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Carolina Lakes Golf Club

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Conditions
4.6
Value
3.7
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.2
Amenities
3.8
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4 out of 10 reviews
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5.0
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4.3
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3.3
Amenities
4.0
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4.3
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7024 yards
Slope 139
Rating 74.1
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7024 yards 74.1 139
Blue 72 6622 yards 72.2 136
White 72 6198 yards 70.2 131
Yellow 72 5673 yards 67.1 126
Red 72 5065 yards 69.1 116
Scorecard for Carolina Lakes
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.1/142 450 404 615 174 422 566 197 410 440 3678 432 350 160 555 426 383 209 508 439 3462 7140
Blue M: 72.0/139 404 384 599 163 410 542 180 386 418 3486 417 311 150 528 406 350 194 488 415 3259 6745
White M: 69.8/131 W: 76.0/140 370 368 563 150 389 512 154 363 392 3261 396 290 145 498 373 341 158 472 387 3060 6321
Gold M: 67.5/126 W: 72.8/131 356 322 539 136 361 482 139 326 368 3029 331 269 95 469 333 323 152 440 370 2782 5811
Silver M: 65.8/119 332 322 469 136 300 450 120 326 368 2823 331 269 95 469 305 260 152 425 335 2641 5464
Red M: 64.7/116 W: 69.6/123 332 284 469 120 300 450 120 305 343 2723 302 242 65 444 305 260 119 425 335 2497 5220
Handicap 5 7 9 17 1 3 15 13 11 6 18 14 8 2 16 10 12 4
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 5 11 9 17 3 1 13 15 7 10 6 18 4 2 16 14 8 12

Course Details

Year Built 2006
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Architect Timothy Freeland (2006)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Denim, sweat pants, warm-up pants, t-shirts, tank tops, cut-offs, bathing suits, and tube tops are not permitted

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4.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

One of the Better Charlotte Area Courses

This is definitely in the top tier of Charlotte public courses. Conditions were near perfect with greens rolling very well. The layout is interesting with lots of elevation changes, but you will likely not have any flat shots. At $59, it's a little pricey, but the GPS carts are a nice added feature to help you navigate the course. Highly recommend, especially if you can get a hot deal or twilight round in.

OVERALL: 7.8/10

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Value!

Go play here. Period. Best course I have played in Charlotte Area. Do not play here if you have a 25+ handicap. Not for you with the difficulty of the course!

Greens in great shape!
The driving range is average or below.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Charlotte Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Carolina Lakes Golf Club

This was my first visit to Carolina Lakes, and I will most definitely be back. The cold Spring and resulting winter kill have affected just about every course in the Charlotte area this year, but Carolina Lakes was in phenomenal shape. Greens were excellent, as were the fairways. An occasional tee box had some thin spots, but those were few and far between. Each of the numerous bunkers on the course were well maintained and had plenty of soft white sand in them. Every sprinkler head had yardages on them and there were markers in the fairways and on cart paths. The cart paths are also well maintained.
The layout of the course is outstanding as well. The course is inside of the Sun City retirement community, and winds it way through it. There is a mix of short and long holes, straight holes and doglegs. You will hit clubs other than driver off of several tees and that helps to provide great variety to the course. The four par 3's all demand carries over water or natural areas. There is a good bit of elevation change, particularly on the back nine. Perhaps the signature hole is #9, a dogleg right par 4 that features 7 bunkers that the tee shot must be threaded through. This is not a course that you can walk, as there are a few lengthy rides between holes.
The fleet of carts is new and full of features, including the best GPS system I've ever seen in a cart. The GPS touch screen gives you a flyover of each hole, in addition to the distances to the front, back, and that day's hole location.
I did not go into the clubhouse, but those amenities seem top class as well. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Pace of play was great. Our twosome got around in less than 3.5 hours on the Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend.
As I mentioned above, Carolina Lakes is in about the best shape of any course in the Charlotte area currently. The conditions and layout make this one a must play for anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice track, junk staff

The course is nice. The staff, not so much and they don't care. Had issues with the head pro and rangers. The assistant pro is the only one that really knows customer service. Go play Springfield. It's really nice too and the staff is friendly. Sun City has to know they have issues with this staff by now.

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

not a friendly place

not a friendly place and it was over priced. not worth the hour drive to play this course. I had much rather drive an extra 30 minutes to Edgewater

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
1.0
Previously Played

Dog Track

Worst Greens within 100 miles of Charlotte. The greens had been punched two weeks earlier, but that was not the problem. Some fungus had kill a lot of spots on the greens. The fairways had large clumps of dead mowed grass in them that stopped your ball from getting any role.

No starters to regulate tee times on a busy week-end. In fact we saw no rangers or staff till 16. Then he was rude a like many old men that ranger acted like we were bugging him by being on his course.

No problem. It will be a long time before they get any more money of mine

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Greens are like a mind field

This was one of best courses in Carolinas up until this year. Well maintained, great par 3's challenging, even a bit difficult at times. However the last two times I have played the greens had so many ball marks it was like putting through a mind field. This is supposed be high end course $69 and you expect good conditions. When I tell you these had to be the worse greens I have ever seen... Not a few ball marks hundreds - I asked the ranger and he said it was due to tournaments; I questioned him on that; it is retirement community and they must not want to bend over to repair marks. One hole I counted 400 Ball marks disgraceful will never go back until they do something about. You literally cannot putt FULL STOP!! The greens keeper should be ashamed!!

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Best Public Course in Charlotte

This is the best public course Charlotte has to offer seroius golfers. After being here two years, it is shocking to find the lack of above-average courses in area.

Bent grass greens (taking a beating due to the heat at this point) usually roll very nicely. Good mix of holes with risk-reward situations and birdie opportunities. At $59, it's far superior to lesser tracks that as $68-70. You'll hit every club off the tee.

Downsides are the less-than-friendly clubhouse staff and poor selection of items in the snack bar/beverage cart. The two-tee system they use on weekend mornings, has been disconcerting as it appears that the starter has little idea how to incorporate those groups that start on #10.

All in all, you won't find many better than you can play in the Charlotte area, so book your time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
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Commented On 2016-10-14T16:46:42.000+00:00

How about the green and ball marks?

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Poor Value

The golf course isn't anything special. It's no more than average. The fairways were in good condition for the most part but the greens were in poor condition. There were a lot of dead patches on the greens and they were very inconsistent. Pace of play: Took us 5 hours to play 18. We usually average 3.5 hours/round. This may be an isolated incident as I've only payed this course once, however it was pretty slow on this particular day.

The biggest take away was that this round cost us $75/player which I feel could have been better spent at a different course to get a better experience. Value for your money, in my opinion, was very low.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

way to hard for weekenders and seniors

this course is way to hard for the weekender or average golfer.located in a seniors only neighborhood plays like Augusta.A joke.you want to walk off this course after 8 holes!!! hit it down the middle roll into the woods or some sand trap in the middle of the landing area.that or the fairway rolls your shot down the middle into the trees.water in the middle of 2 holes back to back??? one a par 5 one a par 4.a joke.to much sand and water.fairways are to tight.just no fun!!! clubhouse people can care less.if you are there or not??? no play because it is to hard for older players.and weekenders.PLEASE REMODEL YOUR COURSE!!! make it fun!!! not a death trap!!! greens stink!! they are hugh and roll real bumpy everytime I have played it.just no fun at all.a KILLER!!! makes you want to quit.when we need more golfers not less!!!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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