Myers Park Country Club – Played 2015
- Rankings: None of the four lists
- Location: 2415 Roswell Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Year: 1921
- Architect: Donald Ross
- Course Access: Private
- Walking Rules: Carts Available
Score Card Information:
- Black: 7,120 yards, Par 71, 74.3 Rating/138 Slope
- Black/Gold: 6,809 yards, Par 71, 73.6 Rating/136 Slope
- Gold: 6,605 yards, Par 71, 71.7 Rating/132 Slope
- Gold/Blue: 6,406 yards, Par 71, 70.6 Rating/129 Slope
- Blue: 6,256 yards, Par 71, 70.0 Rating/125 Slope
- Blue/White: 6,006 yards, Par 71, 69.0 Rating/124 Slope
- White: 5,778 yards, Par 71, 68.0 Rating/121 Slope
- White/Red: 5,458 yards, Par 71, 66.4 Rating/119 Slope
- Red: 5,263 yards, Par 71
I lived in Charlotte for nine months out of graduate school and I enjoyed my time there. I can’t say I played a ton of golf when I was there since I was dating my future wife long distance. Don’t get me wrong we played golf a lot, but sometimes it was back in South Carolina on my weekends visiting her.
One course I had always wanted to play while living there and still did was Myers Park Country Club. I knew one of the partners in my firm was a member, but he and I never could match up schedules when I was working in the area. When I moved within the firm back to South Carolina I didn’t know when I would have a chance to get back to play the course. Well as luck would have it, someone me and my father-in-law know became an assistant professional at the course. A couple calls by father-in-law and we were all set up to play.
Myers Park is an exclusive neighborhood in Charlotte. It is filled with tree-lined streets and beautiful houses. The course it is home to was established in 1921 with 350 members. It has all the amenities you could ask for including 18 holes of golf, 13 tennis courts, swimming facilities, fitness equipment, and formal and casual dining in the beautiful clubhouse.
The layout is Donald Ross designed and was renovated in 2008 by Kris Spence. The renovation included new green complexes, re-shaped bunkers, and realigned and graded tee boxes. They also worked to recover contours and forms from the Ross original.
This was going to be an especially fun day. I was playing with my wife’s father and brother, Chris. Two guys who I always enjoy a round with. While we were playing my wife, her mother, and her aunt were doing a spa day. To top it all off we would be seeing the Boston Celtics take on the Charlotte Hornets that night. Luckily, Chris had gotten us great seats and we were about 10 feet from the court. We were basically courtside! If you’ve never seen an NBA game from up close I definitely recommend it. Oh and the Celtics won!
Let’s get the tour started!
The old school scorecard can be seen below.
I have said it before, but I love these clocks. If a course has one I am definitely trying to get a picture.
Here is the clubhouse I mentioned earlier. This is only part of it.
Below is the back side of the building in the previous picture. Off to the left you can see an additional building. This houses the dining and some other things I’m sure. Also pictured, Chris and my father-in-law Les.
Here is another angle of the building with the dining facilities. We got to check out the men’s grill and I knocked back a Transfusion in the unseasonably warm December weather. This is looking back from the tenth tee.
You are greeted with a little bit of history on your first hole. I will let you read it, but it was pretty cool to know this course played a part in one of the greatest streaks in sports history. Iron Byron was something else.
We started on the back nine, but I will show you the course in order. So don’t be confused when it seems lighter on the back side.
The first tee shot is not overly taxing. You can run out of room if you spray your driver, but a 200 yard shot will leave with no more than wedge. The fairway descends steeply about 170 yards out.
This tee shot plays directly uphill to a blind landing area. A drive down the middle will serve you well here. No need to overthink it.
This hole features another blind landing area. You need a draw here to put you in the best position. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of the approach shot.
This is an interesting short hole. It bends sharply to the right. You can only hit driver if you can work a big fade.
This seemed like an old school hole to me. It’s not overly long, but it features a bunker on the right well below the level of the green that is tough to maneuver. The hole plays slightly uphill.
There is a theme developing here with blind landing areas for tee shots. A fade here will put you in the best position since a draw may run through the fairway.
I liked the look of this hole even though my miss usually ends up in the drink. The green is big enough to give you the option of playing to the safe side. If you are feeling dangerous you can take on the flag. I appreciate a hole where you have choices.
This hole is definitely reachable in two with a solid drive. With the shape of the hole the best play is a draw. The bunkers in the distance are in play.
The second shot you see below looks pretty easy. What you don’t see is the pond in front of the green that makes it a more difficult shot. The green is pretty large with the idea that many players would have a go with longer clubs.
A shorter hole finishes off the front side. There is a dogleg to the left. If you hit driver the best line is over the bunkers on the left. A shorter club off the tee allows you to play anywhere in the fairway. You must be careful as the fairway runs out straight and to the right.
The approach plays up the hill to a green that sits tight to the clubhouse. There is plenty of room left of the bunker you see. That is the worst place to miss. There is also not much room behind the green.
This tee shot is pretty tight. There is the ravine to the left and the trees to the right. There is a little room up the left side the farther you go, but not enough to give you too much comfort.
This is a great looking hole in my opinion. The creek is only in play on really bad shots. The real trouble is right of the green.
This hole is on the shorter side. The landing area is shielded from the tee by the hill. You will want to keep your drive up the left side.
The tee shot on this hole is slightly downhill. That will help since it a little bit long. You will want to avoid the tree trouble up the left side.
This hole is pretty flat and the tee shot is right out in front of you. It is open so you can play any shot shape you prefer.
This is just a brawny hole. You will need to muscle up and hit a longer club to make this green. The bunkers on the left are quite deep. The green is open in the front to facilitate run-up shots.
This hole plays off of an elevated tee which helps to lengthen tee shots. The fairway bunkers up the left side are in play and need to be accounted for. The best play off this tee is a draw.
This is one of the cooler holes on the course in my opinion. The tee shot plays to a blind landing area. The fairway bends to the right so you can play up that side from the tee.
The course does not let you off the hook on the last hole. This is a tough finisher and will require solid shots. We have another blind landing area off of this tee. The fairway slopes hard to the left. The best line is up the right side to take advantage of the slope.
Myers Park is an old school gem. I loved this place. I like all kinds of golf courses, but to me the best ones have some variety and their own identity. This club has all of that. I felt like I was playing a unified course from start to finish and the round had great flow. I think when I learn more about architecture I will appreciate this place even more. I am grateful I was able to play it!