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Re: CLT Links   B-Man at 6/4/09 11:03am
JD - wouldn't it be the other way around? I teed off at 3:30. You're stalking me! :-P

I didn't see any problems with the bunkers, but I was only in one all day. What did you see?

As for ballmarks on the greens, two things: 1) it didn't seem any worse than other public courses in the area that get lots of play and 2) I was able to fix the ones I saw and they never disrupted my putts - so they were healing well. Again, your mileage may vary. So you might have gotten the worst of it. And being backed up, you probably noticed more of them.

We teed off around 3:30 and finished before 7:30 as a threesome. So pace of play was fine for us. Again, sounds like the (bad) luck of the draw.
CLT Links   J.D. at 6/4/09 10:31am

Stop stalking me! It seems we were at the Links on the same day again...we've played the same courses on the same day a few times now!

Agree with you on conditions: fairways were lush and greens rolled true. Bunkers are still a mess. And in a town where very few people repair ball marks on greens...Links greens have chicken pox. I repaired about 5-6 ball marks on every green.

But for me, the killer on the Links is the pace of play. I tried to squeeze in a round at 5:30 p.m. and had to wait nearly 5 minutes for every shot. It was backed up like crazy...and it seems to be backed up every time I play the Links. It gets too much play and seems to attract Charlotte's most inconsiderate golfers.
Carolina Trail Specials - Any day / Anytime $29-$39   B-Man at 6/2/09 4:11pm
Just got this on email today. Looks like a sweet deal if you plan on playing any of the Carolina Trail courses this summer:

Ultimate Summer Golf Sale

You get a voucher for a round of golf on *any day* (incl. weekends), anytime. It expires 8/31. So you have 3 months to use them. Prices are $29 for most courses, $39 for Skybrook and Birkdale. Those are great deals, especially if you use them Friday-Sunday.
Verdict Ridge   Eric at 6/1/09 9:25pm
Date of play: 5/31/09
Located in Denver,NC. Since 485 hooks into Hwy 16, well worth the trip. (about 35-40 minutes from S. Charlotte).
Weekend rates: $52
Fairways/tee boxes: A- shape
Greens: B (reason: plugged about 6 weeks or so ago) HOWEVER they rolled true and with good speed.
Overall: A-
Well worth visiting this course again if you haven't played it for sometime.
Edgewater   J.D. at 5/30/09 2:45pm
I finally made the drive down to Edgewater near Lancaster. Greens and bunkers are in great shape. Front 9 fairways still have some growing in to do...back 9 in perfect shape. Course is very, very well marked in terms of OB, red stakes etc. Nice driving range and short game area.

For $55 it's a good value... but when you factor in a 45 minute longer drive, I'm not sure it's any better of a golf challenge than Springfield or Carolina Lakes. The first seven holes are really special (don't hit anything more than a 3 iron on the first tee shot), but then the course gets a little plain vanilla for the much of the round. 17 is a very short par 5 (shoulda been a long 4) and the finishing hole is a good test. But holes 8-16 are just not memorable.

I'd play it again, but I'm in no rush to do so.
Eagle Chase   Dustin at 5/27/09 1:48pm
Played Eagle Chase on Monday 05-25. Course is in good shape. After all the rain it was still 90 degree rule. The greens a little slow. Had to be due to the rain and not being able to cut them. If the greens were faster I would move this course to the great column. Please play this course it is worth the drive. Green fees are very reasonable.
Olde Sycamore   James at 5/26/09 11:50am
I agree with the comments about the condition of the course. Great shape right now. Greens are quick. I still would rather play Skybrook or Carolina Lakes for the price though, $69 on Friday. They charged a holiday rate. Does anybody know what holiday it was on Friday?
Course Update   Dave at 5/25/09 9:01pm
Played Monroe CC Friday. I have nothing to add to B-Man's comments except to second them. If you get a chance, go play it.

Played Waterford Saturday. Course was in really good shape. Tee boxes were a little beat up but it's hard to take care of them when the course gets a lot of play. This is my second favotrite Trail course after Skybrook.

Played Eagle Chase Monday. Course was in great shape. Even with all the rain we had it was still 90 degrees. There are a lot of elevation changes on this course but I don't find it gimmicky. I wish it was closer to the house.
Sunset Hills - 5/23/09   Ryan R. at 5/24/09 6:30pm
Played Sunset Hills via Clickitgolf for $23/each (foursome). Greens were very slow due to length of grass and a bit of rain. Nonetheless, the course was in decent condition, and still a great value.
Deer Brook   James Leo at 5/19/09 8:31pm
Played Deer Brook today - loved it! Course was in terrific shape, and the greens were better, truer, and faster than any I've play in Charlotte in a long time. Highly recommend the trip to Shelby if your looking for a good value in golf.

Am playing Verdict Ridge for the first time this weekend, and I'll keep you posted.
Edgewater   Dave at 5/17/09 2:57pm
Played Edgewater again yesterday (had a free round that I won in a tournament earlier this year. Tees were in great shape, fairways were really good (a few bare spots), one bunker marked as gound under repair and the greens were nearly perfect. I really, really like this course and wish it was closer.

A couple of public service announcements:

1. For those of you wondering about dog fights, demo days etc. Almost every course in Charlotte has a website and many of them have a way to join a mailing list. I get e-mail from dozens of them. They send weekly specials, events, tournaments, etc. I get a lot of otherwise unadvertised prices.

2. Fix your divots and ballmarks. Please.
Golf in Charlotte   Dave at 5/15/09 9:28pm
Just some comments on some of the courses I've played in the last couple of months.

Renaissance - completely disagree with the comments earlier. The only issue I had with this course is that it's sometimes hard to find a flat spot on the tee.

Emerald lake - completely agree with the last comment. Not going back.

Regent Park - played there Wednesday. Greens were a little fuzzy and slow but the course is in great shape.

Springfield - Always in great shape.

Cleghorn Plantation - made the drive and was dissapointed. Course is gorgeous. Great views, elevation changes, etc. Tees, fairways, bunkers all in great shape. Greens were terrible. They have something growing besides grass. It made them virtually unputtable and ruined the round.

Olde Sycamore - always in great shape.

River Oaks - greens were very good. Tee to green, not so much. Needs some work, Not worth the drive unless you're north of town.

Glen Oaks - I really liked this course. They seem to take a lot of pride in this course. Some really pretty holes and at least one where you tee off across a road. Worth the drive.

Deer Brook - I wasn't all that impressed but I was out there after some bad weather. I'll try it again before passing judgement.

Rock Barn - Played the Jones course and it was great as you might expect from a course that is a Senior Tour stop.

Charlotte Golf Links - It's horrible. Don't bother.

Moorseville Muni - You hear different things about hhis course but I liked it. A few of the tees needed a lot work but I thought the fairways and greens were very good. They seem to do a lot of 1st Tee/ Junior golf up there. There were lots of kids walking the course Mother's Day.

Have played Eagle Chase, Fox Den and The Warrior also. All were in good shape and worth going to play.

Playing Edgewater in the morning. I'll update my last comments about it.

A comment about Ballantyne Resort. They really aren't interested in attracting local golfers over there. It's all about packaging rounds with rooms and corporate outings.
Re: Dog Fights???   James Leo at 5/14/09 8:27am
Thanks for the update! Does anyone know of any dog-fights on the weekend?
Ballantyne Resort   Jamie at 5/14/09 7:53am
Haven't played Ballantyne in a few years. The last time I went there was three or four months ago to just hit a bucket of balls. They blatantly said I could only practice there if I played there. I regained consciousness shortly thereafter and promptly left. They have also raised their Fri-Sat green fees to $90. Either they think Charlotte is Pebble Beach, or they do not understand Economics 101. I know the laws of supply and demand still work, but if they continue to treat customers in this fashion, God help them.
Re: Dog Fights???   B-Man at 5/13/09 6:12pm
Just got this via email. Emerald Lake has dog fights on Wednesdays:

Wednesday shotgun 6:00 PM
Season begins next Wednesday May 20th

Different formats every week

Cost for non-members $25
Riding members pay $15, Walking members pay $20

The fee includes one drink of your choice (anything except liquor).
Charlotte VIM Clinic Charity Tournament   Donna Murray Lacey at 5/13/09 5:49pm
The Charlotte Volunteers in Medicine Clinic will host its First Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at Highland Creek Golf Club. Cost $75.00/$300/team.
All proceeds to benefit the care of uninsured patients in Mecklenburg County.
Shotgun 8:30AM.
Please see our website for details
phone# 704-350-1300
Re: Rocky River   Bill at 5/13/09 5:32pm
We just played there last week. Course was in good shape and fairways were just starting to green up and grow. Greens were in good shape and held well.
Rocky River   Jin at 5/13/09 12:15pm
Has anyone played Rocky River recently? Thinking of heading out there next week if the conditions are good. Thanks!
Re: Emerald Lake is GREAT   Chad Essick at 5/12/09 9:47pm
I do not agree with this guy one bit. I have been to Emerald Lake twice this year and both times I watched and listened as the Pro Shop Staff made fun of people as they walked out. They seem to be very arrogant over there for no reason. The course is in okay shape, but not nearly as good as other tracks in the area. I hear them talk badly about other golf courses as well. This course has fallen from everyone's grace. Four or five years ago, this course was very, very nice. Now, it is just average at best. Spend your money elsewhere.
Renaissance   fsquid at 5/12/09 3:49pm
I thought they were going to do some work at Renaissance when they got taken over? You are right, the front nine is just awful. I like the back 9, but it is priced way too high for the condition it is in.
Renaissance Park Golf Course   Sephlo at 5/7/09 11:54pm
4/19/09 - Played course for first time this year. Terrible condition, way overpriced. Fairways play like asphalt, greens are weak at best...
Re: Demo days   James Leo at 5/7/09 10:36pm
I believe there is a demo day at Birkdale on Saturday from 11-3. Go to the Edwin Watts website for more info. I get their e-mail updates about demo days, and went to the one last year at Birkdale. It was a pretty nice setup.
Demo days   Dwayne at 5/7/09 1:14pm
Anyone know of any golf demo days in Charlotte this weekend or next weekend
Dog Fights???   James Leo at 5/5/09 10:08pm
Does anyone know about any dog fights on the weekends at any of the local courses in Charlotte? I struggle to find playing partners, and have enjoyed these at courses in other cities. Thanks!
Re: Edgewater?   Dave at 5/4/09 5:47pm
I think Edgewater is as nice as any public/semi-private course in Charlotte. Green fees are reasonable but you make up for it with the drive. Course is not easy but is very playable. The one stand-out characteristic of this course is the greens. They are HUGE. If you feel like making the drive go play the course. The development around it isn't doing real great so who knows how long it will be open.
Course Updates   J.D. at 5/4/09 10:11am
Just some general course updates from a long weekend of a lot of golf...

Springfield is in great shape, but the practice green is rolling a heckuva lot faster than the real greens, so don't be fooled. (There's also a little bumpiness in 2-3 of the back 9 greens.) One more thing -- this course should have a lot more red stakes than what's out there. It amazes me that they spend so much money on course maintenance, but forget to put down $1 stakes. Frustrating.

Carolina Lakes is in great shape, with one exception. NOBODY seems to rake bunkers or fix ball marks here (except me and my playing partners). A shame.

Eagle Chase was in very good shape and a great value. I do think the course is a little gimmicky, though, with nearly EVERY shot on the course factoring in elevation.

One more note -- I've heard amazing things about Edgewater but have not yet played it. Several local golfers are saying "best public course in Charlotte area" so I'll have to check it out soon.
Edgewater?   James Leo at 5/3/09 11:18am
Has anyone played this new course in Lancaster, SC? I'd be curious for your feedback. Thanks
Ballantyne Resort   Scott at 5/1/09 11:41am
Agree with the latest assessment (5/1/09) and wanted to stress the conditions of the greens. I played 4/25/09 and these greens, on this day, were my favorite of any I've played in Charlotte, ever. They were super fast (ala US Open greens that won't hold approach shots hit with pace), yet soft and overall very fair. They weren't like concrete hard to the feel. Overall renovations are an improvement, as I played the last week the course was open in 2008. Having said that, this place remains a "treat" for me as I cannot justify $90 before 2pm on the weekends.

Looking for recommendations for a reasonable course with similar greens if it exists in Charlotte.
Quail Hollow tickets   B-Man at 4/30/09 1:09am
Hey everyone - The B-Man is in need of 2 tickets for any or all days, Friday - Sunday for the Quail Hollow Championship. If you have 2 to spare, please email me. I'll be out at the course on Thursday following Tiger around in the morning.

My Dad and I usually take advantage of the Mulligan Tickets available for $10 after 12noon each day, but this year, the tournament has discontinued the program. I don't get it. It brings more revenue to the tournament and it makes it affordable for a lot of fans -- including me! So why would they cut that program this year, of all years? Sigh...
Emerald Lake is GREAT   William at 4/24/09 10:07am
I don't know what the person before me is talking about, this course is one of the best around! The greens are PERFECT and the guys in the shop are always FANTASTIC to everyone that comes in. I feel like a member of Augusta when I go in. Customer service is A++++ and the course is even better!!!

Sorry you have a horrible attitude Robert Harris, maybe you should just give up the game because it seems like noone or anything can make you happy. If you don't like the guys over there, maybe you should go to Stonebridge, you'd love the folks over there, if you want to talk about bad customer service, try there.

Don't believe what Mr. Harris says, this place is top notch!!!!

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