Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course
Formerly known as Renaissance Park Golf Course.
|Red (W)||72||5315 yards||70.6||120|
|Black M: 74.9/131||585||475||180||525||195||455||460||345||445||3665||435||200||420||220||530||445||575||430||440||3695||7360|
|Blue M: 73.1/123||550||425||160||500||180||415||430||335||380||3375||400||150||390||200||500||405||495||395||420||3355||6730|
|White M: 70.7/121 W: 71.7/123||500||385||120||475||150||385||410||295||345||3065||350||130||350||160||480||375||465||365||375||3050||6115|
|Red M: 66.1/111 W: 67.1/113||470||310||90||450||110||345||380||250||255||2660||310||120||280||120||460||325||405||285||350||2655||5315|
This course needs some serious work with the cart paths. Overall decent challenge.
Neglected and dilapidated
This course looks like it’s been abandoned. Granted it’s a municipal course, it’s unfair to expect the world from a municipal course. But holy moly this course is really dilapidated. Tee boxes are patchy, some are just mud. Tons of overgrown grass means I lost many golf balls in the rough, even though I could see where it landed. The cart path was so bumpy that I nearly lost control of my cart like 5 times, and nearly got tossed out just because of how extreme the bumps were. Pace of play was horrendous, I was either waiting 7 minutes for the person in front of me to hit, or playing really really really quickly, I was not able to really take any time with my shots. Finally: the greens. They were way overgrown and looked horrible, maybe they just weren’t mowed that day but they were in horrible shape. So many bumps, hole marks, and dips made putting an utter crapshoot. The positive were that it was a tricky and creative layout, staff were friendly, and it was cheap. It’s a real shame because if more money and resources were invested properly into this course, it could be quite fun. Unfortunately for now it continues to be neglected by the city.
The greens were terrible. They were airlified 2 weeks prior. They hadn't been mowed for days. There were large barespots. The greens should be torn up and redone. Fairways weren't bad but weren't cut. Tee boxes were bad. Received a $20 voucher for return play within the month which was nice but course needs some money to be invested in it to make it playable. The course has a lot of potential. I wish they would replace the greens like C T Myers and make it and enjoyable course.
greens were in terrible condition. they were being turned over with seed and sand
Fairways were in great shape and the rough made it a challenge. The greens were unfortunately in very poor shape. They need a lot of work. Tee boxes could use some attention as well.
Harry L. Jones, Sr. Golf Course
Played HLJ for the first time in many years. They have a new fleet of gas carts since I was last on site in February. The course conditions varied widely. The bermuda fairways were actually some of the best I've played all year. Teeboxes were in good shape with just isolated issues here and there. Greens were in poor shape. Bare spots and weeds were prevalent on most if not all of the greens. They really need to be redone with more hearty bermuda grass. Bunkers were in good shape. The rough was lush and thick. Balls hit offline were easily lost. Our group would often find 2-3 balls each while searching for one of our balls in the rough. Cart paths need major work, as they are not passable on some holes.
The layout of the course features several doglegs or blind driving holes where course knowledge is a huge help. There aren't many water hazards to navigate, and only a small amount of elevation change.
Hopefully Ratcliffe Golf Services is investing into bringing this course up to par with some of their others in the Charlotte area, as it has potential to be a great layout.
It’s was a decent course, 33 for 18 is not a bad deal at all. It’s Covid sn right now so things are weird but the course was ok. Cart paths are bumpy and need work. Half the greens are bumpy with sand and dirt spots so putting it difficult but for some guys to go have fun it was a good time.
Several challenging holes
Good public course. Challenging holes where some are blind shots which was great fun. The first 9 holes had great greens and back 9 some were under repair.
Poor layout, poorly maintained.
Title says it all. Way too many blind shots, making it nearly impossible to find a safe landing zone. If you don’t hit the fairway, good luck finding your ball in the unkept rough. Greens were riddled with dead spots and divots.
The course wasn’t in good condition, but that made for less play and a very quick pace. If you are just interested in getting in some practice or get outside, the deal time is very reasonable . My husband and I played in three hours and had an automatic 2 putt on the greens do to the conditions.
Greens need help
The course has lots of potential. The fairways are in pretty good shape. It looks like lots of work is being done to clean up the vegetation and it will enhance the course once it is done. The greens are terrible, no other way to say it. I am hoping that they are fixing the course up and the greens will be done next. If they are not replacing them then I do not know why they do not maintain them. Hope they get fixed so I can play there again.
I've probably played this course more than any other in the CLT area. I'll echo what another reviewer said though saying the condition of the course has really gone downhill. It's always been a bumpy ride, fine, but that's gotten worse. Fairways vs. rough, can't really tell, but I can live with that to some degree at the price. The worst part are now the greens - and they used to be tolerable. But most of the greens are half dirt. The ones that have grass are pretty meh. This course is very conveniently located and not expensive, which is what had kept me coming back. The last 3 or so times I've gone I finished by saying it was the last time, but this time I really think that's for real. Because it's not so inexpensive to be worth it - I'd rather drive 45 minutes to a course as cheap or cheaper in twice as good of a condition. I've played here about once a year the last three years and I guess the long layoff between playing here makes me forget just enough how terrible it is to give it another shot. Not again. The greens and overall condition were definitely better back in 2013/2014 range when I played here for the first time. One of the other frustrations, but tolerable when the greens were passable and a round was cheap enough, is the fact that it takes real effort to find a truly flat area on tee boxes to set up. That's not supposed to be a challenge in golf -- side hill lies because you hit it somewhere that isn't ideal? Yeah. Finding a flat spot, ideally with grass, on a tee box? No. Charles Sifford course just up the road (but just 9 holes) is so much nicer - and both are county run courses, so I'm not sure why such a disparity -- HLJ is on a landfill and don't think Sifford is, or at least as far as I know, so maybe that's a factor -- but that doesn't explain the huge decline the last 5+ years. It's too bad because the layout and features would be solid if there was grass where there should be grass and a little maintenance done around some of the water and landscape in general. Do yourself a favor and spend an extra $15-20 bucks and plays some where much much nicer.
Not worth the money
This should be a $25 round of golf at the best case we used to play here years ago and it has gone seriously down hill the greens well if you want to call them greens are absolutely terrible more dirt than grass and the grass that’s ion them is like shag carpet. Golf carts have to be 20 years old as well . Just not worth anymore than a weekend rate of $20 to $25
Greens were horrible. Not sure what happened but the place was in good shape. Unless you can get rants under $30 find somewhere else. Should be embarrassed to charge $40 for the condition of the course right now!
Still not starter or any pairing of singles, can play course quickly
Great layout, but in poor shape
I was a bit stunned by how poor of condition the course is in right now. The greens were very shaggy and in some cases almost non-existent -- just brown hardpan with spots of fuzzy grass. It was really strange.
I hope this is temporary, because this is an awesome layout.