As I remember Cedarwood Country Club from my experiences a few years back, I would have characterized it as an alright local club type layout, but with painstakingly soft greens. I love bent grass greens, but as any astute Southern golfer knows, bent grass greens in the Carolinas (save for the mountain courses) can be a bit of a handcuff to clubs, requiring endless water and shaggy surfaces to avoid burnt out surfaces in the brutal summer heat. Copious amounts of ball marks and bumpy turf ensue, no doubt.
But as I strolled the fairways of Charlotte, NC based Cedarwood CC yesterday, I was reminded how a little love can really turn a place around. A 2016 renovation saw the ill-placed bent grass greens replaced with heat-loving TIF Eagle Bermudas, while all bunker complexes were redone, and a plethora of trees were removed.
The result? Incredibly good. The greens are receptive, yet firm, and roll true as ever. As expected, it’s a huge improvement. Even now as we're experiencing high-80s temperatures, running 11.5 on the stimp is no issue. What really surprised me though is how the removal of a lot of trees really enhanced the property and overall golf experience. Sweeping views of the course are now present in many new locations, and a newfound visual focus on many bunkers can be seen. None of the hole designs were changed, but I’m shocked at how much better the course played and how much more I appreciate the layout.
Cedarwood is a great walk too, with tee boxes thoughtfully positioned adjacent to the prior green. That's not new, but certainly not lost on me either. Add in the fact they produce the often forgotten detailed pin sheet each day, and it's a course I could certainly get used to playing.
Cedarwood is a private track, but if you have the chance I definitely recommend playing this Ellis Maples designed golf course. // 📷: @thedapperdrive // 447-yard par 4 2nd hole, view of the approach from the right collar of the fairway