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Got my first chance to play the new Diamond Zoysia greens at The Divide, the closest course to my house and one I’ve been waiting for its return to glory. This is a good start. The new greens are soft and they can’t cut em really yet. So they were expectedly slow, but fairly smooth on the roll. It was difficult to get the putts to the hole no matter how much you tell yourself to hit em hard. It will likely be a few more weeks before they are able to keep them lower and faster, but I can certainly see the potential. And they beat the heck out of late summer bent grass you are seeing at Olde Sycamore and Carolina Lakes right now, to name a couple. The rest of the course was in really good shape, as you would expect for a month of no play. The tees and fairways are about as good as they get here. The bunker work over the past week was well done. So they were all very playable. Several greens have very wet, muddy entrances or surrounds — so you will get no run up and likely some plugged lies. This affects play on #3, #4, #12 and #16 in particular. Speaking of #16, this is one of my least favorite golf holes in all of Charlotte and unfortunately today the Blue tees were all the way back and set on the left side of the tee box. That gives left-to-right drivers like me no chance on this hole. I had a +7 round going until a triple on this hole derailed me. I did nearly ace #17 though for a bounce back birdie. All in all it was a good round and the course is very playable now. By next month, I am sure the greens will be very good. And then this course should make its way back on my playlist. A couple of other notes – the practice green is not open yet — they are giving it a few more days to grow in. Also the rate for a weekday afternoon is a bit pricey ($44) for now. Once the greens have grown in to the point they can cut em fast, then I’d say fair price. And lastly… there are still no Gold tees?!? I’ve mentioned this several times and haven’t gotten an answer yet. This meant that the Blue tees I normally play were sometimes back on the Gold tee box (today this happened on #1, #3, #9, #12, #14, and #16). The course is already fairly long from the Blues and this made it play over 6600 yards. I’ll try to find out what the deal is on tee boxes. If you play The Divide over the next month, please post a review so I can keep track of its progress.
Got the scoop on the Gold tees. They simply cannot keep the back tees on some holes alive and healthy year round due to trees that have grown around them blocking the sun. This is a longer term project for them to remove trees and they are currently more focused on the greens. For now, they are rotating the blue tees between the gold and blue teeing grounds to reduce wear and tear.