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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Courses

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Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $35
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $17
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $28
Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $25
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $24
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $25
Warrior Golf Club
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China Grove $27
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $25 - $35
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $14
Twin Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $20
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $35
Paradise Valley Par 3
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Charlotte $7 - $9
Mooresville Golf Course
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Mooresville $24
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $21 - $32
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $38
River Bend Golf Course
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Shelby $24 - $26
Apple Creek Golf Course
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Dallas $15
Lincoln Country Club
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Lincolnton $17 - $33
Fox Den Country Club
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Statesville $15
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $16
Renaissance Park Golf Course
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Charlotte $30 - $44
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $45
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park
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Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Mountainbrook Golf Club
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Albemarle $17 - $22
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville less than $50
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte less than $50
River Oaks Golf Club Statesville $45
Gastonia Municipal Golf Course Gastonia less than $50
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Catawba Country Club Newton less than $50
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Highland Creek Golf Club Charlotte less than $50
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $12 - $15
Providence Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis less than $50
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
White Oak Par 3 Alexis less than $50
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Cabarrus Country Club Concord less than $50
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $50 - $100
Point Lake & Golf Club Mooresville $122
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Gastonia less than $50
North Stone Club Huntersville less than $50
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Gaston Country Club Gastonia N/A
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Linwood Springs Golf Course Gastonia less than $50
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Westport Golf Course Denver $35
TPC at Piper Glen Charlotte $50 - $100
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury less than $50
Tradition Golf Club Charlotte $45
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail less than $50
Crescent Golf Club Salisbury $20 - $30
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord less than $50
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
Birkdale Golf Club Huntersville $50 - $100
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton less than $50
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $75 - $100
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $50 - $100
Club At Longview Weddington $123
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
D.T. Golf Newton less than $50
Statesville Country Club Statesville $40
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Divide Golf Club Matthews less than $50
Lexington Golf Club Lexington less than $50
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson less than $50
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Charlotte Golf Links Charlotte $29 - $39
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden less than $50
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $90
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury less than $50
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail less than $50
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $12
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Cleveland Country Club Shelby less than $50
Henry River Golf Course Hickory $15
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville less than $50
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte less than $50
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe less than $50
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club Badin $38
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley less than $50
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