Home of American Golf Has Highest Concentration of Golf Digest's Top 100 Public Courses
May 17, 2017
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (May 17, 2017) — The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen Area of North Carolina was awarded six of the Top 100 courses in Golf Digest's 2017/18 ranking of Public Courses You Can Play. The area topped Pebble Beach/Monterey Peninsula (four courses), Bandon Dunes (four courses), Bend Oregon (three courses), and many other golf destinations that were recognized with two or less courses.
The ranking doesn't surprise the thousands of golf groups that make their annual pilgrimage to the Home of American Golf® in central North Carolina to test their game among 40 legendary courses. Since the early 1900's, golf has been a key element of the culture – it was home to golf course architect Donald Ross and hosted touring golf pros like Ben Hogan and Annika Sorenstam who won majors here.
The six courses included in the Top 100 are Pinehurst No. 2 (ranked 6th), Dormie Club (ranked 49th), Tobacco Road (ranked 55th), Pinehurst No. 8 (ranked 64th), Pine Needles (Ranked 68th), and Mid Pines (ranked 94th). Half of those six were designed by the distinguished architect, Donald Ross.
The five states with the most representation in the ranking include California, Wisconsin, Oregon, North Carolina, and Michigan. They account for 41 percent of the 100 total courses ranked. Notable for these top golf destinations is they are generally located in rural resort communities, most with county populations less than 100,000.
“The United States has such a rich collection of wonderful golf courses to choose from, so it's an honor to be recognized by Golf Digest as the destination offering the highest number/concentration of public access courses in their 2017/18 rankings. There has never been a better time to make special memories in the Home of American Golf®,” according to Caleb Miles, CEO for the area's Convention & Visitor Bureau.
For more information about North Carolina's Pinehurst, Southern Pines, and Aberdeen Area go to www.homeofgolf.com for seasonal specials, amenities, and other trip planning suggestions.