due to COVID.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    5/15/22 - Review by Brandon S.

    "Great course"
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    Only my 2nd round at this course, but both times I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the condition the course is in. Fairways in great shape and the greens rolled true. Tee boxes are the only thing that need some love as they look to have had a lot of play. Fun/attackable layout that is pretty forgiving from the tee box. Staff was friendly and helpful, but would love to see a better clubhouse and food options.

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  • Mooresville Golf Club

    5/15/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Played Sunday in TheGrintTour's Classic at Mooresville. Overall, the course was in great shape. The greens were typically immaculate, rolling quick and true – watch out for some of the pin positions near slopes! Tee boxes and fairways were lush and green, except for signs of heavy play. I did end up in one sand-filled fairway divot and a few of the par 3 tee boxes were divot minefields. Bunkers were in good shape and I didn't notice any maintenance issues throughout the course. My only *complaint* is the inconsistent markings of hazard areas. In a tournament, you have to play things very strictly. If an area of high grass or marsh is not marked Red, you have to play it as a lost ball if you don't find it or unplayable if you do find it but don't have a shot. This made the course play very difficult. I went through scorecards and probably 2/3 of the field had at least an 8 or worse – there was even a 13! I lost a couple of balls in the high grass, which comes into play on many holes: #1, #5, #8, #11, #13, #15, #16, #17, #18. Several of those are not marked as Red hazards. This slowed play tremendously and led to those high scores. The other difficult aspects of this course are the long, forced carries from the tee on several holes: #1, #8, #10, #11, #16. In some cases, those carries are 175-200 yards to safely reach the fairway from the White Men's tees. So, by no means is this a course I would bring a beginner or high handicapper to play. If your game is in good shape and you can putt slick, Bermuda greens well, you will like this course. It's kept in great shape and has top-notch amenities, including an excellent practice area.

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    5/14/22 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"
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    Green were in excellent shape. Fairways were in good shape. Dirt/clay bunkers - not ideal. Driving range area needs a lot of love . For a true muni course, very much worth the price compared to other courses with either the same or even worse conditions. Will start playing there more often.....probably will save me a couple hundred dollars over the summer.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    5/12/22 - Review by Jonny

    "Worth playing"
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    I've been reading about the B-Man's Guide to the 'Top 10 Public Courses' in the Charlotte area and this course came in ranked as #7. If you've got some 'wind shield time' take a minute and download the 'Taking Dead Aim' Podcast and listen to the B-Man and Charlie Nance talk about the 'Top 10'. It's a long haul from Fort Mill, SC. It took me an hour to get there and the return trip was and hour and one half. Can you say commitment? When you get there you'll be rewarded. This is in the 'country' and that's part of the charm. Especially if you go during the week. I felt relaxed and not rushed. It was a slow Thursday, maybe because the weather forecast was not the best. It never did rain so I had no one in front or behind me so I played a very relaxed round in 4 hours. I had a 110p tee time and I got there early and hit a small bucket for $6 bucks. They have a nice driving range and distance poles give you good aims and marks for your range finder. There is also a large practice putt area and a chipping area with a bunker. The Clubhouse Pro and Instructor is a guy named Matt who is straight to the point and very knowledgable. I was concerned about the possibility of rain and he assured me there would be an option for a raincheck no matter how many holes I played. The course is in really good condition for the most part. The Zoysia greens are large and roll very fast. There are a few holes where you simply can't see the flag or the green from the fairway. The tee boxes are well marked and in great condition. There are some Par 3's that offer elevated greens and many of the Par 4's are accessible. There are just a few little nits I have and I'm not going to make a big deal because overall this course is a great value for the money. I'm not one of those golfers that can't hit off a fairway with no grass. There is grass but it's short. The cart paths will be a challenge There are many stretches where there is no paved path, it's all gravel. There were several holes where there was ground under repair close in around the greens. I like the elevation changes. Its on a beautiful piece of land. There is a fair amount of water & on a couple of holes it will challenge your strategy for risk/reward. There are a few fairway bunkers but they are not in play for the most part. Same for the green side bunkers. In fact it looks like they have removed some of them and allowed grass to grow in. This is definitely not a course you want to walk. In many cases there is quite a distance from the green to the next tee and there is a lot of up and down hills. There is a small club house & they do have some food and hot dogs. They have several well stocked coolers with a mix of beer's and sodas. They offer a Veteran discount so I got in 18 holes for just $35.00, just a great value.

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  • Charles T. Myers Golf Club

    5/5/22 - Review by Jonny

    "Worth playing"
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    I would highly recommend making and advance tee time or using their on-line website. They are understaffed and will you will be lucky if anyone picks up the phone at 7am or thereabouts when they clubhouse opens. I had an 8:16a tee time on 5/5/22 - Cinco De Mayo. I got paired with Hunter & Eva a couple who started playing during COVID. They had played the course several times before so they had good local knowledge. There are some blind shots off the tee. The Senior tee's give you no real advantage on some holes and on others significant advantage. They have a driving range but it's obvious they don't rotate the teeing area to keep the grass fresh. A small bucket is $6 bucks. There is a fair sized practice putting area. There were bare spots in the fairway. The tee boxes were all in good shape and marked well. The greens were rolling a bit slow and for the most part were in good condition with just a few with bare spots. The fairways are very open on most holes. There are fairway bunkers on nearly every hole and green side bunkers scattered throughout. If you go out of bounds you will be penalized severely because of heavy overgrowth and steep drop offs. I liked the front 9 much better. There is a fair amount of water and on 2 holes you hit over water on Par 3's which is fun. The clubhouse is busy and there was only one guy there when I played. He was working the register, answering the phones and serving food. They do have a porta-pots on each side. They have a nice covered picnic area with lots of tables if you decide to host a tournament. My biggest problem with this course was hole #9 (Editor's note: this is actually hole #18). The fairway close to the green is adjacent to the driving range. You will see dozens of balls in the fairway on the right side. If you land your drive over on that side 'good luck'. Stay on the left side of the fairway or use something other than a white ball.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    5/2/22 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    I had a 757am tee time on Mon 5/2/22. It rained the night before which was great because we've not had rain in several weeks. I made my tee time the evening before with Roy who is the grounds superintendent. When I arrived he brought my cart around. Greg runs the Pro Shop and checked me in. He said they were having a Tournament for fallen 9/11 NYPD Firefighter, Steven Coakley so they had only let 2 other twosomes on before me and the guy they paired me with named Alex. Fortunately he had played there before and was able to give me some guidance on several holes. There are some blind shots and severe dog legs. You do travel across neighborhood roads and houses line the fairways but don't come into play unless you misshit your ball. Over all I really liked the course for it's wide-open fairways and the layout. There are several severe dog legs on the front and maybe two on the back. There is one hole on the front where the green is shared by two different holes one going and one returning. The best features are the accessible Par 3's. On the front you have 131 yards and 88 yards and on the back 86 and 86. There are prominent signs marking each hole and provide the yardage from all 5 tee locations. There is a fair amount of water from small ponds. On several holes you must negotiate a creek that seems to criss cross many holes on the front & back. They use a lot of bunkers, mostly fairway bunkers and when there are green side bunkers they aren't going to threaten too much. The greens and tee boxes are in excellent condition. The Senior tee's provide significant advantage on all except a couple of holes. The greens are large for the most part and not a lot of undulation. Today they were rolling true and all seemed to be in excellent condition. We were able to complete 18 holes in about 4.25 hours which includes a food stop & bio break at the turn. There was no one in front or back of us so we had a great pace of play throughout the 18 holes. They have a very large driving range and credit card operated ball dispenser. They have a good sized practice putting area by the driving range and a separate chipping area. The carts was clean and in great condition. When you check-in they tell you to note the bathroom door codes on the receipt, There is one on each side at 5 & 13. The parking lot is very large and they have cart attendants to help with your bag and give you the layout of the course. I had a turkey and swiss at the turn which I thought was pricey at $9 bucks. They serve hot dogs but they were not cooked or heated. The sandwich was just so so and they serve it in an open basket with chips. It would have been nice if it had been wrapped since most people are going to be eating in the cart as they continue play. I highly recommend this course for it's overall quality and value. A senior rate at $40 bucks Monday to Thursday is very reasonable for a course of this caliber.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    5/1/22 - Review by RT

    "Great course"
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    Very solid experience at Rocky River. Bermuda is still waking up in the fairways, so they played hard and fast, but I played the ball down and had good lies all day. Aprons are well tended. Tee boxes are somewhat beat up, which is why the course gets a score of 8 instead of 9 or 10. Bunkers were raked and in good condition. Greens were exceptional -- really smooth, beautiful, consistent surfaces -- among the very best greens in the area, including those at high-end private clubs. Pace of play was excellent -- 4 hours on a Sunday morning. Driving range was closed due to race activities.

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    4/25/22 - Review by CarolinaGolfer

    "Average"
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    I tend to rotate my golf on 5 to 8 area courses. Have played here around 3 times per month for the past 10 months. There has been a lot of labor put into the course in recent months and years.. and last late summer the fairways were pretty good. The layout of the course is different for sure with several strange holes. Having played here quite a bit this spring the #1 issue with the course is wear & tear. Never played any course in my 55 yrs that is less monitored! Folks park within 3 yards of numerous greens and park on many tee boxes! The place has less cart control than any course I have ever played! Due to this the ground is compacted and any grass in these areas is struggling! The bent grass greens are pretty good.. but many are very slick. Approach shots that land softly on the greens can end-up 10 yrs off the greens due to the above mentioned issues! The course has lots of potential, if only it had more & thicker grass!

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  • Mooresville Golf Club

    4/17/22 - Review by The Good Son

    "Great course"
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    One of the better public courses I've played recently. Greens were slick and rolled true. A few of the tee boxes were somewhat beat up given all the play (tee sheet always fills up!), but that's easy to forgive. The value you get for the green fees is still one of the best in the CLT area for public courses IMO.

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  • Glen Oaks Golf Club

    4/16/22 - Review by The Good Son

    "Below average"
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    Not worth the ~50min drive if you live in Charlotte. While I thought the layout of the course was interesting, the overall conditions weren't great. Beat up tee boxes, some patch rough and fairways, etc. The par 3 8th hole is currently using a temp green cut into an adjacent hill. They recently punched and sanded their greens fwiw. Likely won't be going back anytime soon.

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    4/15/22 - Review by The Good Son

    "Worth playing"
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    This was my first time going back to Olde Sycamore in few years. A few greens are still recovering from being punched a month or so ago, but overall they rolled fine, just a little on the slow side. Might be better to go out in another week or two. While I enjoy the layout of the course, I always tend to get hung up on price. IMO they tend to be on the pricier side for green fees in CLT and I don't think overall course conditions warrant the price tag.

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  • Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course

    4/13/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    Sifford has gotten more crowded and I think that has put more stress on course conditions. I've seen the course in better shape. Greens quick but bumpy. The Bermuda here seems to be more fickle because of those bumps. Just not as smooth as some of the other nice Bermuda greens in the area. For some reason, a few of the back tee boxes were closed, which made the course play unusually short. In particular, this was the case on holes 2 and 6. There were areas under repair but I didn't notice any major changes since my last round here. They've almost finished the repair of the bridge between #1 and #9. One other thing I didn't care for was how closely mown the "rough" was around the greens. With many of the greens crowned or elevated, approaches and chips that either didn't quite make the putting surface or ran through would not stop rolling until they settled well off the green and down the hills. I noticed this especially on #4 where I was chipping from the right side and my ball rolled through the green down the left side and across the cart path. And then similarly on #8 where my playing partner was pitching from below the left side of the green and his ball hit the green but rolled off the front, missing the bunker and rolling all the way down the hill and across the cart path! It's kinda weird to me how the conditions and vibe here at Sifford can feel beginner/amateur/easy, yet shots around the greens can play so difficult, requiring the precise accuracy and touch of a pro. I like Sifford and it's generally priced for what you get, but conditions are just okay right now.

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  • Rock Barn Golf & Spa

    3/27/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"
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    Go play Rock Barn. You won't regret it. It's a good 50-minute drive up Hwy 16 from Charlotte (you'll pass Verdict Ridge on your way), but you will be well rewarded for making the trip. The club feels like a resort with 36 holes (the Jones course is private, however), a spa, tennis courts, pool, and a couple of restaurants onsite. Range balls are included in your fee – which, at $65 for a weekend round, is still a great value compared to the $75+ rates at a few courses in Charlotte. The club features the largest practice putting green I've ever seen. So if you need to practice those 100-foot putts, Rock Barn will be your jam. The Jackson Course is the public track but it is kept in great condition. The Bentgrass greens were in great shape and rolled quick and true. A few of the greens can be really tough due to the slopes – during our round, the pins on 11, 13 and 18 were treacherous. The course plays short, giving you many chances to hit less than driver off the tee. Risk-reward choices abound, but none more tricky than the par 5 10th hole – where even the layup makes you consider how much of the water-guarded dogleg to bite off. The par 6th hole is one of the signature holes with a long downhill carry over water. During our round, it played as nearly a 190-yard shot with a stiff wind in our face. Bogey won this hole in our group. I love playing here when I get a chance to make the drive. As the days get longer, it'd be a good one to pair with Verdict Ridge or River Oaks for a 36-hole marathon. I highly recommend the hot dog at the Fresh Chef cafe in the clubhouse at the turn and the chicken quesadillas afterward. Last thing – see my note in the Forum about aeration dates. Rock Barn will aerate the Jackson course on April 11th.

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

    3/26/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Still one of my faves. The layout, the scenery and the greens will keep this in my Top 10. In the meantime, they have made some improvements and have some in progress that will make it even better. They are halfway through a bunker renovation with the front 9 completed and the back 9 nearly done. For now, several holes on the back have bunkers marked as Ground Under Repair until they are able to fill them in with sand – this made for a hilarious shot by one of my playing partners where he tried to chip over the left greenside bunker on 13, duffed it, bounced off the concrete bunker bottom and onto the green :-D. The bunkers that are done are niiice. Full, fluffy white sand has replaced the old, washed out red dirt bunkers. This will be an excellent upgrade. They've also reshaped and enlarged a few of them. Case in point, the aforementioned left greenside bunker on the driveable par 4 13th now extends across the front of the green. This will block a ball from rolling up onto the green, but it will also save balls from taking the left to right slope and rolling into the water. So I'd call it a good change. They've laid new sod around some of the greens and new bunkers as well. They have also dug up the pond to the right of the par 3 6th hole to put in better drainage I'm guessing. This won't change the hole but might improve the aesthetics when they are done. The Zoysia greens have matured now and they are able to keep them smooth and fast. Downhill putts – and you will have many on these greens – can be scary fast. They are in great shape. Eagle Chase used to be this hidden gem out in the Union County pastures, but with its beauty and excellent greens, word has gotten out. The course is more crowded now and the rates are going up (now $60 for a prime weekend tee time). Still, it is worth the drive and the money!

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  • Deer Brook Golf Club

    3/19/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    My first time out at Deer Brook and I loved the layout. It's scenic, with several elevated spots where you can see several holes at once (I love courses like that, a la Eagle Chase). It's challenging with elevation changes, fast, tiered greens, and water in play on 3 of the last 5 holes. For my round, the greens were in good shape and rolling great. It was crazy windy (30-40mph gusts at times) so that made the course play harder – though it allowed me to nearly drive the first green with the wind at my back. The aesthetics take a minor hit with lots of holes framed by power lines but at least they don't buzz like the ones at Birkdale. Otherwise, I loved the layout. It felt very wide open and straightforward with only a few exceptions where the landing areas were narrow and bordered by OB or hazards. The par 3's are all tricky with most requiring a long carry. The closing 2 holes offer great risk-reward with the short par 5 17th requiring a 2nd or 3rd shot to carry a large pond and the long par 4 18th requiring a similar carry over water for your approach. Even though I suffered from some difficult putts due to the slopes, I enjoyed the challenging greens and I am sure they are even tougher when the green speeds are ratcheted up. Speaking of the greens, Deer Brook is one of the last public courses in the area with Bentgrass greens. So if you prefer them over Bermuda, Deer Brook is a great course for you. I had lunch and drinks at Mulligan's on the covered patio watching March Madness before my round. It's a great spot with a wide variety of menu items. Overall, I had a great first visit and will be back a few times a year now that I know what I'm missing.

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  • Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

    3/3/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"
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    Still the best public access course around Charlotte. This is a semi-private course with private club conditions and amenities. Greens are in fabulous shape. The fairways and rough are dormant, of course, but will be ready for Spring. They are using tee mates for the par 3's during the winter months, but the turf mats are top quality, even allowing you to put a tee in them. So they actually play as good or better than the natural teeing ground right now. The work done on the bunkers last year has paid off. The sand is fluffy and consistent and does not get washed out during big rains. They have also made improvements (or have them in progress) to several holes with marshes and penalty areas like hole #7 – where they are clearing the wooded part on the low right side and will fill in with dirt to guarantee good lies for balls that roll down the fairway slope into the rough. On other holes, they've significantly cut back the brush in the marshy hazards – on #15 you could even walk in there and search for your ball – and that has made a few shots less intimidating (e.g. the par 3 11th as well). The course's affordable memberships have been popular over the past year or two. Saturday and Sunday tee times are reserved for member play only (since last Nov) and Fridays may soon be as well. The course is definitely worth taking off early to play during the week. So get out there when you can. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    2/26/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Skybrook is one of my favorite layouts in the area and I've played it a ton over the years. The improvements to the whole experience with the clubhouse upgrades in particular as well as the Bermuda greens make it worth the higher price of golf in Charlotte nowadays. On this day, we were cart path only and the fairways were indeed still a bit muddy. The walking to and from the cart made for a longer round but we were still able to finish before sunset after teeing off at 1:30. The greens were all in good shape, not super fast but a good true roll helping my group to hole some decent length putts. I still struggle with the 3rd hole and the 10th hole due to the trouble on both sides of the tee shot. The closing stretch 15-18 is one of my favorites in all of Charlotte public golf. Once Spring hits and the dormant fairways and rough come back to life, Skybrook is set for a great season.

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  • Rocky River Golf Club

    2/11/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"
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    Rocky River was in great shape. The Bermuda greens were in near-perfect shape. Not crazy slick but quick and true. The grass is all still dormant for another couple of months, but plays well. We were cart-path only on a couple of holes (the golf cart GPS notifies you and restricts the cart) but 90 degrees on most after some rains the day before. So not too bad. They have cleared brush and trees on several holes. For example, on the par 4 7th hole, my approach landed short just in front of the green, which is normally an unplayable hazard. That has been cleared now and I was able to play from it. The layout here is still unique to Charlotte and fun to play. That giant American flag at the speedway is visible in the background of the closing holes and is a cool feature. Rocky River will remain in the Top 5 when my updated list comes out next month! This round I even got to meet Floyd Gragg, the namesake of that giant boulder in the middle of the 3rd fairway. He was ranger'ing the day we played and so I chatted with him and posted a photo (check my Instagram). Great guy and big name in Charlotte golf history.

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  • Lincoln Country Club

    12/29/21 - Review by HittOD

    "Great course"
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    I thought I would provide an update for Lincoln Country Club (LCC). The original nine, now the back nine, was opened in 1946, and the cart paths were cement and mostly away from tree roots. The front nine was opened in about 1993 with asphalt paths close to tree roots in many areas. The cart paths have needed work, and I'm happy to say that the front nine has completely new asphalt, and a few areas on the back nine have new asphalt as well. This makes for a much more enjoyable experience even for me being mainly a walker. The course is in good shape, with the Diamond Zoysia greens being full. The greens are dormant now and dyed for the winter months. I prefer the increased speed of the greens when they are dormant. There is a housing project between holes 1 and 2 that is slowly being completed. This has been a less than attractive area of the course and completion will be welcomed.

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  • Tillery Tradition Country Club

    12/16/21 - Review by BetterThanMost

    "Great course"
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    Played TTCC for the first time in a while this week. Course was in great shape with only isolated issues here or there. New ownership in 2021, and it shows. Carts are new, range balls are new TP5 Pix. Their green redo from a couple of years ago has really paid off. Greens were in great shape, and quick! Tees, fairways, and bunkers were all similarly well conditioned. They are building a housing development between the 11th and 14th holes, so the back nine isn't as isolated as it once was. Work is also progressing on the widening of 73 from Albemarle out to Lake Tillery, which will make the drive easier.

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    12/15/21 - Review by Teresa

    "Average"
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    Played here several times this fall. Pretty nice course with good points & some bad. The Bent grass greens were great especially since bent grass has become harder to find in recent years.. thus making River Oaks even more special. As for the course layout… ‘interesting’ might be the word to describe this place. The holes really don’t have a constant flow or feel given some are tree lined and attractive yet most of the back 9 has no such feel. Didn’t particularly care for holes 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, & 18. One thing I noticed each visit is that nobody seems to rake the sand traps and numerous golfer drive right up to the edge of the greens. The clubhouse is basic no frills however it’s elevated back deck offers a great view of the course.

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

    12/2/21 - Review by KirklandSpecial

    "Great course"
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    The new bigger greens are taking nicely. They roll true and with the reduced tree coverage around the greens and fairway, the course is in great shape. I’ve played 3 of the tee boxes and love the different course from each distance. Pace of play has been solid. 4 hour, even a sub 4 hour round! Really looking forward to how this course plays in the spring.

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  • River Oaks Golf Club

    11/4/21 - Review by Critter

    "Worth playing"
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    Played here often on 2021. Interesting layout for sure, as it been altered numerous times since first opened. Many of these alterations have ruined the flow of the course. After plating the first 7 holes you’ll think you have found a gem of a course as they are attractive and normal… after that the layout and visuals go downhill fast. Hole #9 has been converted from the original par 3 to a strange par 4. In recent years the new owner has removed thousands of trees (on the holes without houses) and this makes the visuals drastically different than on the holes where he could not. Holes 15 thru 18 now all sorta run together in the low valley near the creek (that floods every couple years). This part of the course in no way resembles the balance of the course. I would have loved to seen the place back when it had the tree lined fairways. As for conditions… nice bent grass greens that are very slow in the summer and like kitchen floor fast in the winter. Fairway grass has really improved this year and now is about as good as you’ll find in the area. The practice area is also sorta strange as the Range Tee is highly elevated vs the landing areas. No way to judge your distance. Practice green is nice however cramped so no areas to practice chipping.

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  • Tega Cay Golf Club

    11/3/21 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    First time here in about a year and was not disappointed. Course was in great shape and the greens were the fastest , smoothest I've putted on this year. I really love the layout and it's definitely in my top ten Charlotte area courses. My only complaint, yes it's pace of play, was that we saw no one in front of us on the the first 9 and then had to wait for two foursomes on every hole on the back. A little under 2 hrs on the front and a little over 2 1/2 hours on the back and my threesome walked. Not sure if the pro shop sent these groups off on the back ahead of us or what.

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  • Tillery Tradition Country Club

    10/12/21 - Review by tvrepairex

    "Great course"
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    This course was in the best shape I have ever seen it.The fairways were lush,the tee boxes good,and the greens the best of any I've played this year.This last point was the news.Tillery has always seemed to have issues with their greens,even after replacing them within the last two years.The greens today were perfect and cut very fast.Also in the past carts weren't allowed in the parking lot ,but today they were actually delivered to the lots for you. I know they had a consultant working with them for a while and the results were really good.One of them I believe was Jeff Austin,the former GM at the private Irish Creek Club in Kannapolis.

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  • Monroe Country Club

    10/11/21 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Worth playing"
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    Greens were in very good shape except for 17. Fairways were in great shape. Some of the tee boxes could use a little TLC. If you have not played here before, the front 9 is a real treat as it was designed by Donald Ross - turtle back greens and fairly tight fairways. Worth the trip

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  • Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

    10/4/21 - Review by Critter

    "Worth playing"
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    This use to be a nice course several years ago, however now it pretty worn from the excessive amount of play in the past 2 years. Good luck even getting on the course since membership totals here have ex’s,oded in the past 24 months. It so busy now they are in the process of going Private in early 2020. No non-members now on the weekend as of October. The course is defiantly different than most with al sorts of side hill fairways, and un level greens. For the conditions is way over-priced vs all other area course outside Charlotte. Greens in the summer are so quick they are borderline unplayable by summers end. They did spend several hundred thousand $ last winter redoing (and removing numerous) the sand traps.

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  • Deer Brook Golf Club

    9/23/21 - Review by twodown02

    "Great course"
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    Deer Brook is a very nice, great value. Worth the drive from Fort Mill. I belong to a club and course, my home course is penalizing if you get crooked. I played White Tees which is about 6400-6500 yards. On almost every hole, you can be a little crooked and still have reasonable play to green. Other than 18, even longer par 4's did not seem to play long. Greens were bit slow but in excellent shape. Nice fairways. Would definitely play at Deer Brook again. I played front with another guy then back by myself. Was easily on pace for round under 3 hours until I ran into slow threesome on 15 :-)

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  • Highland Creek Golf Club

    9/10/21 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Average"
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    Love this layout and we had beautiful weather for early September. My only issue was that the greens had recently be aerated and were incredibly bumpy as expected. No where on their website was this mentioned when my buddy booked our last minute tee time. If this had been known we would have gone somewhere else. I'll be back after the greens heal.

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  • Charlotte National Golf Club

    9/5/21 - Review by PADave

    "Average"
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    Meh. A crowded Sunday morning as expected. Not a real welcoming vibe with what I assume is a more "regular" crowd. Decent driving range and putting green. Course was shaggy in many areas with greens being the exception and in good shape. Overall, an ok course, but many better tracks in the area.

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  • Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    9/4/21 - Review by Hunter

    "Worth playing"
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    I normally love this course and have only positive things to say. I played here 3 days in a row (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) of this weekend and feel their rates were a bit steep for what you got. Several greens have massive dead areas (bentgrass died). I was also a bit miffed by being charged a $25 rider fee when my girlfriend came out with me on Sunday (Though they gave me a cart to myself on Monday as a single with no fee). For a course I probably play 40 times a year, this rubs me a bit.

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  • Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    8/31/21 - Review by jlong8004

    "Great course"
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    I LOVE this golf course! For the price you will not find much better conditions elsewhere. Fairways are nice and full, rough is certainly healthy, greens look great (hardly any blemishes aside from some bare spots on the outer edge of the green which rarely affect you.) The layout is hands down my favorite in the area! So many scoring opportunities with the par 5's! In my opinion you will not find a better maintained, more enjoyable round of golf anywhere else in this area at that price.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    8/29/21 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"
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    Back at Emerald Lake for the first time since Memorial Day weekend. The greens are starting to get their late summer softness, which leads to many, many ballmarks and sometimes bumpy putts. So they are not as good as they were in early summer. However, I'd say they are in much better shape for this time of year than in years' past. The speed was decent but not fast at all. The tees and fairways were fine, no issues to note. The disappointing aspect of the course conditions right now are the bunkers. Several -- especially the ones on the par 5 5th hole -- were overgrown with grass and weeds. I was shocked. My playing partner lost a ball in a fairway bunker on that hole due to the overgrowth. Just a severe lack of attention and care to a basic aspect of course maintenance. There were a few more bunkers on other holes with grass (e.g. par 3 16th greenside bunker) and some that just had not been raked or maintained. Given the price ($72) and the condition of the rest of the course, I don't understand why these bunkers were neglected. I did see the GM and the superintendent riding around the course but did not get a chance to ask them about the bunkers. While Emerald Lake has made great strides from previous seasons with their Bent grass greens and course improvements, I was disappointed with this round.

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  • The Tradition Golf Club

    8/29/21 - Review by jlong8004

    "Great course"
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    First time playing the course. From what I understand they just completely replaced the greens and did some major landscaping (removing trees primarily). I would have never guessed this past Sunday was the first weekend since they re-opened because the greens look amazing! A little grainy and slow, but roll true and no bald spots / crab grass. Fairways looked great, rough is super thick lol, tee boxes were good for the most part but some could use a trim. The layout is tight, but manageable for your average golfer, be prepared to put the driver away more than once.

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  • The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent

    8/24/21 - Review by tvrepairex

    "Average"
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    Played early morning,3rd group out.The fairways were in good shape for the most part,some of the tees (played senior) were a little beat up.The greens however were pretty bad.They were reseeded about 1-1 1/2 years ago and were pretty good until a couple months ago.There are some that appear to be dying with bad areas everywhere.They resodded #5 par 3 last month and the new green looks to be dying.The greens that are good have numerous pitch marks that were unrepaired. The traps are usually raked well , and the layout is good ,but the green issues have me playing elsewhere for a time.There are other Salisbury courses that are better now.

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

    8/21/21 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    First time playing here in about a year and again I was not disappointed. Fairways, tee boxes and greens were in great shape. I think the greens are still bent grass and they were kind of soft so had to repair a lot of ball marks. They rolled pretty smooth but were definitely slower than Waterford, the course I play weekly. Staff was friendly as always and they had a ranger out keeping an eye on the pace of play. Definitely a top ten course in the area.

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  • Warrior Golf Club

    8/8/21 - Review by oneputt

    "Great course"
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    Finally got to play here! Pricey but overall worth the expense. Tees were really beat up. Fairways in spectacular shape. Played the ball down. Greens were moderately fast, especially down grain. The actual cups were horrible! Everyone of them had severe burnt out edges at least on one side. This in itself made me wish I had not been charged such a high green fee. I would guess that cups had not been moved in at least a few days or who ever was cutting cups just didn’t do their job. Anyway, the management should have known about the cup situation and reacted. The practice area was fabulous. Plenty of grass and top notch balls. The routing of the course is the strangest I’ve seen in all my years of golfing. I did not ever feel any continuity. Due in large part to the lengthy criss cross travels between holes. Although course directions were adequate it still didn’t provide that feeling of a course theme. No doubt about it, there were 18 really good holes of golf.

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  • Chester Golf Club

    7/31/21 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Great course"
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    First time here in a couple of months and again was not disappointed. I really like the layout and the course conditions were good-great. Free bottled water in the pro shop and also in a cooler on the course which came in handy in very hot and humid conditions. Will definitely be back.

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  • Emerald Lake Golf Club

    7/29/21 - Review by JBenn76

    "Great course"
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    So just let me preface this review real quick…Emerald Lake has unfortunately been one of my least favorite places to play through the years. From layout to conditions it’s sucked for many, many years. But I got invited to play there last week, so I went. I knew something was up immediately when I saw the maintenance crew topdressing tees. And then when I got to the course I knew things had completely changed out there. Their bent grass greens are 2 feet faster and have much better coverage than Pine Island’s private CC greens. Sure…the first bounce is nonexistent but their green’s speed is much faster than you’d expect from any place in the summer with bent grass greens. Just fix a couple ball marks and any putt is makeable out there. The fairways were flawless. I still can’t believe I’m saying this about EL. Playing it down…I didn’t have the first bad lie. Even the holes that notoriously flood were completely dry and in the same shape as the rest of the course. And the fact that they’re topdressing tees let’s me know somebody gives a hoot out there. Couldn’t have been more surprised by Emerald Lake. Definitely worth playing if you’ve written this course off in the past!!!

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  • Skybrook Golf Club

    7/23/21 - Review by IM4DHERD

    "Great course"
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    Better than good, but not perfect. Fairways are like carpet. It's just a real pretty course from the tee box. Greens were recently aerated but roll true and are not slow and not overly fast. Another week and they should be perfect. Traps had sand but many look liked they just suffered from a pretty bad storm. Rakes were out, but looks like not many are using them.

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Everything the B-Man said in his review about this course is accurate. I might use some different adjectives, like replacing the word 'challenging' with extremely difficult! Let me just say that for me, blind shots are just not enjoyable at all! There are so many on this...

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