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Pudge’s Review of Eagle Chase Golf Club on 5/19/24

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  • Eagle Chase Golf Club

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    Date: 5/19/24 Sun Morning
    Overall Rating:

    "Great course"
    Conditions: Perfect
    Pace: 4 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $58
    Username: Pudge
    Profile: Golf Addict (more than once a week)
    Handicap: 7
    Today's Score: 82
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    So here’s a little perspective before I review Eagle Chase GC. I recently moved to the Charlotte area…recently being 10 days ago. Coming from a country club in South Florida which is in great condition and on its way back to the what it once was when hosting the Honda Classic, the switch back to public golf scene is reminiscent of my time playing military courses and public/semi-private clubs around the world where I enjoyed the competition and the friendships. I’ve also played a lot of NC mountain golf in the Highlands/Cashiers area where my parents retired and still live. I have experienced a lot different golf courses, clubs, and resorts, and understand the different vibes. So I’ll hopefully give you a perspective of course, club, and “vibe” in my reviews.

    Eagle Chase is set in farm land and ranches in the foothills southeast of Charlotte. The course elevation changes create dynamic views and challenging hole layouts, especially on the back 9. First impressions of Eagle Chase are deceiving as the pro shop, facilities, and services are minimal but provide what you need for golf, and fun. Go into the small pro shop with the obligatory tv locked into the current Tour event and pay for your green fees and range balls, which you’ll scoop out your bucket of balls there. Simple homemade sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, snacks and plenty of beverage choices are also available. Grab what you may need on the course because there’s no beverage carts on the course. The staff are friendly and care about your experience while at Eagle Chase, using the resources at hand. (Spoiler: they put the resources into the course conditions)

    Going out to the range was a short trip past the outdoor patio with some tables and chairs and the practice green with plenty of room and different types of putts. The range is two tiered with a small chipping green next to it. Plenty of distance and targets to choose from. While stretching I noticed the regulars around; teenagers who play golf for competition, college kids, middle-aged, and retirees, along with the every-once-in-a-while players with girlfriends in tow. Watching the players on the range, the regulars play golf to compete and enjoy. I didn’t get a chance to ask about the money games or groups, but I’m sure they exist. The above average conditions of the practice areas give you a good idea of what lies ahead on the course.

    The first hole is visually elusive where the tee box looks out at an over water carry to a dog leg left and you don’t see beyond that. It promotes a thought of “ok, what is this course?” Put your drive in the middle or right center for a safe shot or challenge the left trees with a draw. Once you get around the dog leg, you see a simple shot to a mildly guarded green. The greens are one of the gems of this course. They are smooth (the regulars and visitors alike obviously fix their ball marks), undulating, and today they are about a 10 on the stimpmeter. They could easily be cut and made like glass but be careful about what you ask for! Finish the hole and drive to #2.

    Coming up to the #2 tee box, the course bears its teeth, half grin, half biting snarl, as you look out to water down the left, trees and creek right with a sliver of green to be seen in the distance from the left side of the tee box. Looking down to the fairway in the narrow space between the water and trees you think you see a cart sign in the fairway…it’s a drop zone sign in the middle of the fairway. Ouch. I yanked my shot left and just found the water beyond by the left fairway bunker. Once you get down to the fairway, the course opens up to say “enjoy the views” as you see left of the water, the front side par 3’s, #3 and #6. After the drop, my approach shot looks at a well-protected green with water, bunkers, and death beyond the green. I flushed a 9 iron to 15 feet and one-putted for par. While I didn’t get bitten here (I’d rather be lucky than good), you get a feel for what the course was going to be like…gentle beauty mixed with lethal consequences. Think Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, a seductive smile then the kill shot.

    Don’t worry, I’m not giving you the hole by hole run down, I want to play golf too! But it is easy to see why Eagle Chase is one of the best public courses in the Charlotte area. It is the perfect statement of pure golf. No white glove service, no resort waterfalls, just challenging natural beauty.

    -Pudge

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