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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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Eagle Chase Golf Club
3215 Brantley Road
Marshville, NC 28103
(704) 385-9000
www.playeaglechase.com
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Review Rating:

4.45 stars - "Great course" (32 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $49, Weekend $75

Greens Turf Type:

Zoysia

Practice Area:

Driving range with grass tees. Putting green.

Description

This scenic course is hidden among the farms in Union County. No houses or other civilization to intrude on your round. Just golf. Plays like a mountain course, with an elevated tee or green on almost every hole. The greens were redone in Diamond Zoysia grass in 2013 and are some of the best in the area. A bunker renovation and much needed cart path re-paving were completed in spring 2022. The staff is very accommodating and I have never had a bad experience here.

Notes

Affordable membership plans are available.

B-Man's Take

This course is a well-kept secret since it is a good 45-60 minute drive from uptown Charlotte. It annually ranks as one of the best courses in the Charlotte area as featured in my Top 10 list. It is a fun course to play with the hills and elevated tees. The zoysia greens are usually immaculate. Water comes into play on the first 3 holes and 7 of 18 overall. My favorite holes are #6 (189yd par 3 with elevated tee and pond on the right) and #13 (332yd par 4 with pond on the right). My definite hell-hole on this course is #2 - a 412yd par 4 with an elevated tee looking down on a narrow fairway with water on both sides. I would pay $5 extra to play here if I could right down par and skip this hole every time. I try to make it out to Eagle Chase a few times a year. It is affordable and kept in great shape.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Blue)72672372.7138
Other (Tourney)72639471.0134
Mens (White)72599269.3129
Senior (Yellow)72502566.0117
Ladies (Red)72491864.5114
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Links

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Most Recent Reviews

  • 7/3/24 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"

    Best greens of any public course in the Charlotte area. Fairways were in great shape. Only downside was loud maintenance machinery even at 10am which was a bit distracting. But I can see why this a top 10 courses in the Charlotte area.

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  • 7/1/24 - Review by Dean

    "Great course"

    First time playing Eagle Chase - great golf course and challenging layout. Very hilly layout - felt like I was in the Ozarks in southern Missouri. Several elevated tees and greens with lots of variety. Par 5s are all fair and challenging and the course has a very good set of par 3s. Greens are firm (I think that's just they way all Diamond Zoysia greens are), but were in great shape at a decent speed and rolled true. Tee boxes and fairways were both in very good shape. Holes 11-13 are super challenging and beautiful (par 5 over water, long par 3 with trouble left and right and a short par 4 where you drive over water with a tricky green waiting). All in all a very solid golf course that I will definitely play again. Weekday rate of $49 was very fair. Not much of a restaurant/snack bar if that's important to you. Practice area is excellent.

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  • 5/19/24 - Review by Pudge

    "Great course"

    So here’s a little perspective before I review Eagle Chase GC. I recently moved to the Charlotte area…recently being 10 days ago. Coming from a country club in South Florida which is in great condition and on its way back to the what it once was when hosting the Honda Classic, the switch back to public golf scene is reminiscent of my time playing military courses and public/semi-private clubs around the world where I enjoyed the competition and the friendships. I’ve also played a lot of NC mountain golf in the Highlands/Cashiers area where my parents retired and still live. I have experienced a lot different golf courses, clubs, and resorts, and understand the different vibes. So I’ll hopefully give you a perspective of course, club, and “vibe” in my reviews. Eagle Chase is set in farm land and ranches in the foothills southeast of Charlotte. The course elevation changes create dynamic views and challenging hole layouts, especially on the back 9. First impressions of Eagle Chase are deceiving as the pro shop, facilities, and services are minimal but provide what you need for golf, and fun. Go into the small pro shop with the obligatory tv locked into the current Tour event and pay for your green fees and range balls, which you’ll scoop out your bucket of balls there. Simple homemade sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, snacks and plenty of beverage choices are also available. Grab what you may need on the course because there’s no beverage carts on the course. The staff are friendly and care about your experience while at Eagle Chase, using the resources at hand. (Spoiler: they put the resources into the course conditions) Going out to the range was a short trip past the outdoor patio with some tables and chairs and the practice green with plenty of room and different types of putts. The range is two tiered with a small chipping green next to it. Plenty of distance and targets to choose from. While stretching I noticed the regulars around; teenagers who play golf for competition, college kids, middle-aged, and retirees, along with the every-once-in-a-while players with girlfriends in tow. Watching the players on the range, the regulars play golf to compete and enjoy. I didn’t get a chance to ask about the money games or groups, but I’m sure they exist. The above average conditions of the practice areas give you a good idea of what lies ahead on the course. The first hole is visually elusive where the tee box looks out at an over water carry to a dog leg left and you don’t see beyond that. It promotes a thought of “ok, what is this course?” Put your drive in the middle or right center for a safe shot or challenge the left trees with a draw. Once you get around the dog leg, you see a simple shot to a mildly guarded green. The greens are one of the gems of this course. They are smooth (the regulars and visitors alike obviously fix their ball marks), undulating, and today they are about a 10 on the stimpmeter. They could easily be cut and made like glass but be careful about what you ask for! Finish the hole and drive to #2. Coming up to the #2 tee box, the course bears its teeth, half grin, half biting snarl, as you look out to water down the left, trees and creek right with a sliver of green to be seen in the distance from the left side of the tee box. Looking down to the fairway in the narrow space between the water and trees you think you see a cart sign in the fairway…it’s a drop zone sign in the middle of the fairway. Ouch. I yanked my shot left and just found the water beyond by the left fairway bunker. Once you get down to the fairway, the course opens up to say “enjoy the views” as you see left of the water, the front side par 3’s, #3 and #6. After the drop, my approach shot looks at a well-protected green with water, bunkers, and death beyond the green. I flushed a 9 iron to 15 feet and one-putted for par. While I didn’t get bitten here (I’d rather be lucky than good), you get a feel for what the course was going to be like…gentle beauty mixed with lethal consequences. Think Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, a seductive smile then the kill shot. Don’t worry, I’m not giving you the hole by hole run down, I want to play golf too! But it is easy to see why Eagle Chase is one of the best public courses in the Charlotte area. It is the perfect statement of pure golf. No white glove service, no resort waterfalls, just challenging natural beauty. -Pudge

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  • 4/22/24 - Review by Steve

    "Great course"

    Lots of new construction / improvements. What a fantastic course. Plays almost like a mountain course. Really amazing staff, great range, challenging but rewarding layout. Worth the drive 100%

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  • 12/20/23 - Review by dalewt43

    "Great course"

    First time out to Eagle Chase is 2023. As usual the course was in great condition. The greens were receptive and while the speed was slower than the last time I played there, they were still challenging and rolled very good. We played the course at 6394 yards. A little long for me but my grandson was the host and those are the tees he plays. While I was hitting longer irons and some 7 wood shots into the greens the course provides enough space to hit those shots. The staff at Eagle Chase is friendly and work with you when there is a frost delay to make sure you know exactly when you will go. This eliminated any group being confused until the tee times were back on schedule. My favorite hole on this course is the 14th. This hole is set up for a slight fade but don't push it to the right of the fairway, that will put you in the tree jail. The green has a trap guarding the right front but the green is pretty flat so you can play several types of shots into it. My least favorite hole is the same as the BMan, number 2. This hole has water on the left and no room to miss on the right. The visual from the tee box makes it look like there is absolutely no room to get the ball where you need it. The correct play for me is to start it down the left side of the fairway with a baby fade. The approach shot into the green is slightly uphill with water left and traps around the green. Eagle Chase is a little bit of a drive from the north side of Charlotte but well worth it.

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Updates From the Forum

  • 08/20/23 - B-Man posted "Rates Increasing... et tu, Eagle Chase?"

    I just happened to notice tee time rates at Eagle Chase this weekend were north of $70. So that made me investigate. Their web site still shows $45/$52/$72 as the Weekday/Friday/Weekend rates, but if you look at tee times for the next week, you get $60/$70/$82. That's quite the increase, especially on weekdays when Eagle Chase used to be the value leader among the nice courses around town. Eagle Chase is still more worthy of those prices than the likes of Emerald Lake, The Divide and Olde Sycamore to name a few, but the increase leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully, they will put the extra revenue back into the amenities to crank them up a bit with a nicer clubhouse, maybe add a bar. Thoughts?
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  • 04/28/14 - panthersfann55 replied to "Eagle Chase"

    biggest thing is to take an extra club or 2 on certain holes. on #4 1 extra, #5 2 extra to the middle, #6 go with your gut its all downhill it does play it's true yardage, #9 one extra from the fairway, #11 go for the green in 2, #15 2 extra, 17 1 extra if u end up by the drain on the right. played this past fri and greens were quick. don't over think it focus on speed. the practice green reflects the course greens which is very rare.
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  • 03/11/13 - DrSchteeve replied to "Eagle Chase"

    Eagle Chase will be redoing their greens in April. Changing to some type of zoysia, which supposedly does well in heat, requires little watering, grows in both shade and sun. They will be softening the contours of 4 greens - 2,3,12, and 14. Supposedly the whole process will take only 32 days. Now if they could only do something with the cart paths...
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  • 02/22/12 - B-Man replied to "Eagle Chase"

    I received a quick reply from Wally Moore, the general manager, and he simply said "We are not closing."
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  • 02/22/12 - PT replied to "Eagle Chase"

    I have heard an unconfirmed rumor that Eagle Chase will be closing. I hope this isn't true as it would be a total shame to see this happen. Does anyone know if this is a truth or not?
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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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