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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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Highland Creek Golf Club
7001 Highland Creek Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 875-9000
www.highlandcreekgolfclub.com
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Review Rating:

2.85 stars - "Worth playing" (10 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $50, Weekend $70

Greens Turf Type:

Bentgrass

Practice Area:

Driving range with grass tees, sloped putting green (very indicative of actual greens), chipping area.

Description

This residential course near Huntersville lives up to the Creek in its name, with water hazards coming into play on 10 holes. Highland Creek was designed by Clifton, Ezell, and Clifton with extra care to preserve the natural beauty of the area. The neighboring community provides an upscale backdrop set well back to offer plenty of open space. The course remains one of the few public courses to feature Bentgrass greens.

Notes

Highland Creek came under new management in 2014 with Pinnacle Golf Properties and memberships & discounts can now be shared across its former sister courses in the old Carolina Trail -- The Divide, The Tradition, Birkdale, Skybrook, Tega Cay and Waterford.

B-Man's Take

I used to play this course quite a bit with a friend who lived in the neighborhood. The Carolina Trail demise took a serious toll on the course conditions over the last decade. At times (particularly 2016-2018), the course was virtually unplayable. Recently, the news has been better and although the Bentgrass greens can still suffer in the summer heat, the course has been kept in much better shape year round. In my golfing career, some of my toughest rounds have been played here. Easy to lose golf balls in the namesake creek, which runs along seemingly every hole. You must be accurate off the tee and with approach shots to stay out of trouble here. Otherwise, you're in for a long round. My favorite hole is #18, the signature 487yd par 5 finishing hole that is reachable in two provided you carry the water all along the right side with 2 shots. Several hell-holes for me on this course, but in particular the 419yd par 4 4th hole is a brutal dogleg left because of a narrow target for your approach, guarded by trees and bunkers. The 560yd par 5 12th is also a brute, with two tough-to-hit fairways and an approach over water.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Gold)72704374.0137
Mens (Blue)72652071.5136
Other (White)72600168.6130
Ladies (Red)72508069.8134
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Links

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

Most Recent Reviews

  • 5/24/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Worth playing"

    I played last Friday, a sold out holiday weekend so I knew what to expect for pace of play. Took about 5.5 hours to play the course. There were marshals out and about but there were no gaps to be found. The course has gotten better as the season has gone on. I know they plan to replace the greens next year but they are finally in good shape and since we haven't had drought, they aren't scorched. The bridges are all brand new which was a grave concern before. Fairways are a little splotchy on some holes but this place seems to be very well cared for. The value is there compared to the comparably priced courses in the area. Their clubhouse and pro shop are top notch, well stocked, and the food is really good. BEST 18th HOLE IN THE AREA!

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  • 3/29/24 - Review by Rico80

    "Bad, stay away"

    Greens weren’t bad, fairways were as expected this time a year. Course was dry but carts on path only. We left after 5 holes, waiting 10+ mins per shot because the course was so packed, tee times were spaced and seems like they just wanted to make as much money as possible leaving golfers with a poor experience. Haven’t played here in over 10years and now I remember why. Allowing 2somes to go off back to back to back just isn’t it, pair them up so people don’t feel like they have to allow players to play through. We didn’t even try to get a raincheck, wasn’t worth it as we don’t plan to return.

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  • 10/22/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Worth playing"

    Good conditions, greens are a little chewed up with ball marks but not nearly as bad as some other courses and they were definitely challenging to read! Everything else is in really good shape. Course makes you think a lot regarding distance off the tee and setting up the next shot. Fun course to play! Starter mentioned that they'll be closed for renovation for a few months in 24. Replacing greens, tree maintenance, cart path maintenance, etc. Look forward to seeing them reinvest in the course!

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  • 9/10/21 - Review by MGOBLUE

    "Average"

    Love this layout and we had beautiful weather for early September. My only issue was that the greens had recently be aerated and were incredibly bumpy as expected. No where on their website was this mentioned when my buddy booked our last minute tee time. If this had been known we would have gone somewhere else. I'll be back after the greens heal.

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  • 6/14/21 - Review by BRR

    "Worth playing"

    Greens were still recovering from aeration and were a little slow. Course was in good shape otherwise. This course requires accurate shot making. Anything offline or off-distance is penalized. Scrambling skills are necessary. I enjoyed the course. I'll definitely be back.

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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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Reply To: Aerification Dates – 2024

By cswan14 on 7/13/24

FYI - Tega did a deep verticut earlier this week and didn’t have it mentioned on their website. Rode down there today to get a road round in while Skybrook recovers from aerating only to be completely disappointed. Got a rain check at the turn…give it a couple weeks...

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