The Best Golf Courses in Charlotte, NC

The best golf courses in Charlotte

With its wealth of open spaces, natural beauty, and mild weather, Charlotte, NC is the perfect place to enjoy golfing all year round. The city has more than 80 golf courses, many of which were designed by the top names in the game. About one- third of Charlotte’s golf courses are private, leaving numerous options open to the public.

With all these choices, picking the venue for your next game can be quite challenging. To help you make the right choice, we’ve rounded up some of the best golf courses in the city, with various rates, features, and amenities.

Golf Club at Ballantyne

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

This golf course is a facility of the luxurious Ballantyne Hotel and is open to the public. It features a par 71 18-hole championship golf course with daily plays and regular tournaments. Opened in 1997, the Golf Club at Ballantyne is an Audobon-certified golf course, with landscaping designed around the area’s natural features. The result is a stunning environment with plenty of challenges from the varying terrain, an active creek, and other natural and man-made features.

Carmel Country Club

4735 Carmel Road

Carmel Country Club opened in 1949, and the golf course followed suit in 1950. This members-only club is recognized as a Platinum Club of America and a Five Star Private Club, and was ranked the 13th top private club in America by Club Leaders Forum. Members of the club have the option to play in one of two 18- hole championship golf courses. The John Fought-designed North Course features a traditional style with seven tee boxes. The South Course was designed by Rees Jones and boasts modern features incorporating Bermuda and bent grasses.

Cedarwood Country Club

5000 Pineville-Matthews Road

This private club features an Ellis Maples-designed championship course, stretching almost 7,000 yards from the longest tee. It features a rolling terrain covered in immaculately maintained Bermuda and bent grass, and adorned by cedars, hardwoods, and several ponds.

Larkhaven Golf Club

4801 Camp Stewart Road

This family-owned facility boasts the oldest golf course in the Charlotte area, built in 1958. While the club is open to the public, membership is also available to those who want special rates and privileges. The golf club’s amenities and features have been updated over the years, and the golf course has been consistently named one of Charlotte’s best. There are four sets of tees to cater to players of all skill levels.

Charlotte Country Club

2645 Mecklenburg Avenue

Founded in 1910, this prestigious country club is located in the historic neighborhood of Plaza-Midwood. It was named a Top 50 Platinum Club of the World and one of the top 10 private clubs in the United States. The 18-hole championship golf course has been remodeled several times, and has hosted several USGA championships. The club’s historic 68,000-acre clubhouse features murals, antiques, and other treasures.

Sunset Hills Golf Course

800 Radio Road

One of the public facilities managed by Ratcliffe Golf Services, Sunset Hills has two golf courses that offer fun and challenging games to players of all skill levels. The 9-hole Learning Course features multiple tee boxes and Par-3 holes to help players who want to improve their games. The Old Course is an 18-hole regulation course that allows players to have an enjoyable game without having to worry about difficult hazards and shots.

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