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Pudge’s Review of Edgewater Golf Club on 5/28/24

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  • Edgewater Golf Club

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    Date: 5/28/24 Tue Morning
    Overall Rating:

    "Great course"
    Conditions: Good - normal wear/tear
    Pace: 4 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $60
    Username: Pudge
    Profile: Golf Addict (more than once a week)
    Handicap: 7
    Today's Score: 82
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    Edgewater Golf Club, opened in 2008, is southwest of Lancaster, SC backed up to the Catawba River in what will be a very large, planned development, most of which has yet to be built. It’s a good hour from uptown Charlotte and Columbia, with the last 10 minutes of the drive giving you an idea something special is coming. As you enter Edgewater by passing their signature tower gate, the community vibe is relaxing while leading you to the club house and course. Currently the club house is a small pro shop and snack bar, but look across the street and you will see the major projects taking place. A huge clubhouse, practice area, and tennis/pickleball court center is being constructed. The practice area will be one of a kind, with a practice green that will be over an acre, a range that will entice you to practice more than play with Top Tracer technology, and a relaxing atmosphere all within reach of a club house being built for luxury and enjoyment. I’ve been around a few clubs from the beginning and some that grow over time. Edgewater is impressive and will be great to watch grow.

    Enough of the vibe, I checked in for my 9:09 tee time and was warmly greeted by the staff and asked if it was my first time there. As it was, they gave a little info on how to get around during the construction and some course info including a course guide. Then I was on to the range for warm up. I met up with the three guys I was paired with, guys who are neighbors and two brothers, so I knew this was going to be a fun group with all the brotherly banter expected. While the range is mostly under construction (which the next phase will open up in about 3 weeks), it was adequate. One word of advice, get a couple buckets since a single token gives about 20 balls. Moving onto the practice green which is located next to the starter’s area for #1, you get to look down from #1’s elevated tee box to feel for what lies ahead.

    The first hole is a great opening hole to get familiar with the course and a little challenge. Stay left and the hill down the left side will feed your ball to the center of the fairway and closer to the green. The green is accepting and it should be an easy par. One thing to note are the bent grass greens and their conditions will vary slightly when wet. I saw a lot of old ball marks but nothing affecting the roll.

    Number 2 is a long par 5 which requires a somewhat accurate tee shot to stay away from the right fairway bunker and out of the trees on the left. Your second shot should be down the left fairway to avoid the right drop-off into the trees and set you up for a better approach into the green. The course is giving you a little less forgiveness but you’ll enjoy the challenge.

    Third hole is a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. Don’t let it fool you because you need this tee shot to be right to have a less hazardous shot to the small green protected by a front right bunker and water to the left and behind.

    Number 4, your first par 4 is a beauty from the black tees which sit on its own island. The rest of the tees still have an over water shot but a bit straighter. Regardless plan an extra club for the elevated green and be mindful of the wind you can’t feel because of the tree lines behind and right of the hole. Oh, one more thing, don’t be short!

    Moving forward #7 is a great shot making hole. You don’t have to be long from the tee, just set yourself up for the approach shot with water in play and bunkers left and right of the green. After you finish you’ll see one of the inlets leading out to the Catawba River. Nice place to take a breather.

    Edgewater shows you more teeth when making the turn, where #10 is a slightly narrow tee shot to an uphill green. It’s a great hole to start the back nine. The back nine will show you more elevation changes and a few doglegs which set up some great views.

    As you make it around the back nine, more houses and construction are visible but mostly not in play. Many players do not like houses surrounding or bordering the course, but from my perspective of playing Florida golf where houses are right on the course (literally having back patios 8 feet from the OB markers and even fairways), Edgewater has them set back away from the course with generous amounts of trees in between the houses and the general areas. Maybe a better win-win for players and homeowners.

    As you finish Edgewater, #18 leaves you a little perplexed with the tee shot having two very tall pines about 100-150 yards straight out and in the middle of your tee shot. It was explained that the original design had much lees room on the right so the player was required to hit a fade around the pines. Now it looks like you can try a draw or a fade. Stick with the fade, trust me. In the future, they will be taking those tall pines out after they plant some shorter pines (there are two already but they need more). Regardless of the tee shot, you see a great finishing hole with slightly elevated approach shot to a well bunkered green. Right now, you see the construction of the club house and the practice facilities well behind the green and further up hill. Once the club house is finished, it will be a beautiful sight from both #18 and the club house.

    While Edgewater is definitely a longer drive from Charlotte and Columbia, it is well worth it.

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