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River Oaks Golf Club


"Worth playing"

5/20/24: Review by golferdude

Played the tips..few mud balls due to recent rains. Greens were decent speed but not very receptive (many iron shots and pitches ran off the green). First time here in 8 years. Do like the look with the renovations. Rates are reasonable.

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  • 9/4/23 - The Tradition Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    I gotta say it has been years since I've played The Tradition. I remember it being a nice course, and today I forgot just how nice it was. Great public course tucked away not far off both the 85 and 485. It has a nice mix of challenges and good opportunities for scoring; most of which sadly I did not capitalize on. #1 is probably best with a hybrid or long iron; and then on #3 (if I recall correctly) you have a nice and tempting downhill elevated tee box. It has some junk about 310-320 out that a great drive may be threatened by, but it is probably out of reach for most folks. Still, if you're a big hitter that's something to consider. The rest of the course is a mix of challenges, uphill approaches, and good scoring opportunities. This may have just become one of my "home courses" to trade time. The only problem was the sand being a little hard. Their sprinklers seem to dump a lot of water into them; it's not ideal. Yet, the rest of the course was in great shape. Not a lot of pock marks on the greens. They were fast and kind of unfair to missed putts lol. Better have your putting stroke in order when you come here. Hopefully, I can get back into better scoring the next time because today was hot and dismal scoring wise.... I left a LOT out there. But warmup went so well... LOL

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  • 8/28/23 - Warrior Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    Course was in good shape even with the lack of rain. They're working on the greens; did some top dressing today (but it's Monday). Lots of pock marks, but nothing irreparable. I think the "play fast" encouragement in general at most courses has distracted most golfers from repairing ball marks, but as slow as it was... meh, come on. Tee boxes are good, and the fairways are in good shape. Overall, it wasn't busy so we took our time, but played at a good pace. I felt like I turned a corner with my game, but then I fell apart on the back 9.. 42 in and then 55 out...... Should have been an 80s level round. Oops. :D

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  • 8/9/23 - Rocky River Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    I always loved playing Rocky River, and I still do. This was my first time back in years, and somehow it seemed different. It's amazing how time changes your perception, because it's still the same as it was then. The greens are in good shape, and they roll true. They are firm, so ball marks are going to be hard to find but I repaired what I could. In fact, I was able to average two putts, and even chipped one in on a penalty hole to save single bogey instead of much worse. Shaved a bunch of strokes off today, but the penalties killed me. I like the GPS in the carts. :) Top notch course as usual.

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  • 8/6/23 - Monroe Country Club

    "Great course"
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    For $55 on a weekend (Sunday no less) it's a great course. There were some areas that were a little bear on the but mostly not in the fairways. Fairways were firm and in good shape. As hot and relatively dry it has been, the fairways are in as good of shape as I would expect, which I'd say was pretty good. The greens were super fast and rolled true. Missed putts that were even a touch too fast were punished, but no pock marks to bump the ball around. Impressive to say the least. I started to get in sync with putting later in the round compared to my last round. The folks there were friendly, so I guess they've improved their customer service. I felt pretty welcome and the starter and ranger were decent folks that got me paired up efficiently and earlier than my booked time. A note about the range. You'll find it quite a cart drive, but it takes roughly 5 minutes (probably less) from the clubhouse. It's to the right after the cart return heading toward Tee #10. You then bear to the left right before the 10th tee onto a gravel path. You can see it on the satellite, but you'll be driving through spider webs. hehehe The range appears to be little used, so that's a plus. :D

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  • 7/29/23 - Eagle Chase Golf Club

    "Best of the best"
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    Great conditions. The greens were a tad slower than they were the last time I played here a bit more than a month ago. That was a good thing because the last time they were somewhat solid and I think the aeration obviously worked that out. They're in great shape. Fairways and Tee Boxes are in the conditions you would expect from a top course. This one is a challenging course. There are a few holes to keep in mind. Keep cart speed in check on down hill paths, as the brakes on their cars are soft. The aforementioned #2 is indeed a challenge. If anything, you need to aim for the bunker and gently fade it. A straight shot in that direction will not make you pay until you get above 320 yards or so. A straight snot aimed slightly to the right is optimal, but approach with caution as the water is in play. Another one is #5 that has an island of woods after a steep drop, so keep to the left if at all possible. It takes a 270 yard drive to carry it into the crap. Long hitters are better off with a 3 wood, but a driver on a draw is less likely to be punished. Just not too far left. #11 is pretty straight forward, but water is in play for your 2nd shot, and a layup is a smarter play. That said, if you want to go for it, pick a little more club and the back side of the green is on a steep uphill, so over strikes won't be punished terribly. #12 is bloody murder if you miss it anything other than short and slightly left. To the right and it'll bounce out of bounds. To the left and you're hitting it out of the garbage. I missed this one AGAIN today and ended up with a 6. I barely missed O.B. and chunked it out of the weeds with the weed whacker (lob wedge). #13 is fun or frustrating. It is within reach for long hitters. If taking the chance, the desired path is a fade into the hill so it bounces and feeds into the green. Anything else is 99% going into the water, so you've got to have control; otherwise don't bother. But it's tempting. :D Other than that, everything else is pretty straight forward. :) It is a fun course, but also very challenging.

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  • 6/5/23 - Eagle Chase Golf Club

    "Best of the best"
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    I am posting this about a month and a half after playing, but I felt I still needed to give Eagle Chase its fair rating. They keep this course in excellent shape. I'll just say that if you're a recreational golfer trying to improve your game, expect this to be an exceptional challenge. It's worth it, though, just for the scenery. My favorites are #2, #10, and #13. My most hated hole is #12. #2 is a risk/reward kind of hole, but I like the lure of an elevated box. I'd recommend a 3 wood here if you're better with it than your driver, but a solid driver strike will be rewarded. Frankly, I'd rather play it conservatively. The rewards are uncommon here. LOL #10 is fun because I almost always bias to the right and almost always get a kick to the shelf before the fairway ends. Then, when I did land it in the mulch, I actually struck a nice iron onto the green. It seems like that hole likes me..... #13 is another risk/reward lure. Except this one is in full view with a slope toward the water and into the green. A fade off a solid strike with good speed will have a chance at rolling onto the green. 290-295 yards will do it in spite of the posted yardage from the tees. It's just a mis-hit is obviously punished with a penalty. #12..... Misses are severely punished. Left and you have a difficult downhill chip that needs to drop and stop or it could roll off (and down hill into the crap). Misses right are in that crap, or at least an up-hill chip. The latter is about the best miss scenario other than missing short. Obviously, the water is in play, but frankly is irrelevant since it takes an accurate shot. This hole is cursed for me. LOL Overall, most of the holes are a mixture of risk/reward and some fair chances at a good scoring hole. Overall, it's a 9-10 type of course, but it is very challenging. The greens tend to be very difficult to hold, and that can be frustrated. Even a skilled golfer needs to be prepared if it is the first time playing Eagle Chase.

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  • 7/15/23 - Red Bridge Golf & Country Club

    "Great course"
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    They had just aerated the greens earlier in the week so they were still not grown back in fully at the time we played. So the greens were less than optimal, but it's just the way it is. I was still able to 2 putt even from reasonable distances, so it wasn't that bad. The course was strangely damp for 12:45PM and onward, and I don't recall there being any rain in the morning. Although maybe there was an isolated shower. The sand was wet and the fairways had some damp spots. I can only guess they're increasing watering to fend off the heat. That said, it didn't really impact scoring. My score is all...me....with several holes of just awful play that likely separated me from shooting in the 90s (typical, right?). Had a lot of fun as usual at Red Bridge. I don't recall this course ever really disappointing. It's in 9-10 shape, but the wet sand and damp conditions along with aeration were the reason for the 8. The aeration is both temporary and necessary.

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River Oaks Golf Club


"Worth playing"

5/20/24: Review by golferdude

Played the tips..few mud balls due to recent rains. Greens were decent speed but not very receptive (many iron shots and pitches ran off the green). First time here in 8 years. Do like the look with the renovations. Rates are reasonable.

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Reply To: Fitting?

By TSain on 5/15/24

Went and got fitted at club champion in Charlotte. Great experience, but rather pricey in my book. Took advantage of the $100 full bag fitting.

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