This is an older course, originally built in 1948 to service the mill workers. It has a nice clubhouse and friendly membership plans. The course has a more classic layout than today's tracks and is very walkable. The front 9 holes were designed by Donald Ross, with George Cobb finishing the course's last 9 holes. The course was renovated under the direction of Clyde Johnston in 2008. It is located right in the heart of Fort Mill. This course is a very junior-friendly place and you'll likely see alot of father-son pairs.
I've only played here a few times, but I like the classic layout. The greens are now MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda and are well-kept and cut to be fast. The par 3's are all hefty from the white/member's tees at 154+. There are several holes with water in play and every hole is well-bunkered. My favorite hole is probably #16 because of the picturesque, severely downhill approach shot into this par 5. My least favorite would probably be #12, another par 5, but this one with a tee shot over a pond and an uphill approach. The course is pretty straightforward with very few blind shots or doglegs and the classic layout with holes running side-by-side can be forgiving. With a friendly staff, the walkability, and a nice 19th hole restaurant bar, this is a nice member club that's open for public play. Rack rates here are some of the highest in Charlotte to preserve times for members -- look for online deals!
Conditions were terrific. I would have liked slightly plusher tee boxes to allow for turf-tees, which were not an option. Fairways were in excellent condition. Very forgiving. Not tight. Greens were faster than most other public's I've played recently, but not too quick (maybe 25% faster). There are some really hard par 4's on this course (long) - especially the front where water is in play. The par 3's were fairly long too. If it weren't for the heat and walking, I'd have loved it. But by the back 9, I was roasting and soaked.Read The Review
2nd time playing at Fort Mill, and it is slowly creeping up my rankings. Tee to green, the course was in great shape, and the greens were in mint condition and rolling true. The layout is nothing extravagant, but very enjoyable with a good variety of different holes. I enjoy the old school feel of the Donald Ross designed front 9, with a couple of tricky elevated greens that test your short game. The back 9 presents a nice change of scenery, with the picturesque, downhill par-5 16th being the highlight for me. It is on the more expensive side for Charlotte, which has kept me away in the past, but I think I will be more likely to pay up to play here or look for weekday/twilight deals going forward.Read The Review
A beautiful Friday in Carolina today and all golfers should be out playing. I got a GolfNow discount of $58 bucks & got paired up with Nick & Mason from Indian Trail for a 12noon tee time. I've played this course three times in the last 2 years & today it played the best of all. The Greens are in fantastic condition, rolling true, well manicured and just pristine. The Tee boxes and Fairways all in excellent condition. This course plays beautifully. The Fairways are open, there is some water but not a lot. There are several holes with green side bunkers but not intrusive to the greens. Just a great all around experience today and I highly recommend this course, especially if you can get a GolfNow discount.Read The Review
Fort Mill is in very good condition. Fairways are lush. Rough has a few wear spots that generally do not impact play. Greens are almost fully healed from aeration and rolled good all day, with very consistent speed. Very classic layout, and one of my favorite summer courses for years.Read The Review
Tee to green in excellent shape. An number of holes have hard-pan dirt off the fairways and some first cut, but this has pretty much always been the case. Greens had been aerated fairly recently but were rolling well and in another week should be darn near perfect. Great layout and not an easy one by any means. Donald Ross designed front nine and George Cobb designed back nine, 'nuf said.Read The Review