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Highland Creek Golf Club

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2.6
59
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
16
Conditions
2.5
Value
3.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.6
Amenities
3.6
54.0%
Recommend this course
25 out of 59 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
1
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
1 out of 1 reviews
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Average Rating
2.7
3
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.7
Value
3.7
Layout
4.7
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
66.7%
Recommend this course
2 out of 3 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7043 yards
Slope 137
Rating 74.0
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Gold 72 7043 yards 74.0 137
Blue 72 6520 yards 71.5 136
White 72 6001 yards 68.6 130
White (W) 72 6001 yards 74.9 140
Red 72 5080 yards 64.9 123
Red (W) 72 5080 yards 69.8 134
Scorecard for Highland Creek Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 74.0/137 405 535 196 419 396 233 562 393 402 3541 405 212 560 398 400 425 395 199 487 3481 7022
Blue M: 71.5/136 368 510 165 392 370 211 531 375 372 3294 373 188 542 360 369 409 374 151 460 3226 6520
White M: 68.6/130 333 483 127 364 340 178 510 370 320 3025 334 167 527 332 333 364 327 140 452 2976 6001
Red M: 64.9/123 W: 69.8/134 267 421 92 338 311 136 470 287 275 2597 255 116 446 288 292 303 272 111 400 2483 5080
Handicap 7 11 15 3 13 17 9 5 1 16 14 2 6 10 4 8 18 12
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 8 2 18 10 14 16 4 12 6 3 17 1 9 13 11 7 15 5

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Clifton, Ezell & Clifton (1993)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

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2.6
59
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4.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Loving the Greens

Since renovation has been completed, the tee boxes and greens are very nice. Hole 16 is the only green struggling due to lack of sun. Before the fall of 2018, the fairways were extremely inviting. Now that the tee boxes are greens are ready, this course is going to be phenomenal! The staff is awesome as well. Joe and Jim are very helpful, and professional. I'm considering a membership I like playing here! I'll continue my play, but can't wait until spring. Highland Creek is going to be very busy in 2019.

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

The course is greatly improved

The course at Highland Creek is greatly improved over the last 3 months. The new green superintendent is making great improvements in the greens and most are now in good condition. They are still working to improve greens 4, 10, and 13 and thus Average course conditions rating. You will be pleased to play the course now and if improvements continue through the summer this course will return to what it use to be come fall.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Stay away

Course had a great layout, but thats where it stops. The tee boxes were dirt in most cases and where there was grass, it was overgrown. The fairways looked like they haven't been mowed in several weeks and were a mix of several types of grass and weeds. The rough was full of clover and you can lose a ball in the middle of the faiway or just a yard into the rough. The greens were less then average and very slow.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The Place is dying

The course will soon be 25 years old and it has been in horrible condition more years than good condition. Hopefully 2018 will be a turning point for the course.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Previously Played

Improving but a ways to go

Tee to green very good but greens still lacking. Crab grass has been killed and bent grass trying to fill in but not there yet. The test will be how well the superintendent handles them come spring. Played on a special rate, so it was a good deal for the special price. Anyone paying regular rate will feel ripped off and appropropriately so. Hopefully things will be better next year. would have loved to be able to rate it a little higher as it is a great layout.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Highland Creek 8-26-17

This course has a really nice layout. When the greens are rolling fast and the course is in good shape, Highland Creek is one of the premier courses in Charlotte. Unfortunately it is not in good condition. The greens have a lot of invasive grass. They are burnt out and bumpy. The rough is 6-10 inches deep in some spots, and my group spent a lot of time looking for balls just off the fairway. The fairway is in good condition, the tee boxes are in fair condition. Surprisingly a lot of brown on the tee boxes. Bunkers need help. It's worth maybe $20 a round here just to practice your ball striking, but the greens are too beat for putting to be meaningful.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Needs more routine maintenance and fix the greens

The greens were missing turf and extremely slow and bumpy. Mowing seems to happen infrequently as the fairways and rough are very long. The traps on the back were not maintained and most needed sand.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in rough shape

The greens consist of sand and crab grass. Maybe 2 on the stimp meter. Fairways aren't mowed evenly. Bunkers have little sand. Plenty of potential, but the course is going downhill to closure.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible consition

Have played this coure in the past and it was descent and kept up. Now the course is in horrible condition, greens almost gone, bunkers not raked and have grass growing in them but not growling on greens unless you count the crabgrass.. really disappointing to see the course in this condition and for $50 a round, it's really hard to swollow..

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Needs work

The bent grass greens are stressed.
The new management is aware of past mantainance problems and is working to correct them.
Some of the terrain is difficult for older golfers.

Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Used cart

From first to worst

Highland Creek used to be a premier course in this area. I hadn't played this course in 8 or 9 months and I was absolutely shocked at the poor conditions of the course. The clubhouse blamed a recent rash of broken mowers, but broken mowers can't explain the terrible conditions of the greens, the bunkers, and the fairways. Weeds everywhere: on the greens, in the fairways, and even in the bunkers.

My playing partners and I all agree....never again. Save your money! Stay away from the Carolina Trail and certainly stay away from Highland Creek until they get a management team and superintendent that can push this course back to it's full potential as a jewel in the North Charlotte area.

It wouldn't be fair to omit comments about positive aspects of playing Highland Creek so here you go: the chicken salad sandwiches are pretty good!

Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Worst course I've ever played for the money

I'm not usually one to leave a bad review but felt I needed to after playing here. The fairways and greens were in terrible shape and there were large weeds on some of the greens. Fringe and Tee boxes had high grass and the sand traps had more weeds than sand. The areas that had been cut they left the long clippings which looked like a hay field. Bathrooms on the course were out of order and of the 2 coolers that were on the course only 1 had water. I couldn't believe how bad of shape this course was. Don't waste your money here, there are several courses in the area that are in much better shape for the same cost. My friends and I don't plan on ever playing there again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

stay in the fairway, you will do fine

The lay out of this course is very challenging due to the water hazards but the toughest part is the tall grass that is everywhere and quite a few weeds as well. Another golfer shared that this course was beautiful in its hay day but has fallen on hard times of late. Friendly staff and the layout of the course is interesting and challenging. Would not play here without the discount price.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great!

We played this course on vacation! It was great! The staff was really friendly! I highly recommend! It is definitely a challenging course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Terrible Condition

Hoping for a nice course...sadly it was not. Greens were fringe length and very spotty. Tees were not cut and not well kept at all. The rough.....wow.....if you are not in the fariway, forget finding your ball. Have not been cut in what has to be weeks. Sand traps the same way, horrible with not sand to be found. Will not return anytime soon. Much better courses out there for a better price.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course is in Bad Shape

$30 isn't a bad price, but the course is in terrible shape. The rough and other areas have not been mowed in a long time. There are plants growing in the grass! The greens are also a mess. They were aerated 2 weeks ago according to the pro shop, but I don't know how they are going to recover in the near future. They really need to put some work in get the course back up to par.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens are rougg

Paid $30 on a Sunday to put on fringe length greens. Lots of brunt spots on ever hreeen through 18. Bunkers not take care of. I will not return until the winter.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
First Time Playing

Mow your course

Course layout was ok, long distances between some holes which should help the pace. Took almost 6 hours to play 18 holes with lots and lots of waiting. Greens were extremely slow sure to poor maintenance. Fairways were a bit shaggy as well, rough were like going into a wheat field. I would like to play this course again i would just have to know the mowing schedule first.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Stay Away

Absolutley brutal track. Not mowed, greens as long as some fairways, weeds all over.

Staff didn't even bother telling us in the clubhouse that the mower had been broke and that the fairways hadn't been cut. Save your money and play elsewhere. Not one to leave bad reviews but extremely diasapointing. Pace of play was just under 6 hours for 18.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
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