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Explore Charlotte golf courses and see why they're a golf lover's dream. (Hint: Impressive greens, scenic beauty and mild weather are driving factors.)
The Golf Club at Ballantyne is a championship PGA public golf course. This Par 71 course is situated on a dynamic terrain with multiple water features, enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels.
The Golf Club at Ballantyne is a championship PGA public golf course. This Par 71 course is situated on a dynamic terrain with multiple water features, enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels. Photo courtesy of the Golf Club at Ballanytne

Charlotte’s got a lot of golf courses for you to choose from when you’re ready for tee time. More than 40 public courses can be found in the Charlotte region including more than a dozen public and semi-private courses in Mecklenburg County.

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation operates five popular public courses that are great links for learning including Charles T. Myers Golf CourseSunset Hills Golf CourseRenaissance Park Golf Course, The Tradition Golf Course and Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park. Revolution Park is also home to The First Tee of Greater Charlotte. This organization was established to teach children life skills and core values through the game of golf. The facility includes one practice putting green, two short game practice greens and a full driving range.

Paradise Valley Golf Course is a public golf course that acts as a “chip and putt” style course offering 18 holes, all under 100 yards in length making it a par-3 course. Paradise Valley is also home to The Lost Duffer Miniature Golf Course, one of Charlotte’s most unique facilities celebrating the first U.S. gold rush, which took place in the Charlotte area, with a replica of a 19th-century mining camp and a real abandoned mine shaft.

Semi-private and privately owned golf courses have also made a name for themselves in the Charlotte area including Birkdale Golf Club, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer designed championship course that has been voted the “Best New Golf Course in North Carolina” and one of the “Top Five Public Courses in the State.” The Divide Golf Club features spacious Bermuda fairways. Highland Creek Golf Club, rated one of the best and most challenging golf courses in Charlotte, was designed to preserve the natural beauty of the area and has been called “Charlotte’s Crown Jewel of Golf.” The championship course at Skybrook Golf Club features beautiful rolling fairways with dramatic elevation changes creating a challenging yet friendly layout. Other popular features at local courses include the tree-lined fairways and a pretty par-three #16 at The Golf Club at Ballantyne; the wetlands-shrouded 15th hole at the Dan Maples-designed Rocky River Golf Club; and the hourglass-shaped greens and tall pines at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation (a Tom Jackson design).

A Hole in One

If you’re more of a spectator, you’ll find one of the most prestigious golf events in Charlotte each spring. Since 2003, the Wells Fargo Championship has been held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte and has quickly become one of the top events on the PGA Tour, routinely selling out each year.

The PGA has also selected Quail Hollow Club as the location for the 2017 PGA Championship and the 2021 President’s Cup. Quail Hollow Club is only the third venue in North Carolina to host this major PGA event. Quail Hollow Club’s 7,469-yard, par-72 layout has maintained praise from PGA Tour professionals for its unique blend of a demanding and risk-reward layout. The final three holes, known as the “the Green Mile,” have consistently been ranked the toughest finish on the PGA Tour for the past seven years.

Beyond the Green

Charlotte’s got a lot going for it when it comes to golf, but golf widows will also find many other ways to play not far from the fairways, including world-class dining, shopping, spas and more.

The area also has several lodging options that are ideal for golfers and their families close to the fairways like The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and Embassy Suites Charlotte-Concord, both offering seasonal “stay and play” golf packages and both with spectacular spas.

Another option for the family is Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/ Concord. With close proximity to Rocky River Golf Club, Great Wolf Lodge has 80,000 square feet of activities for non-stop family fun including slides and rides in the indoor waterpark, the MagiQuest adventure, Scooops Kids Spa with ice cream-themed treatments, a stuffed animal creation station and even an 18- hole mini golf course.

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