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I’ve been reading about the B-Man’s Guide to the ‘Top 10 Public Courses’ in the Charlotte area and this course came in ranked as #7.
If you’ve got some ‘wind shield time’ take a minute and download the ‘Taking Dead Aim’ Podcast and listen to the B-Man and Charlie Nance talk about the ‘Top 10’.
It’s a long haul from Fort Mill, SC. It took me an hour to get there and the return trip was and hour and one half. Can you say commitment?
When you get there you’ll be rewarded. This is in the ‘country’ and that’s part of the charm. Especially if you go during the week. I felt relaxed and not rushed. It was a slow Thursday, maybe because the weather forecast was not the best. It never did rain so I had no one in front or behind me so I played a very relaxed round in 4 hours.
I had a 110p tee time and I got there early and hit a small bucket for $6 bucks. They have a nice driving range and distance poles give you good aims and marks for your range finder. There is also a large practice putt area and a chipping area with a bunker.
The Clubhouse Pro and Instructor is a guy named Matt who is straight to the point and very knowledgable. I was concerned about the possibility of rain and he assured me there would be an option for a raincheck no matter how many holes I played.
The course is in really good condition for the most part. The Zoysia greens are large and roll very fast. There are a few holes where you simply can’t see the flag or the green from the fairway.
The tee boxes are well marked and in great condition. There are some Par 3’s that offer elevated greens and many of the Par 4’s are accessible.
There are just a few little nits I have and I’m not going to make a big deal because overall this course is a great value for the money.
I’m not one of those golfers that can’t hit off a fairway with no grass. There is grass but it’s short.
The cart paths will be a challenge There are many stretches where there is no paved path, it’s all gravel.
There were several holes where there was ground under repair close in around the greens.
I like the elevation changes. Its on a beautiful piece of land. There is a fair amount of water & on a couple of holes it will challenge your strategy for risk/reward. There are a few fairway bunkers but they are not in play for the most part. Same for the green side bunkers. In fact it looks like they have removed some of them and allowed grass to grow in.
This is definitely not a course you want to walk. In many cases there is quite a distance from the green to the next tee and there is a lot of up and down hills.
There is a small club house & they do have some food and hot dogs. They
have several well stocked coolers with a mix of beer’s and sodas.
They offer a Veteran discount so I got in 18 holes for just $35.00, just a great value.