A view of the 3rd hole at Carolina Trace Country Club - Creek Course
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4.5
127 Reviews (127)
5 Stars
62
4 Stars
51
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.0
93.3%
Recommend this course
117 out of 127 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.4
16 Reviews (16)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.3
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.8
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.8
87.5%
Recommend this course
14 out of 16 reviews
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4.6
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.9
95.3%
Recommend this course
41 out of 43 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Private
Par 72
Length 6845 yards
Slope 132
Rating 73.7
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Carolina Trace Country Club - Creek
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Course Details

Year Built 1979
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Mini Verde Bermunda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fee
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Appropriate golf attire.

Reviews

4.5
127 Reviews (127)

What Golfers Are Saying

Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 8
Bunkers 6
Water Hazards 6
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 8

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Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Sorry To Leave

Played the Creek Course at Carolina Trace on a hot deal from Golf Now. After deducting the service fee and using a Golf Now credit I played a premium course for cheap. It had rained so it was cart path only. Of course, I hit the opposite way and walked a LOT! The person in the shop was very helpful, The course was damp from the rain. However, the tees and fairways were very playable and the greens were lightning fast. I have Carolina Trace high on my list and I'm always looking for an opportunity to play there. The Lake and Creek courses are both wonderful layouts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Not a clue

The only problem with this course is the lack of hole layouts. We had no idea if hole was dogleg, where the hazards are, how far to the hole and where the next hole was.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Layout of course is very confusing

There are two courses …creek and lake
It is poorly marked to the holes as you navigate thru the neighborhood
You will find a sign indicating next tee, however upon arriving you find yourself on the wrong hole or wrong course
I wish they would either provide a map or signage to direct the golfers properly
At the end of our round I brought up the pro shop that we somehow missed hole 16 and then ended our round on the wrong course
The gentleman at the pro shop said “it happens all the time” and that he is always filtering calls from confused golfers

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Carolina Trace Creek

Challenging course. Staff is great and carts are newer and ride great. This course does not turn at the clubhouse so bring what you need for a full round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Overrated

This course is not truly a 4.5 star course. This course should be rated 3.5 stars. The Star system is often deceptive on GolfNow, but especially so in this case, when Southern Pines is ranked just under 4 but is actually a 5+ and Carolina Trace, as a bland, decently conditioned but basic course, should be 3.5 stars. There is no wonderful architecture here and the aesthetic is average. But you can play golf on grassy fairways and impressively well manicured greens. Just don’t expect excitement.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging but fun

Course was in excellent shape for this time of year. Greens were fast and took a few holes to adjust. Challenging features were tight, tree lined fairways that required accuracy. Fun features were the elevated tees and great looking fairway layouts.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Always try and play one of the Carolina Trace courses a couple times per year and played the Creek Course this time. The course was in great shape and it is designed to challenge every level of golfer while also being play-able for the beginner. Nice pro shop with friendly and helpful staff. Either of the Carolina Trace courses are highly recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Courses

We played the Creek course and it was beautiful and challenging. Fairways and greens are fantastic. We don’t mind the drive because of the super club and quality play. We’ve not run into slow play due to backups like those closer to Raleigh so we finish on time instead of 1-2 hours later. Lake course has gorgeous holes snd challenging too. Either course offers a great round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Perfect Sunday, 36 Holes

Well Managed fairways , bunkers and greens. Stay out of the rough or it might cost you a stroke. Creek Course is very challenging and the Lake course is just enjoyable.
Thanks for a great Sunday..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Had a good time at this course the people in the clubhouse were friendly and the club is nestled in a nice community. Oddly some of the homes are very large and nice while others look like spruced up mobile homes. The tee boxes fairways bunkers and greens were all in near perfect shape. This is pretty impressive for late September. Fairway was a little squishy In some parts but that's a great compromise given how little rain we've had in the area And that's not on every hole. Greens were very firm and rolled true. The practice facility was also very nice. Free balls at the driving range nice chipping area and putting area with Callaway balls.

Cons: The cart paths were 80% smooth. My water bottle in bag almost jumped out a few times. The carts are not in the best shape. But they do have great things going for them such as very cushioned seats and large cup holders for an oversized water bottle. Both of those things are a typical but very pleasant. However the carts did run very rough they are gas powered and loud. The tee boxes were not clearly marked with the holes which made identifying which hole you were on confusing to a first time player there. I play over 100 rounds a year and have never had an occasion where I could not find the next hole because the cart path had an unidentifiable spot where inws supposed to turnaround. I suggest some markings that guide the carts to where the next hole is in more locations than they currently have. Also the tee boxes should be clearly marked with which hole you are on. I had difficulty finding one of the holes because the numbers had fallen off of a post that I identified that as the next hole. I did not notice the tee boxes because there was a kid on his bike playing in the creek so I did not know that was where I was supposed to tee off from. When you get to the turn there is a bathroom and a soda machine. So you don't get back to the clubhouse until you're around is complete. That is a little bit of a downer when there is no beverage in food cart making rounds. It was a Sunday so maybe they have this on busier days. As you finish up on 18 go over the bridge and up a small path someone has a sign that points to the clubhouse but there are no other signs at point you to the clubhouse. I'm not from Sanford and I don't know my way around that neighborhood so the cart paths were very difficult to navigate.

In summary I will definitely go back and consider bringing a foursome with me. I would rank it just below some of the country clubs in my area but i do think it's nice for the area. Greens fees are around $85 which I think is a tad high for what you get there. It makes sense when you consider that it's a country club but not once you've been there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Carolina Trace lake

Purse well laid out. Wide fairways. Greens a little small. Originally set for Creek course but 3 inches of rain day before closed the Creek course but pro switched me to Lake. A number of elevated tees for small par 3 greens—challenging!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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