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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation


"Great course"

7/10/24: Review by Dean

Good layout with many doglegs. Challenging layout that tests every part of your game. Fairways were perfect and aprons and chipping areas around the greens were in excellent condition. Bunkers were all raked and in very good condition. Most tee boxes were excellent;...

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Skybrook Golf Club
14720 Northgreen Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078
(704) 948-6611
www.skybrookgolf.com
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Review Rating:

4.21 stars - "Great course" (29 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $68, Weekend $85

Greens Turf Type:

Bermuda

Practice Area:

Driving range with grass tees, putting green, chipping area with practice bunker.

Description

This course is right around the corner from Highland Creek near Huntersville and used to be part of the Carolina Trail. It is now managed by Pinnacle Golf Properties, which handles all of the former Carolina Trail Courses and has injected new life into this course. Always a great layout, it now has stellar Mini-Verde Bermuda Greens (installed in 2019) that hold shots well despite being young. It plays like a mountain course with large elevation changes tee to green, making it one of the more challenging courses around town. With the renovations and new ownership, their tagline is "It's a New Day at Skybrook" and it holds true.

Notes

Memberships available. The clubhouse was also renovated and upgraded in 2019 along with the course and now features the Skytop Grill, which has large HD TV's and an impressive patio and firepit that overlooks the 9th green.

B-Man's Take

This course has always been one of my favorite courses around town. I did not play it for many years because came under the mis-management of the Carolina Trail. Now that the former trail courses are managed by Pinnacle Golf Properties, I've come back and love it once again. This is a tough course you'll have to play a few times to get the hang of. With its elevated tees and greens, blind shots and sometimes narrow fairways, it will get you the first time or two. I really like the closing stretch of holes, 15-18. Sixteen is a 178yd par 3 over water. I nearly aced it one round. Seventeen is a long 429yd slight dogleg-left with the same lake running all along its left side. Eighteen has not been good to me so I rank this 553yd par 5 among the hell holes here. The tee shot must stay left of the Skybrook logo oak tree guarding the right side. Then you have to hit a narrow second fairway with swing #2 on this S-shaped hole. Top it off with a bunkered, elevated green and this is very tough par. The staff here is very friendly and frequently posts content on social media - so be sure to follow their Instagram and Facebook accounts.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Black)72700973.6139
Mens (Blue)72659771.7137
Other (White)72611969.5132
Ladies (Green)72576374.1132
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Links

Golfholes.com - Offers 18-hole photo tour for this course.
Official Instagram Account - Check out their Instagram page for photos and videos of the course and maintenance updates.

Most Recent Reviews

  • 5/31/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Great course"

    Skybrook is one of my favorites due to the layout and the greens. It did not disappoint this time out. The greens were in fantastic condition and not crazy fast. Conditions on tee boxes and fairways were mostly lush with just a few exceptions on the front nine. The opening par 4 is a cool way to the start the round as it has an elevated tee with a valley fairway that can feed the ball towards the green. However, the drainage on the hole leaves muddy, thin tracks in the fairway and near the green that take away from the aesthetics and playability of the hole. A few other holes on the front have similar issues around the fairways that are less than perfect, but the back 9 had no such issues. My other bone to pick at Skybrook is the bunkers. We teed off at 3pm so who knows how many rounds had been played that day before us, but every bunker I was in or near, it looked like no one had raked them all day. The sand in all the bunkers, greenside or fairway, is super fine grained white sand which makes shots come out very heavy or fat if you don't hit close to the ball. It also creates fried egg lies for every shot that flies into the bunker. Last thing about my experience for this round... the price. $85 for a 3pm Friday tee time is very high. It seems public courses around Charlotte have done away with twilight rates altogether. I love the layout here and that hasn't changed much. They have taken out the trees on the right side of the path on hole No. 3 and let the area grow wild -- making this hole even more difficult than it already was since anything to the right of the path is now lost. The elevation changes that come into play for more than half the holes are the course's most distinguishing feature. The closing stretch of holes, No. 14 through No. 18, is one of my favorites in the area. Skybrook is still one of the best public tracks in Charlotte and worth playing several times a year.

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  • 5/4/24 - Review by KevMax22

    "Great course"

    Pureeeee is the best word to describe this place. A lot of the skunks were in rough shape so stay away from the bunkers. Fun tee shots and scoreable if you are in the right areas.

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  • 3/14/24 - Review by cswan14

    "Great course"

    Had the best conditions in months at Skybrook during my post-work 9 holes on Thursday 3/14/24. They were still not allowing carts on the course so it could fully dry, but it's pretty much there now after a week of no rain and warm temps (of course it's raining heavily now as I type this a day later). Contrary to another recent review, there were zero issues with tee boxes, fairways, greens, or bunkers. The course is not "destroyed" and in actuality is starting to add more green as each day passes. There are no ruts from carts in the fairways, although number 6 has a large area or ground under repair between tee and fairway where some work was done to address drainage. All bunkers look like they've been recently filled, although one still had the new sand sitting in an pile but it had a ground under repair sign next to it. Greens were rolling well as usual although they were a little shaggy/slow compared to normal. Give this course another couple of weeks and it should be in really great shape as the days get longer and temps warm up to help dry it out more consistently. Thankfully, winter golf is just about behind us!

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  • 3/8/24 - Review by Steve

    "Bad, stay away"

    I was so excited to go back to this course. We played it in early fall of 2023 and it was a fantastic experience. This was a different story, the course is nearly destroyed. It has been a wet spring and yes it was cart path only this time - but it looked like they lost their superintendent or something because it was in such horrendous condition and not even close to the previous experience. Tee boxes were a muddy mess with the markers not being moved to dryer areas though easily could have been. The fairways were destroyed with deep cart tracks in the mud and super bad drainage. The greens were mostly in pretty rough shape other than a few of them. bunkers were rough with piles of new sand dropped on them but not raked out. Disappointed as this was beautiful 9 months ago...

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  • 3/3/24 - Review by The Good Son

    "Worth playing"

    Greens were rolling true, just a little slow given the recent rain. 9th green is healing from some weird damage across the middle of it, but imagine that will be remediated in the next couple weeks. Always enjoy playing this course, but like most charlotte area courses, it didn't drain well with the rain we had the last few days. Very muddy, but that's to be expected this time of year. Only negative was that the range was pretty chewed up when I was warming up. Scattered divot patterns all over in every spot.

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"Great course"

7/10/24: Review by Dean

Good layout with many doglegs. Challenging layout that tests every part of your game. Fairways were perfect and aprons and chipping areas around the greens were in excellent condition. Bunkers were all raked and in very good condition. Most tee boxes were excellent;...

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