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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation


"Below average"

5/26/24: Review by RT

Poor value. Fairways in good shape, with a few isolated spots, but able to play the ball down. Greens generally in good shape, with a lot of unrepaired ball marks. Speeds were consistent. Tee boxes are beat up. Bunkers not raked. Pace of play was just under 5 hours,...

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24 Reviews Posted

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  • 9/30/23 - Emerald Lake Golf Club

    "Bad, stay away"
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    Clubhouse is nice. And that's the end of positive things to say Course is in awful shape. Greens are running a 2. Bare spots on several holes. Weeds all throughout greens. Group in front of us took almost 5 hours. Ranger came by once but didn't improve anything.

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  • 5/7/23 - The Divide Golf Club

    "Below average"
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    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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  • 5/5/23 - Stonebridge Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    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.

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  • 4/12/23 - Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    The Greens are finally back and in good shape. Overall solid conditions. No water was avaliable on the course anywhere and no cart person which was annoying.

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  • 4/13/23 - Warrior Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    BMan told me for YEARS I needed to make the drive to play here. I'm kicking myself for not listening earlier. Course was in top notch shape. Greens are legit tour speed but perfect. Fairways/bunkers solid as well. Once you get a hang of the speed it gets really fun. This might be my new favorite closing stretch of holes. The only thing that kept this from being higher is the layout/conditions of hole 7. Really narrow teeing ground and just kinda goofy.

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  • 4/2/23 - Skybrook Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    Greens and bunkers were solid. Fairways were average but that's to be expected with recent rain and time of year. 18 had the tree removed so they had it playing as a par 4. Not sure how long this will be in effect.

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  • 3/31/23 - Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    "Average"
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    Course was in OK shape given the amount of rain we have gotten. Several areas with drainage/moisture problems. A few tee boxes were aerated and sanded. Bunkers were solid and greens were in better shape than typical at this course and rolled decent.

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  • 2/20/23 - The Divide Golf Club

    "Below average"
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    Trending in the wrong direction. Greens were fine, bunkers were decent, and the TopTracer range is nice. Rest of the course is in bad shape. Not worth close to the $70 rack rate. The range was also full which allowed no warm up prior to round. Pace of play was surprisingly slow for carts on fairways.

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  • 1/7/23 - The Divide Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    Fun layout and the zoysia greens are solid. Little firm as they are new and it's been cold. Practice facilities are solid as well. Fairways and bunkers are what you would expect for this time of year and all the rain. Areas around the tees, fairways, and greens have some pretty significiant issues but if they can improve upon these in the spring this might get back into a regular course for our group. It was cart path only so giving the pace of play a bit of a break but even so it was brutal. We teed off just after Noon and barely finished before sunset. Lots of log jam on last 4-5 holes. (To be fair group in front of us was playing it back and we didn't see a drive go over 220)

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  • 12/4/22 - Birkdale Golf Club

    "Below average"
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    I heard they are closing for 8 months for a sewer project, hopefully they use that time to fix the issues. The greens are newer Bermuda and were fine (but fast and hard, I like those, some may not). None of the bunkers were playable. Full of mud/water etc. To be fair they might be purposely neglecting them since they will be unused for 8 months, but the price should reflect that. I love this course design and remember when it used to be top notch. Hope it comes back.

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  • 9/4/21 - Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    I normally love this course and have only positive things to say. I played here 3 days in a row (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) of this weekend and feel their rates were a bit steep for what you got. Several greens have massive dead areas (bentgrass died). I was also a bit miffed by being charged a $25 rider fee when my girlfriend came out with me on Sunday (Though they gave me a cart to myself on Monday as a single with no fee). For a course I probably play 40 times a year, this rubs me a bit.

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  • 8/30/20 - Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    "Average"
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    Avoid for now. Took 45 minutes to get a cart (Tee time was 136, we teed off around 2:15) I know COVID factors in, but no other course seems to have this problem. Greens are in pretty bad shape. #2 might be lost for the year. Other ones were fair at best. Better value out there.

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  • 8/2/20 - Stonebridge Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    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.

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  • 7/25/20 - Rocky River Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    Could not beat the deal. Course was fine tee to green. Pace of play was solid for a Saturday. Didn't really wait or have anyone behind us either.

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  • 7/26/20 - Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    Greens were slow and tons of ball marks, but that is sort of expected this time of year with bentgrass. Several bunkers were washed out due to rain, and they look in need of major work. I love this course, but just felt a little steep for what you got. It will be back on my favorites come fall.

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  • 6/17/20 - The Divide Golf Club

    "Worth playing"
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    Apparently I am just following around the B-Man. And I tend to agree with him. If you enjoy the layout of the Divide, now is the time to get out there. The course is pretty decent for the price. Greens are running a little slow for my tastes, but putts roll on line.

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  • 6/14/20 - Carolina Lakes Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    One of the best values in the area, especially if you live in south Charlotte. The greens were aerated around 10 days ago but are already at 95% and were rolling fine. Staff is friendly as always, and we got around in around 4:45 hours, but the course was packed (not a single space in parking lot) and really the flow was fine so it didn't feel like 5 hours (no long waiting). My ONLY complaint and I am probably nit-picking here. This course has a TON of bunkers, which I don't mind. But they keep the fairway bunkers fluffy and thick just like a green-side bunker, versus the traditional firmer sand of most courses. Makes it pretty difficult to hit a fairway bunker shot effectively (if you hit down, ball goes nowhere). This easily cost me several strokes and was annoying. Add this up with no rakes and you drew some pretty crap breaks.

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  • 6/9/20 - Skybrook Golf Club

    "Best of the best"
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    Skybrook is BACK! This course is in perfect condition. The new greens look great (Little fast/tough to figure out as first, evidenced by my +7 start on first 5 holes with several 3-putts) but once you get them figured out they roll smooth and true. Just cut everything in half and hit less club in. There is a reason it's virtually impossible to find a weekend tee-time here without booking well in advance.

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  • 6/7/20 - Stonebridge Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    Almost perfect. Greens are almost fully healed and rolling as good as you can ask for in summer. Fairways and tees are grown in. Managed to avoid the bunkers today but they looked perfect. Staff was amazing as always. Always a top-5 course for me.

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  • 6/6/20 - Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course

    "Below average"
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    I get it is a muni. But for $10-20 more for a round I'll play elsewhere. Greens were shaggy/slow, layout is goofy. No transition areas. Bunkers were surprisingly decent. A few cool holes. I'd love to see Charlotte have a great muni like Torrey or Coronado or Bethpage. But none of them are close to being repeat rounds for me.

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  • 5/31/20 - Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

    "Worth playing"
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    Sad I didn't run into Chris out there since we were both on course at same time. My review pretty much echoes his. I was impressed with conditions given all the weather lately. Greens were really slow and some soggy spots, but still solid all things considered. We had two groups of walkers in front of us that grouped up into a 6-some on hole 12 or so and took FOREVER. Not a ranger to be seen on back 9 to correct it. 5 hour round. For $70 bucks, I'd pass. But this course is a great value later in day or during the week.

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  • 7/28/19 - Stonebridge Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    I love Stonebridge. Fair layout. Looked in great shape from tee to green. Few ball marks but that is on the players not the course. Staff is always friendly and well worth the money for a primetime weekend round.

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  • 7/30/19 - Highland Creek Golf Club

    "Below average"
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    I used to like this course. Layout wise. Haven't played in a LONG time and heard it got better so we played 9 after work. Outside of the tee boxes/fairways I was not impressed. Greens have tons of weeds and were very bumpy/slow. Several dead spots. Some bunkers looked good others looked mud. I will be passing on this course until I hear better news.

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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation


"Below average"

5/26/24: Review by RT

Poor value. Fairways in good shape, with a few isolated spots, but able to play the ball down. Greens generally in good shape, with a lot of unrepaired ball marks. Speeds were consistent. Tee boxes are beat up. Bunkers not raked. Pace of play was just under 5 hours,...

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Heads up…Stonebridge aerification

By Pudge on 5/27/24

Stonebridge GC is closed tomorrow (5/28) for aerification and on Wednesday (5/29) only one of the 9 holes is available (you'll play it twice for an 18 hole round). Don't know which nine or the size of the punch. Pudge

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