Top 10 country clubs in Charlotte, ranked — including pricing data

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(Note: This list was updated August 2018. If you work at a country club in Charlotte or have first-party data that’s in conflict with our data below, please shoot a note to hi@charlotteagenda.com or leave an anonymous tip. In order to maintain accuracy, the data below is constantly refreshed based on new information.)

Country clubs in Charlotte have an indisputable upper tier, 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.

Pricing data, rankings and country club scoops (in quotes below) are based an Agenda reader survey and reviews. All financial figures below are based on user-submitted data, so you should use them only as estimates.

Note: Membership initiation fees are one-time fees and dues are monthly fees. And country clubs around Charlotte often have many different types of membership (ex, full, social, residential, out of town, junior, legacy, etc), thus the data below will vary depending on the membership you choose.


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#1 Charlotte Country Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $80,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $750/month (with $300/quarter minimum)
  • Junior Membership (under 40): Pay half price until age 40

“Charlotte County Club is the oldest most respected club in Charlotte. Very difficult to get in to.”

“Long waiting list right now… Better golf course than Quail in my opinion, even though quail gets the credit because it hosts the Wells Fargo.”

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#2 Quail Hollow Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $100,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $800/month

“Very prestigious, exclusive, only about 300 members”

“Quail Hollow also very difficult to get into unless you know Johnny Harris. This club caters more towards men and golf – not geared towards families as much as some of the others.”

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#3 Myers Park Country Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $75,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $600-$800/month
  • Social Membership Initiation Fee: $50,000 – $55,000
  • Social Membership Dues: $400 – $500/month

“Currently has a 2-2.5 yr waiting list to join.”

“With the new renovation complete, MPCC is the best club for people that live in Charlotte.”

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#4 Carmel Country Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $75,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $680/month

“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.”

“Probably the most diverse of the four big clubs here.”

“Carmel is the best all around for the value. Carmel has done 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 of golf.”


#5 Carolina Golf Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $25,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $400/month

“Carolina Golf Club has the best group of golfers to play with, and that would be supported by most private club members in Charlotte. Many graduate from Carolina and go to other clubs, but keep memberships at Carolina, or lament the lack of good groups to play with at their new club.”

“Hands down best for golfers that don’t want to pay for the extra stuff. Awesome course, great practice facility and easily the best golfers… It’s a fraction of CCC or MPCC. It’s also not stuffy. The downside is that the pool while solid, isn’t like the others. And no fitness. But, it’s a ‘golf’ club for sure.”

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#6 Providence Country Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $25,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $600/month

“Fact: There is a new pro shop and fitness area and the course was renovated and will open soon.”

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#7 Ballantyne Country Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $24,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $750/month
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#8 Peninsula Club

The Peninsula Club does equity memberships are the levels include: full, sport, tennis and social (with different access depending on the membership level).

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#9 The Club at Longview

  • Full Golf Membership: $65,000
  • Social Membership: $25,000
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#10 Cedarwood Country Club

  • Full Membership Initiation Fee: $8,000
  • Full Membership Dues: $440/month
  • Young Professional (under 40) Membership Initiation Fee: $3,000
  • Young Professional Dues: $340/month

“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.”


Additional country clubs in Charlotte to consider, based on your location and budget

Others include River Run Country ClubPine Lake Country Club, Skybrook Golf Club, and Rock Hill Country Club.


Other valuable country club comments from Agenda readers

“Quail Hollow – all business; Charlotte Country Club – old money Charlotte; Myers Park Country Club – best food; Carmel Country Club – big everything; Carolina Golf Club – great golf but no willingness to invest in the clubhouse side of things.”

“Top 4 are Charlotte, Quail, Myers Park and Carmel. Really just depends on what you’re looking for in a club. We live walking distance from Myers Park Country Club but chose Carmel because of the facilities, our friends are there, and Carmel’s family friendly atmosphere.”

“Charlotte and MPCC both require 2 member sponsors and 6-8 additional member references. Carmel only requires two member sponsors/references.”

“Myers Park has a good social scene but too crowded and not a great golf course. Quail has too few members and a lame social scene. Charlotte Country Club is a happy medium and a great family club.”

“For the young professionals in Charlotte that are from up north – joining a country club in Charlotte is way more affordable than you probably think.”

“If you are a golfer and live in near uptown (and can fork over the $$$ for the initiation fee) it will be hard to beat Carolina Golf Club.”

“We did not join Charlotte Country Club because it is a very male centric golf club… We didn’t join Myers Park Country Club because the pool sucks and you can’t get a tee time. Ever… We didn’t join Quail because we don’t know Johnny Harris. Same comment on the pool (sucks)… We joined Carmel because we wanted it all — location, gorgeous and playable golf courses, a great pool, tennis facilities to die for an junior programming. Carmel is forward thinking. A pizza truck at a Country Club? Yep. We have enjoyed two amazing outdoor concerts with thousands in attendance. Old Dominion at a private concert? That’s pretty forward thinking. Carmel members are a mix of old Charlotte and cool transplants who recognize Club use can be enjoyable for everyone (family or not).”

“There are a surprising amount of new, young families who are members. Members are getting younger and younger.”

“I think that someone hears country club – and assume that you are a snob, or that the scene at these clubs is really stuffy. I have been to those places, but I don’t believe that is the scene in Charlotte, most people are there for the recreation for themselves and family. Obviously not 100% the case, but that is the vibe that I think is more reality. I also believe that as Charlotte has become more diverse that has become more of the scene on the country club front; 30 years ago if you weren’t born here you couldn’t get it in the established clubs unless you were extremely connected, not the case anymore.”

“Outside of the clubs that have initiation fees north of $20k and waiting lists, there are some really, really good deals being offered by management/membership committees that are ‘unpublished deals.’ Lots of dues-only opportunities with a 1 year commitment out there for clubs. The wait list is the best barometer of club health but it can be a hard number to pin down.”

“River Run is a tough course that is meticulously manicured and extremely challenging. The greens roll fast and true. It was a Web.com tour site for past three years. It’ll run you $7,500 initiation fee and $450/mo for full membership and $3,000 initiation fee and $300/mo dues for a young professional membership. Free scheduled access to $1M Davidson College inside practice facility and technology. Dedicated short game practice area (three Par 3 holes).”

“Piper Glen is all about the golf… the pool is okay for the family but 95% of money and effort is only put towards the golf. In my opinion of course. Because Piper did the huge membership drive two years ago once they were bought by Club Corp the under 40 families is through the roof. It certainly helped their membership and the remodel of the main building improved the facility drastically.”

“No cargo shorts allowed.”

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