Area Awards & Accolades

American Automobile Association

  • Four Diamond Award Lodgings (2014) - The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst Resort; The Holly Inn, Pinehurst Resort
  • Four Diamond Award Restaurants (2014) - 1895 Grille, Pinehurst Resort

Convention South

  • The South's Surprising Recreational Havens For Groups (2014) - Pinehurst, NC.  ConventionSouth’s editorial team researched cities throughout the South and selected the short list of 12 cities based on several factors, including their unique and diverse recreational offerings, attractions, meeting venues and accommodations for groups. 
  • Reader's Choice Award (2013) - Convention & Visitors Bureau. Voted by meeting planners who have done business with the CVB in the past year. This is the fifth time the CVB has been recognized with this award.

Forbes Travel Guide

  • Forbes Four-Star Lodgings (2013) - The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst Resort
  • Forbes Four-Star Spas (2013) - The Spa at Pinehurst, Pinehurst Resort

Golf.com

  • Best Public Golf Courses in North Carolina (2012) - #1 Pinehurst No.2, #2 Pine Needles, #4 Tobacco Road, #5, Dormie Club, #6 Pinehurst No.8, #7 Pinehurst No.4, #9 Mid Pines, #20 Pinehurst No.7

Golf Course Architecture

  • Architects' Choice Top 100 (2013) - #15 Pinehurst No.2, #50 Tobacco Road
  • Architects' Choice Regional Top Tens - North America (2013) - #8 Pinehurst No.2

Golf Digest

  • America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2013/2014) #7 Pinehurst No. 2, #30 Dormie Club, #44 Pinehurst No. 4, #47 Pine Needles, #57 Pinehurst No. 8, #87 Tobacco Road.
  • Best In State Rankings - North Carolina (2013/2014)#2 Pinehurst No. 2, #8 Dormie Club, #13 Forest Creek (North), #14 Forest Creek (South), #15 Pinehurst No. 4, #16 CCNC (Dogwood),#17 Pine Needles, #19 Pinehurst No. 8, #23 Tobacco Road.
  • America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses (2013/2014)#40 Pinehurst No. 2
  • The Best Teachers in North Carolina (2013+2014) - # 4 Kelly Mitchum, Pinehurst Resort; # 5, Eric Alpenfels, Pinehurst Resort; # 10 Gus Ulrich, Pinewild Golf Academy 
  • Most Fun Golf Courses - Top 50 Public (2012) - #22 Pine Needles, #41 Mid Pines
  • America's 75 Toughest Golf Courses (2012) - #10 Pinehurst No. 2, T#67 Tobacco Road
  • 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America (2011) - #12 Pinehurst Resort
  • 50 Greatest Golf Destinations (2000) - The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area ranked #3 in the world, finishing closely behind the Monterey, California area and St. Andrews, Scotland.

Golf Digest's "Places to Play" Ratings

  • Five Star - Pinehurst No. 2 has achieved this distinction since these ratings began in 1992 and is the only course in NC to be designated with the 5-star rating.
  • Four-1/2 Star - Little River, Mid Pines, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No. 6, Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst No. 8, Pine Needles, The Pit, Talamore, and Tobacco Road.
  • For a complete listing of the rated golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area, please visit our Golf Digest Ratings page.

Golf Digest Women

  • America's Top 50 Courses For Women (2013) – #1 Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, #26 Pinehurst No. 4
  • America's 50 Best Women Teachers  (20012) – #5 Peggy Kirk Bell, Pine Needles

Golf Magazine

  • Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play (2014) – #3 Pinehurst No. 2, #50 Pine Needles, #48 Dormie Club, #89 Tobacco Road,  #96 Pinehurst No. 8
  • Top 100 Courses in the U.S. (2013) – #10 Pinehurst No. 2
  • Top 100 Courses in the World (2013) – #16 Pinehurst No. 2
  • Premier Golf Resorts (2012) – Platinum: Pinehurst Resort; Silver: Pine Needles
  • Top 100 Teachers in America (2005-2006) – Eric Alpenfels, Pinehurst Resort; Peggy Kirk Bell, Pine Needles; Michael Hebron, Pine Needles (winter season only). Included in the Top Teachers by Region (Southeast) was Bob Dougherty, Professionals Golf School.

Golfweek

  • Best Residential Courses (2014) – #36 Forest Creek (North), #53 Forest Creek (South)
  • Best Resort Courses (2014) – #3 Pinehurst No. 2, #20 Pine Needles, #50 Tobacco Road, #64 Mid Pines, #70 Pinehurst No. 8, #79 Pinehurst No. 4
  • Best Courses You Can Play State-By-State (2014) - In North Carolina, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area took eight of the fifteen spots. Pinehurst No. 2 ranks #1, followed by #2 Mid Pines, #3 Dormie Club,  #4 Pine Needles, #6 Tobacco Road, #9 Pinehurst No. 8, #10 Pinehurst No.4 and #13 Southern Pines Golf Club
  • Best Classic Golf Courses (2014)#13 Pinehurst No. 2, #77 Mid Pines, #85 Pine Needles
  • Best Modern Courses (2014) – #84 Dormie Club
  • Best New Courses (2012) – #3 Dormie Club

Golf World Reader's Choice Awards

  • Top 50 Public Golf Courses (2010) - #4 Tobacco Road
  • Top 50 Resort Courses (2010) - #8 Pinehurst Resort, #30 Pine Needles
  • Top 50 Public Golf Courses (2009) - #5 Tobacco Road, #24 Legacy Golf Links
  • Top 50 Resort Courses (2009) - #5 Pinehurst Resort, #27 Pine Needles

Links Magazine

  • Links 100 Top 10 US Public Rankings (Winter 2013) - #3 Pinehurst No.2
  • Links 100 World Rankings (Winter 2013) - #31 Pinehurst No.2
  • Top 20 Best Golf Cities (2010) - #12 Pinehurst, NC

Money Magazine

  • 25 Best Places To Retire (2009) - #4 Pinehurst, NC

Site Selection Magazine

  • Top 100 Micropolitan Areas (2004) - Formerly known as the Top Small Town Award. #49 Southern Pines, NC. In all, North Carolina is home to 11 of the Top 100 Micropolitans.

Travel & Leisure Top 500

  • World's Best Hotels (2013) - Pinehurst Resort

Where to Retire

  • America ’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities (2003) – Longleaf, Southern Pines