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The Best Ways to Experience Golf in Charlotte

With dozens of golf courses claiming grounds in greater Charlotte, finding spectacular greens on which to perfect each par is easy.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park

Whether you’re invested enough in your personal record to drink Arnold Palmers for good luck before a round of 18 or are really only interested in claiming a hole-in-one for family bragging rights, there is a golf game here for you in the Queen City.

Novice Golfers

Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park

One of the area’s more affordable county-owned public courses and located just minutes from Uptown, the once overlooked course went through a $10 million renovation in 2010, which included the addition of a driving range, new pro shop and full-service snack bar to the nine-hole course.

Charles T. Myers Golf Course

An 18-hole county-owned option that boast beautiful grounds, featuring beautiful bent-grass greens with stunning views (keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of wildlife). The reasonable priced course offers challenges suited to all levels of experience.

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Up For a Challenge

The Golf Club at Ballantyne

One of Charlotte’s most famous public courses with a spa and luxury hotel anchored to it, the 18-hole PGA course attracts golfers from around the world for weekends filled with picture-perfect relaxation and pro-level play.

The Golf Club at Ballantyne’s resume doesn’t end with its championship greens; it’s also home to one of Charlotte’s premier golf schools, Dana Rader Golf School. The Carolinas’ only Golf Channel Academy staffs a team of certified LPGA and PGA instructors ready to help your game soar from birdie to eagle.

Highland Creek Golf Club

This course packs four sets of tees measuring between 5,080 and 7,000 yards, plus 67 bunkers and a harrowing ninth hole that forces even the most experienced golfer to choke down on his grip. Highland Creek Golf Club in University City has been dubbed the city’s most challenging public course.

Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation

A semi-private course’s links, designed by Hall of Fame architect Tom Jackson, have won multiple awards, and they’re ones you’ll want to take a swing at. While you’re surveying the manicured Bermuda grass fairways and the zoysia grass around the bunkers, take in the stately Carolina pines that enclose the course.

Photo courtesy of Leatherman Golf Learning Center

Brush Up on Your Swing

Leatherman Golf Learning Center

Located in South Charlotte, Leatherman Golf Learning Center may be best known for its double-decker driving range, putting and chipping green, and practice sand trap, but housed within the center’s grounds is a golf school led by PGA Class-A professional Chris Leatherman. Programs range from individual lessons to group sessions. Also popular at Leatherman are the demo day offerings in which golfers can try before they buy.

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FORE! Gamer Golf

Golf doesn’t always have to be about collared shirts, swanky clubhouses and the perfect back-swing; it can just be about the fun. Around Charlotte, family-friendly golf hubs are working to make that more of an everyday thing.

Topgolf

The high-tech driving range-meets-Dave & Buster’s setup offers a variety of interactive games based on shot accuracy and distance, which are measured by microchips implanted in the golf balls. The three-level venue offers 102 climate-controlled hitting bays that can hold up to six players at a time. With a full-service restaurant and bar, music, lounges and hundreds of high-definition TVs, Topgolf is both kid-friendly and adult-friendly.

Funtasticks Charlotte

Located in Pineville, this fun park falls along the traditional lines of putt-putt, with three 18-hole miniature golf courses that are sprinkled with challenging but fun obstacles, like tunnels, waterfalls and mountains. Funtasticks Charlotte also features go-kart racing, bumper boats and kiddie rides, giving it a full-on miniature amusement park feel.