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B-Man’s Review of Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation on 4/12/23

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  • Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

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    Date: 4/12/23 Wed Afternoon
    Overall Rating:

    "Worth playing"
    Conditions: Good - normal wear/tear
    Pace: 4 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $55
    Username: B-Man
    Profile: Golf Addict (more than once a week)
    Handicap: 6
    Today's Score: 88
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    Been awhile since I’ve gotten back out here. I used to play this course frequently about 15 years ago or so, but not so much anymore. Olde Sycamore is one of the last holdouts among public courses in Charlotte with Bentgrass greens (Stonebridge, Emerald Lake, Highland Creek, Carolina Lakes are among the others). As greens fees have gone up the past few years, it’s been more difficult for Bentgrass courses to compete with the nicer Bermuda ones (e.g. Rocky River, Skybrook, Mooresville, Verdict Ridge, Warrior, etc, etc).

    So while I would say Olde Sycamore is in very good shape for Olde Sycamore, it is just middle of the pack for your public golfing dollar. In fact, it’s pricey for what you get in comparison to the market. It was $55 for a weekday morning and I’ve heard from folks that it can push $80-$90 on weekends. That’s outrageous, if true.

    Back to the conditions, the greens were fine. There were several greens with bare dirt spots but most were near the edges and holes were cut to keep them out of play (No. 11 was the worst example). No ball mark issues for now and the greens were lush. The speed was decent. Not really fast or slow.

    Fairways and tees and bunkers were fine. There was some work being done to clear trees and other brush (Hole No. 5) in some places, but we didn’t encounter any issues.

    Layout-wise, this track is unique. Tons of doglegs and layup tee shots. If you are a long hitter, you don’t have to hit driver literally all day, but definitely shouldn’t on Nos. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, and 15. That’s 2/3 of the par 4’s and 5’s! I remember I used to like that when I didn’t hit driver very well. Now though, the course doesn’t play to my strengths as much.

    The course has a mix of everything with the doglegs, elevation changes, ponds and fountains, creeks and rocks. It plays *very* different from the Gold to the Blue to the White tees.

    As for the tough holes… No. 3 is a tricky target tee shot with OB right and trees left and then a valley in the fairway where you want to land a good drive. That leaves you with an uphill approach to well bunkered green. No. 15 is similar on the back nine. Downhill par 4 with the fairway running into a hazard, then a long-ish uphill approach to a big green with bunkers all around.

    The par 5’s are all gettable though and the par 3’s are fairly benign. Generally speaking, if you are swinging well you will get rewarded here.

    Overall, this is a fun course to play and it brings back memories for me. So I will return once or twice a year. Now’s a good time to play it but don’t pay $70+!

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