This course was built in 1997 and is located in Monroe, NC, but far from any main roads/highways. You'll need good directions to get here the first time. The course features a straightforward layout with relatively flat Bent grass greens. The difficulty comes with water hazards in play on a majority of the holes. The par 5 first hole is bisected by a small ravine that is crossed by a replica of the St. Andrews Swilcan Bridge, thus giving the course its Stonebridge name.
Memberships are available and the community includes an impressive tennis center. PGA Master Instructor Nick Jacobi (formerly at Monroe CC) took over as the General Manager in 2020.
I try to play this course when I can. It's one of my favorites. Greens are kept in good shape, though the Bent grass can sometimes suffer in the late summer. The course is a fun layout, rewarding long, accurate hitters with several chances at eagle -- the B-Man scored his first career eagle on the par 5 #18. All of the par 5's are reachable in 2 shots except maybe the par 5 1st hole, which has a ravine bisecting the fairway (check out the "stone bridge" after you hit your second shot). What can get you here at Stonebridge are the hazards -- 13 of the 18 holes and every hole on the back 9 has one in play! The closing stretch is one of the best in Charlotte. The 14th, 15th and 16th holes circle the same pond bringing it strategically into play on all 3. The par 3 17th requires a long carry over another pond and the closing par 5 18th is reachable in 2 if you challenge the pond guarding the front right of the green. Speaking of the greens, that's where you get a break because they are almost all flat and fairly straightforward. This is one of the better all around golf clubs in town with its large practice complex and event hosting facilities to go with a great layout.
This course is perfect now. The fairways are really lush, you don't have to move your ball at all to find grass. The greens are great, they roll super and the players are fixing the ball marks really well. I only found about 10 to fix on all 18 greens. They greens were super receptive to good shots. The ball stopped or backed up. I loved it. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Read The Review
Beginning with the shop staff, Kate and Bob, they were outstanding. The course was in really good shape. Fairways had a good stand of grass and it was almost perfect for playing the ball down. The bunkers all had good sand amounts. Rakes were plentiful. The greens were smooth and moderately quick. It looks to me that they could be really quick. Pace of play was consistent. Saw the ranger three times. Overall I would say that playing here was most enjoyable and worth the drive.Read The Review
Usually my go to course, Stonebridge was not up to par. The fairways haven't grown in yet so most lies were tight. I'm poor with those. Also the greens had been punched recently and it was like putting over gravel. It should be back to normal in a month or so. Play was steady and crowded.Read The Review
Course is still hanging in there amidst the hot summer days, though the greens, with dozens of unrepaired marks on every green, are teetering on the edge. They rolled with good speed (and faster than I thought) but were a little bumpy, making shorter, normally makeable putts (10-15 feet) a bit of a crap shoot. It's likely than by month's end, they will not be fun to putt on. So get out and play em now. The rest of the course was in fine shape, no issues anywhere that I noticed.Read The Review
The bent greens are rolling surprisingly well for this time of year. A few rough areas but overall I was impressed. Kept thinking they would be slower than they were which led to a few run by 3 putts on front 9. But figured them out and shot a smooth 36 on back. Bunkers were solid which was nice given all the rain we have gotten recently. This course is only going to get better for the next few months.Read The Review