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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Red Bridge Golf & Country Club
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Locust $49
Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $49 - $85
Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation
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Charlotte $20
Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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Concord $25
Jackson Course at Rock Barn Golf and Spa
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Conover $25
Eagle Chase Golf Club
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Marshville $21
Crescent Golf Club
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Salisbury $10
River Bend YMCA Golf Course
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Shelby $20
Deer Brook Golf Club
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Shelby $16
Westport Golf Course
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Denver $19
Mountain Brook Golf Club
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Albemarle $15
Divide Golf Club
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Matthews $25
Golf Club at Ballantyne, The
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Charlotte $42
River Oaks Golf Club
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Statesville $15
Badin Inn Golf Resort & Club
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Badin $22 - $36
Corbin Hills Golf Course
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Salisbury $10 - $25
Skybrook Golf Club
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Huntersville $20
Highland Creek Golf Club
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Charlotte $23
McCanless Golf Club
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Salisbury $12
Birkdale Golf Club
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Huntersville $35
Tradition Golf Club
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Charlotte $23
Warrior Golf Club China Grove $30.50 - $39.00
Charlotte National Golf Course Indian Trail $25 - $36
Charlotte Country Club Charlotte $100 - $130
Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point New London $60 - $100
Apple Creek Golf Course Dallas $15
Town Course at Lake Hickory Country Club Hickory N/A
Cramer Mountain Country Club Cramerton $41 - $65
Catawba Country Club Newton $60 - $80
South at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $43 - $69
Cleveland Country Club Shelby $36 - $47
Cherryville Country Club Cherryville $18 - $26
Fox Run Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
NorthStone Country Club Huntersville $50 - $73
Cedarwood Country Club Charlotte $60 - $70
Mallard Head Country Club Mooresville $20
Myers Park Country Club Charlotte $75
Rolling Hills Country Club Monroe $40
Green Oaks Golf Club Concord $20
Gaston Country Club Gastonia $75 - $85
Catawba Creek Golf Course Gastonia $30
Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Mooresville $122
Charles T. Myers Public Golf Course Charlotte $25 - $35
Briarcreek Golf Club High Shoals $20 - $25
Larkhaven Golf Club Charlotte $32 - $35
Royster Memorial Golf Course Shelby $5 - $17
Woodbridge Golf Links Kings Mountain $30 - $40
TPC Piper Glen Charlotte $124 - $137
Cabarrus Country Club Concord $49
Peninsula Club, The Cornelius $88 - $95
Larkin Golf Club Statesville $19 - $35
Hampton Heights Golf Course Hickory $28
South at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Crowders Mountain Golf Club Kings Mountain $40
North at Raintree Country Club Charlotte $59 - $69
Paradise Valley Par 3 Charlotte $9
Ballantyne Country Club Charlotte $79 - $113
Palisades Country Club Charlotte $75
Lexington Golf Club Lexington $6 - $27
Twin Oaks Golf Club Statesville $21 - $27
Pine Island Country Club Charlotte $36 - $65
Country Club of Salisbury Salisbury $56 - $67
White Oak Par 3 Alexis $8
Pine Lake Country Club Charlotte $54 - $74
Oak Hills Golf Course Charlotte $20 - $30
Mooresville Golf Course Mooresville $24 - $30
Quail Hollow Country Club Charlotte $107 - $132
Glen Oaks Country Club Maiden $17 - $35
Cowan's Ford Country Club Stanley $51 - $61
Pebble Creek Golf Course Indian Trail $18
Par-3 at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $14.00 - $15.00
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park Charlotte $15.25 - $23.00
Challenger 3 Golf Course Shelby $14
River Run Golf & Country Club Davidson $75
Third Creek Golf Course Statesville $10
Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club Denver $39 - $49
Lincoln Country Club Lincolnton $17 - $33
Firethorne Country Club Marvin $70
North at Carmel Country Club Charlotte $62 - $102
Green Meadows Golf Course Mount Holly $24
Dogwood Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
Providence Country Club Charlotte $65 - $85
Statesville Country Club Statesville $52 - $58
Sulphur Springs Course at Lake Hickory Country Club at Catawba Springs Hickory N/A
King's Mountain Country Club Kings Mountain $25
Old at Sunset Hills Public Golf Course Charlotte $25.00 - $32.00
Carolina Golf & Country Club Charlotte $60 - $75
Club At Longview Weddington $93
Lakewood Golf Club Statesville $24
Foxwood Golf Club Salisbury $19 - $25
Renaissance Park Golf Course Charlotte $30 - $44
Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis $46 - $86
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