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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Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $36
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $21
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $20
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $19
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $56
Mooresville Golf Club
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Mooresville $22
Emerald Lake Golf Club Matthews $20 - $42
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa Conover $49 - $85
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $19
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park
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Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $22
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $27.50 - $37.00
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Corbin Hills Golf Course Salisbury $10 - $25
River Oaks Golf Club Statesville $27 - $32
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $15 - $28
Harry L. Jones Sr. Golf Course
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Charlotte $25.50 - $35.00
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $35
Lexington Golf Club
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Lexington $6 - $27
Paradise Valley Par 3
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Charlotte $9
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Glen Oaks Golf Club
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Maiden $25
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $30
Warrior Golf Club
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China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $16
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $30
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $14
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $30
The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent Salisbury $32 - $56
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby $5 - $17
Larkin Golf Club
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Statesville $20
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $21 - $27
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville $18 - $26
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Deer Brook Golf Club Shelby $32
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury $56 - $67
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby $14
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20 - $30
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $107 - $132
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point New London $60 - $100
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40 - $58
Cleveland Country Club Shelby $36 - $47
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $18 - $37
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Cramer Mountain Club Cramerton $41 - $65
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa Conover $25 - $45
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Statesville Country Club Statesville $52 - $58
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Catawba Country Club Newton $60 - $80
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
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