This course was built in 1997 by Richard Osboune 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 10th 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 Bentgrass can sometimes suffer from heat and unrepaired ball marks in the late summer. The course is a fun layout, rewarding long, accurate hitters with several chances at eagle – I scored my first career eagle here on the par 5 9th hole (when it was the 18th hole). All of the par 5's are reachable in 2 shots except maybe the 10th 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 front 9 has one in play! The closing front nine stretch is one of the best in Charlotte. The 5th, 6th and 7th holes circle the same pond bringing it strategically into play on all 3. The par 3 8th requires a long carry over another pond and the par 5 9th 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.
Teed off around 12:40pm but didn't finish until 5:20pm. We had a few slow groups in front of us with no ranger on the course. I don't understand why you have a starter but no on-course marshal to control pace of play. That was really my only issue. The course was in fine shape, with the greens being very good. I would say they were as fast as they get, but someone else told me they were even faster the week before. So this is a good time of year to play Stonebridge. The greens are in their best condition of the year. I played with a guy who gives lessons here and so I got a very good rate. I highly recommend playing with someone who works at the course (ha). Flipping the nines (it's been over a year now) still bums me out because 17 and 18 now are kinda "blah" par 4's to finish your round. I still love what is now the front 9, especially the finishing stretch of 5-9. Though the par 3 8th still gives me fits. That green is smaller than you think so there's no point in playing to the front or back pins. Just hit a club that will put you in the middle of the green. I wish I could take my own advice more often. Speaking of the par 3's, I absolutely tanked them all on this day. Two doubles, two bogeys, +6 for those 4 holes. Yikes. This is a course I enjoy playing, especially the familiarity I have with the layout. It's just gotten a little pricey for public golf.Read The Review
First time at Stonebridge this year. The course is in good shape and should be good for a few more weeks, as they postponed their aerification to the week of 9/11. While the Bentgrass greens had the expected plethora of ball marks, fixing the ones in my putting line was enough to get a very good roll. I think I noticed only 1 putt in my group bounce offline due to a mark the whole round. The speed was good so I give the course high marks on the greens. The tees, fairways and bunkers were good too. So overall, the course is in great shape for August. Having played Stonebridge for 2 decades, I'm still getting used to the not-so-new-anymore routing where the front nine is the old back nine. I miss 5-6-7-8-9 being the finishing stretch of 5 holes. It's one of my favorite collection of consecutive holes around Charlotte. Now you finish on two non-descript par 4 holes. Meh. I'm also still getting used to all of the houses around the course, especially the back nine on 11-12-13 and 16-17. It's just a little strange and makes me fondly remember the old "Amen" corner behind 16 and around the 17th tee when it was nothing but trees. That said, it hasn't really affected the playability of the course as those areas were always O.B. or lost balls – except maybe right on 11. I still love holes 5, 7, 10, 13 and 16. And I still hate No. 4. You really have to be precise with your line and distance off the tee or you have no chance to hit the green in regulation on that hole. Back to the greens, they are all virtually flat. Like seriously, don't try to read break into your putts. 90% of the putts you will have on this course will be dead straight. That significantly lowers the difficulty of this course. So if you keep your tee shots in play, you should be able to post a good score here. Last thing I'll mention is the price. If you missed the memo, Stonebridge raised their prices back in April this year. So this round (11:18am tee time on a Friday morning) was $70, which did not include range balls. There was also no beverage cart on the course. There's no GPS on the carts either. While the course conditions were very good, for this price, the course loses some value compared to other courses around Charlotte. I enjoy playing Stonebridge and will be back, just not as frequently as I used to.Read The Review
Course was in very good shape - Greens 9/10; Fairways 8/10, Bunkers 9/10, Tee Boxes 6/10. We were able to get a cheaper internet rate, but it goes through a third party and your card is charged immediately. If you need to cancel or raincheck it has to go through that venor, not Stonebridge. But it did save us about $22 per golfer.Read The Review
This is purely about the rates. Ridiculous. $90 for a good, not great golf course is causing us to look elsewhere. Just an observation but there were plenty of tee times available last Sunday AM and that is normally sold out. Go look today, there are plenty of tee times available this weekend as well. The consumer has spoken.Read The Review
One of my favorite layouts in Charlotte. This used to be one of my favorite places to play. The staff is always friendly. The course is always in solid shape tees to fairways to bunkers to greens (most the time). I'm not a big fan of the reversal of the 9s. And the new front 9 greens had some poa annua in them. The grill was closed on a Friday and no beverage cart. Normally I'd give Stonebridge an 8/9 but at the new higher rates I'm down a bit on the value.Read The Review