Charlotte is a good scene for the bargain golfer

By Brandon TuckerMay 2, 2011, 6:33 pm

The Wells Fargo Championship at QuailHollow Club has become a favorite PGA Tour stop for the world's best.

Charlotte, on the other hand, doesn't boast that same kind of cache for thegolf traveler compared to regions like the Carolina Sandhills 90 miles to theeast. Around the city, there are some premier private golf courses like QuailHollow and TPCPiper Glen.

The good news for public golfers, however, is that bargain hunters can play onthe cheap. It's all too easy to book a tee time on an area course like CarolinaCrossing, RenaissancePark, DeerBrook Golf Club or EdgewaterGolf Club for less than $50 at GolfNow.com, even on the weekends.

A step above these plays, the top, pro-worthy venue you can play in the area isRockBarn Golf & Spa's Robert Trent Jones Jr. Course. Opened in 2004, it'snow host to the greater Hickory Classic on the Champions Tour, which will bestaged in June. Also at Rock Barn is the original, TomJackson Course, making this the best place to play 36.

Another top area play for low-handicappers is HighlandCreek Golf Club, which features bentgrass greens, 7,000-plus yards, andwater on 13 holes.

You may not be able to get on a private Charlotte-area club, but semi-private OldeSycamore Golf Plantation, another Jackson design opened in 1997, has aprivate-worthy setting amongst old hardwood trees, and is a good bet for someof the area's better public-access conditions and facilities.

Also, one new way to see some of the area's top private courses is through the McConnellGolf Trail. It's a cooperative of seven private courses in the Carolinasthat offer limited public play, including the Tom Fazio-designed OldNorth State Club just east of Charlotte.

Historic golf may be to the east in Pinehurst, and the best courses may requirea membership, but the middle ground is well served in Charlotte.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.