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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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Emerald Lake Golf Club
1 Tournament Drive
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 882-7888
www.emeraldlakegolfclub.com
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Review Rating:

3.14 stars - "Worth playing" (11 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $65, Weekend $89

Greens Turf Type:

Bentgrass

Practice Area:

Driving range with grass tees, putting green, small chipping / bunker area.

Description

Located off Lawyer's Road in the Matthews / Indian Trail area, this course lives up to the 'lake' in its name, with water coming into play on many holes, including the signature par 5 14th hole -- with 2 shots over the 12-acre lake. It is a semi-private course and one of the few Charlotte area public courses with Crenshaw bent grass greens.

Notes

Memberships are available. They also have season passes where you can buy a bundle of weekend or weekday rounds. If you plan to regularly play here, they are a good deal, giving you $10 off the typical rack rate. The original clubhouse burned down on the 4th of July back in 2012 -- I was one of the last people to leave the clubhouse that day when I still had my membership. A new one was finished in 2016 and now includes an event facility that can host weddings and banquets. The Lakeview Grille looks over the 14th tee and 18th green and has shaded outdoor seating.

B-Man's Take

This course was once my home course, back in 2011-2012, and for over two decades I lived only about 5 minutes away. I still get out to play here frequently with friends who are members and I know the nuances of this course better than almost any other in the Charlotte area. Between the tree-lined tight fairways on some holes, the water hazards / sand bunkers on others, and the slick, sloped, undulating greens, your swing needs to be under control to keep the ball in play and your score down. I started to have better success here in recent years, once I learned to stay away from trouble and not hit driver on every par 4. Some holes can still get me, though, including #12, a very long, narrow par 4, and #9, another long par 4 with an approach over a creek, uphill to the toughest green on the course. My favorite holes are the exciting par 5's #14 and #18 with water in play for more than one shot. In the summer of 2020, the course hired a new superintendent (Mike Stell formerly the asst. super at Quail Hollow Club) and rededicated itself to keeping the Crenshaw bent grass greens in great shape year round. They have done a great job bringing Emerald Lake back to the upper echelon of public courses in Charlotte and have added great event hosting capabilities. One final note: the course uses dynamic pricing so the rack rates are fluid based on demand. Your price may vary from round to round.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Emerald)71682071.2137
Mens (Blue)71645569.9132
Other (White)71596367.4121
Ladies (Red)71512068.7116
View the complete scorecard for this course

Links

Golfholes.com - Offers 18-hole photo tour for this course.

Most Recent Reviews

  • 5/1/24 - Review by Dave

    "Great course"

    Course was in really good shape. Fairways and greens were excellent. Greens have a mix of grasses but they were mowed close and rolled true and fairly fast. As long as they keep the greens in decent shape, which is a problem for them in the heat, it’s a great course to play. Nice facilities as well.

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  • 9/30/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Bad, stay away"

    Clubhouse is nice. And that's the end of positive things to say Course is in awful shape. Greens are running a 2. Bare spots on several holes. Weeds all throughout greens. Group in front of us took almost 5 hours. Ranger came by once but didn't improve anything.

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  • 8/24/23 - Review by Shake

    "Below average"

    Greens - inconsistent, bare, infiltrated with patches of unwanted grasses, and tons of unrepaired pitch markes. Greenside - deep bermuda very close to greens, sprinkler head areas with standing water, inconsistent. Fairways - good Sandtraps - poorly maintained, clientele seems to refuse to rake Tee box - good on most, a few bare areas Staff - good, courteous Amenities - no beverage cart, water on course Pace of Play - My group was slow and our pace was not good - had to let two groups through during round and haven't had to do that in many years. In fairness, there appeared to be a tournament played in the morning and seemed to be a charity event which brings in a wide variety of players so not surprised to see the sand and greens in such bad repair. That being said, bare spots and overall quality was expected to be better.

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  • 7/21/23 - Review by GinMillDJ

    "Great course"

    It's been 4 or 5 years since I played here. 7 or 8 of the Greens were in need of repair in some spots. (Bare patches on the edge and general wear and tear from golfers not fixing their ball marks. Fairways in very good shape. Tee boxes had normal wear and tear. Bunkers in pretty good shape as well. Distances on the score card and the placards on the tee box were off on most of the holes.....by a good 30-40 yards each hole. Would play there again

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  • 8/28/22 - Review by aclark

    "Below average"

    Tee boxes and fairways are in good/great shape. But the greens are the worst in the area I have seen all year. A combination of weed and crabgrass infested PLUS dead and dirt patches. And at $70 (plus a fuel surcharge?!? that makes it $75), it will be off my list for a while. We showed up a bit early to our 10am Sunday tee time to hit a few range balls. If you know the course, you know that one tee is just next to the range. We should have known when no groups went off the tee between our 9:15a arrival and our tee... on a Sunday.

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Updates From the Forum

  • 03/23/22 - B-Man replied to "Aerification Dates - 2022"

    Emerald Lake: 4/19 Emerald Lake uses DryJect aeration (instead of core) for their Bentgrass greens. Here's a primer on what that means.
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  • 03/11/21 - B-Man posted "Emerald Lake and the new 'dynamic pricing' courses are using"

    This article went out on Golf Wire today and describes how Emerald Lake uses "dynamic pricing" with their online tee time rates. Interesting read to understand how this works. The golf industry is becoming more like airlines with fare prices.

    Demand-based pricing and focusing on their most profitable hours drives growth
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  • 06/15/20 - B-Man posted "Emerald Lake drops GolfNow"

    Saw this email come in last week and I've heard many folks complain about TeeOff getting bought by GolfNow:


    "After a long relationship with GolfNow, we have decided to part ways. Emerald Lake Golf Club will no longer have tee times available on any third party website. Some of you may have even noticed that GolfNow.com is showing that our course is closed, which is inaccurate. We are open for play!

    The lowest rates available (including our Daily Deals) can now be found exclusively on our website"


    Courses are finding that they can manage their own tee sheets now. I wonder if that's recency bias though -- with the heightened play due to golf being allowed during the pandemic.
    I still see a need for tee time aggregators, especially for last minute golfers like myself. When you don't care where or how much but just need to quickly see which courses have openings, these aggregators are very helpful. When you have to go to each course's website to check for openings, it might take you 10 minutes to find one.
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  • 07/22/16 - BetterThanMost posted "Pace of Play at Emerald Lake"

    Got this email from Emerald Lake today:

    "To further enhance your experience while playing Emerald Lake Golf Club, we are now launching Operation P.O.P. (Pace Of Play). With this new program, we are committed to getting you around our golf course as quickly as possible. We understand that people do not have 5 hours to spend on a golf course nowadays, so Emerald Lake has paired up with the Carolina Golf Association to institute a 4 hour and 12 minute pace of play. Along with this new operation, we have also added the following measures to help "speed up play":
    -We are cutting the rough half an inch to make it easier to find your ball.
    -We are bringing food out more frequently to the course to cut down on your turn time.
    -We hav! e hired rangers at problem areas to help spot errant golf shots."

    I think this is great and much needed at Emerald Lake. My last several rounds there have been excruciatingly long.
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  • 09/29/14 - Nancy & Fred posted "Renaissance & Emerald Lake & Tega Cay"

    Played Renaissance 9/28 and the greens are in terrible shape. Many dead spots and various lengths of grass on the greens. It's impossible to putt and feel that anything you're doing is going to make a difference as there is too much interference with the state of the greens for any putt to be accurate. The fairways were fine. The bunkers were actually very nicely kept and well-raked. I felt like someone there felt so bad about the greens being terrible that they thought they would at least make the bunkers playable.
    Emerald Lake, which we played two weeks ago had bad greens as well. Almost as bad as Renaissance. Lots of crab grass on them and the crab grass didn't get mown down with the other grass so many putts you're putting through pieces of crab grass sticking up. Plus, lots of ! dead spots. The back 9 was better than the front, but not great.
    It's a shame. These both used to be decent courses (Emerald Lake used to be really nice). It's been one of the rainiest and cooler summers in the 15 years I've lived here. If you can't keep your greens up this summer, when will you be able too? Plus, they were both way too expensive for what you get - even on tee off or golf now - I think we paid $70 bucks for 2 people for Emerald Lake and $50 for Renaissance. If we had just paid at the club house we would have given up and asked for our money back. Not sure how that works on the discount web-sites. They need to charge a lot less if their courses are in such bad shape.
    Tega Cay was really nice. Worth any extra money.
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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,...

Latest Forum Post

Heads up…Stonebridge aerification

By Pudge on 5/27/24

Stonebridge GC is closed tomorrow (5/28) for aerification and on Wednesday (5/29) only one of the 9 holes is available (you'll play it twice for an 18 hole round). Don't know which nine or the size of the punch. Pudge

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