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Thought I would take a chance on Larkhaven since a recent review was kind. Bad choice. I was not impressed. There are some good holes here from a challenge and risk/reward perspective but the course conditions give you all sorts of bad lies, bad bounces and difficult putts. So you might shoot 80 and you might shoot 95, depending on your luck. The first hole is the quirkiest one in all of Charlotte — you can either try your shot at driving the green (it’s about 250) or you can hit wedge-wedge. As for conditions, most of the tee boxes were terrible. Fairways were fifty-fifty at best, some okay, some no different from the rough. I do like the bunkers — nice fluffy sand. Most of the greens were fine — though the speed is tough to get used to (super slow on anything uphill and average speed downhill). Some had several bare spots. In particular, I was most disappointed with #9. It’s supposed to be this picturesque downhill, over water, long par 3, but the tee had no grass at all, just bare dirt. And the green was one of those with bare spots. There are so many quirky holes here — like #4 with a severely sloped fairway and a perched green. Overall, I was not impressed and won’t be back anytime soon.
B-Man, Sorry about your day at Larkhaven. I hope you were not influenced by my post. Larkhaven is crap and always has been crap (my opinion) in the summer months. They planted rye grass there last winter which made for a beutiful course during the winter and early spring months but that rye grass burns up quick and their burmuda never comes in that good. Keep an eye on this place in the off season months when the burmuda goes dormant on the other courses. In the summer…well you seen it. : (
I agree with izzy. I played this course last summer around this time, and the course was garbage. When I heard in the spring that it was in amazing shape I decided to check it out again. I thought the course setup was ok, but the conditions are what kept me coming back. I think I would only play this course in the fall and spring when the price is right.