The last time I played this course was in 1999. It was somewhat new at the time and built on re-claimed property from a land fill. I was most impressed by the driving range and practice area for chipping and putting. Nearly every course I have gone to in the CLT area...
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?
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.
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.