As of 3/13/14, this course has officially closed. From the original description: Designed by Tom Doak (architect of two Bandon Dunes courses and the Blue Course at Streamsong Resort), this links-style course is conveniently located off I-485 in south Charlotte. Many holes have rolling hills and creeks that bring water into play. There are 5 par 3 holes on this par 71 layout.
Fun course to play with 4 par 5's and 5 par 3's. You'll score better here the more rounds you play. You need to know where the trouble is on each hole so you can avoid it. That means knowing when to hit driver or iron off the tee and where not to miss an approach shot. My favorite holes are #11 (because it's the only short par 3 of the 5) and #18, a reachable-in-2 par 5. This course has trouble on almost every hole in the form of bunkers or creeks. The hell-holes are the vicious 565-yd par 5 12th and the treacherously long 411yd dogleg right par 4 #17 with a row of British Open style pot bunkers guarding the dogleg. Like its sister courses in the Carolina Trail, this course is a bit pricey, but discounts abound. They sell a preferred player's card and usually have a coupon in the local paper.
While this course isn't great it is in better shape than a few months ago so new management is on the write track. It is a links course but it was very dry, no different in the color of the fairway, rough or greens. Reduced rates online make it a decent spot to play. But would never play here at full price!!Read The Review
Played 18 at Ballantyne Thursday morning, and wanted to play another round in the afternoon. Stopped here and figured it would be pretty well-priced for Thurs afternoon...wow I was wrong. $49!!! for a round on a weekday afternoon. This is ridiculous, but luckily I found a coupon for $28. This was just the beginning of this mess of a course. Tee boxes are non-existent...all weeds. Fairways and rough a also non-existent. It is literally all weeds or crabgrass, or dirt. Greens are without a doubt have higher grass than fairways. They are awful. The staff are rude...which may have to do with not getting paid. I would stay away from this trainwreck like the plague. Embarrassing.Read The Review
This is my least favorite course in Charlotte. I got invited to play with a co-worker, which is the only reason I played. Ball machine on the range was jammed, and the range was like hitting off of sand. Tee boxes were covered in weeds and didnt seem to have been cut in a few weeks. Fairways were in ok shape, but brown grass clipping were everywhere. Greens were awful...it was like putting on shag carpet. Ball was bouncing everywhere and wouldnt hold any shots. You lose a ton of balls if you dont hit the ball right down the middle, since the rough and other areas on the course are extremely long and not well kept. I would avoid this course like the plague.Read The Review
Course is in pretty good shape even though the greens were replaced last year. Wish I could say the same for the golf carts and range ball machine. Our cart died twice during the round and overheard the staff telling others that their cart might die. Range machine was broken again and they were giving out balls in the pro shop. Hats off to the staff for dealing with all the crap. The problems continue for the Carolina Trail courses, but they don't have a problem charging the rates they do for bad carts and a "hit or miss" that the range will be open and supplied with balls.Read The Review
Never really cared for links style golf courses, but this one isn't so bad. Greens seemed a bit brown, but were rolling true. Tee boxes, fairways and bunkers were all in good shape. Definitely worth the $35 clickit was charging for it. I really wish they'd put up a dividing net between the practice range and 1st fairway. If you hit a drive left, you're pretty much hunting for about 10 mins.Read The Review