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Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course


"Worth playing"

5/20/22: Review by Jonny

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...

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    • #2821
      Long Driver

      Been keeping up with your website for awhile as an out of towner. Im debating on Ballantyne and Highland Creek. I am looking for a good challenge and a very nice course. Any suggestions on these two, or maybe another top tier course?
      Thanks

    • #6455

      Ballantyne is your best bet. Waterford in Rock Hill and Springfield in Fort Mill are also pretty good courses run by good people.

    • #6457

      Verdict Ridge (in Denver, NC, about 35 minutes north from down(up)town Charlotte).

      Edgewater (in Lancaster, SC, about 45 minutes south)

      A bit farther, Cleghorn Plantation (in Rutherfordton, NC, about 1 1/4 hours west)

      Unfortunately, in my opinion, there aren’t any “must play” courses closer in. However, if I was going to choose some closer courses, I would put Skybrook, Olde Sycamore, Red Bridge, and Regent Park on the list.

    • #6459
      Dan

      I wouldn’t get to excited about playing Cleghorn Plantation.
      I was out there the last 2 weekends and each round took well over 5 hrs. The last round was 5 1/2 hrs. and when we voiced our displeasure……the guy working said “if you don’t like it, then don’t come back, we don’t care”. Who says something like that to a paying customer? I mean….all you hear about is how the courses aren’t making money so the staff at Cleghorn says “don’t come back”? Well guess what……I won’t go back and neither will the other guys playing with me those times. Plus, they won’t get any business from all of our other golf friends. Unbelievable!

    • #6461
      CJ

      Thank you for the suggestions. What are your thoughts on the course at the Ballantyne Resort?

      Thanks again.

    • #6463

      Ballantyne is a decent layout and most consistently offers “resort” conditions in Charlotte. They punched their greens back in July so they should be in good shape. It’s all relative, but they are at the highest price point for daily fee courses in Charlotte, usually $75 or so. Especially given the greens issues that most courses have suffered, if the greens are in good shape the premium may be worth it. I would call and specifically ask about greens conditions.

      Tagged Course(s): The Golf Club at Ballantyne
    • #6465

      Carolina Lakes on 521 is a great golf… the nicest around in my humble opinion and over the past 10 years I have played the crap out of every course within 45 miles… edgewater is also great.

      Tagged Course(s): Carolina Lakes Golf Club
    • #6467

      verdict ridge / red bridge / cramer mountain are some of the best courses in area

    • #6469

      Hate to say, as I was a fan the first time I played, but the conditions now at Cramer Mountain are not good – like many course, it’s the greens: bare spots, poa anna (sp?), just not good.

    • #6471
      CJ

      Thanks again for the information, I really appreciate it.

      Sorta off topic, but do you have any good restaurant recommendations? I’m not a fine dining guy and I’ve never been to NC, but everyone tells me I need to eat Carolina bbq. A co-worker of mine said I had to go the The Penguin. Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks again for all of your input.

    • #6473

      CJ,If you want great carolina BBQ you need to try Gary’s BBQ in China Grove ,NC on hwy 29N. or Lexington BBQ in Lexington ,NC off I-85.Both are north of Charlotte between 35 minutes to an hour.Also,Red Bridge in Locust,N.C. just east of Charlotte or the Warrior in China Grove are two good courses to try.

    • #6475
      LaurenfromMA

      Thanks for such great info on Charlotte courses! We’re visiting for a few days, and will get to play 2 or 3 rounds of golf. “We” are a couple (over 50) – one with about a 12 handicap and a great short game and the other a struggling golfer who appreciates a significant ladies advantage. We’re deciding where to stay, and it seems like we probably want to decide “north” (Verdict Ridge, Warrior, Skybrook or ?) or “east” (Old Sycamore, Emerald, Charlotte National, maybe Stonebridge) or possibly “south” (Ballantyne, Waterford, Carolina Lakes…)

      Since we’re on vacation, value isn’t quite as important as a great experience. For us, great means good course conditions and layout, and fun to play on your first outing (not Red Brid! ge). I’m leaning toward the “east” cluster for us but would love input, especially regarding which courses to pick. Stonebridge sounds like it might be worth the drive, and Eagle Chase sounds like more of a challenge than I’m up to.

      Thanks for any input on current conditions, now that it’s cooler!

    • #6479

      this time of year be sure to call any golf course you choose to see if they have punched the greens. many do at the end of sept beginning of oct. takes about 3 weeks to heal. played fox den (30 min north of charlotte) great conditions and female friendly. great layout. don’t let eagle chases pictures fool you. very fair course and the ladies tees will give you the advantage. open fairways no blind shots (no houses either). carolina lakes has huge fast greens, but if you don’t get it on the right tier watch the score rise. use clickitgolf.com (via the links here on Bman’s site) to buy rounds cheaper than at the proshop most times.

    • #6477

      Ballantyne will give you the nicest lodging and best restaurant options – I would strongly recommend that unless budget directs otherwise. You can still get to Verdict Ridge in less than 45 minutes from Ballantyne.

      My strong recommendations for courses in the best shape and most memorable would be 1) Verdict Ridge, 2) Edgewater, 3) Olde Sycamore, 4) Ballantyne. Stonebridge, Carolina Lakes, and Emerald Lake are good courses, just not up there with my top 4. Waterford’s greens are great, but after a 5 hour round there yesterday I won’t be going back.

      I would stay away from Charlotte National, Skybrook, and Eagle Chase because of current conditions. For me, Warrior is not worth the drive (while Verdict Ridge is).

      I wouldn’t worry too much about driving times; as long as you avoid rush hours Charlotte is pretty easy to navigate and you can get to every course mentioned from anywhere in Charlotte in less than 45 minutes.

    • #6481
      Scott

      April 2014- Staying on lake in Mooresville. 20 guys. Looking for 2 courses – leaning towards Verdict Ridge for 1 round. Debating between Fox Den, Rocky River and Red Bridge for the other course. Would like to play 36 at this second course. Any suggestions? Never played at the lake before- we normally play in Hilton Head.

    • #6483

      Around Mooresville Verdict Ridge hands down, then Glen Oaks, then Fox Den. Willing to travel to Red Bridge or Rocky River, can’t go wrong with either of those.

    • #6485
      2puttagain

      I would play Verdict Ridge always in great shape

      If you are in Mooresville… Rock Barn is not too far away and they have two courses for your 36 holes on the second day

    • #6487

      I would definitely go with Verdict Ridge. Glen Oaks is a great course close by. Red Bridge is a beauty as well but a hike from the lake. Fox Den is not in the same class as those three.

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5/20/22: Review by Jonny

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...

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