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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Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $20
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $20
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $22
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $35
Emerald Lake Golf Club
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Matthews $10
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $12
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $20
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $12
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $16
Mooresville Golf Course
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Mooresville $24 - $30
Warrior Golf Club
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China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $17
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $10 - $25
Mountain Brook Golf Club
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Albemarle $15
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $10
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $29
River Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $15
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $29
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $60 - $74
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club
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Badin $22 - $36
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $45
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $29
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $75 - $100
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury less than $50
Henry River Golf Course Hickory $15
Catawba Country Club Newton less than $50
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden less than $50
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $20
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury less than $50
Club At Longview Weddington $93
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $30
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Crescent Golf Club Salisbury $20 - $30
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville less than $50
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Statesville Country Club Statesville $40
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
D.T. Golf Newton less than $50
Cleveland Country Club Shelby less than $50
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $12
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Fox Den Country Club Statesville $31 - $39
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby less than $50
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
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