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Mallard Head Country Club

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3.3
3
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
2
2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
2.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.6
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3 out of 3 reviews
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3.0
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Conditions
2.0
Value
3.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
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1 out of 1 reviews
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3.0
2
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4 Stars
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Conditions
2.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
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2 out of 2 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6904 yards
Slope 126
Rating 73.3
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6904 yards 73.3 126
White 72 6442 yards 70.9 123
Yellow 72 6233 yards 69.6 121
Red 72 5469 yards 71.8 124
Scorecard for Mallard Head Country Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 72.5/126 400 480 225 400 385 577 208 370 390 3435 400 530 203 405 436 419 505 195 385 3478 6913
White M: 70.5/123 375 460 200 365 365 532 190 335 375 3197 365 505 185 380 398 380 480 187 365 3245 6442
Yellow M: 69.0/121 W: 75.6/126 365 420 190 355 355 520 185 325 365 3080 355 495 175 370 388 370 465 177 358 3153 6233
Red W: 70.2/119 330 400 166 320 320 442 153 305 270 2706 315 440 145 280 368 350 425 130 310 2763 5469
Handicap 1 11 9 15 3 7 13 17 5 10 8 18 6 2 12 16 14 4
Par 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1979
Golf Season Year round
Architect George Cobb (1979)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range No
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes, on weekdays

Reviews

3.3
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
New Jersey Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Muni with Poor Spring Course Conditions

Now, to start with it is March and NC has had a lot of rain so I expected it to be a bit wet. It really wasn't too bad (dryer than other courses).

My rating is really because of the bare bumpy fairways which is too bad because if you take away the poor fairways the layout is a nice challenge; including PAR 3 holes that were long. For example, Hole 7, forward tees, 163 yards all carry but you can par it with a good drive.

The greens were is fantastic shape so that was a major plus so given major credit to the grounds guys.

A few other observations:
( 2) The staff were very friendly and welcoming and let me play the front 9 twice because they didn't realize the men's league would be so backup.
(1) The vibe is defiantly "old school muni" (including gas golf carts). Not a bad thing but if you want the higher-end feel go to Mooresville Golf Course.

I would definitely play the course if I were here late spring or early fall to see if the fairways were in good shape because if the fairways were decent then the course would deserve four stars instead of three.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Classic Muni

I always have issues with people who trash a perfectly acceptable municipal course, "Oh, my God, it's not Augusta!" Mallard Head is the type of course I grew up playing. Billy Hightower and I would get one of our parents to drop us off at the local muni in Richmond, Virginia, and we would pay the $6.00 green fees, walk, and play all day; I mean, all day. We would grab a couple of hot dogs after the first 18 and then play another 18 or even 27. Mallard Head has the typical muni problems; occasional clumps of crab grass in a fairway, a bad spot or two on a green, one grass rake per bunker; but it was a wonderful course for an informal day. At my age I can't putt any better on a Bermuda green than I could at Pebble Beach. I particularly loved the goat pasture that was next to the 15th fairway. It was like old times. And for $35.00 for BOTH of us for nine, I'll be back more than a few times.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

WallyCleaver

Pros
1. Great condition. Not a 5 star but I gave it a 5 star based on condition of neighboring courses. This one is in great condition. Warrior, Skybrook, Highland Creek all are not even in the same category.
2. Great greens
3. Great tees
4. Ok range
5. great fairways
6. Bunkers ok
7. Prices borderline too much on weekends. But a competitive price. Just don't get greedy and go up in price as other courses have done.
Cons
1. We got there an hour early and they rushed us to first tee without giving us a chance to warm up. But a group did cancel so we took their spot.
2. I77. I am 10 mins from course but have to take i77. Took me twice as long due to traffic. Not to blame the course because they have no control but worth a mention. Stupid drivers wanting to stop on 77 to look at a bucket of water (Lake Norman). Its just water. Move on. The state really needs to do something. Its like that every day, all day. Again, stupid drivers not the course.
3. Again not the course' fault but worth mentioning. Do not hit balls at the new Par 3 driving range in Mooresville. First of all they don't have a par 3. Secondly, hitting on their range will definitely tear up a set of clubs. Huge rocks just beneath the surface that will certainly gouge your clubs. And not to mention they charge an arm and leg to hit balls that are from the 70s, very old. And their customer service stinks.
Again 2 out of the 3 cons do not belong to the course. But thought I would mention it since they are in the area. Great course. Will be my new home course as long as they keep it in good shape and don't increase their prices. Did I mention this course makes Warrior Golf Course in China Grove look like a cow pasture

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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