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Date: 10/13/20 Tue Afternoon
Conditions: Average - isolated issues
Pace: 4 1/2 Hours
Profile: Frequent Golfer (about once a month)
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This course is on everyones tops list and is considered one of the top places to play in the Charlotte Metro area.
I've heard so much about it over the years and my Son plays here regularly and says it's his favorite.
Today, me, Ben, Jason B & James D played 18 holes on a Tuesday early afternoon. After two days of rain on Sat & Sun from Hurricane Delta it was still quite wet in areas which affected your fairway shots and pace of play since it was cart path only. It took us about 4 1/2 hours to play 18.
This is a resort style course and is upscale though still public. The property has been sold to a developer and eventually it will be gone.
The ProShop is attached to the hotel so they don't allow you to take the gas carts into the parking lot. You drop your bag, then park and go downstairs to the ProShop to check in. They have a starter so you'll need your receipt. At the ProShop they assign you a cart and give you a card which you hang on your cart with your Tee Time. Everyone I came in contact with was nice and professional.
Once you leave the ProShop you follow the cart path to the practice area where they have a driving range as well as a chipping and putting area.
There is a large open air pavilion which has a full bar and food as well as bathrooms.
From here you check in with the Starter who will direct you to the 1st Tee and get you off on time. There is a huge clock next to the first tee in sight of the practice area so everyone can keep up with the time with a quick glance.
The course is very nice, it's fairly wide open with the usual out of bound areas but for the most part the fairways are wide. There are 5 Par 3's.
Thats right FIVE par 3's. Two on the front and three on the back.
There are four Tee's and most play from the Whites and the Seniors play the Green tees.
All the Par 3's are fun and accessible. My favorite hole is #18 which offers an elevated tee with a clear view of the green sitting right in front of the hotel. There are green side bunkers on the right alongside water & water fountain and the distance from the White tee's is 350 yards. Jason & Ben both hit beautiful drives and Jason barely edging Ben out with about a 340 yard drive.
It's interesting that the 9th hole doesn't bring you back to the club house. There is another small bar/restaurant at the turn where you can get a beverage some food and take a bio break,
I really like this course overall and the way it plays. The water is not going to create a lot of problems and the bunkers are designed to compliment the course and not make it too risky. The tees boxes are well maintained, the fairways are great and the greens are well kept and roll true. Not too many un-repaired ball marks as on so many courses.
The downside of being in such a developed area is you have Interstate 485 right on you so you hear the traffic on the back 9 with the sirens and horns. There is also a lot of construction going on all around the course so don't be surprised to hear a saw start up as you get set for your putt.
As in most things you get what you pay for. This course is a little pricer than most. I got on with the GolfNow app for $58 bucks.
I would recommend this course no matter your skill level. Especially if you have out of town quests in to entertain or just want to enjoy a day outside with friends and family with easy access to cold beverages and food.