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Latest Course Reviews
  • 7/10/24 - Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation, Review by Dean

    "Great course"
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    Good layout with many doglegs. Challenging layout that tests every part of your game. Fairways were perfect and aprons and chipping areas around the greens were in excellent condition. Bunkers were all raked and in very good condition. Most tee boxes were excellent; however a few of the par 3 tees were pretty thin. Customer service in the pro shop, restaurant and the beverage cart were all outstanding. Well-stocked pro shop and decent food menu. The only negative comment is regarding the greens - lots of brown spots, some fungus and burn spots and a large number of ball marks. Speed was decent and they rolled fine - but they were a long way from great or perfect. Unfortunately, this time of year with high temps and high humidity, bentgrass greens are tough to maintain in the south. Will definitely play Olde Sycamore again, but will likely wait until fall when the cooler weather will give the greens a chance to thrive. Hopefully, down the road, they are considering replacing bentgrass with bermuda.

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  • 7/10/24 - Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course, Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    I've played this course so many times over the years. As a CLT native I can say, this has always been one of the easiest courses to get a tee time for. If you play early in the morning during the week you can easily play it in 2 hours. I was invited to join my buddy Adam who loves to play here. We had an 8am tee time on a Wednesday and the weather was just perfect! It was in the BEST condition I've ever seen. The greens were in absolute immaculate condition! Easily rivaling some of the top courses in the area, just that good, rolling fast and true. They have recently come under new management so there have been some notable changes and upgrades. The tee box on #3, 145 yard par 3 has been completely rebuilt. It's now elevated to include both the blue and white tees and much larger and in better condition. The bridge over the creek on #9, the 460 yard par 5 has been completely rebuilt. My favorite holes remains #7, a 173 yard par 3 with an elevated tee box and a great green complex downhill. It sets up beautifully an it's all right in front of you. You don't want to miss long and go over the back. The pin placement will be key for scoring on this hole. The right side is on an elevated shelf which feeds down to the lower left. The greens keepers her love to place the pin in this undulations just to keep it interesting. This course has a history going back to 1929 when it was first called The Bonnie Brae. It still holds up to this day as one of the best short courses in the CLT area.

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  • 7/8/24 - Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club, Review by Jonny

    "Great course"
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    From the time I pulled my vehicle into the 'bag drop', I knew I was in for something out of the ordinary. A young man immediately picked up my clubs and put them on a cart and instructed me to the ProShop. There I met Jacob who got me checked in and I was smiling with the news that my Monday round of 18 holes and a cart would only be $55 bucks, what a great value! I made my way to the driving range to hit some complimentary balls and also test out the putting/chipping green. My group of 4, was able to tee off right at 1140a with an assist from Mike T, the Starter. I will say, this is a very challenging course. There is a lot of changing elevation throughout and a fair amount of water that comes into play on a majority of holes. There is a creek that criss crosses throughout and some small ponds as well. You'll find the fairways wide open, however you'll be challenged for ball placement as the majority of fairways will funnel to the creek or water. The greens are very fast, they are undulating and generally small for the most part. The views are amazing! It's built in a development with Million dollar homes that line the fairway and circle around the green complexes. There are adequate water stations scattered throughout and there is bathroom at about hole #8 where they have cold face towels in water that will refresh you. I didn't try the food but I did check out the menu and it looked like a good mix of hot and cold options. Even on a Monday it was very busy and our round of 18 holes took about 4.5 hours. It was tough with 93 degree temps and 60% humidity. Just a few nits that were not major but a bit disappointing. Even though they had a food/beverage cart parked by the Club House, there was no one to operate it. In several areas, you will be confused on where to go for the next tee box because there is no directional sign. The carts were all gas, not a single electric cart and they struggled getting up the steep hills. The pace of play was longer than expected, not a big deal when the weather is great but when it's 90+ degrees and humid, you will suffer as there is no Ranger to keep things moving. This is a semi-private club and only members are allowed to play Friday to Sunday. Overall it was a five star experience, sadly it's quite a drive from where I live in Fort Mill but I was glad to check this one off my most of the B-Man's top 10 CLT area courses.

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  • 7/7/24 - The Tradition Golf Club, Review by Dean

    "Great course"
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    Enjoyed playing the Tradition. Fairly tight course and challenging off the tee - it could be a long day if you're spraying the driver. Fairways were in very good shape and greens were smooth and decent speed. We teed off at 11:00 am on a Sunday and got around in just over 4 hours - we only waited on one hole. A few of the par 3 tee boxes were a little rough, but overall very good course conditions. Very challenging layout and a course I'll definitely play again. I would recommend playing this course.

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Reply To: Aerification Dates – 2024

By cswan14 on 7/13/24

FYI - Tega did a deep verticut earlier this week and didn’t have it mentioned on their website. Rode down there today to get a road round in while Skybrook recovers from aerating only to be completely disappointed. Got a rain check at the turn…give it a couple weeks...

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Reply To: Aerification Dates – 2024

By cswan14 on 7/13/24

FYI - Tega did a deep verticut earlier this week and didn’t have it mentioned on their website. Rode down there today to get a road round in while Skybrook recovers from aerating only to be completely disappointed. Got a rain check at the turn…give it a couple weeks...

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