No one is immune to bargain hunting and in the daily-fee golf world in and around Mecklenburg County, there are places that if you look, you can get good bang for your bucks. Nothing pretentious, just good golf along with a hot dog and beverage.
Here are five:
1) Lancaster Golf Club
Just south of Fort Mill, S.C., Lancaster GC is a hidden gem. Built in 1935, the front nine of Lancaster GC was designed by the legendary Donald Ross.
It’s a traditional layout, unpretentious and lots of fun to play. Weekdays, the greens fee is $48 and weekends it’s $53, but that includes the cart fee. There are discounted rates for starting times after 2 p.m. For more, www.playlancaster.com.
2) Monroe Country Club
It’s not a country club, instead operated by the City of Monroe. Its front nine was also designed by Donald Ross in the 1930s and the back nine was added in 1970 by Tom Jackson.
Monroe CC now has Champion Bermuda greens, which are always in good condition. Weekdays, the green fee is $42 and weekends, it’s $49 but that includes cart fees. Seniors can play weekdays for $28. And twilight rates start after 11:00 a.m. For more, www.monroecountryclubgolf.com.
3) Charlotte National Golf Club
Located in Indian Trail, Charlotte National is one of the better bargains around. The course is challenging but fair and has four sets of tees to accommodate every ability level.
It’s one of the few in the area that still has bent grass greens, but they pride themselves in the condition. Mondays and Fridays, you can play for $32 with cart. That price dips to $26 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It’s $45 on weekends. You get a break after 2 p.m. on weekdays and after 11 a.m. on weekends. For more, www.charlottenationalgc.com.
4) Westport Golf Club
Opened in 1968, Westport has been a longtime staple in daily-fee golf in the area. Located in Denver on Lake Norman, Westport is well-known to the locals and sometimes forgotten about by city dwellers.
The course has Tif-Eagle Bermuda greens and a layout that’s fun and friendly. The club offers memberships but also welcomes daily-fee players. Weekdays, you can play for $35 and weekends for $45, which includes cart. Twilight rates begin after 1 p.m. For more, www.westportgc.com.
5) Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course at Revolution Park
This will surprise you if you pay a visit. Completely renovated, the Sifford Course is a nine-hole layout just a few minutes from uptown Charlotte. It also has an expansive driving range and three large practice greens.
If you’re looking to play a quick nine holes after work or to work on your game, this is a perfect venue. And you can play for a maximum of $23 weekdays and $29 weekends, which includes cart. For more, http://www.charlottepublicgolf.com/sifford_course/.