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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Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $28
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $14
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $20
Mooresville Golf Club
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Mooresville $18
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $15
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $26
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $26
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club Badin $22 - $36
Mountain Brook Golf Club Albemarle $15
Larkin Golf Club
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Statesville $10
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $21
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $23
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $23
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $35
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $26
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $15
Crescent Golf Club
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Salisbury $10
River Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $25 - $29
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $20
Corbin Hills Golf Course Salisbury $10 - $25
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $16
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $10
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury $19 - $25
Warrior Golf Club China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby $5 - $17
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby $14
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville $18 - $26
Cleveland Country Club Shelby $36 - $47
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Catawba Country Club Newton $60 - $80
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20 - $30
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $21 - $27
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $107 - $132
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Deer Brook Golf Club Shelby $20 - $30
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40 - $58
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Statesville Country Club Statesville $52 - $58
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point New London $60 - $100
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury $56 - $67
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $10
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $18 - $37
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden $17 - $35
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
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