Finally got back up to Highland Creek in Huntersville. I had been seeing and hearing better things lately and I used to play here often with a friend who lived in the community. I had modest expectations and I’ll say the course met them. The Bentgrass greens were fine — not great, not bad. The speed was decent but not fast. Putts seem to take more break because of that and that made shorter makeable putts more challenging today between the speed and the break. Perhaps I’m biased with some of the nicer courses I’ve been playing lately but it just goes to show that courses with smooth, fast greens stand out compared to the likes of Highland Creek. The bigger issue with the greens was the collars and areas just off the edges of greens. On several holes there was no grass on the edges, just several feet worth of bare dirt and/or weed clumps. This issue made chips and putts from just off the green dicey. Tee boxes were okay. Fairways were okay though there were some holes with the weed clumps here and there. Overall the turf conditions throughout the course was just kinda average. That said, this course has a fantastic and very challenging layout that I really like. So the gem is there. They just gotta bring it back up a notch to where it was 10 or 12 years ago when it was one of the nicest public tracks in town. All the par 5’s are scoreable and offer great risk reward options — especially the signature 18th hole, which surrendered my first eagle of the season! Much like other courses, this one is using the foam fillers in the cups, which don’t affect play and do the job for not having to touch the flagstick. One note of caution, for now, this course (and supposedly others in Meck Co, though this is the first one I’ve heard this rule) strictly allows one rider to a cart, no matter your relation to the person. At the end of the day, I enjoyed revisiting an old favorite, but I will likely give this course another season to improve before I come back.