Creek at Carolina Trace Country Club

3.4184823529 3.4 stars from 5 (49)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6845 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 73.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fee
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6845 yards 73.7 132
Blue 72 6315 yards 71.5 129
White 72 5778 yards 68.5 125
Gold 72 5357 yards 66.5 120
Red (W) 72 5021 yards 70.3 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.9 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 49 Reviews
5 stars:
15
4 stars:
24
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

44 out of 49 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers water hazards  

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Reviews


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"Trace"


u000008114467's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good coarse to play. Shot making and really makes you think.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Unwanted Gallery"


mobarr's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although the course was in typical early spring condition, there were none of the standard amenities we expected; no water coolers, no place to get food or drinks at turn, no cart people with food or drinks, no ball washers, no coolers. Also, there were several people out “spraying boundaries” and we had to hit into or around them on 12 of the 18 holes we played. This was quite annoying and I still can’t figure out why they felt the need to do this in front of where we were shooting all day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Hot deals only"


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Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a good course, but overpriced. I can't justify their reg price of $70. I've never played their Lake course - but at 120, it better be in perfect shape (which I doubt, based on their Creek course). I still hope to go back, I enjoyed it...but as the title reads - "hot deals only."


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Would make it my home course!"


u000008022249's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Flew into Raleigh for work and found the course on golfnow. Looked good and had good reviews, so I booked the time. Upon driving into the community, I was reminded of the course I grew up on, it is a beautiful area.

Checked and everyone in the proshop was welcoming and helpful, as i had never been there before. Made it to the driving range and had a good warm up. Was luckily paired with a local golfer, who gave me great local knowledge on every tee box and we had a great time.

The course is beautiful and in great condition. Only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the greens have a little way to go to be in great shape, but they were true. Played from the blue tees for my first time there and found it a decent challenge and really enjoyed the day.

Look forward to another opportunity to be here and play again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Score Early"


KAFgolf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time at Carolina Trace, played the Creek course. Fairways and the greens were in good condition considering it's winter and heavy rains over the last couple of weeks.Had the course to ourselves able to take advantage with that extra moment on the greens to help with scoring. The front nine are fairly forgiving and receptive to good scores, back nine is more challenging so score early and then hold on to par to finish within stride .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fall conditions"


TheFutureNow's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of leaves. Good conditions for time of year. Would love to try in prime season. Very small greens, interesting challenge


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Needed an aeration alert!"


dbldomer7375's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways and tees were in good shape, I had the course to myself (save one threesome that let me play through), the weather was lovely but there was only one thing wrong.

Freshly aerated greens. I realize this process is necessary, but if I'm going to be paying premium dollars to play a course could we get a heads up on aeration? There was no aeration alert posted when I purchased my greens fee. Had I known the greens were freshly aerated, I wouldn't have played when I did.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



steverestivo's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Dress Code"


deaconfann's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One thing that wasn't mentioned on Golf Now when I made the purchase was the Dress Code, I wear shorts with an elastic waist band,due to weight issues from taking steroids. The dress code wasn't mentioned on Golf Now when I made the purchase,but I did talk to the Club Pro and he did let me go ahead and play. I'm recommending that Golf Now put this info on for the courses that require it.

With Regards

Gary Crafford


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



kennwood's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Easy course"


u5440020's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had the course to ourselves which was great. We played the creek course and the more scenic one is the lake course. The creek course is not very

challenging from the ladies tee. I will play the lake course next. It looks to be more interesting and was certainly more crowded!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great variety"


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Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good variety of holes on this course. Course was in great shape when I played - greens were still in good shape. Looking forward to going back now that I am familiar with the holes - especially #18. Great sandwich selection after your round in the clubhouse!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Creek course"


mbunne01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoy playing this course but you should bring your own drinks and snacks. Course doesn't return to club house to start the 10th and the halfway house is always broke/out of order. No refreshment cart either. Just be prepared on a hot day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



timmy40's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout, but very nice course"


MikeWizHouseKey's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you cannot keep your tee shot straight... you are in for a long day. Narrow fairways are lined with unforgiving woods. The creek side course has a very wonky layout. Not a fan of that...not to mention to don't end up back at the clubhouse at the turn.

That said, the greens are soft and allow you to attack the pin. Difficult slopes make reading the breaks tricky as well. A few times our group disagreed on the break...still not sure how the birdie put leaked to the right.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Don think bother with the creek"


semmon23's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Ended up getting the creek course rather than the lake course. There is a huge difference and I won't play creek again. The greens are all about the same size regardless of par and super small. The bunkers are full of rocks to the point I didn't even play from them and I didn't like the layout. No one was on the course either - everyone was playing the lake. The lake course rates harder and longer and has pure white sand in the bunkers. Greens were in decent shape for this time of year but not as nice as the lake. Don't waste your time at the creek course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Not the most enjoyable experience"


ckielt's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had an 8:21 tee time, and arrived early enough where the only person other than some maintenance crew I saw at the course, the Pro Shop attendant, suggested that if I was at the tee by 8:15a I could go off. She described how to get to the tee, and after hitting a few balls (+$4 for a small bucket) departed for the tee. The first tees for both courses are nearby one another but not differentiated, so I mistakenly hit a ball off the #1 of Lake. Then the groups started to arrive at the tee and helped me sort things out. Finally did hit one off Creek #1 and was off. Pace of play was fine, until I ran into a 4some on #8. Couldn't figure out where they came from, but they let me through on the next hole. Course had a lot of standing water, I noticed, surprising given the low rain levels we have experienced. Ran into another twosome that was oblivious to my arrival waiting for them to finish. Clearly local folks, having their own golf carts, just start playing on empty holes, practicing away while paying players wait for them to finish.

My biggest gripe was the close proximity of cart paths to the greens. I knocked three shots OB on three holes off cart paths that were less than 10 yards away from the green. That's poor design and annoying. That, combined with the seemingly endless flow of cart driving members leaving their homes and traversing the golf course paths to get to the club house combined to make this a less than enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


staryiayia's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My husband and I waited a long time to play this course. We teed off at 2:30. There was nobody in front of us so we played right through with no delays. We just finished the 14th hole. When we got to the 15th hole there was a group of 5 in the middle of the fairway. We sat and waited and didn't know what they were doing. They were just standing there. Finally when we got tired of waiting, we drove past them and then saw two more groups of 4 in front of them. We don't know where they came from. None of them said a word to us. Because of this we didn't finish our round. Very disappointing. All in all the course was beautiful and we will play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Don't waste your time here!"


mhammer2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There are too many fine courses in the sandhills area to waste your time here. Fairways full of weeds and many greens were diseased. Not enough interesting holes. Played as a twosome stuck behind a foursome of septuagenarians for 5 hours with no course marshall to assist. No water stations anywhere on the course and course doesn't bring you back to the clubhouse until 18, we were dying of thirst. Would never consider playing here again.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Creek at Carolina Trace"


u947205658's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is beautiful and well maintained even during the winter months. Greens were marvelous. No wait on any of the holes and friendly staff in the club house. Local players were also helpful in offering tips for play throughout the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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