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B-Man’s Review of Stonebridge Golf Club on 6/18/22

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  • Stonebridge Golf Club

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    Date: 6/18/22 Sat Afternoon
    Overall Rating:

    "Great course"
    Conditions: Good - normal wear/tear
    Pace: 4 1/2 Hours
    Cost: $80
    Username: B-Man
    Profile: Avid Golfer (about once a week)
    Handicap: 11
    Today's Score: 86
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    Had to get back out to Stonebridge since I had been hearing good things. First off a conditions update. Greens were in good shape though I noticed the slowness of the Bentgrass more this round since my last round was on Cramer Mountain’s lightning quick Bermuda. Tough comparison and while the difference is exaggerated since Cramer is private, it illustrates what a public Bentgrass course is up against. It is difficult to keep these greens firm and fast during the heat of the summer, which for Charlotte lasts pretty much late May to early September. It was difficult to get the ball to the hole, especially from just off the green even thru just a few feet of fringe. A few of my putts were bumped off line by old ball marks. So, all in all, I have to give the greens a B-minus. A couple even had some sizable bare spots that almost looked like vandalism or maintenance mistakes (No. 8 in particular).

    The tee boxes, fairways and bunkers were all in good shape and I didn’t notice any other issues that affected play. As reported in April, they’ve flipped the nines to improve pace of play. A source told me rounds are 12-15 minutes faster with the nines flipped. While I appreciate that improvement, I sure miss the Nos. 5 through 9 being the closing stretch. It’s the best part of the course, bordering the large pond and featuring risk-reward choices on every hole.

    Since my last visit, the course has undergone another significant change, with developers finally clearing land to build more houses around several holes. The clearing has changed sight lines and aesthetics (arguably not for the better). This has changed the surroundings on No. 2 (left fairway and green side), No. 3 (left fairway), No. 10 (right fairway), No. 13 (right fairway), No. 16 (left fairway, now out of bounds), and No. 17 (left fairway). So far, it’s just clearing and marking of lots. Once construction starts, expect significant intrusions and distractions to what was once a fairly peaceful round of golf.

    Stonebridge has one of the best practice areas and staff of teachers in the Charlotte area, led by GM and PGA Master Professional Nick Jacobi. The range servant accepts credit cards and Apple Pay. So it’s easy to get a bucket of balls for the range or the short game area. You can now check in online when you get to the course. So you don’t have to wait in the pro shop. That was nice.

    Finally, I have to mention the price. The online reservation said $75. That did not include taxes or the $2 reservation fee per golfer that the reserver has to pay when booking. You get the fee back as a credit assuming your group checks in, but we’re talking $82 for a Saturday late morning tee time. On a value scale here in Charlotte, Stonebridge falls somewhere in the middle. It’s not the worst (I’m looking at you, Olde Sycamore, and your $97 weekend rate), but it’s nowhere near the value of Rock Barn, Mooresville, or Deer Brook.

    I’d keep my eye on these reviews to see how the greens hold up this summer and I would suggest finding an afternoon time or weekday to play this course at a better rate.

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  • Experienced Golfers prefer Bent Grass greens over Bermuda by like 3 to 1. Visit any 36 hole Golf Resort that has both types and the staff will confirm this to be true. Nice Bent Grass greens have become a patron draw for courses that have them here in NC. The ‘industry’ hype about Bermuda conversion is just that hype, however it’s primarily directed at warm/hot weather Golfing states where their are more courses and where summers are very hot. NC is a borderline area for each of these grasses. Just last month I was speaking with the Head Superintendent of a high-end 36 hole golf resort in the Triad area. They have 18 holes of bents and the same with Bermuda. As he’s been doing this his entire life I ask him… which is easier, which is more costly, and which grass would you use if you built a Golf Course in NC. His answer; ‘Let me respond like this. There are 5 different 36 hole golf facilities in the triad area, every one of them have both grasses, 18 Bent, 18 Bermuda”. “This is because each weather year is different, some years Bent does better than Bermuda, other years it’s reversed”. He also stated.. “Bermuda is not easier to maintain than Bent like many try to convey, and we have to Sand our Bermuda EVERY week from May to September”. I won’t even get into how weird (frustrating) the roll of the ball can be on anything less than super high-end Bermuda courses around here.

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