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"Average"

9/16/22: Review by KirklandSpecial

Tee boxes - above average Fairways - excellent Greens - below average Played the course more times than I can count in the last 5 years. The greens were the best the crew can make them, but more than half of them have dead spots. They put the flags in the best spots,...

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    • #2753
      Nial

      Meant to say Springfield was a little past Regent Park.

    • #6113

      Greens are in terrible shape. Give them a month to recover.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6115
      Fisher171

      I played Charlotte Golf Links on 8/26 & agree w/ Springfield that most of the greens were in rough shape; a case of too much rain in combination with all the rounds that club attracts. Some of the greens looked like they had trouble recovering from the last aerification. Also, it looked as if the grounds crew didn’t bother mowing grees that morning, but that’s my opinion. Overall, I enjoyed the lay-out & would like ly come back…after some dry days.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6117
      Jamie

      Played Springfield yesterday. It’s in pretty good but not great shape. The greens were a little slow and rough, likely due to too much play and not mowing. I’ve never seen the greens there that slow. Some looked like they had recently been aerated. I’d give it a B+.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6119
      paul

      I just sat here and read through some of the posts…now I must bear in mind that not having a lot of rain cannot be a good thing for golf courses, and I do not know how many have their own wells for watering and such…
      but what I do know is Springfield and many of these other courses rates have gotten insane. I called Renaissance the other day and with the new ownership group, their rates have gone up as well. Then I see the course, and I am thinking “how can you charge this much for that?”
      I am a young lad, so perhaps some of you are well-established, making the big bucks, etc….but when I read many times over several of the “nice” courses in Charlotte are not being taken care of, yet I go to their site and see 49 bucks for their normal mon-thurs rate, i just get saddened. I love Springfield, have many times said it is one of my fave courses around here, no doubt, but I have not played there in a long time due to the price increase (nice clubhouse…GREAT!! but i would rather pay in a trailer and play for less, but that is not reality). Bottom line is, if courses are going to charge as much as they do, there has to be a way to hold them accountable, but I am not sure what it is, because when it comes to it, I am still addicted to golf, and will end up paying somebody so I can get my fix.
      I definitely try to make use of all the clickit, ezlink, etc. sites as well, but perhaps you all understand. oh well, i will stop complaining now.

    • #6121
      Jamie

      Yep, it’s all based on the laws of supply and demand. The courses will charge whatever people are willing to pay. When play starts to diminish, rates will come down. If play increases, rates will increase. As long as gross revenue is stable, the prices will be whatever the market will bear. The most popular time to play is Saturday morning, and that’s true for me. That’s why all courses offer discounts, EXCEPT for Saturday morning! There is a lot of research performed by course management to determine rates. That’s a long-winded way of saying that you can either pay or play somewhere else.

    • #6123

      On this topic, I’d echo Jamie’s comment. If a course has gotten overpriced and the conditions don’t live up to their billing, you play elsewhere. There are some 25+ courses listed here on this site and there are plenty that I need to add from the surrounding area (within 1 hr drive). Quite often, I go and have a bad experience at one place and don’t go back until I hear a good report from someone else. I’ve done that at Charlotte Golf Links, Larkhaven, Charles T, and Renaissance (still haven’t gone back), to name a few.

      Cost-wise, between Clickit and twilight rates, you can keep it down. If I have to play on a weekend morning, I usually stick with a coupon deal or an Eagle Chase, Charlotte National, Monroe CC, or Charles T and keep the cost under $50. I rarely pay more than $50 for any round in town. And if I do, you can be sure I expect a lot of the course and they will hear about it if things aren’t cool.

    • #6125

      Played last week and have good/bad news. Good: Fairways and bunkers. Bad: Greens — eaten up and there’s some strange looking, large bee that is digging holes in several of the greens…which means it may take a while for the greens to recover.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6127
      Clay

      Played 9/17. Had not played Springfield in a few years. I was surprised at how the development is giving the course a true country club feel for a public course. When you play this course plan to lay-up, almost every hole has obstacles in front of greens. Fairways were great. The greens were inconsistent- some fast, some slow. Played 9 holes for $19 because of maintenance- cart path only.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6129
      Chuck

      Just played Springfield and from tee to green the course is in great shape. I can only remember 1 green that had some brown spots but the flag was on the opposite end so no problem. Check there website as they have some special rates, I for one will play more than once this year.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6131
      J.D.

      Played Springfield yesteday. Very good conditions with two items of note: 1) Those enormous bees have taken nest by burrowing into 4-5 of the greens again, same as last year. I hope they get on top of this, those buggers really damaged the greens. 2) Despite promises to the contrary, the course STILL hasn’t added white/red/yellow stakes around the course. Slows down play dramatically.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6133
      J.D.

      Sadly, the greens at Springfield have degraded to the point where the course isn’t worth the money. A shame, because all other parts of the course are fantastic.

      Those damn, enormous bees have ruined at least 3 greens and about 8-9 others are in just general bad shape.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6135
      Jamie

      Played Springfield yesterday afternoon (10/18) for the first time this year. Surprisingly not very crowded. There are just too many other courses in south Charlotte that are as good and are a better deal. Fairways were in good shape. Greens were mostly in good shape, some were a little spotty. #16 had a temporary green, which makes for a visually weird 100-yd tee shot to an unputtable ground surface. Just hit a sand wedge, take two putts and go to 17. A lot more home construction going on there. Overall still a good layout, but their green fees are noncompetitive. Same issue with nearby Regent Park, so they must be competing with each other.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6137
      Dan

      I decide to play Springfield this past Saturday and when I am driving to the course, it is raining hard. I get to the course and it is still raining, but decide to wait and see if it clears up. It lets up to a light drizzle, but I am still not sure we are going to play. Here’s my issue….I go in and ask the guys in the pro shop if we stick it out and decide to play will they give us a break on the green fee’s due to the rain. They say NO….CAN’T DO IT! What kind of logic is that? You can either lower your fee’s by 20 dollars (and still make money) or get ZERO!!! How can that math add up?? Not only that, but they were charging 65 dollars for a course that has 1 green non-playable with a temporary pin that is un-playable? Are you kidding me? I mean, it is not like there was a waiting list of golfers, the place was ! empty. I guess I just don’t understand the thinking of the area golf courses in this economy? Really DUMB people if you ask me.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6139
      Jamie

      Yep I played Springfield on 10/18. Good course generally, but I have only played there once this year. Once they built the new clubhouse, the rates went up, and have been noncompetitive since then. I went through the same issue with Emerald Lake. I like the course, but I also have a golf budget each month. Olde Sycamore is a great course, but same issue. But, there are few courses along the fringes of the metro area that are great, and have more reasonable rates. Stonebridge in Mineral Springs is one of them. Another one is Fox Den in Troutman.

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6141

      is punching greens this week / running a reduced greens fee special

      Tagged Course(s): Springfield Golf Club
    • #6143

      I’m Thinking about joining springfield this year. I have heard so much good things about it and since I play 2 times a weekend its probably more cost effective (if I walk). I love red bridge, rock barn, and verdict ridge and I wonder how this place stacks up? Anyone a member here?

    • #6145

      I love Springfield, one of my favorites, but make no mistake it is a very challenging track. If you do join, you can receive discounts at sister courses Fort Mill GC, Chester and Lancaster. You can also get a twin membership between Fort Mill and Springfield. It is well worth it. All of these courses are owned by the same group so look into it. Springfield is a nicer course, but there are parts of Fort Mill that I prefer. Fort Mill’s front nine is a classic Donald Ross design. It is a really neat little course and the course I play the most as it is walker friendly. Springfield gets more traffic and is not as walker friendly. A whole lot of steep hills, too.

      Never been out to Rock Barn so can’t make a fair assessment there. Love Red Bridge and Verdict Ridge. Springfield is def! initely in the same class. If you like a Verdict Ridge and are able to make it out that way, be sure to check out Glen Oaks as well. Clubhouse just burned down, unfortunately. But it had some age on it and is probably due time for a new one. And if you have never been out to Edgewater, it is well worth the trip.

    • #6147

      Both Springfield and Fort Mill allow pushcarts. All over the place at Fort Mill as it is a walker’s course. Fort Mill is very well layed out for walkers – not far at all between green and tee. Springfield is a bear to walk both from a distance standpoint as well as elevation. I like the front nine at Fort Mill (Donald Ross) but the back isn’t all that bad and there are a few neat holes on the back. I think a dual membership will give you variety and the best of both worlds for a very reasonable price. Happy golfing!

    • #6149
      Paul

      Anyone played Springfield recently?
      I am a teacher, with summer off, and seeing a special of 30 bucks during the week! I have always loved this course, so just seeing how she is faring these days!

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9/16/22: Review by KirklandSpecial

Tee boxes - above average Fairways - excellent Greens - below average Played the course more times than I can count in the last 5 years. The greens were the best the crew can make them, but more than half of them have dead spots. They put the flags in the best spots,...

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