Played Tradition with some old friends on Saturday morning. We had two groups and played best ball in our groups. So I’ll couch this review with the caveat that I probably did not get to sample conditions outside of the tees, fairways and greens. It seems like many of the reviews I’ve read on the site recently have remarked that tee boxes are torn up. I can’t remember the last review or even the last round I’ve played where the tee boxes were any better than average with many in bad shape. Why is it so difficult to maintain grass tee boxes? The ones at Tradition were hit and miss but the majority were spotty, making it difficult to find a good tee spot. The fairways were the big problem, though. Many of them, I’d say more than half, were 50% dead grass — like the course had “lost” them. So the lies were bare, like hitting off of dirt in many cases. It struck me as very odd. Weather has been pretty favorable recently, but it doesn’t look like the fairways are coming back anytime soon. The greens, in contrast, were quite good. I didn’t notice any significant issues and my team was able to make putts on just about every green (we birdied 14 of 18 holes!). Putts rolled true with good speed. Overall, I had a good time. The beverage cart made the rounds several times during our play. The pro shop, snack bar and rangers were all nice and helpful. I also like the layout here. The strange poor condition of the fairways and tees just puzzled me. Last comment — I bought the Queen City Pass for $50 since the first round was free — this was actually $5 cheaper than paying the $55 fee for a Saturday morning round! You get $10 rack rate and other discounts. So it’s a good deal for the former Carolina Trail courses.