It’s mid-April and that means that the Rees Jones rebuilding project at Charlotte Golf Course, Carmel Country Club-South Course should be wrapping up and coming to completion.
Carmel’s original designer, Ellis Maples created a good, solid layout that Rees Jones has renovated to provide more options for golfers. According to reports, a great number of trees have been removed, the fairways have been modified, the greens have shifted creating a large, wide course and so many other changes have been made. The old mounding that framed the Maples design is now gone as well. Some hardwoods remain; however the annoying mulch and pine straw that dotted many of the fairways has been removed completely.
The first hole and the last hole are completely new as are the 220 yard par 3 fifth hole and the sixth hole as well which features a daunting dogleg right par-4. Jones matched this intimidating hole with a short tee as well to provide some different vantage points and options. The old, uphill ninth hole has also been re-invented with a new, dramatic look featuring new bunkering. Several other holes were modified as part of the renovation project including the last hole which ends alongside the 18th hole on the North Course at Carmel Country Club Charlotte.
Following in the tradition of some Atlanta area golf courses, the South Course at Charlotte’s Carmel Country Club grasses are as follows: Greens – A1 Bentgrass, Fairways – Zoysia and the Rough is mostly Bermuda. Following this incredible six month journey, we are sure that the South Course will receive rave reviews from members once it re-opens this month sometime.
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