Welcome to the Message Board. Here you can post messages for others to read and respond to. You can chat about your rounds, local course conditions, current golf events, or just about anything. Post a message now or click on the subject of a message to post a reply. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to get updates whenever a new message is posted.
|Golf Vacations||B-Man at 4/26/06 11:54pm|
|I've just posted a new guide to Golf Vacations in the Carolinas. It has links to the Carolina Golf Travel Guide, which provides great package deals for all the destinations. Check it out if you're planning a trip.|
|Re: Memberships||B-Man at 4/26/06 1:06pm|
|My 2 cents: The Carolina Trail offers a ton of membership options across its 5 courses (The Divide, Charlotte Golf Links, Tradition, Waterford, Highland Creek). They run specials throughout the year. I get email specials on memberships once a month it seems. Unless you plan to play 1-2 times a week for sure, with some weekends, golf memberships, in my opinion, are too pricey.
For the semi-private courses around town, you pay $30-$45 on a weekday (with many discount options if you check the paper or links off this web site) and $45-$65 on weekends. At 1 or 2 rounds a week, you're talking $150-$200 at any course you like, carts included. Typically, the membership dues are in the $175-$250 range and most don't include cart fees. Don't forget, too, that in the winter you may not play much at all, yet you're still paying dues.
With those caveats, Carolina Trail is a decent option around town, since you can get a package deal that includes all 5 of their courses. If you're interested, I can share the email deals that I've seen recently in case you need to negotiate.
|Memberships||anonymous coward at 4/20/06 1:36pm|
|is the carolina trail golf membership any good? i'm looking at raintree and cedarwood because of pure proximity, but cedarwood's monthly dues are high, though the course is a good walkable course and my house is on it. what is a good deal around here for memberships, and when is a good time to grab one?|
|re:crystal creek||matt at 4/19/06 8:31pm|
|im an employe at crystal creek and theyre shutting down during the next off season- (winter)|
|crystal creek closing?||david at 4/18/06 11:31am|
|Heard a rumor that crystal creek golf course in pineville will be closing. Just wandering if this rumor could be verified.|
|B-Man's New Golf Blog||The B-Man at 4/5/06 12:45am|
|Golfing with B-Man in the Carolinas - my new blog for the site.
Just getting it started. Let me know what you think.
|Divide||Jamie at 4/3/06 6:41am|
|I played The Divide on 4/1, and I was told the greens were aerated on 3/13. Dissapointing - they definitely did not putt like they were aerated almost three weeks ago. The greens are a long way from healing; they actually looked and putted like they were aerated a few days ago. They need at least another two weeks before they roll true.|
|N.C. National||Jim at 4/2/06 8:48pm|
|I played N.C. National Saturday for the first time. I liked the challenge of the course, the yardage books on the carts were helpful. But the greens was not what I expected, my home course is run down because of the working class image, but the greens were far better than those at N. C. National. I am glad I booked the course on lastminute golfer, because I would have hated to pay full price to play greens that was in that kind of shape.|
|Re: area courses||Jamie Archie at 3/13/06 12:02pm|
|Sounds like you might want a course with some bite in it. Old Sycamore is a shot-shaper's course, and a driver is not needed on most holes due to the high number of doglegs. Regent Park is a little tougher in my opinion, fairly long, but does not not have severe doglegs. Two other nice, fairly tough courses are Verdict Ridge and Skybrook.|
|area courses||Scott at 3/11/06 10:34am|
|I have two friends coming in on the 17th for two days of golf. I am scheduling a round at waterford and the Ballantyne resort. Any other courses that come recommended? They are both single digit and big hitters who would over power a small course. I have heard mixed things about Old Sycamore.
|Re: Equipment Hire||Mike A at 3/7/06 11:14am|
|Thanks for your help on the club rental. I'll try Edwin Watts. Played Ballantyne last time I was over but they want $45 to rent clubs.|
|Re: Equipment Hire||michaels at 3/3/06 3:34pm|
|virtually any course that you will want to play at will be able to rent you clubs for your round - alternatively their is a chain of golf super stores here called edwin watts - look them up and they too can rent you clubs|
|Equipment Hire||Mike A at 3/2/06 5:40am|
|I'm visiting family in Charlotte in a couple of weeks time and hope to get a few rounds in. Travelling over from the UK but unfortunately don't think I'll be able to bring my clubs. Is there anywhere I can hire equipment from near Ballantyne.
|Re: clubs and courses||TGreenway at 2/28/06 12:32pm|
|EFFORTLESS Golf is at the corner of Tryon and Tyvola, (about 8 min from airport)...with a nice driving range and full club fitting services. Good group of guys there, and competitive prices.|
|clubs and courses||mc at 2/24/06 10:15am|
|I'll be in Charlotte around March 24. I'm picking someone up at the airport, but I do have time to play golf that day and would also like shop around for a set of irons. Any recommendations on a golf course relatively close to the airport, as well as a golf shop to find a decent deal on clubs (I'm probably looking at Hogans or Mizuno).
Thanks so much!
|Carolina Kick-Off Classic||Charlotte Golf Tour at 2/21/06 2:59pm|
|Join The Charlotte Golf Tour and The Carolina Golf Tour at the Pit Golf Links in Aberdeen, NC March 4th for the Carolina Kick-Off Classic!! Normal Green fees at The Pit are $109 in March. You can play this Golf Digest Top 50 Public Course for just $80 including the Prize Pool. This is a 2-person best ball event open to all men, women, and juniors who normally score 95 or less for 18 holes. You may sign up for this event as a four-some, a two-some or as a single, we will find you a playing partner. For more information and our complete 2006 schedule visit us at www.charlottegolftour.com|
|Charlotte National||TC at 1/23/06 12:14pm|
|Played Char. Nat'l this weekend (1-22-06) and the course is basically under water. Greens are in good shape but need to really dry out. Course does not drain well at all, standing water on fairways and greens, 8th and 18th fairway were completely underwater. Before you play, make sure you inquire about the drainage and how wet the course actually is?|
|Re: Where to play?||JB at 1/22/06 11:45pm|
|Ballantyne is your best bet. Waterford in Rock Hill and Springfield in Fort Mill are also pretty good courses run by good people.|
|Charlotte Golf Links||Tom Cusick at 1/19/06 1:19pm|
|Plyed CGL on 1/7/06 and actually wrote to the Pro to complain about the conditions. Course obviously wet from prior rain (3 days earlier) so cart paths only. Course does not drain that well. Traps were poor and sand was like wet concrete. Greens were horrible and heavily spotted with Bermuda as well as disease, couldn't find a true roll anywhere. Still charging $52 for bad golf in dead of winter, play somewhere else.|
|Pawtuckett Golf Club Closing for Good||B-Man at 1/11/06 10:27pm|
|Got word tonight that Pawtuckett Golf Club has closed for good, as of 12/26. The note said "The oversupply of golf in the market and the poor location were the driving forces behind this decision." It also added that "The land is being divided up and sold to residential developers."
While my last round there (Sept) showed the conditions had gone downhill, I still enjoyed the layout. It had a unique feel to it, compared to other area courses and it was still one of the top 3 values in the Charlotte area. I'll miss it.
|Waterford GC||Eap at 12/27/05 8:40am|
|Played Waterford yesterday and the greens are in great shape. Some of the fairways are a little soggy due to the past rain.Had a good time!!|
|Where to play?||Long Driver at 12/19/05 7:09pm|
|Been keeping up with your website for awhile as an out of towner. Im debating on Ballantyne and Highland Creek. I am looking for a good challenge and a very nice course. Any suggestions on these two, or maybe another top tier course?
|olde sycamore||Nathan Helms at 11/23/05 7:11pm|
|I played olde sycamore today, because it was so cold the greens were brutaly fast. Most holes were not very muddy despite the heavens opening up two days ago. I played a horrible round but course was in good shape.|
|Re: Vacation Golf||Jamie at 11/9/05 3:29pm|
|You might want to consider The Divide (704-882-8088). It's fairly forgiving off the tee, and has three sets of tees to vary the course length. It's one of the Carolina Trail courses, and usually in good shape. The greens are good, and very straightforward, without severe breaks on most of them. Some water holes and/or creeks, but not too many. Other possibilities are Emerald Lake (704-882-7888) or Charlotte National (704-882-8282). All three courses are within a few miles of each other off Interstate 485, and are considered good quality, semi-private courses. Charlotte National usually has great, but fast, greens. Check out the course reviews on this site to get a feel for what to expect.|
|Re: Vacation Golf||Scott at 11/8/05 8:48pm|
|Ok, after reading this reply I am rethinking my course decision......I play alot, but am playing with my dad who doesnt play much. I need a course that will be fun for the both of us..........any clue of a good course for this?|
|Re: Vacation Golf||Jamie at 11/8/05 6:46am|
|Verdict Ridge and Olde Sycamore are fairly different in terms of setup and difficulty. Olde Sycamore is a shot-shaper style course, with the driver not needed on most holes. It has a lot of dog-legs. The greens are usually in great shape, and fairly fast. Verdict Ridge is beautiful, but one of the toughtest courses in this area. The greens are usually very nice, but can be tough to putt because of the undulations. Verdict Ridge is a great course, but it will frustrate you if you don't bring your A game. I play Olde Sycamore more because it's more convenient. Verdict Ridge is a bit of a drive, but worth it.|
|Vacation Golf||Scott at 11/8/05 12:02am|
|I will be visiting the area in the upcoming weeks. I was looking at playing either Verdict Ridge or Olde Sycamore. Any thoughts on which might be more enjoyable, in better shape, ect..., as both look nice on paper. Any thoughts and info would be appreciated!|
|Re: Charlotte National||Jamie at 10/24/05 1:56pm|
|Course conditions are similar. I would say the greens are comparable, with Charlotte National's being slightly faster. However, Emerald Lake is preparing to aerate theirs. You should call to inquire before booking anything there.|
|Re: Charlotte National||gatlin at 10/24/05 11:51am|
|Since you played them both recently... how does the condition of Charlotte National compare to the condition of Emerald Lake right now?|
|Charlotte National||Jamie at 10/24/05 7:00am|
|Played Charlotte National on Saturday. Right now the course is in great shape. The greens are outstanding: very consistent and smooth.|