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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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The Divide Golf Club
6803 Stevens Mill Rd
Matthews, NC 28104
(704) 628-6438
www.thedividegolfclub.com
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Review Rating:

2.89 stars - "Worth playing" (22 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $50, Weekend $72

Greens Turf Type:

Zoysia

Practice Area:

Great place to practice all facets of your game. Grass tee driving range. Chipping green with sand bunker. Large putting green.

Description

This residential course is located just off I-485 in the Matthews-Mint Hill area. Several holes can be seen from the highway as you drive by. Fun course to play with different types of challenges -- water, tight fairways, length, doglegs and bunkered greens -- evenly sprinkled among all 18 holes.

Notes

The Divide came under new management (Pinnacle Golf Properties) in 2014 and memberships & discounts can now be shared across its former sister courses in the old Carolina Trail -- Highland Creek, Tradition, Highland Creek, and Waterford. The course underwent a much-needed greens renovation in August 2020 and now has Diamond Zoysia greens in place of the Bent grass that typically suffered in late summer.

B-Man's Take

Another course I grew to like once I got to know the nuances -- such as where you can hit driver off the tee and where you should play it safe. It winds through a neighborhood. So there are plenty of O.B. and spectators throughout all 18 holes. The course has a very good mix of easy and difficult holes, but overall to score well you'll have to keep your tee shots in play. The new (as of Fall 2020) Diamond Zoysia greens should be in good shape year round. My favorite holes are the 501yd par 5 5th hole, reachable in 2 with a good drive, and the 568yd par 5 18th, the signature hole with an approach over water. The course can play tough too, so there are hell holes here and there, especially the 450yd par 4 8th hole and the 407yd par 4 dogleg left 16th hole. Make par on those two holes and you just shaved 3-4 strokes off a typical score.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Gold)72692273.5137
Mens (Blue)72650671.9131
Other (White)72609069.3123
Ladies (Red)72518369.9122
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Most Recent Reviews

  • 4/21/24 - Review by JBradshaw49

    "Below average"

    The Good: The parking lot and facilities are in great shape. Beautiful building. The snack bar was clean, stocked, and the staff was really kind and friendly. Good beer selection. Prices were fair inside. Most of the fairways were in great shape. A few drainage issues seemed to muck up parts of the fairways. The layout is awesome, some holes reward accuracy, some reward precision, and the green complexes are complicated but very playable. The Bad: The greens were advertised and bragged on and 1/3 of them were burned or had weeds poking through. There were some questionable hole placements trying to keep people away from the pock marked parts. The tee boxes were covered in sand yet the sand traps were rock hard and devoid of sand. The cart paths are horrendous and are not safe. There is also two very questionable bridges. Maintenance is a must. The assortment at the pro shop was more football related than golf related, it felt like they cleaned out an off brand mall sports store. The Ugly: They charge a booking fee on their site and don’t book on 3rd party sites. They do not offer twilight rates, and they are overpriced, especially compared to their sister courses. No public course should be priced above Mooresville or Verdict Ridge. Further, Pinnacle has nicer courses in their portfolio, Birkdale, Highland, and The Tradition are all in better condition for the same or less money.

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  • 10/4/23 - Review by Golfmusician

    "Worth playing"

    I've lived in Charlotte for almost four years, and recently discovered this course. I love the layout! I have yet to use the driving range, but I see they have Top Tracer systems in all of the bays. The course is in pretty good shape. I really liked the greens! Fairly quick, and roll pretty true. I moved here from Los Angeles. And after 40 years of playing on Poa Annua greens, I'm still getting used to the greens here. Customer service was great - very friendly staff. There are some areas on the cart paths that are in really bad shape, but I was told they will be fixing those this winter. They're also reding the draiage systems in the bunkers. That work is going on now, so some of the bunkers are torn up. The only suggestion I would give to the course, is get rid of the $4.95 online booking fee. It makes no sense.

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  • 7/23/23 - Review by cswan14

    "Below average"

    Course was in solid shape, but The Divide has a lot of work to do when it comes to customer service. They stack tee times in anticipation of no shows (5 minute intervals), so the first tee was already backed up by 8:30 on a Sunday. Starter is more concerned with being the cooler police than he is with giving pin placements, managing the box, or any other function of his job. When we called the pro shop about slow play, the guy drove out to meet us at the 7th and argued that 2 hours was not slow play when putting on 7. Only saving grace was the back 9 clearing out due to rain so we were able to salvage a 4 1/2 hour round by playing the back 9 in under 2 hours. Unless you want a 5+ hour round and to be yelled at to make sure you don't have a cooler, play elsewhere.

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  • 5/7/23 - Review by Hunter

    "Below average"

    The Divide is trying. I can say that. But it's a work in progress with ways to go. They have an amazing range. And greens and bunkers were for most part solid. They are currently sodding some tee boxes. Everything else needs major work. I love the layout so I hope it becomes what it has potential for. And it's close to fair for the price. What we didn't like was zero ranger influence. Our front 9 took 2:10 (fair on Sunday). The back we got stuck behind a couple who was clearly new to golf. That's understandable but they wouldn't let us play through even when we asked, were waiting for par 4s and 5s to clear for long 2nd shots in, etc. Back 9 took over 3 hours. No ranger to police them.

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  • 4/17/23 - Review by skwahder

    "Great course"

    The course had improved as much as any course in the area. The greens have come in nicely (16 had a couple of spots). Overall I’d recommend this course. Only negative this time are the tee boxes. Quite a few had no or very little grass.

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Updates From the Forum

  • 08/05/20 - B-Man posted "The Divide closing for greens renovation this month"

    Great news for The Divide! The course was approved for a $350k greens renovation starting this month. The greens will be sodded with Diamond Zoysia grass, the same as Eagle Chase in Marshville (and those have been good year round).

    The work starts next week and the course plans to re-open for play around Labor Day. Stay tuned for progress details and a more solid date for re-opening, as I will be keeping tabs on it (I live 3 minutes away).

    I spoke to the team at The Divide and Pinnacle Golf Properties and they said Birkdale is on the schedule for next summer -- which will leave only The Tradition and Highland Creek of the former Carolina Trail courses under PGP management with Bentgrass greens. Those courses would be next on the list for future renovations.

    Whenever you hear rumors about courses like this or have major issues with a course, send me a feedback message -- as I can usually get an answer directly from the course in less than 24 hours.
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  • 10/23/14 - Jamie replied to "The Divide"

    Played The Divide on Saturday 10/18. The recent reviews are accurate - the course is really showing signs of dramatic improvement. Good job by new management to turn things around. And the green fee was only $40 for prime time. Time to put this course back on my play list.
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  • 04/26/14 - B-Man posted "Statement from the new owners of the CT courses"

    In case you are not on Clickit's mailing list, they sent out this statement from the new management company of the Carolina Trail courses. I'm not sure why it doesn't mention Waterford. We already know Charlotte Golf Links is closed for good and Skybrook has got a new owner.

    "As you have probably heard, a foreclosure process was recently completed with respect to Birkdale Golf Club, The Divide Golf Club, Highland Creek Golf Club and Tradition Golf Club. As a result of that process, effective April 8, 2014, Romspen Birkdale LLC / Romspen Divide LLC / Romspen Highland Creek LLC / Romspen, The Tradition LLC is now the owner of the respective courses.

    The new owners are committed to returning the golf courses to their r! ightful place as some of the best daily fee facilities in the Charlotte area and have retained the services of Traditional Golf Management to operate the day to day business. We understand that this has been a very volatile environment and we are confident that the new ownership and management will provide the much needed stability that these clubs need. We are currently working on both operating and capital plans that will allow us to show continuous improvement in the facilities and service levels at the clubs.

    New membership programs are in place and special considerations are being given to those that held memberships under the previous ownership. Please contact the respective golf club for more information on the membership details (including the revised pricing for weekday sports members).

    We are excited to begin the process of restoring these courses to the quality that was enjoyed years ago. We look forward to earn! ing back your business and seeing you on the golf course."%3! Cbr />
    -Traditional Golf Management
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  • 04/08/14 - Wulfpack posted "Carolina Trail Has New Owner"

    A Canadian lender has taken ownership of four Charlotte-area golf courses that were part of the troubled Carolina Trail group, according to letters from the company.

    After the foreclosure process, Toronto-based Romspen is the new owner of the Birkdale, Highland Creek, The Divide and The Tradition golf clubs, the letters say. The new ownership is effective as of Tuesday.

    Carolina Trail golf courses have new owner
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  • 04/15/13 - PT3040 replied to "The Divide"

    Played this course on 4/7. This is the first time I have played it in several years. I found it to be in the usual winter shape like most courses in the area. Thin fairways but the greens were in better shape than what I remembered them to be in. I really enjoyed the round. Although not my favorite course I enjoyed it enough to want to play it again when things green up. Pace was good and the staff was very friendly
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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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By B-Man on 7/12/24

Red Bridge also aerated this week 7/8-7/9 and is offering discounted rates through 7/21.

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