Renaissance Park Golf Course
I read some reviews for this course after I made my tee time, and I must say- I was nervous when I showed up today. I shouldnt have been from the moment I walked into the pro shop, I was welcomed and treated like a friend. A welcome change from some of the courses I normally play around Raleigh. To be a municipal course, it was in BEAUTIFUL condition. There were three or four tee boxes that could use some love and a few stretches of cart path that need repaving, but I was very pleased with my experience. I also played my best round of golf ever. I hope Im able to play here again when Im back in Charlotte, and if youre looking for a round near downtown- play here.
Really a top notch course. Well maintained, beautiful layout. Some really creative holes on the back nine! Greens were in superb condition, although that didn't help my score. Pro shop is clean, friendly, and has a better-than-most bar/kitchen. To nitpick, if you're easily distracted by noise, planes are constantly flying in and out the whole course long. But that's a detail easily ignored with everything else this excellent course has to offer.
Course was in pretty bad shape, ruts in fairways, and incredibly muddy on and right around a lot of the greens. Hadnt rained for 4-5 days when we played. A truck with a dump trailer drove across a fairway as we were playing leaving tire tracks on it. This is without even mentioning the cart path which is by far the worst Ive seen. On the bright side the staff were very nice and the shop/bathrooms were nice.
Pricing + egotistical rangers = terrible experience. Slow pace of play all day long due to a frost delay (understandable), our tee time at 9 was delayed until 10:30~. I get it, it's weather and it happens. Halfway through the round the ranger YELLS at us (group of 25-30 year old guys, 4-12 handicaps) for being slow, meanwhile we are waiting for a group of old hacks giving each other swing lessons and practice putts on the green after each hole. He proceeds to threaten to remove us from the course if we don't hurry up, then simply drives past the geezers without muttering a word. The 3 holes in front of the boomers were wide open. But hey, it's our fault because we're young? Makes sense. $54~ is laughable for the conditions of the course. Tee boxes and fairways are miserable and the greens are a 5/10 at best. I wouldn't wish a Cart Path-Only day to my worst enemy, that's how terrible they are across the entire course. Yes, it is winter time, so some conditions are forgivable. But no, your course is worth nowhere near $50+.
Visited the course about 3 weeks ago on a trip from Boston. The course itself was in ok shape but the day we played it had been raining for the last 24hrs I think so it was soaked. Hands down the friendliest staff I've ever met at a course. They stored our clubs and duffle bags since we went straight to the course from the airport. The starter gave me a scorecard guiding me which direction the blind holes go. If I'm in the area I'll definitely go back.