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