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.
Had to get back out to Stonebridge since I had been hearing good things. First off a conditions update. Greens were in good shape though I noticed the slowness of the Bentgrass more this round since my last round was on Cramer Mountain's lightning quick Bermuda. Tough comparison and while the difference is exaggerated since Cramer is private, it illustrates what a public Bentgrass course is up against. It is difficult to keep these greens firm and fast during the heat of the summer, which for Charlotte lasts pretty much late May to early September. It was difficult to get the ball to the hole, especially from just off the green even thru just a few feet of fringe. A few of my putts were bumped off line by old ball marks. So, all in all, I have to give the greens a B-minus. A couple even had some sizable bare spots that almost looked like vandalism or maintenance mistakes (No. 8 in particular). The tee boxes, fairways and bunkers were all in good shape and I didn't notice any other issues that affected play. As reported in April, they've flipped the nines to improve pace of play. A source told me rounds are 12-15 minutes faster with the nines flipped. While I appreciate that improvement, I sure miss the Nos. 5 through 9 being the closing stretch. It's the best part of the course, bordering the large pond and featuring risk-reward choices on every hole. Since my last visit, the course has undergone another significant change, with developers finally clearing land to build more houses around several holes. The clearing has changed sight lines and aesthetics (arguably not for the better). This has changed the surroundings on No. 2 (left fairway and green side), No. 3 (left fairway), No. 10 (right fairway), No. 13 (right fairway), No. 16 (left fairway, now out of bounds), and No. 17 (left fairway). So far, it's just clearing and marking of lots. Once construction starts, expect significant intrusions and distractions to what was once a fairly peaceful round of golf. Stonebridge has one of the best practice areas and staff of teachers in the Charlotte area, led by GM and PGA Master Professional Nick Jacobi. The range servant accepts credit cards and Apple Pay. So it's easy to get a bucket of balls for the range or the short game area. You can now check in online when you get to the course. So you don't have to wait in the pro shop. That was nice. Finally, I have to mention the price. The online reservation said $75. That did not include taxes or the $2 reservation fee per golfer that the reserver has to pay when booking. You get the fee back as a credit assuming your group checks in, but we're talking $82 for a Saturday late morning tee time. On a value scale here in Charlotte, Stonebridge falls somewhere in the middle. It's not the worst (I'm looking at you, Olde Sycamore, and your $97 weekend rate), but it's nowhere near the value of Rock Barn, Mooresville, or Deer Brook. I'd keep my eye on these reviews to see how the greens hold up this summer and I would suggest finding an afternoon time or weekday to play this course at a better rate.Read The Review
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