Deer Brook Golf Club in Shelby, NC
201 Deer Brook Dr Shelby, NC 28150 (48 miles, 50 minutes from Charlotte) Date: Sunday, May 10th, 2020 Time: 1:18pm Price: $36
Deer Brook Golf Club is a hidden gem that is under an hour from Charlotte. The course has a great layout, beautifully maintained, and a great value. We think this course is a must play! The fairways were spectacular with country club conditions. Tee to green, the conditions were in excellent shape. The fairways were wide open on most of the holes, so feel free to let the driver rip. Some par 4’s are not relatively long so you don’t need driver off every tee, but it shouldn’t get you in too much trouble. However, the course did play rather challenging. The difficulty came on the greens that were aerated a couple weeks ago. The greens were still in great shape and should be back to perfect in a week or so. Despite the aeration, they were still very quick, especially when you were putting downhill. There was also a lot of break on the greens with slopes and undulations. You want to miss below the hole or the correct side of the hole, which we will know better for next time. No one in our group putted that well as it took some getting used to the greens. This course was in great shape, and only going to get better. The pace of play was exceptional, especially for a Sunday afternoon. We finished our round in about 3 hours 30 minutes. Paying $36 on a Sunday afternoon for the conditions and play, the drive is a no brainer. I know we will be back again soon. They don’t have tee times online or through GolfNow, so call the course and get out there soon. We’d love to hear what you all think of it, but we would highly recommend putting this one in your rotation.
#14 Par 3, 173yds, Handicap 16 – This is a beautiful par 3 over water to a small green with some bunkers short. Depending on the wind, it can play fairly long. If you miss short right, you should have a straightforward chip to try and save par. The green slopes back to front, so try and stay below the hole, or you will have a tough 2 putt ahead of you.
#17 Par 5, 511yds, Handicap 12 – This par 5 isn’t too long, but has water up the entire right side which will come into play on the approach shot. The tee shot is open, so try and get into the fairway. Depending on your tee shot, you might have a chance to go for it in 2. However, it will be a long shot over water, with little room to miss. Any shot short or left will be in the hazard, with another approach shot over water if you need to drop. It would be smart to play this as a 3 shot hole. Layup down the fairway to your favorite distance, and you will have your best chance with a GIR, and maybe even a birdie. Par would be a good score here, and you definitely can find some trouble with all the water on this hole.
#18 Par 4, 395yds, Handicap 2 – This is a very difficult closing hole. Water can come into play on the left hand side off the tee, so make a smart club choice. Take your tee shot up the right side, and it should funnel left into the middle of the fairway. The second shot is not much easier, with carry over water. If you miss the green, it will funnel toward the water. The green is severly sloped back to front, so try to put it below the hole. A lot of room for error on this hole, so try and make par on this tough finishing hole.