by Patrick VanEvery
WOM Review – Carolina Springs

I have not played Carolina Springs in a few years or at least since they re-did their greens over the past year or so. Carolina Springs used to have 36 holes but closed 18 in order to build a custom built neighborhood around the other 18 holes. This project was stopped with many others due to tough economic times for real estate.
We signed up for a tee time using a third party and paid $63 for 2 golfers on a Sunday at 11:40am and the system paired us with another 2 golfers using the service as well. With the holiday weekend, it was not busy so we just ended up playing as a twosome and played the round just over 3 hours. They have a practice facility where you purchase balls and a nice grill for food at the turn and or a beer after your round. I would sum up Carolina Springs as a no major frills golf course but one that is very wide open and fair for all levels of play with several challenging holes. It is your typical public course but do not think that they get the volume of play like Bonnie Brae and or Willow Creek. Some of that may be that it has a membership component or the fact that it still feels a little out there in the country for many in the Upstate and or for me, I just forget that it is even there and an option. It is not a course that I would play a lot or consider my go to course but I would have no problem teeing it up here from time to time. The new greens are very nice and when they mature and speed up they should be ever better. They hold and roll very true but were only rolling at about a 9.
If you play Carolina Springs or have played it, let me know what you think.
Comments from their website:
Since 1968, Carolina Springs Golf Club has been home to one of the most popular public golf courses in the Upstate of South Carolina. Located just minutes from downtown Greenville and the Golden Strip area. Carolina Springs is a favorite destination for many golfers looking for a great golf experience. Our 18-hole championship golf course, designed by golf architect Russell Breeden, is challenging for all levels of players, but also is fun and playable for everyone. Our staff is ready to make sure that your experience is the best anywhere, from the condition of our course, our practice areas, and our PGA professionals on staff, to our full-service bar & grill and banquet facilities.
Weekday rates: $35 / Weekend: $45
Black: yards 6803, rating 72.7, slope 131
Blue: yards 6404, rating 70.8, slope 125
White: yards 5976, rating 68.7, slope 122
Red: yards 5191, rating 70.4, slope 125