Even the pros will tell you, golf isn’t easy. Fun, often times. Frustrating? That, too. But most every duffer will agree, even a bad day on the links beats a good day at work. And some of the best and most accessible golf in the area doesn’t require expensive club memberships or over-the-top greens fees. Golfers from good to great, or the just plain curious can all have a great experience on any of five Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation golf courses.
And just like an angler might be reluctant to reveal his or her secret fishing hole, golfers are often equally as unwilling to dish on angles, club choice, or best approaches to the holes on their “home course.” But we asked course staff, clubhouse managers, and greenskeepers at each course for their intel on how to play these great golf courses!
Charles T. Myers Golf Course
The basics: 18-hole course with driving range, putting and practice greens.
Location: 7817 Harrisburg Road, CLT 28215
At one time, hole number 12 was considered one of the highest points in Mecklenburg County. From the tee, this hole still provides great views of the uptown skyline. Because of the course layout, on breezy days you’ve got to play the wind here at the Charles T. Myers Golf Course. Players love the course, love the views, and love that it’s open and fair. It’s a little hilly, but not so much that you can’t walk comfortably. For beginners, fairways are very open, so it’s easier to stay out of trouble. Still got to beat old man, par, though!
The basics: 18 holes, driving range, with chipping and putting greens.
Location: 1525 West Tyvola Road, CLT 28210
The lowest rates in the area, and four star condition golf course. Renaissance features an18 hole championship course, and a 3 hole learning course, too. Here you can get PGA pro golf lessons, as well. Renaissance is also the closest 18 hole course to uptown, and the closest to the airport, too. It’s also one of the longest courses, too, and can be stretched out to 7300 yards. Consider this one as two courses in one, with a wide open front 9 that gets tighter and has some blind spots on the back 9. Not overly tough, but a good challenge. Renaissance is ready to challenge most any style of golfer. Far from monotonous, each hole is unique in its own way.
Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution
The basics: 9-hole course with chipping and putting practice greens.
Location: 1225 Remount Road, CLT 28208
Staff boast that this is one of the best kept golf courses in the area, and always in beautiful shape, thanks to the people that put in the time and effort to make it look the way it does. The better putter is the golfer that’s going to come out on top here. It’s pretty easy to get a tee time, too. The team at the pro shop I tell first timers to succeed here, you’ll have stay below the hole. The practice green and driving range add to the experience, and even though it’s only 9 holes, at almost 3,000 yards it’s not a short course. No real surprises in this no-nonsense, straightforward course, but it can expose your weaknesses and show your what need to work on in order to master it!
The basics: 18 holes of golf, driving range, putting green, and practice sand trap.
Location: 800 Radio Road, CLT 28216
Built in the 60’s, Sunset Hills is one of the oldest golf courses in Mecklenburg County. Along with the 18-hole regulation course, there’s also a 9-hole “learner’s course.” Its 27-par layout is perfect for beginners, or any golfer looking to get a quick 9 holes of practice or casual play. Yes, this old, tree lined short track course doesn’t feature a ton of yardage, but the pros here say there are plenty of tricky spots to keep you honest, particularly around the greens. Sunset Hills is great for beginners and those who don’t hit the long tee shots, and it’s a challenge for more experienced golfers as it’s an excellent chance to sharpen the short game. Sunset’s 18-hole course features a healthy diet of 3 pars 5 holes, and the rest are 3 and 4 par.
The basics: 18-hole championship course with two putting greens, driving range, and chipping green.
Location: 3800 Prosperity Church Road, CLT 28216
A favorite for special events and group golf outings, The Tradition Golf Club is an 18-hole championship level course with wooded, tree-lined fairways, and combination of small, tight greens and larger sloping greens. Strategy and a strong short game are the keys to playing well here at The Tradition, but every type of player can find their opportunity to excel. Just a short drive from the University area, The Tradition is easily accessible from Interstate 85. Just a few of the holes feature dog leg turns, but don’t let the straight fairways fool you; challenge awaits around and on the greens. Lessons and clinics are also available, and the course and 5,400 clubhouse are reservable for events, outings, and tournaments, too!
Tee times at all Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation golf courses can be made online, or over the phone at 866-455-GOLF (4653).