When it’s sunny, 70 degrees, and the week of a major; you’ve gotta extend that lunch break during the week to walk 9 with a few friends. Artist and designer Dave Baysden along with Ryan Walker from G & E Magazine introduced us to Dr. Charles Sifford Golf Course in Charlotte, NC.
The course was originally named Bonnie Brae and opened in 1929 as Charlotte’s first municipal golf course. Unfortunately, the course was “whites-only” until an African-American policeman named Ray Booten tried to play there in 1951. That triggered years of court battles and in 1956 the course was desegregated and renamed as Revolution Park. Sifford was a Charlotte native and most notably the man who broke the color barrier in the PGA.
In 2008, a $1.5 million makeover saw a course renovation and the addition of a First Tee facility, practice area, new clubhouse and fitness center, and was officially renamed after Sifford in 2011.
A great walking course, CSGC is a challenging nine holes with several dog legs and impressive undulated greens. Every hole has a tribute to Sifford and a golf etiquette statement from First Tee. At $18 for 9 holes and $5 to replay it’s the perfect course for someone learning the game or trying it for the first time.