Destination Guide

Destination: Charlotte

With destinations like Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Pinehurst, the Carolinas seldom look at their metropolitan centers for as golf meccas. Once upon a time, this was justifiable. Even as recently as the late 1980s, the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham metro areas were severely lacking in daily-fee golf facilities.

But my how the times have changed. In Charlotte -- the Carolinas' largest city -- a recent influx of high end, pay-for-play golf course have put the Queen City on the golfing map to stay.

Once a sleepy Southern city with a few small skyscrapers, the Charlotte metro area is now home to more than one million residents and is the second largest financial center in the U.S. Twenty-story buildings have given way to 40-, and even 60-story towers. The downtown pulses with an energy that is the envy of many a mid-size city and an arts and music scene that would make many a larger city blush.

So what does all this mean for the game of golf in this bustling Piedmont burg? Charlotte has transformed from a private-course-oriented community to a city with enough quality public access golf to be considered a top golf business destination.

Getting to Charlotte

Serving the largest metro area in the Carolinas, Charlotte/Douglas International Airport averages 23 million passengers annually. So you're sure to find a flight into Charlotte. It has all the usual car and limousine rentals so you can travel around Charlotte or take a trip to the coast.

If you're driving into Charlotte you'll probably be taking either I-77 or I-85. Both interstates go through Charlotte. Interstate 77 runs north and south from Ohio. Interstate 85 runs along the East Coast from Atlanta through Charlotte until it merges with I-95. Interstate 95 then runs all the way north to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

Charlotte FAQ

What kind of golf can be found in Charlotte?
Unlike the more frequented coastal golf destinations, Charlotte offers upscale courses in and around a true metropolitan area. Until the mid-1980s, Charlotte had few public courses. But an influx of upscale courses coincided with Charlotte's ascent to the second largest financial center in the U.S. Moving from a private to public course mecca has turned Charlotte into one of the best business golf destinations in the country.

What's the best golf course in Charlotte?
Simply put, Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation is a shotmaker's course. This turns some golfers away, but if you enjoy having to think about your shot, this is your course. Opened in 1997, this Tom Jackson-designed course tempts golfers to go for it even when they know better. Olde Sycamore makes its way through a variety of small creeks, most of which come into play as lateral hazards at some point or the other. The greens are among the hardest in the city and are expertly manicured. Another bright spot for the golfer visiting Olde Sycamore is the price. While it would be a fine round at twice the price, Olde Sycamore has kept its fees low because of the growing competition in the Charlotte area.

What's a good course near the city that I should play when I'm in Charlotte for business?
Ballantyne Resort Golf Club opened on Charlotte's southeast side in 1998. Since then it has become one of the city's busiest. Travelers and locals alike enjoy this semi-private club that lays on one of the area's best pieces of land. While other Charlotte tracks are relatively flat, Ballantyne features generous, but expertly sculpted fairways, some surprising elevation changes and plenty of undulating greens.

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Marshville $20
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Conover $29
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Matthews $18
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Conover $40
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Charlotte $25
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Locust $34
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $28
Warrior Golf Club
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China Grove $18
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $20
River Bend Golf Course
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Shelby $19.5
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $16
Mooresville Golf Course
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Mooresville $24 - $30
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $33.75
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $10 - $25
River Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $16.5
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $33.75
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club
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Badin $12
Mountain Brook Golf Club
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Albemarle $15
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $12
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $29
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $41.25
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Cleveland Country Club Shelby less than $50
Crescent Golf Club Salisbury $20 - $30
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Gastonia $40
Henry River Golf Course Hickory $15
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury less than $50
Club At Longview Weddington $93
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden less than $50
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
Statesville Country Club Statesville $40
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby less than $50
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The Charlotte $60 - $74
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury less than $50
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Point Lake & Golf Club Mooresville $122
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $75 - $100
North Stone Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Linwood Springs Golf Course Gastonia $20
Fox Den Country Club Statesville $31 - $39
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Gastonia Municipal Golf Course Gastonia $30
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Catawba Country Club Newton less than $50
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
D.T. Golf Newton less than $50
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $12
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville less than $50
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $20
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