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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Courses

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