Old North State - North Carolina - USA

Old North State Club,
1520 Uwharrie Point Parkway,
Badin Lake,
North Carolina (NC) 28127,
USA


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One of eight private courses in the Carolinas operated by McConnell Golf, the layout here at the Old North State Club is a Tom Fazio gem that snakes its way across rolling ground and the peninsula wildlife sanctuary wetlands known as Uwharrie Point. This aesthetically pleasing setting has allowed Fazio to create perhaps the most exciting clutch of waterside closing holes in North Carolina.

Unhindered by real estate considerations between the fairways or around the perimeters of the course, Fazio was able to lay out the holes to fit the land as best as possible. To that end, the inland holes sit quietly within the dense forest adjacent to Badin Lake before the routing heads to the water for a thrilling three-hole climax to the round.

The 427-yard 16th plays downhill to a narrow green bordering the lake, followed by the all-carry 17th where the green sits on the other side of an inlet. The 568-yard closing hole then sweeps left round the lake shore where golfers can either lay-up with their second shot before approaching the green or attempt the hero shot across the water in pursuit of a grandstand finish.
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Description: The Old North State Club is a Tom Fazio gem that snakes its way across rolling ground and the peninsula wildlife sanctuary wetlands known as Uwharrie Point. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 4
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M. James Ward

I've played the course twice and frankly the main storyline for me is the opening few holes and clearly the closing trio which ends the day in high drama. The middle portion is simply vanilla from a design standpoint. If one were to assess the overall Fazio portfolio there's little doubt, in my mind, that the talented architect has done much better with layouts that are on a much higher level of interest for the duration of a round. When I think of such Fazio gems as Gozzer Ranch, Victoria National, Martis Camp, Glenwild, Pronghorn, Galloway National, Karsten Creek Wade Hampton, to name just a few -- the caliber of the golf remains high throughout the 18 holes.

Old North State is generally in tip top shape and no doubt when you add the views of the nearby lake the facility will secure a few more brownie points from people fortunate to play the course.

The Tar Heel State has clearly blossomed over the last 25-30 years and the new course additions have clearly added to the competitive scene.

Old North State has its moments but there's also plenty there simply going through cruise control. Play the first couple of holes and then skip to the final trio -- at that point you've seen the whole movie.

M. James Ward

July 31, 2019
6 / 10
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Richard Smith
My home course, Holston Hills in Knoxville, Tennessee, has recently been purchased by McConnell Golf. One of the great advantages of this is the ability for us to play the other outstanding courses in the McConnell Golf portfolio. On a recent trip to Pinehurst my wife and I stopped by and played Old North State.This course has a beautiful setting, with the holes flowing naturally through a beautiful naturally forest running around Badin lake. The lake comes into play on several of the early holes, and dominates the last three. The course has quite a bit of elevation changes, but the fairways all flow naturally and you never seem to have an awkward lie. Although you are playing through the trees you never feel closed in or constrained. The greens are typical well designed Fazio greens, and even after a rainstorm in late February you could sense that they could be treacherous.The last three holes run down to and around the lake and define the course. 16 is a downhill par 4 with the green guarded by the lake. 17 is a par 3 with the lake guarding the front and left of the green. With a 20 mph wind howling off the water from the left this was a challenging hole. 18 is a brilliant par 5 that dog legs left. The lake runs down the entire left hand side of the hole, and the bail out right off the tee leaves you an uneven lie and a dicey second shot.The clubhouse and facilities are beautiful and the staff was great. My wife is a relative beginner but she thoroughly enjoyed the course and it was very playable for her. This is a fun course to play.Richard Smith, Knoxville, Tennessee
March 07, 2016
8 / 10
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Philip Runkel
I have played the Old North State Club about a dozen times since 2006, the most recent being early October, 2014. I have always enjoyed playing this course -- it is very scenic, well maintained and has good facilities. The course is interesting and has some fun, memorable holes. This most recent time, I found the greens more challenging that I previously remembered them. Seemed as though I never had a straight in putt on any hole -- a good amount of slope and break always. Not a complaint, just an observation (and, perhaps, an indictment of my inability to hit the proper approach). I would not say the course is particularly walkable, although that would not be impossible. All in all, a beautiful, fun and challenging course! If I could give 4.5, I would. 13 Index
October 17, 2014
6 / 10
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John
Old North State Club is one of the best conditioned courses in NC and is an honest test of golf. The only downside is that the holes on the middle are a little forgettable but the holes at the start and finish are simply brilliant. It’s a course that won’t beat you up too bad either which is something that might be a bonus for some. Definitely a Top 10 NC course in my view.
June 27, 2009
8 / 10
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Peter
February 07, 2012
The condition of this course is simply outstanding and the incredible scenic views along water on holes 16-18 are the best in NC.