There’s an indisputable top tier of country clubs in Charlotte, based on price, prestige and exclusivity: Charlotte Country Club, Myers Park Country Club, Quail Hollow and Carmel Country Club.
After that upper tier, clubs become more comparable and more niche — some are built for golfers and some are built for families.
Country club quotes below are based on Charlotte Agenda reader survey and reviews.
“Charlotte County Club is the oldest most respected club in Charlotte. Very difficult to get in to.”
“Better golf course than Quail in my opinion, even though Quail gets the credit because it hosts the Wells Fargo.”
“Well regarded Donald Ross course, high caliber membership, not overcrowded.”
“Best combination of great golf course and family oriented culture.”
“Very prestigious, exclusive, only about 300 members”
“Quail is great because it has a small membership, and members don’t have issues with tee times.”
“With the new renovation complete, MPCC is the best club for people that live in Charlotte.”
“Carmel is known for its kid-friendly activities, fun adult parties, and two golf courses. It is definitely not an uptight place for social and recreation.”
“Carmel is the best all around for the value. Over $30M in renovations over the last 10 years without a single financial assessment to the members, making our facilities second to none.”
“Only one of the top tier clubs in Charlotte to have 36 holes.”
“If you are a golfer and live in near Uptown, it will be hard to beat Carolina Golf Club.”
“Fantastic golf course. Not Stuffy. Great, down to earth membership. Best players in the city.”
“Hands down best for golfers that don’t want to pay for the extra stuff.”
The golf course (par 72 with five par five holes) recently underwent a $3.2 million renovation and reopened in 2018.
“Ballantyne Country Club allows outside members (don’t have to live there) and has a young executive golf member pricing. It is also revamping dining to more al la carte and modern instead of the stuffy dining room no one really wants anymore.”
The Peninsula Club does equity memberships are the levels include: full, sport, tennis and social (with different access depending on the membership level).
Jack Nicklaus golf course and the only country club in Charlotte that does not have tee times.
“ClubCorp just put $7 million into Piper Glen so our golf course is all new and the clubhouse, pool and practice facility has all been renovated. These were all just completed mid to late 2018.”
“The lowest barrier of entry to join a true Charlotte country club has made it easy to attract a full membership. The membership is half made up of families under 40 years old (usually that would be 15%-20%). The clubhouse, restaurant and locker rooms were renovated in 2017. The entire golf course was renovated in 2018 and is in fantastic shape and is one of the best layouts in Charlotte. The club is owned by ClubCorp which gives members 200+ clubs around the world that can be played for $20-$30 and the TPC affiliation gives access to all those clubs for a major discount as well.”
Here’s a list of additional country clubs in Charlotte to consider, based on your location, tastes and budget.
- Raintree Country Club: Two 18-hole golf courses, nine tennis courts, pool, fitness center and recently renovated clubhouse.
- Cedarwood Country Club: “Cedarwood great club if your #1 reason to join is golf. They have fun family and social activities w/ surprisingly good food but the club is for golf first. Traditional, well-manicured (and walkable) golf course that is affordable and in easy to get to location.”
- Firethorne Country Club
- Pine Island Country Club
- The Palisades Country Club
- NorthStone Country Club
- Cowan’s Ford Country Club
- Gaston Country Club
- Pine Lake Country Club
- River Run Country Club
- Skybrook Golf Club
- Rock Hill Country Club
- River Hills Country Club
[Related Agenda golf guide: 10 best public golf courses around Charlotte, ranked]