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Carolina Trail membership   DrSchteeve at 5/23/13 9:01am
Just take a look at recent reviews for each of the courses. That should tell you all you need to know.
Eagle Chase   DrSchteeve at 5/23/13 9:00am
Full course open this weekend. May be a few weeks for conditions to ripen...
Carolina Trail Lifetime membership   LostinClt at 5/23/13 6:01am
I'm considering picking up a legacy lifetime family golf membership with CT at about 1/3 price. It's relatively cheap, but I've read some pretty bad reviews on IRI and the CT. I'm new to Charlotte and not that familiar with the courses. Thoughts?
Eagle Chase   PT3040 at 5/22/13 10:21pm
Any word on whether Eagle Chase has finished redoing the greens and opened all 18 holes?
Deer Brook   IM4DHERD at 5/22/13 11:18am
I'd like to nominate Deer Brook Golf Club to be included in the course listings. A great layout, always in great shape, full clubhouse and very affordable. I'd put it in my top 5 if it were in the listing.
Re: Public Tournaments   The B-Man at 5/21/13 12:08am
Try the Carolina Golf Journal. Towards the back of every issue, it lists the upcoming charity golf tournaments in the area that are open to the public.

If you're looking for competitive individual tournaments, try one of the local golf leagues (several are listed on the Links page.
Public Tournaments   Kevin at 5/20/13 4:32pm
Can anyone tell me if there is a resource for upcoming tournaments that are open to the public? whether its stroke play or scramble formats? Its so hard to find any information like that.
Re: Update to Birkdale Range   DrSchteeve at 5/11/13 6:30pm
It's IRI. Don't be fooled. Lucy and the football. They bought some new balls at Skybrook, too - but look at the recent Skybrook review to see how much difference it made to the course (none - still horrible conditions).
Update to Birkdale Range   ChiBearGolfer at 5/11/13 7:24am
Well I'm not sure what has happened but the Birkdale range now has all new range balls. I'm talking PEARLS, and boy does it make a difference. Also, there not is a sign posted on the door if the Hours of Operation 7am-6:30pm. Things are moving in the right direction.
Re: Is Rocky River worth a membership?   tobacco_rd77 at 5/8/13 6:29am
Thanks for the info. I will look into it. I'm leaning toward Northstone since it will be down the road from me. Thanks again!
Re: Is Rocky River worth a membership?   mondiablo at 5/6/13 10:06pm
I would suggest taking a look at Cabarrus Country Club. I am a member there and can't say enough good things about the course and members. Lots of great golfers and games going on almost everyday. They are offering great deals on memberships at the moment. You'l find that is is comparable with a RR membership but with the perks of a private club. The only downside, which could be an upside, is that we are redoing the greens this summer and will be closed 8 weeks. We are going to the champion bermuda and will close from June 16 to around August 20. However, we have 15 clubs lined up for reciprocal. Shoot me a message if you'd like to come out for a round.
Re: Charlotte Golf Late July   Wulfpack at 5/5/13 4:44pm
I always recommend Olde Sycamore, Emerald Lake and Charlotte National to the South Charlotte golfer. Just a short trip on 485 headed toward Matthews/Mint Hill. Can't go wrong with any of them in my opinion. If you choose National, be sure to call ahead to see if there are any outings.
Re: Charlotte Golf late July   izzyf150 at 5/5/13 1:03am
I agree with DrSchteeve that you should double check the reviews on this site closer to the time, just to make sure. To answer your question though, from past experience, and assuming you want courses around the south Charlotte area, I would suggest Fort Mill Country Club. Fort Mill CC seems to be pretty popular with the older folks, as there as seems to be quite a few out there every time I golf there. Fort Mill also allows pull carts if you are one to get a little exercise with your round. Carolina Lakes is another popular course with the older folks. It happens to be a course at a retirement village. The downside to it is getting a tee time. Every day of the week is busy out there (you know their all retired) and the early tee times go fast because they want to beat the heat. Ballantyn! e always get good reviews. Iíve never golfed there though due to the cost. I can golf two rounds somewhere else for the price of one round at Ballantyne. If money isnít a concern to you, I would for sure consider Ballantyne. If you willing to drive a little further, I would suggest Lancaster and Edgewater golf courses. The courses just a little further away from Charlotte seem to be in a touch better condition because they donít get as much traffic. The cost is a touch cheaper also. All of the courses that I mentioned to you in my opinion, in their worst condition have been no lower than 3.5 stars.
Charlotte Golf Late July   DrSchteeve at 5/3/13 11:48am
South Charlotte doesn't have the best daily fee options. Make sure you check back on this site when it gets closer to your trip, as conditions in July can vary greatly at local courses. In particular, those with Bermuda greens are likely to be holding up much better than those with bent. Except for Ballantyne, the best courses are a bit of a hike from South Charlotte - Red Bridge, Verdict Ridge, and Eagle Chase are my favorites, and all have Bermuda greens.
Charlotte Golf late July   Frank Watson at 5/2/13 12:46pm
Gonna be in South Charlotte for a week babysitting my grandaughter. Want to play about 3 rounds of golf during the week. Probably be able to get onto Raintree with a member, but looking for some recommendations in that area. Single digit hcp player, 65 yrs old. Any suggestions? Thanks
Re: Birkdale Range   HateSlowPlay at 5/2/13 9:13am
Same thing at the Charlotte golf links. I was there earlier this week to test out a new driver shaft I received in the mail. I bought a big bucket, and then I had to pour it on the range and filter out the 9 or 10 decent balls out of a bucket of 50.
Birkdale Range   ChiBearGolfer at 5/1/13 4:26pm
An update on the Practice Area at Birkdale - the good news is that they are now allowing players to hit off the grass and not those garbage mats, if you could even call them mats. The bad news - apparently their range closes at 6:30pm right now according to the employee inside although i have never seen a sign stating this and i go to their range about 3 times a week b/c im part of that Bogies to Birdies deal. Also, recently the last couple times I have gone they are out of balls as was the case yesterday 4/30. When I asked why they are always out of balls the response I got from the guy inside was "we don't have a range picker hired yet" my first thought was well why can't you go pick them up? There was 3 employees in the golfshop. Then my second thought was how does a golf course not have a range picker hired an! d its almost May. Unbelievable! Also, there isn't any yardage markers on the range so you have to guestimate how far your hitting the ball. Finally, the balls are horrendous I get excited when there is a normal ball mixed in the bucket just b/c I know I'm going to get an accurate read on the ball flight.I'm not sure what is going on with the management of this course, and for that, all of the CT Courses but it has gone downhill. I don't know who would pay full price to golf at any of those courses. Not worth the money.
Membership   DrSchteeve at 4/30/13 10:29am
I would do Northstone in a heartbeat - just love the layout, and like the fact that it is an annual membership. Irish Creek - not so much: don't care for the redesign (too many similar holes, especially 10, 11,12) and you will pay initiation. I think Northstone has a lot more going on in terms of the membership (more members = more opportunities for playing partners).
Re: Rocky River   tobacco_rd77 at 4/30/13 7:25am
Thanks for the response. I guess I will take a look at Northstone and Irish creek. They are more money but might be worth it.
Rocky River   DrSchteeve at 4/29/13 8:46pm
The problem is the greens are very, very firm = hard, and so are not receptive to well struck shots. This is complicated by the fact that RR is not designed to play as a links style course - many holes do not allow a run up to the green, that would include 3,4,5,7, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 - you get the idea. It's a shame, since apparently other courses that changed to Bermuda at the same time were able to avoid the hard green problem (e.g., Verdict Ridge).
Is Rocky River worth a membership?   tobacco_rd77 at 4/29/13 5:22pm
I'm moving back into the area and looking at possible options for memberships at private and public courses. I played RR many years ago and liked it but I'm wondering is it worth getting a membership there. Is it in nice shape? Heard the new greens are not doing well.
Need two?   ILL-INI at 4/26/13 10:40pm
Long shot but does anyone need two guys for a foursome tomorrow?
regent park   ethan at 4/24/13 8:38pm
I played regent park 3 weeks ago, haven't been there in 6 years. The practice area is not what it used to be. Love the layout but not in the best condition. I thought the cart would fall through on the long bridge. Would love to see some improvements.
Re: Regent Park update   slowmofo at 4/22/13 3:36pm
I played regent park a few weeks. Its in pretty decent shape. The greens are finally starting to come back around and its greening up. I am a huge fan a Regent park when the greens are in decent condition. I like the layout, i think its just challenging enough, and its not too far from uptown. I would recommend it and im sure you can find it online for $30 on weekends.
Regent Park update   estanwick at 4/22/13 11:57am
Has anybody played Regent Park in 2013 yet? If so, how is it? thanks
Re: Carolina Trail Websites Shut Down!   james at 4/20/13 10:16am
They are up they changed web managers and went with a North carolina web site manager go to charlotte golf.com and see the new sites.
Courses that don't require a cart?   360LipOut at 4/19/13 10:48pm
Hey everyone, I'm looking for decent courses out there that don't require a cart. I enjoy getting exercise and walking around the golf course, but it seems like every place I find I'm interested in has a mandatory cart policy. Any good courses out there that don't require you to ride a cart? I don't mind if it has an after 12 or weekday only cart policy, just looking for some relaxation on the mandatory cart rule. I live in Mountain Island so it would be great to find one within 30 minutes of where I'm at seeing as I do have a cart-less option within 15 minutes of my place, but I'm looking for more options. Don't really care about the price, and would prefer it not be an executive or beginner type course. Thanks.
Red Bridge   ILL-INI at 4/16/13 11:13am
I have a 9:26am tee time for Satuday at Red Bridge. Click it golf has a $39 anytime coupon and according to B-Man the course is playing very nice right now. So far we have 2 guys, maybe 3. If you're wanting to play, let me know.

Jason
Red Bridge   ILL-INI at 4/15/13 1:33pm
I'd like to get out and play Red Bridge this coming weekend. Would anyone like to join? I'm trying to put together a 4-some for Saturday. Let's try and tee off someone where around 8 or 9am. Let me know if you want to play. Thanks!

Jason
Re: The Divide?   pt3040 at 4/15/13 7:27am
Played this course on 4/7. This is the first time I have played it in several years. I found it to be in the usual winter shape like most courses in the area. Thin fairways but the greens were in better shape than what I remembered them to be in. I really enjoyed the round. Although not my favorite course I enjoyed it enough to want to play it again when things green up. Pace was good and the staff was very friendly


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