Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Gone way downhill in the past few years
Olde Oaks used to be a semi-upscale public course but has gone downhill in the last several years. The green fee is $50 and includes a cart, which is not an unreasonable fee. However, the course needs a lot of work.
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All bunkers are either devoid of sand or are waterlogged - even when there has been no rain for days. The cart paths are filled with large holes filled with water - likely from the course's irrigation system. The rough is non-existent and hardpan lies are common just a few feet off of the fairways. The course is either soaking wet or bone dry in places - signifying big problems with irrigation and drainage on the course.
When I played last week, the bathrooms in the clubhouse were in disrepair and terribly dirty, with lots of toilet paper strewn everywhere and solid waste floating in unflushed toilets. Looked like a truck stop bathroom!
That said, Olde Oaks is decent golf, but overpriced and overrated. The website's pictures are from the course's heyday a few years back when it was actually maintained. Hal Sutton would be shocked at what has happened at Olde Oaks!
Pros: 27 holes
Cons: Poor conditioning, pushy staff, clubhouse needs work