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SmitteyB’s Review of Birkdale Golf Club on 4/22/13

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  • Birkdale Golf Club

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    Date: 4/22/13 Mon Afternoon
    Overall Rating:

    "Worth playing"
    Conditions: Average - isolated issues
    Pace: 3 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $20
    Username: SmitteyB
    Profile: Avid Golfer (about once a week)
    Handicap: 7.0
    Today's Score: 79
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    I review Birkdale often due to its convenient location to my house. This is my third time playing the golf course in the last month and the course continues to wake up from this past winter. The tee boxes are greening up, fairways are looking good, and greens although hard – were rolling nicely. My issue here is the practice area at Birkdale and its poor condition.

    They are still hitting of mats which are torn up- I mean they are just horrible. Holes, rips, tears, gashes…you name it these mats have it. The range a balls are tired- VERY TIRED. Very little paint left on them and they don’t fly true. I hit a driver and thought I dented the club face, only to watch the ball shoot out weaving left and right about 10 feet off the ground. I had to make sure it wasn’t my swing so I pulled out an old XL2000 and sure as can be, it flew like my normal ball flight. These things are bad. Really bad.

    The chipping green is in good shape, but the bunker it just compacted sand. Like hitting off of dry dirt. It needs sand. Hell if you give me free golf I will spend a week there getting that practice area in better shape. The putting green is good though, just a few spots of poa.

    After my 4/1/13 review I got an personal email from the CT Regional Superintendent describing what they were trying to do with the course and I can honestly say that it is working. The course is improving.

Comments (4)


  • Glad to hear it is getting better. I used to love practicing at B’dale but, as you stated, the practice facilities have gotten so bad that there is no point. One of the few places you can put a good swing on a range ball and watch it hook/fade/draw all at once. Hopefully they rectify it all.

  • Played there Sunday morning, agree with the comments; better but still a lot of work to be done. Paid $59 and they couldn’t even be bothered to send someone out to blow the debris off the greens. Such a shame; it has such great potential if only…

  • $1000 for new mats and $20,000 in range balls. For a course that gets as much play at Birkdale, the range is abhorrent.

  • Is anyone really surprised that the Carolina Trail people have essentially taken what otherwise could be great courses and completely ruin them? Do you guys remember the story of them not paying their employees? I have completely boycotted CT courses, I will never play another one while I live in Charlotte. They do not deserve your golfing dollars. There are way too many other courses to play out there rather than to continue to support these hooligans.

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