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Re: Tillery Tradition Status
Posted by: kuehbr
on 10/10/17 11:25am
Thanks for the update! One of my favorite area courses and happy to hear that they are putting in the time/money to make that place great again, looking forward to playing it in the upcoming months

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The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent Date: 7/19/17 Wed Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 85
Cost: $22
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: < 3 Hours
Wanted to give an update on Crescent, as my review over 2 years ago was the most recent review. The club has new ownership and a new name in 2017. It is officially called The Revival At The Crescent. The new ownership has put a lot of resources into bringing the course back from the edge of death (see my previous review). I found all but one tee box in great shape. They were as lush as any I've seen this summer. The fairways as well, save the 6th, have finally recovered from the winter kill of '15. The weather has allowed the bermuda to thrive. The greens have never really been an issue at Crescent, other than the 3rd, and that is still the case. The greens were spongy underfoot and rolled pretty true. The club has done a lot of work on all green side bunkers. They have redone the drainage in the bunkers and added new sand to them. It appears as if they are letting several fairway bunkers that don't really come into play transition into grass bunkers. There are new carts with usb charging ports. Additionally, there were coolers of cold water at several spots around the course. Sprinklers had distances on them and their was new signage everywhere. The club still has work to do. The front half of the 3rd green has been transitioned back into fairway, leaving a really small target. It sits so far back in a wooded area, that I don't see any way they can get air back there other than bringing in fans. The 5th tee, green and 6th fairway also need work. They sit down in a low area and don't much airflow. The club never had complete cart paths, and while it wasn't a problem 15 years ago, the lack of maintenance of the dirt cart paths over the years has made them almost impassible. The edges of bunkers need to be worked on as well. Areas of the course that aren't directly in the line of play, but could see an errant shot are the last piece of the course to come back. All in all, the club has made great strides to make the course playable again. Continued efforts in that same vein will bring it close to the condition it was in during the mid-'00s.
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Tega Cay Golf Club Date: 5/29/17 Mon Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 102
Cost: $35
Conditions: PerfectPace: 4 1/2 Hours
Tega Cay is in phenomenal shape right now. Tees and fairways are beautiful. Bunkers are full of soft, white sand. Greens are lightning quick. This public course has very much of a private club feel. Not the longest course in the world; club selection off the tee is key. Lots of elevation change as well.
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Mooresville Golf Club Date: 5/14/17 Sun Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 101
Cost: $23
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 4 Hours
Played the redesign for the first time yesterday. Huge improvement over the old layout. Conditions for the most part much better as well. There are still a few fairways that are thin, particularly the 2nd. Greens are still concrete hard. Well struck shots did not hold a green as they would bounce over the back. Greens are also lightning fast. Construction on the new clubhouse seems to be progressing nicely, and the range and practice areas are really nice.
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The Tradition Golf Club Date: 8/15/16 Mon Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score: 88
Cost: $29
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Played The Tradition for the first time in just under 2 years on Monday. I played in the late afternoon and the course was virtually empty. A few twosomes or singles here and there, but that was about it. The teeboxes were OK. Some were shaggier than others. Fairways were in great shape, as the bermuda has thrived in the hot weather this summer. The rough is thick and lush. A shot just a couple of yards off the fairway is in hack it out territory. The bent grass greens are starting to struggle. I'm puzzled at how a course that is basically cut out of trees only has fans on 1 hole. The greens still rolled fairly well, but the grass was beginning to die in several places on each hole. They were actually punching the 13th green as I was playing. Bunkers were hit or miss; some in better shape than others. What really struck me were some of the ancillary things; bunker rakes with missing handles and a good number of the pins were broken to the point where the flag itself had slid 1/4 of the way down from the top. The staff was friendly. I didn't use the range or putting green.
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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation Date: 8/1/16 Mon Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 95
Cost: $28
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 Hours
From tee to green Olde Sycamore is in about as good a shape as any track in Charlotte. The greens, however, are suffering terribly. The bent grass just can't handle the heat we've had over the last month or so. They've sanded most of them, but with the abundance of ball marks and stressed out bent grass, they are in really poor shape. They are also building a new tee box for the par 3 4th hole that brings the pond more into play.
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Emerald Lake Golf Club Date: 4/30/16 Sat Afternoon
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 90
Cost: $22
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Played Emerald Lake in the late afternoon Saturday before the storms rolled in. There is a lot of construction/prep work being done for the new clubhouse. The course was quite busy for a Saturday late afternoon.Course was firm and fast before the rain. The course is in decent shape. Some parts of the fairways have significant bare spots, while others are perfect. The same applies to the greens. Some are in great shape, while others need work. Bunkers also varied from having barely any sand to being full of sand. I hope funds aren't being diverted from course maintenance to go towards the new clubhouse.
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Tillery Tradition Country Club Date: 6/14/15 Sun Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
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Cost: $14
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 3 1/2 Hours
First really hot day of golf this year for me. The golf course at Tillery Tradition was in great shape for the most part. The fairways had a decent amount of grass on them, and the greens were rolling well. They were syringing the greens throughout the afternoon as temps approached the high 90's. The 16th green was the only one that I saw with any kind of issues; it had a few bare spots in front. Teeboxes on some holes needed to be mowed a little lower, but I think they are taking precaution with those for the rest of the summer. The rough is starting to thicken up nicely, to the point where finding a stray tee shot is difficult. The course was busier than I expected with the heat, but I was still able to get around in a little over 3.5 hours. The layout is great with doglegs, elevation changes, long and short holes.
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The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent Date: 5/31/15 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Below average
Score: 90
Cost: $30
Conditions: Poor - significant issuesPace: < 3 Hours
Wish I could dispute what others have written about Crescent recently, but I can't. I guess the first clue was pulling into the parking lot on a Sunday morning and seeing only a half dozen cars. Conditions from tee to green were quite frankly shocking. Tees, fairways, and rough with little or no grass on them. What grass was on them was random and unkempt. There was a notice posted in the pro shop from the Carolinas Section about how the late cold winter weather had severely retarded the growth of bermuda grass, and I'm sure that has something to do with it, but every other course in the area looks a lot better than Crescent. There were large areas of fairway grass in non-playable areas where the turf had been harvested and moved elsewhere. Where I don't know, because it certainly wasn't on the course. Some bunkers had sand, others were just dirt. Most had rocks and none of them had been maintained on a Sunday morning. The one part of the course that was above average were the greens. They were in great shape. Plenty of grass on them and not many ball marks (probably due to the lack of play). The one exception is the 3rd green. They've lost the front 1/3 of the green. They need to clear out a lot of trees or get some fans back there if they want any chance of bringing that green back.
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Highland Creek Golf Club Date: 4/27/15 Mon Afternoon
Overall Rating: Average
Score: 91
Cost: $29
Conditions: Average - isolated issuesPace: < 3 Hours
As with most other former CT courses, I've avoided playing Highland Creek for quite some time. Recent reviews have talked about how the course is coming back, so I decided I'd give it a try for the $29 twilight rate online. You can tell that the new management is working on improving the course, but it will take some time. Most of the fairways and greens are very, very thin. The fairways were all running very fast, as I got good roll on every tee shot. The only exception was #2 fairway, which may be the lowest point on the course. The greens need more uniform grass growth on them. The slopes on HC greens are too severe for as bumpy as they are currently. You can't get a putt started online and have it hold because of the thinness of the grass. Some teeboxes have had extensive work done to them, while others need more attention. I think the course is going to need another full growing season to get to where it needs to be. They also need to repair/replace steps/walkways to some of the tees and greens. All of the bunkers did have nice, white sand in them. Highland Creek is definitely a work in progress and should improve as the year goes on.
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Eagle Chase Golf Club Date: 4/26/15 Sun Morning
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 98
Cost: $36
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 4 1/2 Hours
Based on recent reviews of Eagle Chase, I decided to play here for the first time in about 10 years. The course was in great shape. I was surprised at how dry it was after the all-day rain on Saturday. Tees, fairways, and greens were all lush, and bunkers were well maintained. Pace of play was a little slow. I played with a member who said that folks usually get around quicker than the pace on Sunday. I will definitely go back.
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The Tradition Golf Club Date: 8/21/14 Thu Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 92
Cost: $43
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Based on the reviews I've seen of this and other former CT courses, I decided to give The Tradition a shot after not playing here for close to 10 years. I teed off just after noon on Thursday. There couldn't have been more than 10 cars in the parking lot. There was a twosome immediately in front of me on the front, but after passing them at the turn, I didn't see anyone else on the back. The course was in fairly good condition. Fairways had plenty of grass on them, and rough was thick in spots. The greens were in great shape for the most part. I saw a small bare patch here and there on a couple of greens, but they rolled pretty well for me. They do suffer the public golf scourge of people not fixing ball marks. Bunkers were well taken care of and had ample sand in them. Didn't hit range balls, but it looked as if they had fairly new range balls. I'll definitely come back to The Tradition, and if the new management company is making the same progress at the other former CT courses, I'll check those out, too.
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Stonebridge Golf Club Date: 7/24/11 Sun Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 98
Cost: $16
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Stonebridge was in great shape as usual. The greens were a little more marked up than the last time I played there in May. I'm guessing people will never learned to repair ball marks. The $16 rate after 6pm might be the best deal in town.
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Rocky River Golf Club Date: 7/22/11 Fri Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 102
Cost: $30
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: < 3 Hours
Rocky River was in great shape. Fairways were the best I've seen there in quite sometime. Greens also were very good, even the reworked 16th. The greens were being syringed at various intervals during my round. Bunkers were the only real disappointing part of the course. Many looked as if they hadn't been touched in a few days. Pace was great as there weren't many groups out on this hot day. Played thru a foursome on 6, and then again on 11.
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Red Bridge Golf & Country Club Date: 6/20/11 Mon Morning
Overall Rating: Worth playing
Score: 97
Cost: $39
Conditions: Good - normal wear/tearPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Red Bridge was in good shape on Sunday. I saw only a few small bare spots on some of the more exposed greens, but for the most part, the greens rolled very true. Teeboxes and fairways were in good shape. Played as a twosome at 7:15am. Played through a foursome on the 3rd hole, and didn't catch another group until 18.
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Stonebridge Golf Club Date: 5/15/11 Sun Afternoon
Overall Rating: Great course
Score: 102
Cost: $27
Conditions: PerfectPace: 3 1/2 Hours
Played Stonebridge for the first time on 5/15. WOW! The course was in fantastic shape, despite it being wet. The greens were by far the best I've seen in quite some time in the Charlotte area. Putts rolled true and stayed online, and this was after play all day on Saturday. The rest of the course was in really fine shape as well. I can't wait to get back to play again.
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