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"Worth playing"

7/20/24: Review by The Don

Thought the layout was challenging, a fun Arnold Palmer design! Staff was very friendly, and course was not too busy even with a weekend tee time. it had rained a little the night before and course did not drain well. The lack of driving range is a minus, however the staff...

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Riders fee?
    • #3375

      I was surprised to find out recently that the Charlotte Golf Links charges a rider’s fee for a non-playing partner to ride along in a golf cart with you.

      Frankly nothing really surprises me anymore when it comes to the Charlotte Golf Links (or any Trail course), but do all the Charlotte courses do this? Is it standard practice?

    • #7285

      Yes, I’ve encountered this before at a few area courses. The Divide and Larkhaven come to mind. To be honest, I think it depends on time of day / size of your group — if you are a single player and won’t be filling out a foursome, then it may not be an issue. I understand, though, if they are packed and need all the cart space they can get.

      It helps if the staff knows you or if you talk to the manager beforehand — like when making your tee time.

      Personally, if no special consideration applies (like a crowded course), then I think this is a bogus charge and would express my displeasure with management — letting them know they could lose a customer.

    • #7287

      I wouldn’t say its standard practice as I’ve done this a few times without charge. However, as the B-Man says, if you go to play at a busy time there is a higher likelihood of them charging you such a fee. I’ve always done it during twilight hours, and never had a problem because it wasn’t busy.

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7/20/24: Review by The Don

Thought the layout was challenging, a fun Arnold Palmer design! Staff was very friendly, and course was not too busy even with a weekend tee time. it had rained a little the night before and course did not drain well. The lack of driving range is a minus, however the staff...

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