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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation


"Below average"

5/26/24: Review by RT

Poor value. Fairways in good shape, with a few isolated spots, but able to play the ball down. Greens generally in good shape, with a lot of unrepaired ball marks. Speeds were consistent. Tee boxes are beat up. Bunkers not raked. Pace of play was just under 5 hours,...

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Charlotte National Golf Club
6920 Howey Bottoms Road
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 882-8282
www.charlottenationalgc.com
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Review Rating:

3.75 stars - "Great course" (10 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $45, Weekend $60

Greens Turf Type:

Bermuda

Practice Area:

Great place to practice your short game. The grass tee driving range is so-so, but the putting green is huge and kept just like the course. The chipping green is also mown like a real green and offers about 40-50 yards of fairway to practice from, as well as a large sand bunker. One of my favorite places to practice.

Description

Hidden among the farms in Union County, Charlotte National winds through the woods, with no neighborhood homes to intrude on golf. This course opened in 1996 and has a very diverse layout, with the full range of challenges: length, water, elevation, wind, and fast greens. The greens were redone in 2018 with Sunday Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass and they are now consistently good year-round. In 2014, the course replaced their longtime trailer clubhouse with a modern, spacious clubhouse and full-service grill. The club hosts a very popular annual event called Margaritaville -- sign up early if you'd like to participate.

Notes

This course is very friendly and accommodating to all golfers and groups. Easy to get out as a single and they will often suggest a different starting hole for you so you can fit in with the groups on the course and enjoy a good pace of play. The twilight rates and weekday specials are the best value in Charlotte.

B-Man's Take

Fun course, off the beaten path. Good mix of difficulty throughout the round, but the last 3 holes are brutal. This course is kept in very good shape and the greens always roll true. My favorite hole is #15, a long dogleg left par 5 with a second shot over a creek and a big tree in the middle of the second fairway. I have a few hell holes on this course, including the closing 3 holes, but the one that always seems to get me is the #1 handicap hole, the long par 4 #5, with water on both sides of the fairway. The 18th can play like a short par 5 with water guarding the dogleg left, often leaving a 200+ yard uphill approach to the green. I can count on one hand the number of pars I've made on the closing hole in probably 50 rounds of play here.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Green)72725274.6135
Mens (Blue)72675171.9129
Senior (Gold)72605868.8120
Ladies (Silver)72547571.0120
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Links

GolfCarolina.com - Course review
GolfHoles.com - Photo tour and course information.

Most Recent Reviews

  • 12/22/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"

    Finally made it out to play Charlotte National and absolutely loved it. The greens are pristine, even at this time of year when everything else is brown. The course is awesome and brings a good amount of thought into club selection and course management due to hazard placement, doglegs, etc. Really enjoyed playing out here where there isn't a house in sight and everyone was so welcoming. Can't wait to get out there again!

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  • 7/8/23 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"

    Not the fanciest public course out there, but they do a really great job maintaining very good playing conditions. A few bare spots are noticeable off the fairways where rough should be, but other than that, greens and fairways are in very good shape. Tee boxes have the normal wear and tear on some of the holes. Always a fun course to play.

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  • 5/29/23 - Review by GoBux

    "Great course"

    First time playing here --- very impressed with the greens as the Sunday Ultra-Dwarf Bermudagrass is as advertised! Very smooth and they roll true. A good variety of holes and good risk/reward shots as well. Hard to get into too much trouble here. Enjoyed it very much and we'll be back again!

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  • 4/3/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Worth playing"

    Their greens are holding up nicely. There were a few isolated spots in the fairway that were muddy or washed away, but didn’t overly affect your shots. The course is worth a visit.

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  • 9/5/21 - Review by PADave

    "Average"

    Meh. A crowded Sunday morning as expected. Not a real welcoming vibe with what I assume is a more "regular" crowd. Decent driving range and putting green. Course was shaggy in many areas with greens being the exception and in good shape. Overall, an ok course, but many better tracks in the area.

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Updates From the Forum

  • 05/12/14 - B-Man posted "Plane crashes on Charlotte National 8th hole"

    I pulled up for my round yesterday just moments after this plane crash. Had to skip #8 and play #9 twice because they had the area taped off with police cars next to the fairway:

    Small plane crash in Union Co. injures 3 adults, child

    Crazier than that, though, was the fact that I tweeted a photo about it and got a reply from a lady whose brother and nephew were in the plane. She was asking me for updates (!). I think all is well, though, as w! e received word that the 4 people were in stable condition.
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  • 03/11/13 - DrSchteeve replied to "Charlotte National allowing fivesomes?"

    Yes they routinely allow fivesomes, even on busy spring and summer weekends. One rumor is that the course owner plays in a fivesome regularly. I will say that even with fivesomes the pace is sometimes OK - they do ranger it fairly well.
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  • 03/11/13 - Mike posted "Charlotte National allowing fivesomes?"

    First of all I love Charlotte National. Very nice people and the greens are always in great shape, I love the layout with some hard and some easy holes.

    With that said, the past few times I have been out there I have seen fivesomes on the course. One time there were 4 or 5 groups backed up behind the fivesome waiting on tees. The other time it was a fivsome going from 9 to 10 so no impact on me as I was just starting my round. I am hoping this is not a new policy and was allwed because it was winter, Hopefully this does not happen into spring and summer as my favorite course will be eliminated the first time I have a five and a half round due to a slow fivesome.
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  • 07/11/11 - Jamie replied to "Charlotte National"

    Played for the first time at Charlotte National in over a year on Saturday 7/9/11. Course was in good shape except for the bunkers - some had little to no sand. Greens were recently mini-punched, and unusually slow. They rolled well, but you needed s sledgehammer on uphill putts. As for the clubhouse, still a trailer, so there still really isn't one. After 15 years in business - if the trailer continues to deteriorate, they will be forced to either build a clubhouse or shut down. At some point something has to give. Very strange situation for such a good course.
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  • 05/04/11 - PT replied to "Charlotte National"

    The course is greening up nicely and the greens right now are in very good shape. They have some speed and roll true. Just wish more players would take the time to repair their divots and ballmarks.
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"Below average"

5/26/24: Review by RT

Poor value. Fairways in good shape, with a few isolated spots, but able to play the ball down. Greens generally in good shape, with a lot of unrepaired ball marks. Speeds were consistent. Tee boxes are beat up. Bunkers not raked. Pace of play was just under 5 hours,...

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