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Red Bridge Golf & Country Club


"Great course"

5/15/22: Review by Brandon S.

Only my 2nd round at this course, but both times I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the condition the course is in. Fairways in great shape and the greens rolled true. Tee boxes are the only thing that need some love as they look to have had a lot of play. Fun/attackable...

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    • #2805
      Jeff

      My friends and I are headed to the Charlotte are on October 11th from Ohio. We are playing Ballantyne, Birkdale and Verdict Ridge.Those are set. We are still deciding between Regent Park, Olde Sycamore, Tega Cay and Springfield. Can anyone let me know current conditions or how to get updates on conditions so we can decide from those 4 courses

    • #6329
      Jim C.

      Played Olde Sycamore today 09.22.05. It was great. Conditions were excellent. You can find a coupon in the paper here for $35 per person or at http://www.golfholes.com.

      Played Springfield last week 09.15.05 and the greens were in very poor condition. I’ve always enjoyed Springfield but would not play there again until the greens have returned.

    • #6331
      MJS

      For those visiting Charlotte this fall, please know that this summer’s conditions were very hard on local area greens – very wet and humid early and very, very dry for an extended period only now starting to come back. My opinion on those asked about in earlier posts:

      Springfield – tough tough, forced carries and truly unique place – just now developing real estate on/around course. Play it now as it is one of the best premium courses in the area. I played last week and greens were so so – having just been punched and suffering a bit from the bad summer – great value durring the week and unique.

      Eagle Chase – kind of a long drive, I call this a bubba course. I mean it in a nice way – more like a muni look and feel it is low end but really good layout, not in great shape – almost like a mtn course with elevation change.

      Olde Sycamore – Probably best greens around right now – very playable and tough layout. typical Charlotte style course in a housing development.

      Regent Park – great layout and usually great shape – i have heard greens were lost earlier this year and have stayed away but will defer to earlier posters and go back on their rec.

      Waterford – in Rock Hill SC – 30 min from Charlotte. A gem, and a Hale Irwin Course very fun and some unique holes (#3 has you drive thru a “chute”) Good shape

      Charlotte Golf Links – scottish style layout with lots of Gorse, bunkers and elevated greens – good shape and right off 485

      Stonebridge – good shape for the most part and forgiving layout

      Larkhaven is a muni that is not in the same tier as above but fun/fair and cheap

      Verdict Ridge is TIGHT and LOTS of houses but very nice and good shape last time I played

      My top 4:

      Waterford
      Olde Sycamore
      Springfield
      Charlotte Golf Links

    • #6333
      Kevin

      I’m bringing a group of 8 golfers down to the Charlotte area from Canada in mid-April to kick off our golf season. handicaps in the group range anywhere from about 7-20+. At this point we’re planning on playing Westport, The Warrior, Fox Den, Verdict Ridge, Skybrook, Olde Sycamore, Meadowlands (near Winston Salem) and Tanglewood’s Championship course. Any feed back on what the conditions on those are like (and likely to be in mid-April) would be apreciated? We’ve played several of the courses last year (Westport, O-S, Meadowlands and Tanglewood will be new to us so I’m especially intersted in comments on those). Thanks

    • #6335

      I also find few places that volunteer information about course conditions and other things like outings. I try to make a point of remembering to ask: “When did you or will you punch your greens?” and “Are there any outings that day?” I don’t bother to ask “What condition are the greens in?” because I’ve been lied to so often that the question is irrelevant.

      In fairness to course supers, this has been an unusual year in that virtually every course with bent grass greens has gone through a period of nearly or definitely losing their greens. The only courses I’ve played this summer with no issues were courses with Bermuda or mini-verde greens.

    • #6337
      turfguy

      What is unfortunate is while most of the people who post comments to this forum may be very skilled in the game of golf they are mostly clueless when it comes to issues related to maintaining a golf course. It is unfair to ask clubs that are struggling in the economy to have 50-70 bunkers in playable condition following a 3 inch rain. You don’t expect Augusta National but you expect public clubs to have staff on hand to fix bunkers in a 3-4 hour window. There are some very notable HIGH end private clubs in the Charlotte area (one of them that hosts a lucrative PGA event) that have had issues with greens during the summer of 2010 and trust me they have way more means and money to PLAN to prevent summer decline of bentgrass greens than any of the courses featured on the Bman’s site. What everybody wants to ignore is that in the recession clubs are forced to cut payroll and maintenance budgets. It is unfortunate that businessmen who post to this message board and probably have had to tighten their own belts think it should be status quo for course operators. While you may be avid golfers there are not enough of you playing now days. Rounds are down everywhere and the casual players are not returning to the game. I am biased because I am a superintendent in the area and I figure this probably won’t get posted anyway but I have to come to the defense of my colleagues who look at this site frequently and use it to gauge how the public feels about their courses. Even the USGA is pushing brown as the new green…Why do you think this is? It’s because golf is heading towards a precipice in which water and environmental legislation will force golfers to have to deal with browner conditions. I applaud the Bman for posting links this year. Fellas when an article about poor greens makes The Wall Street Journal it is a real issue and not lazy superintendents or poor planning for summer heat.

    • #6339
      Shane Newkirk

      I understand why people are upset that courses are not lowering rates while their clubs are not in perfect shape. The problem is they are not allowed to raise the rates when the courses are in perfect shape. If a course here in charlotte usually costs $59 to play, but one morning you showed up to play and the guy behind the counter told you it was $72 today because the course was in perfect shape, this message board would be full of people crying. A club’s rate is its rate, good or bad people. Have any of you thanked a superintendent over the last few years at your local club when the course was in great shape? Nope.

    • #6341

      Verdict Ridge should be perfect in 2 weeks. You need to play this course. You will love it and remember it. Springfield is interesting: almost Augusta like, greens too fast and silly shot angles into those greens, recommended but don’t expect to score well.

    • #6343

      Not sure where I went wrong with my comments. No slight intended at the folks who work at the courses. Although I agree that in many cases (IRI) the course owners are the problem, I also think the overall state of the economy has made it difficult for courses to put up the money needed to keep course conditions where we would all like to see them. I am happy to pay more for good conditions, and did give my due to courses that have maintained good conditions despite the economy.

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5/15/22: Review by Brandon S.

Only my 2nd round at this course, but both times I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the condition the course is in. Fairways in great shape and the greens rolled true. Tee boxes are the only thing that need some love as they look to have had a lot of play. Fun/attackable...

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