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Best area for a golf trip?   Mohan at 10/7/15 7:56pm
Hey what's up. I'm coming down to Charlotte with a few friends for a three day trip and we're trying to figure out the right area to stay. Looks like we can go north, east, and southwest (into SC). Any recommendations? We're looking for some fairly nice courses - nothing luxurious, we all shoot in the 80s and 90s.

Thanks for the help!
Re: Water resistant golf courses?   tvrepairex at 10/3/15 11:07am
Eagle Chase near Marshville drains really well.Very Rare to have a cartpath only day.
Re: Water resistant golf courses?   oneputt at 10/2/15 8:15am
Fort Mill is a course that drains well. Traps are also draining well.
Water resistant golf courses?   HateSlowPlay at 10/1/15 3:56pm
With all the rain around, I would like to know which courses around here drain relatively well? Just in case the sun peeks out long enough to fool me into playing.
NFL Pool   The B-Man at 9/9/15 10:53pm
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Rocky River?   Bogey-Golf at 9/9/15 8:02pm
Anybody play Rocky River lately? Is it in good shape?
Golf Tournament For A Great Cause   Stephanie at 9/3/15 3:04pm
Join us on October 12th- Raintree Country Club
Golfnow coupons   Leednc at 9/3/15 12:25pm
I received 2 $80 Golfnow coupons at a charity event and would like to sell them. I would use them myself but they require you to use the whole $80 at one time and because of work I mostly play M-F by myself so I'd waste half of it.
I'd like to get $50-60 apiece for them. (Bman, if this isn't allowed on your site I apologize and please remove the post)
Charlotte National   dongtrgolfer at 8/26/15 6:46pm
Aerated on Monday (8/24) and Tuesday (8/25).
Superintendent's Revenge Tournament at The Tradition   The B-Man at 8/25/15 7:41am
There is a unique 2-man tourney at The Tradition on Saturday 8/29 called "Superintendent's Revenge". For this Captain's Choice event, they set up the pins in the toughest spots and put some tees in challenging places. The price ($65, with a $25 discount for members) includes golf, dinner and a shot at all the prizes. Shotgun start at 1pm.

Call or email the course to get signed up.
Re: Play golf alone   PT3040 at 8/18/15 10:54pm
This should be framed and posted on the first tee at every golf course!
Lessons with a PGA Pro   The B-Man at 8/10/15 7:27pm
I took a lesson with Jay Reid at Birkdale 2 weeks ago and he helped solve a few nagging problems for me -- e.g. occasional shanks, no lob wedge confidence and poor chipping / bunker play -- literally in minutes. I took most of the hour practicing what he told me after a few minutes of video analysis and instruction. I was extremely happy with the results. He's partnered with me now to give anyone referred from my site $20 off a lesson or clinic -- just mention my web site when you make a reservation. Check out his site -- Jay Reid School of Golf -- and give him a shot at fixing your biggest swing problems. He's a PGA life member and taught at Dana Rader for 15 years.
Re: Play golf alone   The B-Man at 8/7/15 3:01pm
You're welcome, beginnergolfguy. I hope you enjoy learning and playing the game.

A few tips on courses -- I think Revolution Park, Charles T Myers, and Charlotte National are among the best courses for beginners. And better yet, if you want to start with an executive course (all par 3's), you can try Pebble Creek in Indian Trail. That's where I learned to play and built my confidence over 15 years ago.

Also, for the rest, I think this is a good topic with some good advice. Playing as a single is something I do quite a bit -- for mostly personal schedule reasons. Either it's last minute and I can't find a partner before I get to the course or I've got only so much time to play and need to play fast. In those cases, it's ve! ry appropriate to tell the pro shop or starter that you'd like to play alone or have a time constraint. You might ask to start on the back nine or another hole where they have a gap. You just have to keep in mind what 5putts said and realize that they may not be able to accommodate you -- since it could mess up pace of play for their other guests. In these situations, you just have to accept what they offer and not take it personally if they decline. Also know that it might change during the round. You may catch up to a 2-some or threesome that is stacked behind several full groups. In that case, it makes sense for you to join that group rather than keep pushing up against them every hole -- because you're not going to play through that many groups. So the biggest advice if you want to play as a single is be flexible.
Thanks to you as well hateslowplay   beginnergolfguy at 8/6/15 9:31pm
I also want to thank you for your time and input. I am certainly going to remember these things. I am sure it will take time to learn the things...but I am excited and all in !
Have a great weekend ! And thanks to you Bman, I enjoy this site !
Re: Play golf alone   HateSlowPlay at 8/6/15 1:31pm
Getting paired up is something you have to get used to. But don't feel self conscious about your game, honestly no-one really cares about anyone else's game as it is hard enough focusing on their own games. But the things people do care about are etiquette and pace of play. Both are huge. Learn the etiquette, don't stand in people's line of sight, don't walk on their line, rake bunkers, etc. Learn what READY GOLF is and play it all times. Be aware when it is your turn to hit and be ready, don't stand there fiddling with your glove and trying to find a yardage while people are waiting for you. Do that before it is your turn while other people are hitting. Also don't get back to the cart, re-arrange your clubs, sort out scores, etc. while parked next to the green, and people are waiting back in t! he fairway. Jump in the cart, putter or driver in hand, and put them away at the next stop. Always be aware or etiquette and pace of play and people will love playing with you.
Thanks 5putts !   beginnergolfguy at 8/6/15 11:22am
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my post. I had no idea about the business makes sense. I will now take your advice and not worry about being paired. I have found as I have started this game,that golfers are very nice thanks again and have a great weekend !!
Re: Play golf alone   5putts at 8/6/15 9:05am
The only way is to arrive uber early or well into twilight like 4pm-ish. Even then its going to be iffy. The golf course business model is such that 4 players at 8 minute intervals is optimal for them to maximize their margin. They will happily take singles, two & threesomes but that is not their preferred capacity management scheme; especially during prime time :)

That being said, I've met literally 1000's of people over the years playing golf. Most of the are pretty decent people (they are golfers after all) although I don't really engage in a lot of small talk. You do run across the occasional Chatty Cathy or Johnny Miller wannabe (who painfully describes what happened on every single shot and comments on yours as a bonus) but mostly its ok.

I understand wanti! ng to play alone as I enjoy that myself too. To me though, its more about the tempo of the game as opposed to the other people. So, given the nature of the game, my advice is not worry about being paired up and focus on what YOU are doing. Pretty soon the performance anxiety aspect will fade away entirely and you might meet some nice folks (after all... its only a 4 hour relationship).
Play golf alone   beginnergolfguy at 8/5/15 7:07pm
Hi,I am a beginner and have had lessons, etc. and am ready to hit the course again. My issue is after working and the daily grind,I just want to play 18 alone and relax . The times I have played, I have been paired up which I did not enjoy. Can someone give me the protocol on this issue? when I arrive at the course do I tell the person at the desk I want to play golf alone? Will I get a strange look? I think I will enjoy this game...but I want it to be my escape. Thanks !
Re: Lost PW   Joe at 8/4/15 8:51am
Well this is slightly embarrassing, but the third guy in our group actually grabbed my wedge on the last hole and after shaking hands on completion of the round he forgot to hand it back to me. Called me today to let me know he had it.

Thanks for the advice on the golf club labels, I may look in to it or buy it for a friend as a gag gift since he tends to lose clubs a lot. It doesn't ensure you'll get the club back but if there are good Samaritans out there, which golf tends to have, you might have a chance.
Re: Lost PW   HittOD at 8/4/15 12:49am
I'm sorry to hear that the lost club has not been found yet. I know that I have in 40 years of golf, on a couple of occasions found clubs on the course, put them in my bag to turn in later only to realize that the club was still in my bag when I got home. I eventually turned the clubs in, but this surely caused some angst for those golfers with the lost club. To that end, I have for some years now been doing something that gives me some peace of mind in regards to leaving one of my golf clubs on the course. There are sites online where one can order golf club labels on which one can put their name, address, cell #, etc. I put one on each club in my bag. I know this doesn't guarantee the return, but I believe it makes it more likely, and in a more timely manner. I know that if the clubs that! I forgot to turn in had the label, I would have called the person to let them know that I had their club. I just did an internet search for "Golf Club Labels", and found a couple of sites that will provide between 16 to 20 labels for about $7 with no shipping. This of course won't help you find this club (assuming you had no label on it), but may be useful in the future, and to those reading this message board. I welcome any pro or con comments about this posting.
Lost PW   jscum13 at 8/3/15 11:01pm
long shot here but worth a shot with the amount of local traffic bman's site gets...I left a PW - or so I think - on the 18th green of Monroe Country Club on Saturday 08.01.15. It's a taylormade rocket bladez PW custom projectx shaft 5.5 flighted gwith a red and black golf pride grip. Since the finders of the club didn't turn it in, if anyone sees this club online somewhere please contact me. It's a costly replacement so I'm just hoping for a prayer here. Thanks
Cramer mtn   HateSlowPlay at 7/31/15 2:22pm
Local news story about the course re-opening
Cramer Mtn.   HateSlowPlay at 7/31/15 2:21pm
Cramer mtn recently re-opened as a private course. The homeowners stepped in and poured a lot of money into it to bring it back, including new greens, and from what I hear it is in fantastic shape now.

Only downside is that it is private/members only I believe.
Rocky River Update   Ryan Brickley at 7/31/15 1:53pm
The fairways that were sprigged with new grass have now been mowed and are OPEN for play. All holes are back to their regular length, except 2 and 6 which being played from the forward tees.
The greens are in GREAT shape and rolling a consistent 10 on the stimpmeter.
Thanks for everyone's patience as we have restored Rocky River to the condition you have come to expect.
Ryan Brickley
PGA Director of Golf
Cramer   IM4DHERD at 7/31/15 11:50am
Just called them...They went back to private. I played there in 2010 when they had opened to the public. End of saga.
Re: I meant Cramer Mountain in the last post   The B-Man at 7/31/15 11:41am
I believe Cramer Mountain is closed.

But I am interested in comments about Crowder's Mountain. I've been thinking about trying it out and adding it here for a while.
I meant Cramer Mountain in the last post   IM4DHERD at 7/31/15 11:36am
If anyone can edit it for me, I'd appreciate it.
Crowder Mountain?   IM4DHERD at 7/31/15 9:32am
Anyone play Crowder Mountain lately? 20+ years ago, when it was private, I played it and was VERY impressed. A real gem...Mountain golf just outside of Charlotte (near Belmont, before Gastonia). Opened to the public a few years ago, so I headed down, but was disappointed in the conditions, cart paths, markers, etc. Still a very funky layout with a lot of elevation changes. Have seen some Golfnow and Google reviews from the past year or two saying it's in good shape. Anyone know if they've turned it around?
Regent Park   Jamie at 7/27/15 7:53am
Played RP on 7/25. Still in pretty good shape except for the bunkers, which have the same problem as a lot of local courses. Over time, they lose sand. If the sand is not replaced, you end up with a very thin layer of sand over very hard, compacted earth. No problem as far as fairway bunkers are concerned, but a big problem in greenside bunkers. A very thin layer of sand will not allow the club head to pass under the ball, so you either try to intentionally hit it thin, or you will chunk it five feet. Someone (I assume an employee) at the clubhouse told my friend in our foursome to play outside the bunkers because of deferred maintenance - that is the first time I have ever heard that. Hopefully they can get this issue resolved.

Greens a little beaten up but putted fairly well. I probably fixed! 100 ball marks other than my own. One other issue still persisting is lack of water stations. Bring a lot of water with you.
Re: Where should we play?   JAG at 7/24/15 6:19pm
Thanks. I'll check them out. Turns out we're staying and play two days now.
Thanks for the recommendations.

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