Your Profile
Login

New Here?

Sign Up

or

Sign Up
List of Courses
TripCaddie
B-Man on the 19th tee at Payne's Valley - Big Cedar Lodge with TripCaddie
Join Me on a Ready-Made Golf Trip with TripCaddie in 2024!
Sign Up Your Group!

B-Man’s Review of Birkdale Golf Club on 4/1/24

Recent Reviews for All Courses
All Reviews for This Course

  • Birkdale Golf Club

    Course photo
    Date: 4/1/24 Mon Afternoon
    Overall Rating:

    "Worth playing"
    Conditions: Average - isolated issues
    Pace: 4 Hours
    Cost: Not entered
    Username: B-Man
    Profile: Golf Addict (more than once a week)
    Handicap: 6
    Today's Score: 84
    See All Reviews by this user

    This was my first round back at Birkdale since it re-opened last November. I spent some time before my round chatting with Jeff Thomas, the GM, to get some construction updates and tour the changes to the course, including the new 9th hole.

    The $45 million commercial and residential development construction is ongoing and unfortunately, displaced the parking lot and eliminated the course’s popular, lighted driving range. For now, you park in a temporary lot and wait for a golf cart shuttle to the clubhouse. The shuttles run continuously and your wait shouldn’t be more than 5 minutes. I went ahead and called the pro shop since I was the only one waiting and they had a shuttle right out to get me.

    As mentioned, there is no driving range or warm-up area anymore, just a practice green near the 1st tee. So you may want to make plans to stop at a nearby course or simulator venue to get some swings in before your round.

    The course layout has not changed except for No. 9. What used to be a tricky dogleg left par 4 with the driving range net along the rightside is now a challenging, long par 3 hole. I liked it. It still has the creek along the left side of the green and two large bunkers on the right side. So the tee shot presents a nice risk-reward decision, especially if the hole is cut on the left side or in the back.

    Other memories of this course came back quickly as I made my way around. You can also still hear the buzz of power lines on the 1st and 11th holes. The par 5 5th hole is still the signature hole with a nerve-wracking approach shot over a pond (I put two in that pond for old time’s sake). The short par 4 7th hole is another fun risk-reward hole.

    On the back nine, the 10th and 18th holes are currently affected by a damaged drain (from the development construction) and so there’s no water in the pond that comes into play for the tee shots on both holes or the approach into 18. This is a pretty bad eyesore but isn’t affecting playability. It is scheduled to be fixed and the pond restored this month.

    My favorite stretch on the course is Nos. 13-18 (the issues on 18 notwithstanding). In particular, No. 15 is a very birdie-able, short par 4 surrounded by large greenside bunkers followed up by the pond-guarded, downhill par 3 16th hole. I birdied both holes in my round so my opinion may be slightly biased. Ha!

    The greens are in great condition, rolling quick and true. There was only one exception, the lower portion of No. 18, where geese have apparently damaged the green and left small sandy craters in their wake. This will get fixed but for now they are keeping the pin locations on the upper portion.

    Most of the greenside bunkers throughout the course have nice, fluffy white sand in them now, which is great. However, the fairway bunkers and some of the greenside bunkers are still the darker, firmer sand. So the consistency can be tricky to judge.

    The rates right now are $65 weekdays and $75 weekends (with no twilight rates, only 9 hole rates). That’s consistent with similar caliber courses in the area. However, with the construction going on, no driving range and the drained pond, it’s a little overpriced, in my opinion.

    All in all, I still love this Arnold Palmer layout and I was very happy with the greens. The inconvenience of the parking situation, the disruption and ugly views created by the development construction and the issues around holes 10 and 18 definitely take away from the experience. But… most of that will improve once the development is complete (within 6-12 months is my guess).

    If you are like me and have fond memories of this course, it’s definitely worth going back to play. It’s only going to get better and it has the potential to be one of the top courses in the Charlotte area again.

Post a Comment

Be the first to comment on this review.

You must be logged in to post comments. Login or Register first.



Latest Forum Post

2024 Charlotte Golf Survey

By B-Man on 4/12/24

I've launched this year's version of the Charlotte Golf Survey where you get to rate all of the public golf courses within an hour of Charlotte. And just like last year, if you submit the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a round of golf with me a The Club...

About The B-Man
The B-Man himself
Your Profile
Login

New Here?

Sign Up

or

Sign Up
List of Courses
Latest Forum Post

2024 Charlotte Golf Survey

By B-Man on 4/12/24

I've launched this year's version of the Charlotte Golf Survey where you get to rate all of the public golf courses within an hour of Charlotte. And just like last year, if you submit the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win a round of golf with me a The Club...

About The B-Man
The B-Man himself
TripCaddie
B-Man on the 19th tee at Payne's Valley - Big Cedar Lodge with TripCaddie
Join Me on a Ready-Made Golf Trip with TripCaddie in 2024!
Sign Up Your Group!
Homestretch Golf
Homestretch Golf
The Best Golf Tournament Wagering Platform!
See the Demo