Tega Cay Golf and Community Center is nestled just south of Charlotte, over the South Carolina line. About 10 minutes from the I485/77 interchange, Tega Cay is easily accessible from anywhere in Charlotte. The clubhouse is massive with ample space for events and weddings. The course boasts 3 unique nines named The Cove, Carolina Pines, and Grande View. The main loop is Carolina Pines/Grande View, which is what we’ll be reviewing today in this post.
There are lots of elevation changes and nuances that make this course a ton of fun for beginners and experienced golfers alike. The tree-lined fairways and water features demand a high degree of accuracy, with shot placement far outweighing distance on this loop. The course is always maintained well and the greens are some of the faster and better-looking ones in the area.
For a hole by hole tour with HD photos, visit this post.
Check-in Experience and Pro Shop Staff
The clubhouse and pro shop are easy to find. As you pull in the parking lot, you’re facing the clubhouse. There’s no need to drop your bags, as you’re allowed to take a cart into the parking lot to load up. Inside the main doors of the clubhouse are restrooms directly to the right, the pro shop, and the restaurant/event spaces. The pro shop staff are friendly, accommodating, and always provide pertinent info for the course that day. The pro shop is well-equipped for basic golf needs and has a good selection of course-branded apparel. After you check-in, grab a cart, load up, and head towards the snack bar to find the driving range and practice green
Tega Cay has a driving range and putting green. There is no short game/chipping green. The driving range is set up on top of a big hill, to which you hit balls to the bottom. We’ve noticed if the tee line is set up behind a certain point, you can’t see some of the distance flags at the bottom of the hill. That’s a little annoying if you’re working on short approach accuracy. We’ve never shot the flags with a range finder, but I wonder how accurate the distances are, given such a big elevation drop from the tees to the flags. The putting green is an accurate representation of the actual greens on the course.
Distance, condition, and setup of the course
This course measures 6107 from the white tees, making it a great length for beginners. Don’t let the shorter distance lull an advanced golfer to sleep. This course demands accuracy and targeted shot placement to score well. The fairways are lush (even during the severe drought we faced in the Summer of 2019) and the rough is thick. The greens are fast, roll true, and are very well-maintained. There are a lot of elevation changes here that set up blind shots. What makes this course so challenging is what lies beyond the rough.
Trees line most holes on the course and they’re close. You must frequently consider your shot placement, even in the fairway, to prevent a tree from blocking your next shot. There are many risk/reward instances to go through trees/natural areas to shorten a hole. Beyond the trees are numerous instances of steep drop-offs or steep inclines, making it very tough to recover lost/errant balls. The good news is most fairways are generous in their landing areas and are pretty wide.
We have yet to walk this course but plan on doing so when the weather is cooler. From what we’ve heard and seen, it isn’t the best course to walk but also won’t kill you. We’ll update once we’ve walked it.
Hazards and Ball-eating Capability
This loop doesn’t have a ton of sand. In fact, you don’t encounter a bunker at all on the front nine. Bunkers are strategically placed throughout the back 9 on every hole. There are some bunkers that you’ll want to take special note of (we discuss them in the hole-by-hole tour). There is no water that comes into play more on the front 9 and 4 holes with water to carry on the back 9. This course has the ability to eat a lot of balls, especially if you choose to attempt those risk/reward scenarios previously mentioned.
The course is well-appointed with water coolers, trash cans, and restroom facilities. There are restroom buildings on the front and back nine. They are buildings with plumbing (not porta-jons). The snack bar is separate from the clubhouse and positioned nicely at the turn. You have to drive right past it to get to 10. They have a great selection of beer, wine, and liquor; and also have typical food offerings, all for fair prices. There is always a cart girl working on the weekends that loops frequently.
Pace of play
We average about 4 hours and 20 minutes here. We did play a 5 hour and 30 minute round here once, as there was a 2-club tournament going on that day and you can only move so fast if the people in front of you are hitting 7 irons and putters on every hole. This course gets a good amount of play, especially in the mornings. You can almost bet on being paired up if you’re a single or twosome in the morning. Play generally move along pretty quickly, until the last 4 holes. The last 4 holes are a long par 3, then 5, 5, 4, so it chokes up a little bit.
To take a hole by hole tour of Tega Cay Golf and Community Center (complete with HD photos!) check out this post!