Where to Play Golf in Charlotte
The options for a full 18-hole round of golf are bountiful in and around the Greater Charlotte area.
by Ron Walker
Charlotte’s not only ripe with NASCAR, NBA, NFL, and NCAA presence; there’s plenty for the golf enthusiast to feel the love. There is a veritable treasure trove of golfing experiences within a short drive of the Queen City. Looking for a day trip? Try some of these area clubs.
Area: North Charlotte
One of the highest-rated public golf courses is about 30 minutes up Highway 16 from Center City. Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club of Denver is a meticulously maintained course that has proven to be a fun challenge due to the variety of layouts. Consistently ranking at the top of many “Top 10” lists, this incredible course is open for memberships, has a luxurious clubhouse and is home to Guilties Bar & Bistro, a popular restaurant with live music and regular events.
Area: Indian Land, South Carolina
About 25 miles from Uptown in the opposite direction, just across the South Carolina state line, is the Carolina Lakes Golf Club. This championship golf course, designed by Tim Freelalnd, is highly rated and semi-private, with a grass tee driving range and practice area. After a round, enjoy a meal at The Tavern on the Lakes, the club’s signature restaurant with a view overlooking the practice area.
After undergoing a massive $5 million renovation in 2016, the Mooreville Golf Club is an exclusive gem about 30 minutes up I-77. Now sporting a 17,000-plus square foot clubhouse, dramatic elevations, the On the Nines Bistro, a private event venue and an expanded practice facility be sure to register for a tee time here.
Area: South Charlotte
Some of the best greens in the state belong to Eagle Chase Golf Club. About 45 minutes east of Uptown, this well-kept secret is a great value. Tucked away in the quaint farmland of Union County with a modest clubhouse and snack bar, Eagle Chase is all about golf and surely to deliver for those looking for a slow day on the green.
Area: Lancaster, South Carolina
With A1 bentgrass similar to Augusta National, Edgewater Golf Club in Lancaster, South Carolina, is a relatively young course built within a retirement community. Sitting at an hour south of Uptown, be sure to visit their website for the hole-by-hole guide so you can be well prepared for a fun-filled day on the links.
Lying in the shadows of the majestic Crowders Mountain 34 minutes west, the 60-year-old Crowders Mountain Golf Club is home of what’s billed as the “Hardest Par 5 in the World”. With spectacular views on almost every hole, the elevation changes are sure to be an exciting challenge.
Often mentioned as a ‘must play,’ the River Oaks Golf Club is nestled a little less than an hour away in Statesville. Featuring excellent course conditions, downhill driving ranges and elevation changes, River Oaks is perfect for the seasoned golfer looking for a new challenge.
Area: East Charlotte
World renowned as America’s First Golf Resort, Pinehurst Resort is the ultimate golf day trip for those looking for a full, luxurious, historical getaway. With plenty of food options, on-site hotel accommodations and home of the famed No. 2 golf course (the “Centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort), this landmark is a golfer’s paradise at less than 2 hours away from Charlotte.