Larkin Golf Club in Statesville, NC

175 Club House Dr
Statesville, NC 28677
(42 miles, 40 minutes from Charlotte)

Date: Sunday, May 31st, 2020
Time: 9:33am
Price: $49

Larkin Golf Club Tee Box Info

Course Overview

Not to be confused with Larkhaven, the dog track that closed a few years back, Larkin is a hidden gem that will continue to grow in popularity and attract golfers from the Charlotte area.  We have not played here previously but it’s very accessible as it’s right off I-77.

When we got there, the practice facility didn’t seem to be all that special, with a putting green and a “driving range” that you can only use a wedge in.  We also got lost going to the first tee box, and didn’t realize we teed off starting at hole 10 until we got to the 11th tee box, so we played 19 holes.  It isn’t properly signed and could be confusing if you’ve never been there, so keep that in mind.

The course itself was awesome and a lot of fun.  The layout will provide you with everything you look for in a golf course – quick bent grass greens, Bermuda fairways, elevation changes, water hazards, creeks throughout the fairway, blind shots and doglegs.  All these elements make the course very challenging.  You’ll need to be accurate off the tee and know your distances otherwise you’ll find yourself in a lot of trouble.

**We use the Bushnell Phantom GPS (currently on sale and a good price if you are in the market for a handheld GPS) and it wouldn’t pick up Larkin Golf Club.  It turns out that this course used to be Fox Den Country Club.

Larkin Golf Club was designed by Clyde Johnson and it’s split out with three different feels that play like three different courses. The first six holes offer a parkland feel set on mildly undulating land, the next six holes will remind you of a mountain course, and the last six holes will make you feel like you’re on a beach course.

The golf course is surrounded by houses, all which are pretty new, and they are building a bunch more on the back 9.  This course will continue to attract golfers and new homeowners, which is why we think this course will continue to move up the rankings and keep the conditions in great shape.

If you haven’t been out there before, you’ll want to check it out.  For the level of play, it comes at a great price.  A morning round on the weekends for less than $50 is definitely worth it in our opinion.

Signature Holes:

#6 Par 5, 512yds, Handicap: 3 – The toughest par 5 on the front 9, with a creek running through the fairway makes this a good risk/reward shot.  This green is one of the more difficult ones with subtle ridges throughout.

#10 Par 4, 385yds, Handicap: 4 – This is a tough par 4 to start the back 9 that requires great distance control off the tee with a narrow fairway, with water separating the fairway and the green.  You’ll want to play a long iron or fairway wood to avoid trouble and set yourself up for a decent approach going in.  The green is fairly small, sloping from back to front.

#10 Par 4, 385yds, Handicap: 4 – This is a tough par 4 to start the back 9 that requires great distance control off the tee with a narrow fairway, with water separating the fairway and the green.  You’ll want to play a long iron or fairway wood to avoid trouble and set yourself up for a decent approach going in.  The green is fairly small, sloping from back to front.

You can find a complete hole by hole description with video on their website here:  https://www.larkingolfclub.com/about-us/hole-description/