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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Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $28
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $49 - $85
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $30
Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $20 - $42
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $49
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $36
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $21
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $17
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $16
Larkin Golf Club
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Statesville $19 - $35
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $16
Crescent Golf Club
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Salisbury $15
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $10 - $25
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $34
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club
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Badin $22 - $36
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $32
Mountain Brook Golf Club
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Albemarle $15
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $35
River Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $25 - $29
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $13
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $32
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $35
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $60
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Warrior Golf Club China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $21 - $27
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $10
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Mooresville Golf Course Mooresville $24 - $30
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Cleveland Country Club Shelby $36 - $47
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby $14
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $30
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $107 - $132
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden $17 - $35
Catawba Country Club Newton $60 - $80
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury $19 - $25
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Statesville Country Club Statesville $52 - $58
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury $56 - $67
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville $18 - $26
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point New London $60 - $100
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby $5 - $17
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