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Skybrook Golf Club


"Great course"

5/25/22: Review by aimtobreak80

Background: First time in 5 years posting a review; 6 month's since playing following a year of health issues; and 3 years since last (recorded) play at Skybrook. Observations: Addition of two, new restrooms on the course is a BIG improvement; trap's and bunker's conditions...

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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
7500 Olde Sycamore Drive
Charlotte, NC 28227
(704) 573-1000
www.oldesycamoregolf.com
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Review Rating:

3.31 stars - "Worth playing" (18 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $60, Weekend $75

Greens Turf Type:

Bentgrass

Practice Area:

Driving range with grass tees, putting green, chipping green with sand bunker.

Description

Located in Mint Hill off Hwy 218, this semi-private club is a Tom Jackson design and offers a very challenging layout with strategically placed bunkers, several ponds, and Crenshaw Bent Grass greens.

Notes

Course offers membership deals and is a great place for a golf outing.

B-Man's Take

This used to be one of my favorite courses in the area and I have played it a ton over the years. The Bentgrass greens have started to age and so they tend to suffer a bit during our hot summers here, especially with lazy golfers not fixing ball marks. The rack rates are some of the highest in Charlotte making the course a very low value option compared to other courses. It does have some of the nicest white sand bunkers around town. This course will also test your range, as you'll likely need every club in the bag. There are many holes where you'll want to use something other than driver off the tee. My favorite holes: the two par 5's that bookend the round -- the 517yd birdie-able first hole and the likewise birdie-able 528yd finishing hole. Hell-holes: too many to list, but look out for the two-tiered green on the par 3 fourth and the trouble-laden par 4 10th hole. I suggest finding a member and playing under the guest rate, since this is otherwise a pricey round of golf.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Gold)72696573.4142
Mens (Blue)72639870.7132
Other (White)72567367.7117
Ladies (Red)72475668.1120
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Links

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

Most Recent Reviews

  • 5/2/22 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"

    I had a 757am tee time on Mon 5/2/22. It rained the night before which was great because we've not had rain in several weeks. I made my tee time the evening before with Roy who is the grounds superintendent. When I arrived he brought my cart around. Greg runs the Pro Shop and checked me in. He said they were having a Tournament for fallen 9/11 NYPD Firefighter, Steven Coakley so they had only let 2 other twosomes on before me and the guy they paired me with named Alex. Fortunately he had played there before and was able to give me some guidance on several holes. There are some blind shots and severe dog legs. You do travel across neighborhood roads and houses line the fairways but don't come into play unless you misshit your ball. Over all I really liked the course for it's wide-open fairways and the layout. There are several severe dog legs on the front and maybe two on the back. There is one hole on the front where the green is shared by two different holes one going and one returning. The best features are the accessible Par 3's. On the front you have 131 yards and 88 yards and on the back 86 and 86. There are prominent signs marking each hole and provide the yardage from all 5 tee locations. There is a fair amount of water from small ponds. On several holes you must negotiate a creek that seems to criss cross many holes on the front & back. They use a lot of bunkers, mostly fairway bunkers and when there are green side bunkers they aren't going to threaten too much. The greens and tee boxes are in excellent condition. The Senior tee's provide significant advantage on all except a couple of holes. The greens are large for the most part and not a lot of undulation. Today they were rolling true and all seemed to be in excellent condition. We were able to complete 18 holes in about 4.25 hours which includes a food stop & bio break at the turn. There was no one in front or back of us so we had a great pace of play throughout the 18 holes. They have a very large driving range and credit card operated ball dispenser. They have a good sized practice putting area by the driving range and a separate chipping area. The carts was clean and in great condition. When you check-in they tell you to note the bathroom door codes on the receipt, There is one on each side at 5 & 13. The parking lot is very large and they have cart attendants to help with your bag and give you the layout of the course. I had a turkey and swiss at the turn which I thought was pricey at $9 bucks. They serve hot dogs but they were not cooked or heated. The sandwich was just so so and they serve it in an open basket with chips. It would have been nice if it had been wrapped since most people are going to be eating in the cart as they continue play. I highly recommend this course for it's overall quality and value. A senior rate at $40 bucks Monday to Thursday is very reasonable for a course of this caliber.

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  • 4/15/22 - Review by The Good Son

    "Worth playing"

    This was my first time going back to Olde Sycamore in few years. A few greens are still recovering from being punched a month or so ago, but overall they rolled fine, just a little on the slow side. Might be better to go out in another week or two. While I enjoy the layout of the course, I always tend to get hung up on price. IMO they tend to be on the pricier side for green fees in CLT and I don't think overall course conditions warrant the price tag.

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  • 2/28/21 - Review by KyleSmith

    "Worth playing"

    This course is unique to me in that it charges a premium rate, but delivers sub par conditions consistently. Most tee boxes were soaking wet, which is understandable, but the tees were located in the wettest spot. Not even an attempt to get them at drier spots. The greens are a shame, as they let the poa overtake them last year and they are incredibly bumpy on over half of them. you can strike it beautifully, but not make man birdies because you can not trust a line. Fairways were wet, but decent. Bunkers were all wet, but not standing water which is nice with the amount of rain we have had. Overall, its a decent course if you live in the area and can get a good deal on golf now, but otherwise, I would stick to Eagle Chase or something else in the area.

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  • 8/30/20 - Review by Hunter

    "Average"

    Avoid for now. Took 45 minutes to get a cart (Tee time was 136, we teed off around 2:15) I know COVID factors in, but no other course seems to have this problem. Greens are in pretty bad shape. #2 might be lost for the year. Other ones were fair at best. Better value out there.

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  • 8/1/20 - Review by Hunter

    "Worth playing"

    Greens slow. Some rough spots from heat etc with bare patches esp on Hole #2. A solid course, but right now not in it's best shape.

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Updates From the Forum

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

    Olde Sycamore: 3/14-3/15 and 8/15-8/16
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  • 07/04/11 - roy replied to "Olde Sycamore"

    I had the honor of playing with THE B Man today at Olde Sycamore. Overall the course was in good shape, fairways rolling and the greens were true throughout the round.
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  • 03/04/11 - Wade replied to "Olde Sycamore"

    I played Olde Sycamore last year and will play that again. I might drive over to Pinehurst and play a few rounds there. Any reccomendations? I am looking at Hyland Hills, Tallamore, Southern Pines. I am trying to stay within a budget of $50 per course.
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  • 02/12/11 - DrSchteeve posted "Range Balls"

    So here was my experience at Olde Sycamore yesterday.

    Heading out to the range, about to use the token I bought for a bucket, I noticed there were quite a few balls on the range already. I pocketed the token, headed to the range, and began hitting balls. Called to pick up my partner who had just checked in, I got in my cart, having left several clubs leaning against the club rack in front of the balls I was hitting. When I returned, a course employee was on the range, buckets in hand, picking up all the balls on the range. He asked me if I “paid for those balls” to which I answered, “they were here when I came out”, at which he picks up the balls and puts them in a bucket and walks off.

    I have played golf for over 20 years, on every ! course from exclusive club to downtrodden muni, and I have never seen this, and never had this type of confrontational event on a range. Usually, course employees are giving out free buckets if they happen to cross a golfer while they have some balls in hand. I have played at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, and when asked what to do with the bag of balls not used (because there were plenty of balls on the range to hit), have been told “Take them, they’re yours”.

    I understand that there is an alternative view - that I was "stealing" balls by hitting balls that I hadn't paid for (even though somebody did). I just haven't seen this in over 20 years of playing golf. Not likely I'll be going back to Olde Sycamore anytime soon.
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  • 08/28/10 - DrSchteeve posted "Greens update 08/28/2010"

    Personally checked or played (except where noted):

    Verdict Ridge: punched "about 2 weeks ago" - still quite bumpy, along with some bare spots that haven't responded to the punching

    Olde Sycamore: punched about a month ago, unfortunately divots from poorly repaired ballmarks mar the surfaces significantly - in other words, they look ok, and in general are in good rolling condition, but there are just too many ballmarks so almost any putt is likely to hit a ballmark (or 2)

    Emerald Lake: punched about 10 days ago, still top dressed with a lot of sand, along with other issues certainly not rolling true

    Skybrook: some really nice smooth areas on many greens, but also bare spots and many plugs of (presumably) poa anna, overall not bad

    Highland Creek: very spotty, bare areas galore, one green (#15) gone by report

    Red Bridge: mostly in very good condition, only a few greens with some isolated issues (Red Bridge greens are mini verde per clubhouse); definitely the best greens of all these (except Cleghorn, see below)

    Cleghorn (this from a month ago) - in Rutherfordton, a hike, but perfect Bermuda greens (and fairways), best overall conditions I've played in all year (and maybe ever)

    Hope that helps somebody...

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Skybrook Golf Club


"Great course"

5/25/22: Review by aimtobreak80

Background: First time in 5 years posting a review; 6 month's since playing following a year of health issues; and 3 years since last (recorded) play at Skybrook. Observations: Addition of two, new restrooms on the course is a BIG improvement; trap's and bunker's conditions...

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Reply To: Aerification Dates – 2022

By B-Man on 5/11/22

Warrior Golf Club in China Grove is aerating greens on June 1st.

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