Public Golf Courses

Have room to bring the clubs along? If so, don't pass up an opportunity to hit the links when you're in Charlotte. If you can get a tee time, Highland Creek Golf Club ranks high on our list of places to play.


Be prepared for some long approach shots to these greens, as the hilly nature of this course will make some of these long holes play even longer. To accommodate the difficult approach shots, large greens await; however the speed on these putting surfaces can be quick, so when chipping and putting, don't let it get away from you unless you are confident in those 5 to 10 foot come-backers.

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This player-friendly layout will entice even the best golfers around. With plenty of scoring opportunities, a good round is a real possibility here. However, there is enough trouble to keep you honest. Water comes into play on nearly half of these holes, so you can't be too careless unless you are willing to pay the price. Use some touch on these greens, as they contain some breaks that can make putting a difficult task.

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Relax and let it rip on this open course where length off the tee will help take some of the difficulty out of the approach shots. Even though these greens contain little break, you need to hit it close to the pin here, as the size of the putting surface can cause problems if you aren't rolling the ball well. With water in play on only two holes, you have a good opportunity to get through a round here with few problems.

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Rocky River Golf Club at Concord
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While it may appear easy to hit these generous fairways, golfers frequently find this demanding rough, and they pay the penalty. Hitting these greens can be tough, but from a buried lie, the gaping bunkers protecting these greens will seem more realistic. If you have trouble getting off the tee, you will be forced to rely on a sound short game for scoring. Keep it in the short grass for the best chance to card some birdies.

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These generous fairways offer plenty of landing room and very few hazards. Even though the terrain of this course is relatively hills, there are no hidden hazards that will sneak up and grab you. From the elevated tees, you will have a bird's eye view of what lays ahead and the task at hand. Avoid the tree line and you should have a good line to the pin. Make some putts and you can card a good score here.

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You will find a touch of Scotland in the Queen City with this fabulous links-style course. Deep pot bunkers and native grasses complete this beautiful layout. While the open areas will cause the wind to be a factor, there are instances where the trees will be in play. In keeping with the theme, you can expect to find water hazards lining several of these rolling fairways.

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Located in Southwest Charlotte, Renaissance Park Golf Course offers a satisfying challenge for novices and seasoned pros alike. Designed by Michael Hurdzan, this 18-hole course extends 7,360 yards from the longest tees and features stunning bent grass greens. Players can enjoy all 18 holes or a quick round of 9 for a surprisingly affordable price. Golf carts are available for rent, and the facility also includes a driving range.

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This Palmer creation contains a number of hazards you must avoid if you plan on going home satisfied. With several carries over water required, you will want to hit some crisp shots here. These greens are guarded by bunkers and an occasional water hazard, and these fairways are often defined by a cut of rough and several fairway bunkers. Typical Palmer, the long ball here is the key to a good round.

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Set amongst majestic Carolina tall pines, Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation is a favorite with Charlotte golfers. Spread out over 6,965 yards, the 18-hole semi-private course was designed by noted architect Tom Jackson. Players enjoy challenging play on the hybrid Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens. The club also includes a practice facility with a chipping green and sand bunker, putting green and 35,000-square-foot hitting area.

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The Golf Club at Ballantyne
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Tee off at one of Charlotte's best PGA public golf courses. The prestigious Golf Club at Ballantyne features 18 holes of championship golf, stretching 6,710 yards from the longest tees. Its multiple water hazards provide an exciting challenge for players of all skill levels. Rental clubs are available for a fee, and there is a driving range and putting green for those looking to work on their game.

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