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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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Sapona Country Club
439 Beaver Creek Road
Lexington, NC 27295
(336) 956-6245
www.saponaclub.com
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Review Rating:

3.5 stars - "Worth playing" (3 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $53, Weekend $63

Greens Turf Type:

Zoysia

Practice Area:

Grass tee driving range with a large putting green.

Description

Sapona Country Club is a semi-private golf, swim and tennis club. The rolling hills of the 18 hole par 71 are both tranquil and challenging. The course was designed by Ellis Maples & Ed Seay in 1968. It features well-manicured and tricky, sloped Zoysia grass greens.

Notes

Affordable membership plans are available for all age groups. The restaurant and 200 seat ballroom are available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, golf tournaments, and more.

B-Man's Take

I played this course for the first time in late 2021 for an event on TheGrint Tour (and won my flight!). It is an easy drive up I-85 North and less than an hour from Charlotte. The course was in great shape and the greens, in particular, were slick and challenging. The layout features tree-lined fairways amid rolling hills and slopes that will challenge your uneven lies game. While the course is semi-private, it offers great rates and course conditions to the public golfer and so I've added it to the listings here. I will post a formal review when I get back for another round this season.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Blue)71662072.2137
Mens (Green)71614769.6133
Senior (White)71575068.2125
Ladies (Red)72476568.4118
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Links

Golf Events and Updates - The golf events and updates page on the official web site
Facebook Page - The official Facebook page for the club

Most Recent Reviews

  • 6/3/24 - Review by Pudge

    "Average"

    Yup, I’m actually writing a not so good review. After my last three reviews, I thought after not playing for months because of my move, that I was just overjoyed to play and thought every course was a gem, perfection, an absolutely must play…well not today. Sapona is within an hour’s drive for most of the Charlotte area but that doesn’t mean you want to take the trip. I played during a tournament so while the pace of play wasn’t bad for a tournament, I can’t tell you what it is normally like. I also cannot tell you what the staff is like except for the wonderful cart girl who should be given every resource she requests from the club: sandwiches, more drinks, bigger beer selection, liquor, and a raise (ok I said the raise, not her). While most of the layout was good, with challenges of elevated greens, a few blind tee shots and water on more than a few holes, some of the holes were wacky, with very short par 4s with layup iron tee shots (8 or 7 iron) and tricked up fairways that had no landing area that allowed your ball to stay in the fairway. That being said I would play the layout again if it wasn’t for the condition of the course overall. There were many dirt/bare areas in the fairways and rough. While they have made changes with installing some sod and drainage, the course is just beyond the band aid fix. One of the issues with carts making the bare spots worse are the carts paths being more like motocross tracks than golf cart paths. Many players would drive next to the carts paths instead of on them. The greens for the most part rolled well and their condition was good. There were a few areas of soil showing through the grass but the ball rolled true. That’s why I gave 5 starts instead of 4. I don’t like downgrading a course because I know the staff, especially the maintenance staff, put the work in. This is more of the club not putting resources into the course sooner. Final thought would be play if you have a reason (tournament, buddy in the area, etc.) but don’t make a trip for it.

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  • 3/8/23 - Review by BetterThanMost

    "Great course"

    Played Sapona for the first time in early March. Course knowledge is everything on this course, as there are lots of tee shots that end up in blind landing areas or where fairways run out and you need to hit less than driver. Driver is not needed on several of the front nine holes, as hazards or doglegs make it a risky play. The course was in good shape for early Spring, and according to their member newsletter, work is constantly ongoing to make even more improvements. The day I played there were 3 holes that were CPO, even though it wasn't wet, but this illustrates their desire to make improvements that are lasting. There is water on several holes sometimes in the form of creeks, occasionally in the form of ponds. The tees and greens were in good shape with the dormat grass. Greens were in great shape. The practice area is good, and the staff is friendly.

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  • 10/30/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"

    Played in TheGrint Tour's season opening event yesterday at Sapona and the greens were immaculate! I mean, they played like artificial turf. Every green, Nos. 1-18, would not make a mark even with a wedge shot. Yet, the greens would hold shots. They were firm and fast but did not produce hard bounces. These Zoysia greens are the toughest, fastest I've played all year. They were legit 13+ on the stimpmeter. And with the slopes and undulations, several pins were 10/10 difficulty. I saw a 4-putt and a 5-putt in my group. I had several 3-putts. They roll true, but if you struggle with putting, I wouldn't recommend playing Sapona. Outside of the greens, fairways and bunkers were in good shape (though I was in several with bad rake jobs). The sand is that heavy stuff that takes one swipe with a rake to smooth out, too. The tee boxes were just okay and hard to get a long tee into. The course is very challenging with tree-lined, hilly terrain throughout. This time of year you will have some trouble finding balls in the leaves off the fairway. Knowing the course or having a good GPS app like TheGrint will help tremendously. You need to know where fairways run out or what yardage you need to carry certain hazards. To give you some context on the difficulty of the course, my flight of players with handicaps ranging from 4.0-7.9 played from a mix of the Blue and Green tees (~6400yds). The winning score in my flight was 81 (+10) and I tied for 3rd with an 86 (+15). Sapona is a semi-private course. So it's open for public play at very reasonable rates. Only about 45-60 minutes up I-85 from Charlotte, too. It's worth the drive and money if you are up for a challenge!

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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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