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|Ballantyne update||The B-Man at 6/2/11 11:21pm|
|Remember my review from 4 weeks ago and how I was upset that the regular email updates gave no warning about the renovation? Well, it finally came in their latest email, but if you ask me, it's too little too late. And, I don't agree that the renovation causes "no significant disruption in play" or that the temporary 8th hole setup is "very playable". Judge for yourself:
The Golf Club at Ballantyne announces work is underway to redo its 8th hole. Due to the construction of a new office building adjacent to the existing 8th hole green and 2nd hole tee boxes, The Golf Club at Ballantyne is making the following improvements:
We look forward to featuring a more approachable 8th hole putting surface with more pin locations and increased playability. The enhancements are due to be completed in late July. Meanwhile, no significant disruption to play is anticipated during the renovations due to the availability of a shortened but very playable 8th hole.
|Carolina Lakes||DrSchteeve at 6/2/11 1:11pm|
|Anybody play recently? Their telephone message on course conditions says that on Memorial Day they were playing the front 9 only, which makes me wonder if something is up.|
|The golf business||DrSchteeve at 6/1/11 7:18pm|
|Although there are a few higher end daily fee courses charging premium pricing right now (Verdict Ridge and Olde Sycamore are both $60+ for weekend morning play), it seems like many courses are desperate for cash, with lots of "pay now, play later" deals. Everywhere I have played this year (and I play once or twice a week) has not seemed crowded. Golf stores: not crowded. Seems to me the economy is slamming the golf business right now.|
|springfield||malamute at 5/31/11 6:55pm|
|is punching greens this week / running a reduced greens fee special|
|Waterford||Jamie at 5/30/11 10:17am|
|Played Waterford yesterday (5/29/11). Course is in pretty good shape, but the greens were unusually slow. Actually they were probably the slowest I have ever seen there. Fairways were pretty good. There were several bunkers with standing water, but the fairways played hard and fast - weird. Overall, I give it a B.|
|carolina crossing||panthersfann55 at 5/26/11 8:34pm|
|Decided to make the trip and play Carolina Crossing (between York and Rock Hill) for the $30 play all day special. Course overall in ok shape. Greens very sandy due to heavy top dressing but still puttable, tees and fairways were in good shape not spectacular, bunkers were probably the best i've seen in a while. Not a long course but the pace of play today was terrible. The group that was leading the pack backed us all up (no ranger) 3 guys that had no business playing from the tees they were playing from. No consideration for what they were doing (5 minute wait between each shot). If you only play golf a handful of times a year do yourself and the rest of us a favor and don't play from the tips it's embarassing to watch (especially if you throw your clubs into the water hazard when you can't hit ! it past the ladies tees.|
|More aeration!||t2green2 at 5/26/11 12:15pm|
|Played H Creek late yesterday and the greens are not too bad. Actually roll pretty well.|
|Crystal Creek||ILL-INI at 5/25/11 11:07am|
|Why not take down Crystal Creek from the site. it's been closed for some time now and it's never going to re-open.|
|More aeration!||DrSchteeve at 5/18/11 5:13pm|
|At least these 3 Carolina Trail courses are doing "light aeration" - 1/2" holes instead of 1", still top dressing with sand - apparently to try to avoid the fungus issues they had last summer and fall
Highland Creek 5/18
|Tee It Up for Technology at Verdict Ridge||Kellie Caddoo at 5/4/11 9:32pm|
|Catawba Springs Elementary First Annual Golf Tournament
Friday May 13th, 2011
Golfer Check-in and Continental breakfast began at 7:30 am
*Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place teams
*Complimentary continental breakfast
*Lunch provided upon completion of tournament
Contact KellieShrake@Caddoo.com for more details.
|Course conditions||DrSchteeve at 5/4/11 7:07pm|
|Verdict Ridge should be perfect in 2 weeks. You need to play this course. You will love it and remember it. Springfield is interesting: almost Augusta like, greens too fast and silly shot angles into those greens, recommended but don't expect to score well.|
|Charlotte National||PT at 5/4/11 7:07am|
|The course is greening up nicely and the greens right now are in very good shape. They have some speed and roll true. Just wish more players would take the time to repair their divots and ballmarks.|
|Would like course condictions||Brad at 4/30/11 12:21pm|
|I am going to be in Charlotte in 2 weeks and was looking to play 2 rounds at either Springfeild, Olde Sycamore or Verdict Ridge. Thanks.|
|Send in your course updates||The B-Man at 4/29/11 1:59pm|
|I'm also interested in recent course condition updates for Ballantyne, Charlotte Golf Links, and Fort Mill among others. Please post your reviews or comments here. Thanks!|
|Highland Creek||paul at 4/29/11 1:58pm|
|Has anyone played Highland Creek recently?
I am curious to know what kind of shape it is in. I played it one time a while back and actually enjoyed it quite a bit.
|Cleghorn||malamute at 4/14/11 8:30pm|
|thxs doc - i remember that post now - shame because it looks good on web page hole layout|
|cleghorn plantation||DrSchteeve at 4/14/11 7:42pm|
|Played it last year.
The good: the layout is pretty cool - lots of elevation changes. One or two holes a bit goofy (too much elevation change, type of shot required). Conditions were perfect - Bermuda greens, nice fairways. Cost was reasonable.
The bad: our round took 5 1/2 hours. If you scroll down in this message board, I think you will see a review from someone who played twice, and both rounds were 5+ hours. The worst: when they said something to someone in the clubhouse about the pace of play, they were told something to the effect of "If you don't like it, don't come back". WOW! PCA - pretty crappy attitude.
|CLEGHORN PLANTATION||malamute at 4/12/11 5:16pm|
|has anyone played this course and can provide info on conditions, etc?
|Visitng the area looking for a great course, not in a golf community.||New Englander at 4/10/11 8:41pm|
|Visit the area a few times every year, have played Rocky River, Olde Sycamore, Birkdale, and Warrior. Rocky River I felt had the best layout. Is there any other courses similar to Rocky River that are not surrounded by homes or in a "community"?|
|Re: Golfing in Pinehurst||panthersfann55 at 4/10/11 6:23pm|
|Seven Lakes is a good layout. I liked the Hyland Hills course before they were bought out a few years ago, but I heard the group that bought it invested money back into it.|
|Golfing in Pinehurst||Wade at 4/10/11 12:33pm|
|Anyone played in the Pinehurst area this spring? I am heading there in June, playing Hyland Hills and Talamore. I am looking for 1 more course that will not break the bank. I am playing Olde Sycamore and Verdict Ridge in May, how are the conditions at those 2?|
|Aeration Dates||DrSchteeve at 3/16/11 6:12pm|
|For some of the courses:
Charlotte Golf Links 3/14
Charles T Myers 3/14
Eagle Chase 3/7
Emerald Lake 2/21
Fox Den 3/20
Highland Creek 3/14
Monroe CC 5/31
Rocky River 3/21
Tillery Tradition 3/7
Verdict Ridge 3/21
|Re: Olde Sycamore?||panthersfann55 at 3/15/11 4:57pm|
|we play seven lakes every year we go to pinehurst nice course. we'll be trying southern pines and little river this time around. In charlotte area foxden (30 minutes north)is a challenging layout, verdict ridge too. eagle chase to the southeast (45 minutes) is another to consider.|
|Olde Sycamore?||Wade at 3/4/11 10:29pm|
|I played Olde Sycamore last year and will play that again. I might drive over to Pinehurst and play a few rounds there. Any reccomendations? I am looking at Hyland Hills, Tallamore, Southern Pines. I am trying to stay within a budget of $50 per course.|
|3 can't miss courses||DrSchteeve at 3/4/11 7:14am|
|Verdict Ridge has to be one of them.|
|Looking for 3 cant miss courses||Wade at 2/26/11 8:53pm|
|I am going to be visiting Charlotte this spring and was looking for 3 very nice courses to play.|
|Re: sycamore||loveGolf at 2/24/11 10:42am|
|If I understand the Doc correctly, the balls were lying on the range tees (hitting area), left over by paying customers who did not hit their entire buckets. He did not walk out on to the actual range (landing area) and start shagging balls that have already been hit.
I too have seen people walk over to another person's area once they have left and finish their left over buckets and have never once seen a course complain about it. I have done it myself as well and would be utterly shocked if a course employee confronted me the way Doc described.
I don't want to generalize but from my experience, most people in the golfing industry started out wanting to play golf professionally (don't we all) but then end up as club/assistant pros where the customer ! service aspect becomes just as important as actual playing/coaching ability.
|sycamore||KBrown at 2/24/11 8:11am|
|Picking up range balls is called shagging and most country clubs prohibit this.|
|Re: Range Balls||t2green2 at 2/21/11 12:34pm|
|Thanks DrSchteeve for the info and I too will pass on old Sycamore as well. Never really felt welcome there by the staff the times I have played it anyway.|
|Range Balls||DrSchteeve at 2/12/11 5:04pm|
|So here was my experience at Olde Sycamore yesterday.
Heading out to the range, about to use the token I bought for a bucket, I noticed there were quite a few balls on the range already. I pocketed the token, headed to the range, and began hitting balls. Called to pick up my partner who had just checked in, I got in my cart, having left several clubs leaning against the club rack in front of the balls I was hitting. When I returned, a course employee was on the range, buckets in hand, picking up all the balls on the range. He asked me if I “paid for those balls” to which I answered, “they were here when I came out”, at which he picks up the balls and puts them in a bucket and walks off.
I have played golf for over 20 years, on every ! course from exclusive club to downtrodden muni, and I have never seen this, and never had this type of confrontational event on a range. Usually, course employees are giving out free buckets if they happen to cross a golfer while they have some balls in hand. I have played at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, and when asked what to do with the bag of balls not used (because there were plenty of balls on the range to hit), have been told “Take them, they’re yours”.
I understand that there is an alternative view - that I was "stealing" balls by hitting balls that I hadn't paid for (even though somebody did). I just haven't seen this in over 20 years of playing golf. Not likely I'll be going back to Olde Sycamore anytime soon.