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Re: Westport   slowmofo at 10/16/14 1:25pm
Agreed. They need to mow this stuff down a bunch especially since the weather is cooler now. I have a heavy putter and need to add like 45 lbs to it with how slow those greens are.
Westport   thesheedspot at 10/13/14 2:30pm
Slow greens, long fairways. Not a fan of the layout, it has a lot of blind shots and everyone in our group had several bizarre bounces off the fairways. The only way to make a putt here is to hammer it right at the hole, not much feel to the greens. Better options exist a lot closer for those in the Charlotte area.
Re: Private course recommendations   slowmofo at 10/13/14 2:27pm
Quail Hollow ( doubt you can get on )
TPC piper glen
River Run Country Club
Providence Country Club
Charlotte Country Club( also tough )

Though I am not sure what kind of reciprocals or pull your club has
Private course recommendations   Don S at 10/10/14 10:26am

I'm looking for recommendations on Private Clubs in or near Charlotte. I am comimg to Charlotte next week, and looking to play a couple rounds at private clubs. I belong to a small Club in Crete, IL, so I can have my Pro make me tee times.

The Master's 2015 Trip   Rosemary at 10/4/14 5:09pm
I was lucky enough to get 4 tickets for The Master's 2015 and want to surprise my husband. We are coming from Ontario, Canada and I would appreciate recommendations for reasonable "stay & play" packages for Sat. & Sun. April 5 & 5. They would have to be near #77 or #20 as I assume this is the route we would have to take. Thank you in advance.
Charity Golf Tournament Oct 13th at Rolling Hills CC   The B-Man at 10/1/14 8:56pm
Turning Point Annual Golf Tournament 2014
October 13th
Rolling Hills Country Club
9:00 am - Shotgun Start
$150 per player or $600 per foursome
Sponsorship opportunities available

Format: 18 Hole Captain’s Choice
Entry Fee includes: Golf and Cart, Range Balls, Food and Beverages, and Charitable Contribution
Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Team Prizes plus Raffle Prizes!
Contests: “Beat the Pro” Par 3 Drive, Win a Car for Hole-In-One, $10,000 Putt, Closest to the pin

Turning Point is the only domestic violence shelter and
program serving the residents of Union and surrounding counties and is solely respons! ible for family violence services and prevention.

For more information, contact or call Becky Tracy at 704-288-1902.

Visit the Turning Point website
Golf on Saturday, 10-04-2014   Mike Smith at 10/1/14 1:24pm
This is my first trip to Charlotte, and I'm looking for a reasonably priced public course for a foursome to play on 10-04-2014. I'm staying downtown near the Bank of America Stadium, so a course near there would be preferable if possible. Any help you might provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Mike Smith
Golf on Saturday, 10-04-2014   Mike Smith at 10/1/14 1:05pm
I'm looking for an 18 hole public course near Bank of America Stadium to play on Sat, Oct 4 for 1 foursome.
Can you help an out-of-town hacker (21 hcp) find a reasonably priced track which one doesn't need to be a single digit player to have some fun on the links? Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

M P Smith

Renaissance & Emerald Lake & Tega Cay   Nancy & Fred at 9/29/14 6:05pm
Played Renaissance 9/28 and the greens are in terrible shape. Many dead spots and various lengths of grass on the greens. It's impossible to putt and feel that anything you're doing is going to make a difference as there is too much interference with the state of the greens for any putt to be accurate. The fairways were fine. The bunkers were actually very nicely kept and well-raked. I felt like someone there felt so bad about the greens being terrible that they thought they would at least make the bunkers playable.
Emerald Lake, which we played two weeks ago had bad greens as well. Almost as bad as Renaissance. Lots of crab grass on them and the crab grass didn't get mown down with the other grass so many putts you're putting through pieces of crab grass sticking up. Plus, lots of ! dead spots. The back 9 was better than the front, but not great.
It's a shame. These both used to be decent courses (Emerald Lake used to be really nice). It's been one of the rainiest and cooler summers in the 15 years I've lived here. If you can't keep your greens up this summer, when will you be able too? Plus, they were both way too expensive for what you get - even on tee off or golf now - I think we paid $70 bucks for 2 people for Emerald Lake and $50 for Renaissance. If we had just paid at the club house we would have given up and asked for our money back. Not sure how that works on the discount web-sites. They need to charge a lot less if their courses are in such bad shape.
Tega Cay was really nice. Worth any extra money.
Men's Golf Club   CT Golfer at 9/29/14 4:29pm
Planning a move to Charlotte in the next 3-6 months and am wondering what the best public men's golf clubs are in the Charlotte area? I currently play in a club in Connecticut and would like to join a similiar club in Charlotte.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Westport All Day Sep 16??   slowmofo at 9/15/14 5:25pm
The only thing I hated about Westport was that they let the fairways grow in and the greens as well. Those greens were some of the slowest I have ever played. Let me know if the condition has improved!
Westport All Day Sep 16??   phatdba at 9/15/14 9:29am
Westport (Denver NC) offers $25 for all day golf on Tuesdays.

I have a 7:40 tee time tomorrow (Sept 16) at Westport and would like one person to join me (two can play almost as fast as one and it is more fun that way).

It is short notice but please let me know thru this message board so we can coordinate.

We could play 2-4 rounds depending the pace of play and our endurance.
Re: Renaissance Park review - response from the course   slowmofo at 9/4/14 11:05am
I appreciate that Renaissance took the time to respond. It shows they that do care about their course and do want to make it better. I feel bad about trashing them in my review, but the conditions that day were awful. Yes I see them trying to make improvements with resodding. I wish them the best as more courses in the area to play make me a happy
Renaissance Park review - response from the course   The B-Man at 9/3/14 9:55pm
I have a good relationship with Ratcliffe Golf -- they run Renaissance Park, Charles T Myers and Revolution Park, among other courses around town. Jason Rockhold from Ratcliffe responded to the recent poor review posted on this site. The full text is below:

Dear Slowmofo,

Thank you for your comments. We take our guest’s opinions very seriously and appreciate your candor in sharing any negative experiences you had. It is our goal to utilize your comments to make our golf course a better experience to all of our golfers that play with us.

I would like to apologize for your poor experience with our fairways and a few of the greens at Renaissance Park. We are in the middle of some great projects that foc! us on equal coverage of water and leveling out some areas to make them more playable.

I have included a couple of photos (Photo 1, Photo 2) of the sodding process that has started Tuesday September 2, 2014 that is covering the areas of dirt to level out some areas that have compacted. We are working with the county to continue to make Renaissance Park Golf Course a great experience for everyone who plays it. In addition, we have purchased some new equipment to keep the fairway and rough length consistent and playable. These new machines help the grass grow as it adapts to the consistent length of cut.

In addition to the resodding, we have recently installed a new water pump house to get better water coverage on t! he course. We will be aerifying our greens next week to get th! e ultimate use of this new tool. With the new pump house, we will get a stronger and faster recovery of our bent greens. As you know, bent grass greens typically experience problems of heat stress and wear during the summer. The desired growing conditions for bent grass are soil temperatures between 50-65 degrees and air temperatures of 60-75 degrees. As soil temperatures and air temperatures continue to rise into early fall, there is difficulty keeping these greens at optimal condition.

Knowing this, we offer bounce back coupons for $20 off your next round of golf during this time period.

We expect after aerification, a short healing period, and cooler temperatures to see great results from our end of summer projects.

Please come back in a few weeks as my guest, there is no doubt you will see the positive results from our labors.

Have a great day!

Jason Rockhold, MBA, PGA
Director of Marketing/PGA Instructor
Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc.
Regent Park   Jamie at 9/3/14 7:44am
Have played Regent Park a lot this year, and it has become one of my favorite layouts. Played on 8/30/14 and the course condition was good. One of the best things about RP on Saturdays is that the pace of play is usually not an issue. It took us 4 hours 20 minutes last Saturday, and that was actually a little slower than normal. We usually start around 7:45 so we are out early, and done by noon. Greens starting to show a lot of ball marks, but overall in good shape. Only real negative is they still need more water stations.
Rumor Mill   slowmofo at 9/2/14 12:39pm
It appears that Ballentyne Resort is moving to becoming an executive course. After last year they have rehatched the plan. No none dates

Regent Park will be bulldozed to put up more houses. Goodbye golf course.

Re: olde beau   The B-Man at 8/25/14 9:39pm
I've added Olde Beau to the site. You can now post official reviews. Thanks for the update, panthersfann55!
olde beau   panthersfann55 at 8/25/14 8:19pm
took advantage of a clickit deal and head up north to olde beau. holes 1-3 suck you in then bam tough holes lie ahead. blind shots a plenty for first timers not knowing the course but the beauty made me forget my score. best part of the round was when everything went silent and a fighter jet came screaming up the valley and passed 200 yds over our heads and was gone. Bent grass greens tough to read with no ball marks on them only a few fungus spots here and there but never came into play (A). Bunkers were wet due to greenside sprinklers being used at night (B). Fairways lush but not mowed so very little roll after the ball landed (A-). Rough tough as hell close to us open rough (A+). Tees just mowed and in overall great shape (A+). Shot a 95 from the green tees. Overall great value for $40.
Ta! ke your camera it was a nice clear day.
white plains country club   panthersfann55 at 8/19/14 3:26pm
This course is a good value if you live on the southeast side of town (matthews/mint hill/monroe). Way out in pageland,sc about a 45 minute drive for me so we only play here once a year or so. Greens in good shape for bent (lots of ball marks but people actually fixed them here). Very soft and it was nice to see the ball backup. fairways nice and lush with the rough being rough. bunkers had soft sand and easy to hit out of since i was in 2 of them. short course for the senior player 5059 yds and challenging enough for the average golfer (6361-tips,6016-white). elevation changes make it play longer. no clickit but paid $27, buddy had a birthday club coupon so he played for free. snacks and soda at the turn didn't see the kitchen going so we ate elsewhere. probably a 20 minute drive south o! f monroe golf club. check it out sometime
Carolina Trail Courses Update   The B-Man at 8/14/14 5:26pm
Most of you should be seeing much better reviews lately for the former Carolina Trail courses. They are starting to really come back in shape, which is great to see.

I received two emails yesterday - one with a $10 off coupon for any of the 5 former courses - The Divide, Waterford, Tradition, Highland Creek and Birkdale - and one from Waterford. Here's the full text:

As you have probably heard, a foreclosure process was recently completed with respect to Waterford Golf Club. As a result of that process, effective August 1, 2014, Romspen-Waterford LLC is now the owner of the facility.

The new owners are committed to returning the golf ! course to its rightful place as one of the best daily fee facilities in the Charlotte area and have retained the services of Traditional Golf Management to operate the club. We understand that this has been a very volatile environment and we are confident that the new ownership and management will provide the much needed stability that this club needs. We are currently working on both operating and capital plans that will allow us to show continuous improvement in the facility and service levels at the club.

We are excited to begin the process of restoring the course to the quality that was enjoyed years ago. We look forward to earning back your business and seeing you on the golf course.

Birkdale   nenad at 8/10/14 10:22pm
I just moved to Huntersville and I live across Birkdale golf course. I have read some pretty bad reviews about from the past but nothing since July 7th. Have the conditions on the golf course and the practice area improved? Is it worth playing? Thanks...
seven lakes   panthersfann55 at 8/6/14 4:57pm
Headed out to seven lakes in west end, nc (outside pinehurst). We always play this course along with 2 other choices every year and boy it was in great shape. Bent grass greens show no sign of summer stress except for 2 rings on 18, bunkers fluffy, fairways lush with grass, and rough tough but fair. A's all around and never saw another golfer the whole round (large group teed of an hour or so before our tee time). For $34 in the am on a course that is $60-$80 peak season was a great deal.
seven lakes   panthersfann55 at 8/6/14 4:57pm
Headed out to seven lakes in west end, nc (outside pinehurst). We always play this course along with 2 other choices every year and boy it was in great shape. Bent grass greens show no sign of summer stress except for 2 rings on 18, bunkers fluffy, fairways lush with grass, and rough tough but fair. A's all around and never saw another golfer the whole round (large group teed of an hour or so before our tee time). For $34 in the am on a course that is $60-$80 peak season was a great deal.   ILL-INI at 7/30/14 9:21am
Saturday it's supposed to spit a little rain but there's some really awesome tee times/rates to be had on I just booked me and a couple buddies of mine for $35 (plus the fee and tax) on a 12:30 tee time on Saturday. Just wanted to give you all a heads up.
Rock Barn   The B-Man at 7/17/14 12:54pm
Rock Barn has been added! Go post a review.
Re: Which courses should I add?   slowmofo at 7/17/14 11:51am
Def Rock Barn. Just played it on Sunday and it was in amazing condition. It's probably my favorite course in the area.
Re: Which courses should I add?   4Putts at 7/10/14 6:08pm
Rock Barn - Great
Mooresville - Weak
Westport - Average
Lincoln CC - Average
Cheraw State Park - Great
Re: Which courses should I add?   The B-Man at 7/10/14 4:08pm
phatdba: River Oaks is listed here. Post a review!
Re: Which courses should I add?   phatdba at 7/10/14 4:05pm
This site is where I go first to see what sort of shape local courses are in - thanks Bman! I like to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. Helps me find bargains and avoid busts.

I would add Crowder Mountain, Kings Mountain, River Oaks (new fave in Statesville), Badin Inn, Westport, and I second Scott B on Rock Barn.

Crowder Mountain is not on any of the discount sites (ClickitGolf, GolfNow, Birdie Bug, TeeOff), doesn't get much notice, but it is in 4-star shape at a 3-star price, and is a scenic and enjoyable layout (con: no driving range).
Re: Which courses should I add?   Scott Brotherton at 7/10/14 3:46pm
I wouldn't bother with Mooresville, they are about to redesign most of the course. Old Beau is incredible. Very tough. Westport isn't anything special. Rock Barn is great.

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