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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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  • Nickname: Pudge
    Location: Monroe, NC
    Age Group: 50-64
    Profile: Golf Addict (more than once a week)
    Handicap: 7
    Favorite Courses:
    Eagle Chase Golf Club

4 Reviews Posted

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  • 6/3/24 - Sapona Country Club

    "Average"
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    Yup, I’m actually writing a not so good review. After my last three reviews, I thought after not playing for months because of my move, that I was just overjoyed to play and thought every course was a gem, perfection, an absolutely must play…well not today. Sapona is within an hour’s drive for most of the Charlotte area but that doesn’t mean you want to take the trip. I played during a tournament so while the pace of play wasn’t bad for a tournament, I can’t tell you what it is normally like. I also cannot tell you what the staff is like except for the wonderful cart girl who should be given every resource she requests from the club: sandwiches, more drinks, bigger beer selection, liquor, and a raise (ok I said the raise, not her). While most of the layout was good, with challenges of elevated greens, a few blind tee shots and water on more than a few holes, some of the holes were wacky, with very short par 4s with layup iron tee shots (8 or 7 iron) and tricked up fairways that had no landing area that allowed your ball to stay in the fairway. That being said I would play the layout again if it wasn’t for the condition of the course overall. There were many dirt/bare areas in the fairways and rough. While they have made changes with installing some sod and drainage, the course is just beyond the band aid fix. One of the issues with carts making the bare spots worse are the carts paths being more like motocross tracks than golf cart paths. Many players would drive next to the carts paths instead of on them. The greens for the most part rolled well and their condition was good. There were a few areas of soil showing through the grass but the ball rolled true. That’s why I gave 5 starts instead of 4. I don’t like downgrading a course because I know the staff, especially the maintenance staff, put the work in. This is more of the club not putting resources into the course sooner. Final thought would be play if you have a reason (tournament, buddy in the area, etc.) but don’t make a trip for it.

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  • 5/29/24 - Monroe Country Club

    "Great course"
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    The Tale of Two Nines Monroe Country Club sits just southeast of downtown Monroe in a well-hidden, tree-lined setting where the original Donald Ross nine-hole design is laid out near the clubhouse and the Tom Jackson back nine is a short cart ride under Pageland HWY and across Richardson Creek. Driving up to the clubhouse, you will see the pro shop and snack bar to the left next to a small practice green. I made a tee time online for $50 and was paired with a father and son from the area. The pro shop staff was nice, even outgoing to give a bunch of info including the course guide and apologized for the range not being open. They did point out a short game area that I could use for full swings with short wedges. It was basic, with three targets and enough to get the swing moving the right way. After that I checked in with the starter, who was a great help in finding the short game area and giving me some info on the course. While on the practice green, I struck up a conversation with a regular who was also an Air Force vet like me. Monroe CC is another example of a public course with the basic facilities but put their money where it matters, in the course. The course, at first glance, is simple and peaceful. The first hole is an uphill blind tee shot, where the starter will help out by positioning themselves at the top of the hill and let you know when it’s clear to hit. Over the hill, the course opens up and you can see much of the front nine. The bite comes when you walk onto the greens. Donald Ross does not disappoint with greens that hide their breaks and look much larger from the fairway. These are definitely small greens, so have your chipping game with you. The tale of two nines comes in when you play the back nine. Definitely a different design with more doglegs and a couple holes with water. While the design was different, it was complementing to the front nine. Enjoy the round coming in especially on 18, a long par 5 with elevation changes and some required shot making. Conditions…the fairways are very good and the greens did not have a spot on them, obviously from excellent maintenance and golfers who fix their ball marks. Now you will see some different grass encroaching on some of the greens (but no effect on the true roll) and bare areas around the course mostly around the cart paths and some rough. The bunkers were tough with high lips and firm sand, but they were well maintained. The end all be all is the layout, fairway & green conditions, and the test of Donald Ross greens all in a wooded setting, made Monroe CC a pleasant surprise. PS – I’ve read previous reviews of Monroe from this site and others where the club was not so welcoming. I believe there has been a change in the customer service and the focus of the management. Most notably after my round since I live about 15-20 minutes away and was happy with the course, I asked about membership that is on the city website and in the course guide. Well the memberships were cancelled 2 months ago and Monroe CC is a straight daily fee with only a senior’s discount (60 and above). With that I believe there will be better conditions with the increase in revenue and less volume. I wonder what the previous members are doing since the membership cost was in the low $100’s per month and now if you play 3 times a week at $50/round, it’s $150+ a week.

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  • 5/28/24 - Edgewater Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    Edgewater Golf Club, opened in 2008, is southwest of Lancaster, SC backed up to the Catawba River in what will be a very large, planned development, most of which has yet to be built. It’s a good hour from uptown Charlotte and Columbia, with the last 10 minutes of the drive giving you an idea something special is coming. As you enter Edgewater by passing their signature tower gate, the community vibe is relaxing while leading you to the club house and course. Currently the club house is a small pro shop and snack bar, but look across the street and you will see the major projects taking place. A huge clubhouse, practice area, and tennis/pickleball court center is being constructed. The practice area will be one of a kind, with a practice green that will be over an acre, a range that will entice you to practice more than play with Top Tracer technology, and a relaxing atmosphere all within reach of a club house being built for luxury and enjoyment. I’ve been around a few clubs from the beginning and some that grow over time. Edgewater is impressive and will be great to watch grow. Enough of the vibe, I checked in for my 9:09 tee time and was warmly greeted by the staff and asked if it was my first time there. As it was, they gave a little info on how to get around during the construction and some course info including a course guide. Then I was on to the range for warm up. I met up with the three guys I was paired with, guys who are neighbors and two brothers, so I knew this was going to be a fun group with all the brotherly banter expected. While the range is mostly under construction (which the next phase will open up in about 3 weeks), it was adequate. One word of advice, get a couple buckets since a single token gives about 20 balls. Moving onto the practice green which is located next to the starter’s area for #1, you get to look down from #1’s elevated tee box to feel for what lies ahead. The first hole is a great opening hole to get familiar with the course and a little challenge. Stay left and the hill down the left side will feed your ball to the center of the fairway and closer to the green. The green is accepting and it should be an easy par. One thing to note are the bent grass greens and their conditions will vary slightly when wet. I saw a lot of old ball marks but nothing affecting the roll. Number 2 is a long par 5 which requires a somewhat accurate tee shot to stay away from the right fairway bunker and out of the trees on the left. Your second shot should be down the left fairway to avoid the right drop-off into the trees and set you up for a better approach into the green. The course is giving you a little less forgiveness but you’ll enjoy the challenge. Third hole is a short par 4 that requires accuracy off the tee. Don’t let it fool you because you need this tee shot to be right to have a less hazardous shot to the small green protected by a front right bunker and water to the left and behind. Number 4, your first par 4 is a beauty from the black tees which sit on its own island. The rest of the tees still have an over water shot but a bit straighter. Regardless plan an extra club for the elevated green and be mindful of the wind you can’t feel because of the tree lines behind and right of the hole. Oh, one more thing, don’t be short! Moving forward #7 is a great shot making hole. You don’t have to be long from the tee, just set yourself up for the approach shot with water in play and bunkers left and right of the green. After you finish you’ll see one of the inlets leading out to the Catawba River. Nice place to take a breather. Edgewater shows you more teeth when making the turn, where #10 is a slightly narrow tee shot to an uphill green. It’s a great hole to start the back nine. The back nine will show you more elevation changes and a few doglegs which set up some great views. As you make it around the back nine, more houses and construction are visible but mostly not in play. Many players do not like houses surrounding or bordering the course, but from my perspective of playing Florida golf where houses are right on the course (literally having back patios 8 feet from the OB markers and even fairways), Edgewater has them set back away from the course with generous amounts of trees in between the houses and the general areas. Maybe a better win-win for players and homeowners. As you finish Edgewater, #18 leaves you a little perplexed with the tee shot having two very tall pines about 100-150 yards straight out and in the middle of your tee shot. It was explained that the original design had much lees room on the right so the player was required to hit a fade around the pines. Now it looks like you can try a draw or a fade. Stick with the fade, trust me. In the future, they will be taking those tall pines out after they plant some shorter pines (there are two already but they need more). Regardless of the tee shot, you see a great finishing hole with slightly elevated approach shot to a well bunkered green. Right now, you see the construction of the club house and the practice facilities well behind the green and further up hill. Once the club house is finished, it will be a beautiful sight from both #18 and the club house. While Edgewater is definitely a longer drive from Charlotte and Columbia, it is well worth it.

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  • 5/19/24 - Eagle Chase Golf Club

    "Great course"
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    So here’s a little perspective before I review Eagle Chase GC. I recently moved to the Charlotte area…recently being 10 days ago. Coming from a country club in South Florida which is in great condition and on its way back to the what it once was when hosting the Honda Classic, the switch back to public golf scene is reminiscent of my time playing military courses and public/semi-private clubs around the world where I enjoyed the competition and the friendships. I’ve also played a lot of NC mountain golf in the Highlands/Cashiers area where my parents retired and still live. I have experienced a lot different golf courses, clubs, and resorts, and understand the different vibes. So I’ll hopefully give you a perspective of course, club, and “vibe” in my reviews. Eagle Chase is set in farm land and ranches in the foothills southeast of Charlotte. The course elevation changes create dynamic views and challenging hole layouts, especially on the back 9. First impressions of Eagle Chase are deceiving as the pro shop, facilities, and services are minimal but provide what you need for golf, and fun. Go into the small pro shop with the obligatory tv locked into the current Tour event and pay for your green fees and range balls, which you’ll scoop out your bucket of balls there. Simple homemade sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, snacks and plenty of beverage choices are also available. Grab what you may need on the course because there’s no beverage carts on the course. The staff are friendly and care about your experience while at Eagle Chase, using the resources at hand. (Spoiler: they put the resources into the course conditions) Going out to the range was a short trip past the outdoor patio with some tables and chairs and the practice green with plenty of room and different types of putts. The range is two tiered with a small chipping green next to it. Plenty of distance and targets to choose from. While stretching I noticed the regulars around; teenagers who play golf for competition, college kids, middle-aged, and retirees, along with the every-once-in-a-while players with girlfriends in tow. Watching the players on the range, the regulars play golf to compete and enjoy. I didn’t get a chance to ask about the money games or groups, but I’m sure they exist. The above average conditions of the practice areas give you a good idea of what lies ahead on the course. The first hole is visually elusive where the tee box looks out at an over water carry to a dog leg left and you don’t see beyond that. It promotes a thought of “ok, what is this course?” Put your drive in the middle or right center for a safe shot or challenge the left trees with a draw. Once you get around the dog leg, you see a simple shot to a mildly guarded green. The greens are one of the gems of this course. They are smooth (the regulars and visitors alike obviously fix their ball marks), undulating, and today they are about a 10 on the stimpmeter. They could easily be cut and made like glass but be careful about what you ask for! Finish the hole and drive to #2. Coming up to the #2 tee box, the course bears its teeth, half grin, half biting snarl, as you look out to water down the left, trees and creek right with a sliver of green to be seen in the distance from the left side of the tee box. Looking down to the fairway in the narrow space between the water and trees you think you see a cart sign in the fairway…it’s a drop zone sign in the middle of the fairway. Ouch. I yanked my shot left and just found the water beyond by the left fairway bunker. Once you get down to the fairway, the course opens up to say “enjoy the views” as you see left of the water, the front side par 3’s, #3 and #6. After the drop, my approach shot looks at a well-protected green with water, bunkers, and death beyond the green. I flushed a 9 iron to 15 feet and one-putted for par. While I didn’t get bitten here (I’d rather be lucky than good), you get a feel for what the course was going to be like…gentle beauty mixed with lethal consequences. Think Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, a seductive smile then the kill shot. Don’t worry, I’m not giving you the hole by hole run down, I want to play golf too! But it is easy to see why Eagle Chase is one of the best public courses in the Charlotte area. It is the perfect statement of pure golf. No white glove service, no resort waterfalls, just challenging natural beauty. -Pudge

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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 cswan14 on 7/13/24

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