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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Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $19
Mooresville Golf Club
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Mooresville $20
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $28
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $27
Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $28
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $15
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $24
River Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $25 - $29
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $15
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $16
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $20
Mountain Brook Golf Club Albemarle $15
Larkhaven Golf Club
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Charlotte $20
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $25
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $26
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $16
Larkin Golf Club
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Statesville $12
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $27
Corbin Hills Golf Course Salisbury $10 - $25
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $21
Crescent Golf Club
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Salisbury $10
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club Badin $22 - $36
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $39
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby $5 - $17
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $10
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury $56 - $67
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury $19 - $25
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby $14
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Deer Brook Golf Club Shelby $20 - $30
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $21 - $27
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20 - $30
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden $17 - $35
Catawba Country Club Newton $60 - $80
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Warrior Golf Club China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville $18 - $26
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point New London $60 - $100
Statesville Country Club Statesville $52 - $58
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $18 - $37
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $107 - $132
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40 - $58
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Cleveland Country Club Shelby $36 - $47
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