Lincoln Country Club is located off Hwy 321 just north of Gastonia, only about 40 minutes northwest of uptown Charlotte. Amid the rolling terrain, hardwoods and meandering creeks of the Piedmont, Lincoln Country Club has been challenging golfers since 1946. In 2016, the greens were renovated and sodded with Diamond Zoysia grass. The front nine features tree-lined fairways that demand accurate tee shots, and small greens that reward precision. The back nine is more open, but being in the right places on the greens is still important. Ponds and creeks come into play on several holes while well-placed sand bunkers are incorporated into the course's traditional design. Four sets of tees will test players of every ability.
The club offers very affordable memberships (family plan for $1000 per year after $600 initiation).
Played my long overdue first round here in March 2020 to see what I've been missing. Can't believe it took me this long! The Diamond Zoysia greens (installed in 2016) are immaculate, smooth and quick. The layout is fun and offers many scoring opportunities. It's not a long course but does offer challenges with elevation changes and water hazards as well as blind doglegs. The very first hole is a risk-reward par 5 with a second shot (or 3rd for most) over water. The par 5 7th hole features a layup drive in front of a pond and then a steep uphill climb to the green. The signature hole has to be the short but 90-degree dogleg right par 4 18th hole to an elevated green right in front of the clubhouse. I really enjoyed the layout and the staff was super friendly to a rookie guest. I'll be back soon and often.
I thought I would provide an update for Lincoln Country Club (LCC). The original nine, now the back nine, was opened in 1946, and the cart paths were cement and mostly away from tree roots. The front nine was opened in about 1993 with asphalt paths close to tree roots in many areas. The cart paths have needed work, and I'm happy to say that the front nine has completely new asphalt, and a few areas on the back nine have new asphalt as well. This makes for a much more enjoyable experience even for me being mainly a walker. The course is in good shape, with the Diamond Zoysia greens being full. The greens are dormant now and dyed for the winter months. I prefer the increased speed of the greens when they are dormant. There is a housing project between holes 1 and 2 that is slowly being completed. This has been a less than attractive area of the course and completion will be welcomed.Read The Review
My first round here and I loved the course. Great layout and fantastic greens. They are Diamond Zoysia and were perfectly smooth and quick. The course gets an A for the greens alone. The original 9 holes is over 70 years old and has a great risk/reward mix, starting with the opening par 5, with an approach over water. Between the 1st and 2nd holes, there's some construction of condos going on and so it's walled off with black plastic. That's also made the 2nd hole a par 3 over water, as the construction is using that hole for runoff/retention ponds, where there was no hazard before. #7 is a great par 5 with a pond looming at the end of the fairway about 250 yds out and then an uphill climb to the green. Speaking of the greens, they are generally small. You can't have a putt over 60/80 feet on any green. With quick greens and some slopes, it can make putting and chips pretty tricky. This is a relatively short course with lots of scoring opportunities. The closing par 4 18th hole features a narrow landing area with a sharp dogleg right to the green which is perched on a hill next to the clubhouse. It was a fun round and I'll be back soon!Read The Review