Lake at Carolina Trace Country Club

4.1544058824 4.2 stars from 5 (91)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7263 yards
  • Slope: 143
  • Rating: 76.0
  • Layout

  • 2100 Country Club Drive, Sanford, North Carolina 27330, Lee County
  • (919) 499-5611, (919) 499-5121
  • (919) 499-9498
  • carolinatracecc.com
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Year built: 1971
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (1971), David Whelchel (2015)
Type: Private
Greens: MiniVerde Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

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
Championship 72 7263 yards 76.0 143
Black 72 6881 yards 74.2 139
Blue 72 6447 yards 71.6 134
Blue (W) 72 6447 yards 78.3 150
White 72 5972 yards 69.4 130
White (W) 72 5972 yards 75.9 144
Gold 72 5443 yards 67.4 121
Gold (W) 72 5443 yards 73.1 137
Red (W) 72 4764 yards 69.3 128

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 91 Reviews
5 stars:
43
4 stars:
36
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

82 out of 91 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards elevation changes  

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"Very good conditions"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lake course is a beautiful layout and in great condition . Most enjoyable to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"What a waste of time"


calliverian's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a cow pasture and a dump. There are no Rangers there are no starters and there are no beverage carts in the price they’re charging makes all of this a true disappointment. There’s very little grass in the fairways but the greens are the only good thing about the place hard and fast. There is not even a bag drop or a sign to let you know where to go and the pro shop expects you just to grab a car go to the parking lot and load up your own bag. Total laziness on their part. There are no marks signs to let you know where number one or number 10 is so I’m having to ask other golfers. The driving range is a small area of mats that was over ran by college kids so I could not even hit a few. The entire experience made me feel like I was in an environment where someone threw a little money at a golf course I had no idea how to run it. It is absolutely not worth the price they charge. As a matter of fact they could not pay me to come back to this crappy little dump. With so many better courses in the area please do not fall into the same trap that I did.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"A complete waste of time"


calliverian's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Upon arriving there are no signs marking where to go. There is no backdrop. There are no starters, rangers to help speed up the play, or beverage cart. Being my first time here and without direction there’s no way I could know the pro shop was downstairs in the clubhouse and when I finally found it the pro seemed put out by my comment that it was difficult to find him. Then he just gives me a key and says grab a cart and load up my things and go at noon. I had half an hour so I decided to go to the range to hit a few. The range is this tiny little area off mats there was completely full of college kids who would not give up a spot. The course layout is nothing to brag about I played the lake course. The greens were fast which I like but the fairways are all very tight lies since there’s barely any grass anywhere. The pace was terrible since apparently Saturday is when all of the retired women play who never bothered to learn proper etiquette. The point is they could not pay me to come back to this dump. The course is a cow pasture and the staff worthless. And THAT is the memory etched into my brain


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Value for the money"


jhtaylor321's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice course but I’m not thrilled with a cost discrepancy that was notice upon arrival. I bought as a hot deal for $90/player, the person I went with was unaware that I used GolfNow. When he went in and spoke to the pro shop they told him it was $70/person before I interjected. I’m more than a little frustrated with the price difference enough so that I will now check with golf courses before booking on GolfNow and do not recommend the course based on this reason, value of customer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun Course to Play (LAKE)"


bangdaly74's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I really enjoyed playing at Lake side (they have two 18 holes)

Personally, I liked the Lake course better.

Greens were very fast.

Course views are great.

Sand conditions was A ++

Must play if UNDER $50


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



dumbdude's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tricky"


bulgarino1's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Beware of the greens!!!

Tricky greens with invisible breaks everywhere, definitely a members course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course - Very challenging"


u953280902's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape especially for the fall season. The course was very challenging as indicated in the slopes rating. Great views of the lake from a number of the tees.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awsome Experience!!!!"


u643326273's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was very friendly and helpful and the coarse was well maintained. Just a great overall experience and value. Would highly recommend any one visiting the sand hills of N.C. to include this coarse as a must play. The visuals around the coarse are very tranquil. Will play again when I returned to the area.


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



Curtis63's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005752150's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u518356152's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000001843889's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u6089701's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this course many times. The lake and creek course are always nice and are a good challenge. However, this year the prices in Trace and getting out of control. I played on a hot deal rate of $70.00. A normal golf now rate would have been $125.00. Which is ridiculous for this area. This is not a Pinehurst quality track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Prices are out of control"


u6089701's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I've played this course for many years. Its never been a stellar or above average track. I am extremely disappointed with the new management and their approach to gaining new members. Trace has a stigma of arrogance and rude staff. They are certainly still living up to that. The amount open tee times prove that they are not heading in the right direction.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"CT Lakes is in great condition"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wonderful round at our own pace, 4hr 5 minutes. This course is in very nice condition. It just looks great with all the scenic (lake) holes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice layout, but not $100 conditions this time around"


Phil3387477's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Beautiful layout, and fun holes for right hander. About 4 downhill, right dog legs with wide fairways. Some other fairways were much tighter. Most greens are on the smaller size.

But the conditions were disappointing: perimeters of the greens were patchy, the bunkers were hard packed (just had heavy rains), fairways were not smooth and lush, as expected for a $100 fee course.

Really nice layout, good club house; fair prices for a club house (eg $3 lemonades).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u000002885928's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good course just a bit overpriced for visitors.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great track"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways yet to be lush due to time of year. Greens true. Nice layout. Traps consistent and predictable. Will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout"


Damian7372297's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Awesome course layout!! Loved it. Greens were slow but I could tell that this course was Gem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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