I am continuing to try to give Crescent every opportunity to be my home course. But it's been tough. While certain aspects of the golf course conditions have improved, overall it's still a substandard track. Course conditions don't support price of greens fees.
Tee boxes- most lack good grass. Ground is hard, not very good for footing. D
Fairways- still way too many then/bare spots from previous owner ripping up the sod and selling it. It's going to take at least three more growing seasons to get the fairways back to the level that they want it to be(more on that below) C- *Note- don't go by the website photo of the couple walking down a fairway. If that's Revival @ Crescent, it was shot 12-15 years ago.
Bunkers- maybe the biggest improvement has been accomplished here. Most were fair & well-groomed. Trick now is to maintain them daily/weekly. A-
Greens- nice. Responding well to being punched. A little soft and slow, but that's typical after punching occurs. Daily maintenance and water, and this will be the best part of the course until fairways catch up. B+
Value- hence the title. Pricing is above what the course offers. Others tracks within a 20 minute drive offer more for less $. Grade D.
An idea- instead of swinging for the fence price wise, why not develop a Loyalty/Locals program to increase rounds, keeping the local golfer from taking their golfing money to Clemmons or elsewhere. A loyalty program could be tied in to the driving range to stimulate foot traffic and increase the regulars skill level, making them want to play more golf. A small charge per month gets you "X" number of buckets of range balls, and loyalty rates.
Misc.- Good stuff- Golf Carts, general course layout, attempts at filling holes on cart path w/gravel.
Not Good- NO WATER to drink on the course($2/bottle inside), yardage markers faded/missing. That no water thing is simply ridiculous!
Maybe it's just me, but there just seems to be something missing from a hospitality standpoint. I lived in the grand Strand area for 20+ years where the competition is very keen, and you have to separate yourself by providing wonderful guest service. No one has thanked me for my business, told me they appreciate me coming in, please come see me again kind of thing. If you're going to charge $40 for water and 18 holes of golf on poor fairways, you gotta justify that somewhere.
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