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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Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $35
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 $49
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $35
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $17
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $34
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $45
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $25
Warrior Golf Club
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China Grove $27
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $16
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $16
River Bend Golf Course
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Shelby $24 - $26
Mooresville Golf Course
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Mooresville $24
Fox Den Country Club
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Statesville $31 - $39
Apple Creek Golf Course
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Dallas $15
Mountainbrook Golf Club
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Albemarle $17 - $22
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club
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Badin $18
Twin Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $20
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $14
Renaissance Park Golf Course
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Charlotte $30 - $44
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Paradise Valley Par 3
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Charlotte $9
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course
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Charlotte $25 - $35
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park
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Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $20
Cleveland Country Club Shelby less than $50
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Linwood Springs Golf Course Gastonia $20
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
D.T. Golf Newton less than $50
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
Charlotte Golf Links Charlotte $29 - $39
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden less than $50
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Lexington Golf Club Lexington less than $50
Point Lake & Golf Club Mooresville $122
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $12
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $75 - $100
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Highland Creek Golf Club Charlotte $29 - $43
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury less than $50
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Gastonia Municipal Golf Course Gastonia $30
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
River Oaks Golf Club Statesville $45
Statesville Country Club Statesville $40
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Tradition Golf Club Charlotte $29 - $43
Birkdale Golf Club Huntersville $50 - $100
Catawba Country Club Newton less than $50
Crescent Golf Club Salisbury $20 - $30
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20
Henry River Golf Course Hickory $15
North Stone Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury less than $50
Divide Golf Club Matthews less than $50
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Gastonia $40
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville less than $50
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