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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Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
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 $35
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $29.98
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $24
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $35
Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $25
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $35
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $17
Warrior Golf Club
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China Grove $18
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $16
Mountainbrook Golf Club
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Albemarle $17 - $22
Twin Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $20
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park
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Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Renaissance Park Golf Course
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Charlotte $30 - $44
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $25 - $35
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club
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Badin $18
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
River Bend Golf Course
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Shelby $24 - $26
Mooresville Golf Course
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Mooresville $24
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $14
Fox Den Country Club
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Statesville $31 - $39
Paradise Valley Par 3
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Charlotte $9
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $16
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $20
Apple Creek Golf Course
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Dallas $15
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Catawba Country Club Newton less than $50
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Point Lake & Golf Club Mooresville $122
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Tradition Golf Club Charlotte $29 - $43
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Cleveland Country Club Shelby less than $50
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Highland Creek Golf Club Charlotte $29 - $43
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden less than $50
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
River Oaks Golf Club Statesville $45
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville less than $50
Crescent Golf Club Salisbury $20 - $30
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $12
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
North Stone Club Huntersville $50 - $73
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $75 - $100
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Gastonia $40
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury less than $50
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Lexington Golf Club Lexington less than $50
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Birkdale Golf Club Huntersville $50 - $100
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury less than $50
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Henry River Golf Course Hickory $15
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Divide Golf Club Matthews less than $50
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Statesville Country Club Statesville $40
Linwood Springs Golf Course Gastonia $20
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
D.T. Golf Newton less than $50
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
Gastonia Municipal Golf Course Gastonia $30
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Charlotte Golf Links Charlotte $29 - $39
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
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