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My annual round at The Divide to see how things look. My take: much better than it’s been. In fact, if you like this course (I’m kinda ehh about it), now’s the time to play it. This is the best shape it’s been in for years and the summer heat has only just started. So the greens should be decent for another month or so. The course was green and lush (look for the pics on my Instagram) with only a few issues of note. The greens had no issues. There weren’t even any ball marks to complain about. The greens are soft and a few were slower than others but mostly they were just fine. The fairways and rough weren’t cut to my liking, a little furry creating some poor lies. A few greens had some muddy unplayable spots just off the collar. This course will always have trouble with some of the shadier spots. Hard to keep those greens and surrounds in good shape (#3, #4, #16 in particular). The other thing I noticed is that they’ve done away with the Gold tees (back set). The tees themselves are mostly intact except for a few that were not kept up, but no sign of the Gold tee markers on any hole. That makes this course not really one for long hitters. You already can’t hit driver on many holes from the Blue tees. Also this is not a course for beginners or hackers. Lots of trouble off the tee with O.B. as the course winds through a neighborhood and then woods, shrubs and little creeks. You will lose many golf balls if you are wild off the tee or misjudge distance to trouble. So I’m not really a fan of this course. I wish I was as it is 5 minutes away. The price was decent ($33 for a weekday twilight) but on a regular basis I’d hit Charlotte National, Stonebridge, Monroe or Red Bridge instead of The Divide.