Golfczar, on Apr 5 2008, 10:13 AM, said:
I've been reading some of the comments about Queens University and thought I'd correct some of the mis-information out there. The golf teams and PGM both use some of the best courses in Charlotte. The home course is indeed Myers Park Country Club -- nough said about that! The PGM Program uses Ballantyne Resort -- not country club. The resort is voted as one of the top 40 in the world by PGA Mag. Also, PGM uses Raintree COuntry Club and Firethorne Country Club. Raintree has some of the best greens around and has 36 holes. Firethorn is where they play the Monday qualifer for the Wachovia Championship. They are talking with three other private clubs for access -- so the comment that Queens does not use godd courses is WRONG!
Also, the University is in the NICEST-RICHEST part of town -- The safest according the crime stats -- if you get into those sort of things. The entire campus is surrounded by 100 year old oak trees and multi-million dollar homes. By the way, Queens is ranked in the top 30 universities in the Region and has one of the most recognized faculties in NC.
Myers Park is the MOST OVER-RATED course in Charlotte...it is a very nice course, but the 60K for initiation is unreal. Raintree is crap, in my opinion. I have a coworker who is a member there and have spoken to may people who agree that the course is forgetable. The South course is a bunch of bland holes that you can not remember after the round...and both courses are LINED WITH HOUSES and WHITE STAKES. If you do not mind courses that are competely surronded by houses at all angles then you would not mind this course. Also, the green out at Myers Park are some of the best around...but Raintree greens are constantly burnt out from getting 4-somes all day long and people not fixing ball marks...very similar to how Pine Island is right now as well. Firethorn is always in much better condition than Raintree...another rant on Raintree...for the amount that people pay out there how about putting some sand in the bunkers. The sand is so shallow that you club bottoms-out on the hard clay beneath the 1-1.5" of sand causing thin bunker shots. Even the members I have met out there complain....and it is easily the crappiest range of all private courses I have ever seen, rocks and pebbles! Sorry to be a hater, but I have played out there a few times recently (I will never turn down a free round, but I have actually turned down free golf at the South Course out there), and so much out there makes me wonder why anyone would want to join there since Cedarfield is in the same price range across the street.
The college is in a very nice part of town...but what I think people were saying on here was that Charlotte is not exactly the safest city in the SE. You do not have to go very far to get into bad areas...but the same can be said for Duke and Seton Hall...along with tons of other universities.