River Oaks Golf Club in Statesville, NC
233 Broken Arrow Dr
Statesville, NC 28677
(39 miles, 55 minutes from Charlotte)
Date: Saturday, June 13th, 2020
It’s crazy how many courses within an hour from Charlotte that we have barely heard about that are just so pure. This is exactly why Charlotte Golfers was started, so please continue to give us your recommendations!
River Oaks is another HIDDEN GEM and we would strongly recommend everybody checking them out if you haven’t already done so. A weekend morning tee time for only $41?! This is a fantastic value for the level of play. We would drive an hour to play a course of this caliber any chance we can. As you drive further from Charlotte, courses are going to be cheaper, but the conditions will be on par, or even better being that they aren’t seeing the same traffic as the local Charlotte courses. Plus, the further you go out, you’ll easily make that time back with the pace of play. We didn’t wait on a single hole, which is unheard of for a Saturday morning.
When we called to make the tee time, we asked the pro shop how the conditions were and he replied, “You won’t find anywhere better than us.” Bold statement from the guy but we couldn’t have asked for a better response! Love the confidence.
As you approach the course, you’ll definitely start to get excited for the round. The practice green is right below the clubhouse, and then the range that is severely elevated, which is very scenic overlooking some of the course.
The course has a lot of holes that will require a smart selection off the tee. There’s a few par 4s that long hitters can give it a shot at green, especially #1 that plays just around 300yds and slightly downhill. It’s fairly open so take a whack at it, especially if you’re playing a breakfast ball.
Water comes into play on a few holes, but you’ll notice more elevation changes, blind shots and doglegs that make it challenging. The course seems like you should be able to score, but there was a lot of trouble that we found ourselves in. It was hard to navigate the course and know where to aim on some holes being that we’ve never played it before, so we’re really looking forward to heading back that way and give it another go.
The more we play golf in Statesville, we’re noticing they have some really great golf courses. Between River Oaks, Larkin, and Statesville Country Club – we’ve been very impressed!
Check out their website for a hole-by-hole tour with commentary on how they recommend to play each hole:
#3 Par 4, 393yds, Handicap: 16 – This is a tricky hole with room on the right to miss. If you go too long or left, you’ll most likely be dead. You’ll want to consider playing less than driver off the tee with an approach to a slightly elevated green so club up! Par is a good score here.
#8 Par 4, 405yds, Handicap: 2 – This is one of the most difficult tee shots you’ll have. The fairway is guarded by a creek on the right and you’ll have to draw it down the fairway. It plays pretty narrow as the tee box favors the right side. Your approach shot will be over the creek that runs through the fairway.
#9 Par 4, 355yds, Handicap: 6 – A tough hole before making the turn with a blind tee shot. We thought it was going right (18th green is down on the right), but the green is up on the left side with an elevated green. Make sure to club up as you do not want to end up short which is all hazard.
#15 Par 4, 412yds, Handicap: 1 – With a wide fairway, you should be able to find the fairway, but the second shot is over a wide creek that’s protected by bunkers. Play it to the center of the green with enough club and be happy walking away with a par.
#16 Par 4, 332yds, Handicap: 18 – A downhill par 4 that long hitters could consider going for green. A long iron or wood is the smarter play as it doglegs right with trouble on the left side. If you play it smart, it makes for an easy hole.
#18 Par 5, 534yds, Handicap: 9 – A par 5 to close out the round and one last chance for birdie. If you cut the corner or draw it around, you should be able to go for the green in two but its guarded by a creek that runs through the fairway. A fun, but challenging finishing hole!