Fifth Avenue Of Golf
December 15, 2007
SOUTHERN PINES, NC – As you near the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area from the north, you'll notice the tall pine trees that add a unique touch to the scenery on a straight forward driving approach. Take the exit to Midland Road (Hwy. 2) and the whole world changes. Here is a bit of trivia about our most famous road:
Nicknamed the "Fifth Avenue of Golf" because of the multitude of courses designed by famed golf course architects including, Donald Ross, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Dan Maples, and Jack Nicklaus, to name few.
Designated a National Historic Landmark and recognized as the first four-lane road in North Carolina.
Mid Pines Golf Club opened in 1921 and was once owned by pro golfer Julius Boros and designed by Donald Ross.
Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club is known as the site of the 1996, 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women's Open Championships. Created in 1927, this Donald Ross-design is the home of legendary Peggy Kirk Bell, LPGA member and considered one of the top golf instructors for women in the country.
Other notable "Fifth Avenue" courses are Knollwood Fairways, an enjoyable nine-hole tract by C.A. Pitts; Talamore, a Rees Jones-design initially made famous by its llama caddies; The Club at Longleaf, a Dan Maples-design built on the former site of an equestrian training facility; Midland Country Club, Mid South Club, the first Arnold Palmer course in the area; and The National Golf Club, 18 holes of straightforward golf by Jack Nicklaus.
Home to another National Historic Landmark, Midland Road's traffic circle is reminiscent of the "roundabouts" of Europe but easier for tourists to navigate.
Less than 50 years old, the traffic circle was recognized for serving as the entrance to Pinehurst and remains consistent with the curving roads designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted.
The "other side of the circle" is home to the renowned Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open Championships and the future back-to-back U.S. Men's and Women's Open Championships in 2014.
Midland Road ends not far from the second green of Pinehurst No. 2.
Traveling along this road, you will pass courses that opened from 1907 to 1993, all within a few miles. More than one-third of the area's 42 golf courses are accessible via Midland Road.