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B-Man’s Review of Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club on 6/2/24

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  • Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club

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    Date: 6/2/24 Sun Afternoon
    Overall Rating:

    "Best of the best"
    Conditions: Good - normal wear/tear
    Pace: 4 Hours
    Cost: Not entered
    Username: B-Man
    Profile: Golf Addict (more than once a week)
    Handicap: 6
    Today's Score: 82
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    Verdict Ridge is the best semi-private club in the area. It is neck-and-neck with Rock Barn for the #1 spot in my annual rankings of public access courses around Charlotte. It only allows public play Monday-Thursday. So find a member (or shoot me a message) if you want to play it on the weekend. Or… play it in a tournament on TheGrint Tour. We have a few spots left for our event there next week.

    Scott Knox and his team at Verdict do a fabulous job constantly improving the course and the amenities. This year, they are expanding (by 30-50%) and resodding many of the tee boxes (all of the par 3’s) and adding Xgrass turf mats to use in the winter or during inclement weather. They are almost finished but today we had to play from some shorter tees on two holes (the par 3 No. 8 played 85 yards and the par 5 No. 16 played about 375 yards).

    Aside from the work on a few holes, the course, especially the greens, were in near perfect shape. The Champion Bermuda greens putted great, with consistent speed and roll throughout. The tees and fairways were lush and the bunkers were good, though my group had a fried egg lie or two to deal with.

    The layout is breathtaking with many dramatic rises and drops, severely sloping fairways and greens, rock features, waterfall features, ponds, etc, etc. The par 4 ninth hole is the signature one with the waterfall next to the green and the pond along the right side and the clubhouse at the top of the hill.

    I probably think to myself about 4 or 5 times during the round: “I love this hole”, especially No. 9 and No. 16. I will never say that about No. 7, however. 😀

    I’ve made more double and triple bogeys on that hole than any other hole I can think of around Charlotte. I do applaud the addition of some short rough in the middle of the fairway, dividing the upper tier from the lower tier. This gives your ball a chance to stop on the upper tier and not roll down into the right rough. The approach shot over a ravine to a crazy, multi-tiered green is still one of the most challenging second shots you’ll have on a public course. There’s no such thing as a benign pin location on this hole.

    The closing stretch here from No. 14 through 18 presents a diverse set of challenges and risk-reward decisions. The dogleg left par 4 No. 14 forces you to go for position off the tee so you’re not blocked out on the approach over another ravine. The par 4 15th has a valley for a fairway that can get you into trouble if you hit your tee shot too far. The uphill par 5 16th has signature boulders framing the approach to the green. The dogleg right par 4 17th has a long, two-tiered sloping green. And the closing par 5 18th is a sloping dogleg right with danger lurking on all sides for all 3 shots (2 if you’re long off the tee and brave).

    The course is very difficult the first few times you play it and can get you even if you’ve played it a hundred times. It pays to take mental notes each time you play so you leave yourself in good spots, both off the tee and around the greens.

    Verdict Ridge is a fantastic course with great amenities and a friendly staff. Go play it whenever you have the chance.

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Here's a list of maintenance schedules for local courses. Please add any updates you know of for courses not listed. Rock Barn: 4/22 Verdict Ridge: 7/15-7/16 - April-Sept: light top dressing each week, verti-cutting to remove thatch every 2 weeks to keep greens healthy,...

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