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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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Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club
7332 Kidville Rd
Denver, NC 28037
(704) 489-1206
www.verdictridge.com
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Review Rating:

4.33 stars - "Great course" (9 reviews)

Type:

Semi-Private

Rates:

Weekday $69, Weekend $89

Greens Turf Type:

Bermuda

Practice Area:

Driving range, combined putting/chipping green. Range memberships available.

Description

Straight from their web site: "Verdict Ridge was designed in the tradition of famous North Carolina golf courses, maintaining the natural layout of the land. But what truly makes Verdict Ridge interesting is that our golf course feel is similar to a cross-state drive through NC. You can actually see different areas of the state represented as your round progresses. The first few holes give the feel of Pinehurst as the area pine trees outline each hole. As you continue to the low-lying areas of the property, you find holes that meander along creeks, streams and natural wetlands, giving a North Carolina coastal feel. Finally, you come to the final four holes that have dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views." The club is now closed to the public on weekends. So you'll need to find a member to play with Friday-Sunday.

Notes

Verdict Ridge has a large, luxurious clubhouse that would put some private clubs to shame. It includes a popular restaurant called Guilties that has live music and events on the weekends.

B-Man's Take

One of the top courses in the area, though it can be quite a haul from Charlotte, up Hwy 16. If it weren't for the drive, I'm sure I'd play here frequently. It is a very unique course with several gorgeous holes. You will find it plays almost like a mountain course, with steep hills and valleys. You're likely to have some sidehill and uneven lies throughout your round. My favorite hole is the 347yd par 4 9th hole -- one of the most beautiful in all of Charlotte. With water all along the right side, it's best to play an iron from the tee off the left slope. Then you have short iron approach into a green guarded by a small creek on the left and the pond on the right -- with a waterfall behind the green offering a nice backdrop. There are several difficult holes that may require a veteran of the course to give you some tips -- the long 461yd par 4 4th hole and the difficult par 5 18th hole with several hazards to navigate. Overall, this is a fun course to play due to the variety and beauty of the holes. Conditions are typically pristine and the Bermuda greens are kept slick and smooth.

TeeParYardageRatingSlope
Championship (Black)72696174.8149
Mens (Blue)72633871.8144
Other (White)72578969.4134
Ladies (Green)72479270.2129
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Links

Facebook Page - Official Facebook page
Golfholes.com - Offers 18-hole photo tour for this course

Most Recent Reviews

  • 7/8/24 - Review by Jonny

    "Great course"

    From the time I pulled my vehicle into the 'bag drop', I knew I was in for something out of the ordinary. A young man immediately picked up my clubs and put them on a cart and instructed me to the ProShop. There I met Jacob who got me checked in and I was smiling with the news that my Monday round of 18 holes and a cart would only be $55 bucks, what a great value! I made my way to the driving range to hit some complimentary balls and also test out the putting/chipping green. My group of 4, was able to tee off right at 1140a with an assist from Mike T, the Starter. I will say, this is a very challenging course. There is a lot of changing elevation throughout and a fair amount of water that comes into play on a majority of holes. There is a creek that criss crosses throughout and some small ponds as well. You'll find the fairways wide open, however you'll be challenged for ball placement as the majority of fairways will funnel to the creek or water. The greens are very fast, they are undulating and generally small for the most part. The views are amazing! It's built in a development with Million dollar homes that line the fairway and circle around the green complexes. There are adequate water stations scattered throughout and there is bathroom at about hole #8 where they have cold face towels in water that will refresh you. I didn't try the food but I did check out the menu and it looked like a good mix of hot and cold options. Even on a Monday it was very busy and our round of 18 holes took about 4.5 hours. It was tough with 93 degree temps and 60% humidity. Just a few nits that were not major but a bit disappointing. Even though they had a food/beverage cart parked by the Club House, there was no one to operate it. In several areas, you will be confused on where to go for the next tee box because there is no directional sign. The carts were all gas, not a single electric cart and they struggled getting up the steep hills. The pace of play was longer than expected, not a big deal when the weather is great but when it's 90+ degrees and humid, you will suffer as there is no Ranger to keep things moving. This is a semi-private club and only members are allowed to play Friday to Sunday. Overall it was a five star experience, sadly it's quite a drive from where I live in Fort Mill but I was glad to check this one off my most of the B-Man's top 10 CLT area courses.

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  • 6/2/24 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"

    Verdict Ridge is the best semi-private club in the area. It is neck-and-neck with Rock Barn for the #1 spot in my annual rankings of public access courses around Charlotte. It only allows public play Monday-Thursday. So find a member (or shoot me a message) if you want to play it on the weekend. Or... play it in a tournament on TheGrint Tour. We have a few spots left for our event there next week. Scott Knox and his team at Verdict do a fabulous job constantly improving the course and the amenities. This year, they are expanding (by 30-50%) and resodding many of the tee boxes (all of the par 3's) and adding Xgrass turf mats to use in the winter or during inclement weather. They are almost finished but today we had to play from some shorter tees on two holes (the par 3 No. 8 played 85 yards and the par 5 No. 16 played about 375 yards). Aside from the work on a few holes, the course, especially the greens, were in near perfect shape. The Champion Bermuda greens putted great, with consistent speed and roll throughout. The tees and fairways were lush and the bunkers were good, though my group had a fried egg lie or two to deal with. The layout is breathtaking with many dramatic rises and drops, severely sloping fairways and greens, rock features, waterfall features, ponds, etc, etc. The par 4 ninth hole is the signature one with the waterfall next to the green and the pond along the right side and the clubhouse at the top of the hill. I probably think to myself about 4 or 5 times during the round: "I love this hole", especially No. 9 and No. 16. I will never say that about No. 7, however. :-D I've made more double and triple bogeys on that hole than any other hole I can think of around Charlotte. I do applaud the addition of some short rough in the middle of the fairway, dividing the upper tier from the lower tier. This gives your ball a chance to stop on the upper tier and not roll down into the right rough. The approach shot over a ravine to a crazy, multi-tiered green is still one of the most challenging second shots you'll have on a public course. There's no such thing as a benign pin location on this hole. The closing stretch here from No. 14 through 18 presents a diverse set of challenges and risk-reward decisions. The dogleg left par 4 No. 14 forces you to go for position off the tee so you're not blocked out on the approach over another ravine. The par 4 15th has a valley for a fairway that can get you into trouble if you hit your tee shot too far. The uphill par 5 16th has signature boulders framing the approach to the green. The dogleg right par 4 17th has a long, two-tiered sloping green. And the closing par 5 18th is a sloping dogleg right with danger lurking on all sides for all 3 shots (2 if you're long off the tee and brave). The course is very difficult the first few times you play it and can get you even if you've played it a hundred times. It pays to take mental notes each time you play so you leave yourself in good spots, both off the tee and around the greens. Verdict Ridge is a fantastic course with great amenities and a friendly staff. Go play it whenever you have the chance.

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  • 3/3/22 - Review by B-Man

    "Best of the best"

    Still the best public access course around Charlotte. This is a semi-private course with private club conditions and amenities. Greens are in fabulous shape. The fairways and rough are dormant, of course, but will be ready for Spring. They are using tee mates for the par 3's during the winter months, but the turf mats are top quality, even allowing you to put a tee in them. So they actually play as good or better than the natural teeing ground right now. The work done on the bunkers last year has paid off. The sand is fluffy and consistent and does not get washed out during big rains. They have also made improvements (or have them in progress) to several holes with marshes and penalty areas like hole #7 – where they are clearing the wooded part on the low right side and will fill in with dirt to guarantee good lies for balls that roll down the fairway slope into the rough. On other holes, they've significantly cut back the brush in the marshy hazards – on #15 you could even walk in there and search for your ball – and that has made a few shots less intimidating (e.g. the par 3 11th as well). The course's affordable memberships have been popular over the past year or two. Saturday and Sunday tee times are reserved for member play only (since last Nov) and Fridays may soon be as well. The course is definitely worth taking off early to play during the week. So get out there when you can. You won't be disappointed.

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  • 10/4/21 - Review by Critter

    "Worth playing"

    This use to be a nice course several years ago, however now it pretty worn from the excessive amount of play in the past 2 years. Good luck even getting on the course since membership totals here have ex’s,oded in the past 24 months. It so busy now they are in the process of going Private in early 2020. No non-members now on the weekend as of October. The course is defiantly different than most with al sorts of side hill fairways, and un level greens. For the conditions is way over-priced vs all other area course outside Charlotte. Greens in the summer are so quick they are borderline unplayable by summers end. They did spend several hundred thousand $ last winter redoing (and removing numerous) the sand traps.

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  • 3/30/21 - Review by dischydo

    "Worth playing"

    Greens were slow compared to what they usually are, but they are letting them grow in I believe. Was not able to play #5, due to bunker repair. Still many holes have bunkers under water and maintenance doesn't seem to be touching them until they re-do them, but the ones that are complete, look great. Aerated fairways. Still waiting for some >70 deg weather at night along with the rest of courses in the area to green everything up. Not bad for this time of year

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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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Reply To: Aerification Dates – 2024

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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