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Birkdale Golf Club


"Worth playing"

7/20/24: Review by The Don

Thought the layout was challenging, a fun Arnold Palmer design! Staff was very friendly, and course was not too busy even with a weekend tee time. it had rained a little the night before and course did not drain well. The lack of driving range is a minus, however the staff...

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Birkdale Golf Club
16500 Birkdale Commons Parkway
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 895-8038
www.birkdale.com
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Review Rating:

3.25 stars - "Worth playing" (12 reviews)

Type:

Public

Rates:

Weekday $65, Weekend $75

Greens Turf Type:

Bermuda

Practice Area:

As of 2024, there is only a small practice green near the first tee. Hopefully, once the development is completed, the course will rebuild the practice area.

Description

Daily fee public course designed by Arnold Palmer and located off the popular Birkdale exit 25 of I-77, north of uptown Charlotte. Located on 200 acres of rolling terrain, carved between tall pines and natural streams, Birkdale is a challenging 6,725 yard, par 71 course made up of Bermuda fairways and new MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermudagrass greens (2021), offering a true test for your short game and your flat stick. Palmer used four sets of tees at Birkdale to mix length with game strategy. Several holes feature watery approach shots into well guarded greens and a couple of short par-4’s are almost driveable. The 569 yard 5th hole brings this all together where your third shot must carry water over a rock-faced wall to a long, narrow green.

Notes

As the only public, daily-fee Arnold Palmer design in the Charlotte area, Birkdale Golf Club has always been a popular course and a treat to play. It has endured an interesting decade of ownership and management changes as well as a green renovation in 2021. Pinnacle Golf Properties now manages the course along with the other former Carolina Trail clubs, including nearby Skybrook and Highland Creek. The course was closed for most of 2023, necessitated by a large, $45 million commercial and residential development. The 2023 renovation included a redesign of the 9th hole into a par 3. Unfortunately, the development eliminated the popular, lighted driving range.

B-Man's Take

Years ago, I played here once or twice a season, then hardly at all as the course recovered from mismanagement. PGP has done a great job these past ten years getting the course back to playable conditions. and better value for your money -- including a complete renovation of the greens to convert them to Ultradwarf Bermudagrass in 2021. Then, less than 2 years later, the course had to close again while construction began on a commercial and residential development on the site of the driving range and 9th hole. It re-opened in November 2023 with a redesigned 9th hole (now a par 3) and no driving range. The course has many challenging holes with some tough carries over trouble. Many holes have doglegs and a couple of short par 4's are almost drive-able. The par 3 holes are all pretty tough, including the new No. 9 (197yards from the tips). Watch out for the 569yd par 5 5th hole where your 3rd shot must carry water to reach sucker pins in the front right corner. And good luck on the 436yd par 4 18th hole, which also has a tough carry over water and bunkers to a sloped green. This course has a great layout and would be a favorite of mine if the conditions were consistently good to match the price. It is getting back there finally. So check it out and post a review!

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Palmer)71672573.3144
Mens (Blue)71621670.6136
Other (White)71579668.8130
Ladies (Green)71495169.7131
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Most Recent Reviews

  • 7/20/24 - Review by The Don

    "Worth playing"

    Thought the layout was challenging, a fun Arnold Palmer design! Staff was very friendly, and course was not too busy even with a weekend tee time. it had rained a little the night before and course did not drain well. The lack of driving range is a minus, however the staff does well to mitigate problems with the parking lot. Overall a good experience, issues with the driving range prevent this from being one of my go to courses.

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  • 6/2/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Great course"

    Birkdale is still getting better! The golf shop is very well stocked with supplies, from premium to value. They just added Puma gear which makes sense since they carry Arnold Palmer stuff and it’s an Arnold Palmer course. Food menu is still lackluster: just Glizzies, Turkey, or Ham sandwiches. Great beer and liquor assortment and friendly bartenders. They now have a beverage cart heading through the course though I played 18 and never saw it. The course itself is in great shape. Greens were fast but rolling true. The rough is cut for a challenge if you miss a shot. The bunkers are hard packed which is surprising since they recently had the sand replaced. Tee boxes are sandy at this point and most holes need to be rotated. It’s still one of the very best public courses.

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  • 5/5/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Worth playing"

    I cannot wait for the parking lot to be done. It is slightly inconvenient to wait for the golf cart shuttle. Once you're there its a non issue. The clubhouse is cool but in need of serious updating. There was no food available just booze. They do fill coolers with ice for you and I dig that a lot. The pro shop is well stocked with product you actually want to buy. The course is in good shape. The bunkers around the greens are soft, the greens are receptive (except 9, which to be fair is a new green). I really enjoy this course and look forward to its return to glory.

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  • 4/19/24 - Review by NCNole

    "Worth playing"

    I am happy to have the course back in operation. I miss the driving range and practice area. The course was in pretty good condition. There are some challenging holes. There is little to no water on 18 so it is a bit of an eyesore compared to the original design. GPS apps are not updated for the new 9th hole yet so you need a range finder or play like we used to 20 years ago without all the technology.

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  • 4/1/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Worth playing"

    This was my first round back at Birkdale since it re-opened last November. I spent some time before my round chatting with Jeff Thomas, the GM, to get some construction updates and tour the changes to the course, including the new 9th hole. The $45 million commercial and residential development construction is ongoing and unfortunately, displaced the parking lot and eliminated the course's popular, lighted driving range. For now, you park in a temporary lot and wait for a golf cart shuttle to the clubhouse. The shuttles run continuously and your wait shouldn't be more than 5 minutes. I went ahead and called the pro shop since I was the only one waiting and they had a shuttle right out to get me. As mentioned, there is no driving range or warm-up area anymore, just a practice green near the 1st tee. So you may want to make plans to stop at a nearby course or simulator venue to get some swings in before your round. The course layout has not changed except for No. 9. What used to be a tricky dogleg left par 4 with the driving range net along the rightside is now a challenging, long par 3 hole. I liked it. It still has the creek along the left side of the green and two large bunkers on the right side. So the tee shot presents a nice risk-reward decision, especially if the hole is cut on the left side or in the back. Other memories of this course came back quickly as I made my way around. You can also still hear the buzz of power lines on the 1st and 11th holes. The par 5 5th hole is still the signature hole with a nerve-wracking approach shot over a pond (I put two in that pond for old time's sake). The short par 4 7th hole is another fun risk-reward hole. On the back nine, the 10th and 18th holes are currently affected by a damaged drain (from the development construction) and so there's no water in the pond that comes into play for the tee shots on both holes or the approach into 18. This is a pretty bad eyesore but isn't affecting playability. It is scheduled to be fixed and the pond restored this month. My favorite stretch on the course is Nos. 13-18 (the issues on 18 notwithstanding). In particular, No. 15 is a very birdie-able, short par 4 surrounded by large greenside bunkers followed up by the pond-guarded, downhill par 3 16th hole. I birdied both holes in my round so my opinion may be slightly biased. Ha! The greens are in great condition, rolling quick and true. There was only one exception, the lower portion of No. 18, where geese have apparently damaged the green and left small sandy craters in their wake. This will get fixed but for now they are keeping the pin locations on the upper portion. Most of the greenside bunkers throughout the course have nice, fluffy white sand in them now, which is great. However, the fairway bunkers and some of the greenside bunkers are still the darker, firmer sand. So the consistency can be tricky to judge. The rates right now are $65 weekdays and $75 weekends (with no twilight rates, only 9 hole rates). That's consistent with similar caliber courses in the area. However, with the construction going on, no driving range and the drained pond, it's a little overpriced, in my opinion. All in all, I still love this Arnold Palmer layout and I was very happy with the greens. The inconvenience of the parking situation, the disruption and ugly views created by the development construction and the issues around holes 10 and 18 definitely take away from the experience. But... most of that will improve once the development is complete (within 6-12 months is my guess). If you are like me and have fond memories of this course, it's definitely worth going back to play. It's only going to get better and it has the potential to be one of the top courses in the Charlotte area again.

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7/20/24: Review by The Don

Thought the layout was challenging, a fun Arnold Palmer design! Staff was very friendly, and course was not too busy even with a weekend tee time. it had rained a little the night before and course did not drain well. The lack of driving range is a minus, however the staff...

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