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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Mooresville Golf Club
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Mooresville $18
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $28
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $53
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $29
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $20
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $18
The Revival Golf Club at the Crescent Salisbury $20 - $30
Larkhaven Golf Club
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Charlotte $23
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa Conover $49 - $85
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $15
Corbin Hills Golf Course Salisbury $10 - $25
River Oaks Golf Club Statesville $25 - $29
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $30
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $35
Larkin Golf Club
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Statesville $17.35
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $30
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $22
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club Badin $22 - $36
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $26
Mountain Brook Golf Club Albemarle $15
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $12
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $21
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point New London $60 - $100
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $21 - $27
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Cleveland Country Club Shelby $36 - $47
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Catawba Country Club Newton $60 - $80
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40 - $58
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
Warrior Golf Club China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby $5 - $17
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Statesville Country Club Statesville $52 - $58
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $18 - $37
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $10
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Emerald Lake Golf Club Matthews $20 - $42
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby $14
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20 - $30
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa Conover $25 - $45
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden $17 - $35
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury $19 - $25
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Deer Brook Golf Club Shelby $20 - $30
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury $56 - $67
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $107 - $132
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville $18 - $26
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
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