10 Top Country Clubs in Charlotte

An article in the Charlotte Agenda recently laid out Charlotte’s many country clubs and ranked them based on criteria that they researched and crowdsourced.

There is a very clear division between the upper tier and lower tiers based on price and exclusivity. In the upper echelon, Quail Hollow, Charlotte Country Club, Myers Park Country Club and Carmel Country Club.

After that tier, clubs become more easily comparable and more niche based- some target golfers and some are more family friendly.

Pricing data and country club scoops were based on an anonymous survey. Prices are listed in ranges because pricing data was crowdsourced and came in with different answers based on raise fees or membership levels.

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Quail Hollow Club 

  • This club is very prestigious and exclusive and has around 300 members. Quail Hollow is very difficult to get into unless you know Johnny Harris. This club is primarily for men and gold and does not really include families the way some of the other clubs do.

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Charlotte Country Club

  • Charlotte Country Club is the oldest and most respected club in Charlotte. It’s very difficult to get into.
  • Full membership and initiation fee is between $75K and $80K
  • Full membership dues are between $600 and $700 per month
  • Social membership initiation fee is between $50k and $55k
  • Social membership dues are between $400 and $500 per month

Myers Park Country Club

  • This club is currently on a 2-2.5 yr waiting list to add new members.
  • Full membership fee is between $70k to $85k
  • Full membership dues are between $600-$700 per month
  • Social membership initiation fee is between $50k and $55k
  • Social membership dues are between $400 and $500 per month

Carmel Country Club

  • The Carmel Country Club is a more relaxed club for social interaction and recreation. It’s known for its kid-friendly activities, fun adult parties and two golf courses. It may be the most diverse club of those listed in this article. In the last 10 years, the club has added $30,000,000 in renovations.
  • Full membership initiation fee is $70 to $80k
  • Full membership dues are $500 to $700 per month

Providence Country Club

  • This country club was purchased by McConnell Golf in February. John McConnell owns 12 of the best courses in the Southeast. The golf course will be remodeled next year and the club is considering designs by Davis Love III and Tom Doak.
  • Full membership initiation fee is $22,500
  • Full membership dues are $562 per month, with a food and beverage minimum of $50 per month

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Ballantyne Country Club

  • Full membership initiation fee is $23k to $25k
  • Full membership dues are between $500 and $750 per month
  • Carolina Golf Club
  • Full membership initiation fee is $25k
  • Full membership dues are between $300 and $400 per month

Peninsula Club

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The Club at Longview

  • In an email from the club: “Effective September 7th, the non-refundable joining fees for the Social category of membership will be increased to $25,000. With a month remaining before the effective date, there is a window of opportunity for anyone who you may know who has considered making Longview their Club home. Scheduled for January 1, 2017, the non-refundable Golf Membership joining fee will be increased to $65,000. Many of our Members have inquired about upgrading their Social Membership status to a full Golf Membership. If this is something you have been contemplating, you may want to consider this option before the fee increase becomes effective on January 1, 2017.”

Cedarwood Country Club

  • This club is golf focused first but also has fun family and social activities with good food. The traditional and well-manicured golf course is affordable and easy to get to.
  • Full membership initiation fee is $8k
  • Full membership dues are $440 per month
  • Young Professional Membership Initiation fee is $8k with $1,500 down
  • Young Professional dues are $340 per month until age 35

Honorable mentions: Firethorne Country Club, TPC Piper Glen, Pine Island Country Club, Raintree Country Club, Northstone Country Club, River Run Country Club, Pine Lake Country Club & Trump National Charlotte.