Twenty-three of the golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area were rated 4-stars or better by Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play". That's 76% of the total area courses that were rated. For a look at which courses were rated visit our Course Ratings page. Now is a great time to visit and enjoy North Carolina golf!
This classic layout provides a traditional Village of Pinehurst area challenge to golfers of every ability. Whether you live nearby, are on business or planning your next golf vacation, if you truly love traditional golf, visit Beacon Ridge, a uniquely satisfying golf experience.
Extensive restoration of this classic Frank Hicks/Russell Breeder design was completed in mid-1997. The result is the best of both worlds; a rolling, well-conditioned, tree-lined course close to the core of the Sandhills...with the modern touches and the challenge you need...but without the crowding or high green fees. From our amply-sized practice facility...to the clubhouse and 19th hole lounge... to sculpted, fully-irrigated fairways bordered by acres of sand, water and jack-pine... The Bluff is North Carolina Sandhills golf at its finest.
Nine holes of the Cardinal course opened in 1970, with the second nine completed in 1981. Both courses are ranked in the top 15 in North Carolina.
CCNC is best known for its outstanding golf courses. The Dogwood course opened in 1963 and has been the venue for many championship events including three Carolinas Amateurs, six Southern Amateurs and the 1980 USGA Amateur.
The Pines course and its length, combined with the subtle terrain changes, gives “Golf Courses of The Sandhills” another gem in their arsenal of great designs. The Pines course will make you hit every club in your bag!
The River Course will remind you of a “northeastern country club” with the elevation changes, towering oak tress that line the fairways and overhanging greens. Tranquil lakes and streams meander through most of the back nine. The River is not as demanding as the Pines, but requires some “shot making” in order for a golfer to brag upon completion. Smaller greens and less playable rough make tee shots a premium.
The New Deercroft Golf Club is under new ownership. Deercroft is a Semi Private golf club located 18 miles south of historic village of Pinehurst. It is carved from magnificent pine forests, with a 70+ acre lake on property. Deercroft offers one of the most scenic and challenging tests in the North Carolina Sandhills. Golf Digest has described Deercroft as the "Best Kept Secret in the Pinehurst area".
The renowned architectural team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw selected 309 of the site’s 1,030 acres to route 18 magical holes. There will be no housing or artificial roadways within the golf course perimeter. The par 71 course can play 6,984 yards, but has only 68 acres of managed grass. The balance of the site is maintained in natural sand “floors”, wire grasses, pine trees and vegetation native to the Sandhills region.
Considered to be the most challenging, the Grey Fox Course covers hilly terrain with several doglegs cut through towering pines. Shot making is a premium on this well bunkered layout with characteristic elevated greens. Heavily guarded with deep bunkers, golfers find it important to position the ball on the proper side of the fairway to get the best approach angle to these slightly smaller greens. In the best condition it has been in over 10 years, the Grey Fox course provides all level of golfers to a playable challenge. If you played this course several years ago, it is time to see it again, we think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Preferred by many Members, the Red Fox Course offers wide manicured fairways and large elevated fast rolling greens. Water comes into play on 6 holes requiring forced carries from the back tees but with the option of going around the hazards from the forward tees. Fairway bunkers are strategically placed to grab the wayward shot and there is no lack of sand guarding the greens. This beautiful Gene Hamm design offers plenty of “bail out” places to avoid the most severe drop offs and deep faced bunkers. The G-6 hybrid bent grass greens hold shots well, but may confound even the best of putters with their characteristic subtle breaks.
Regarded by many as their favorite course in the the Village of Pinehurst area, the newly restored Hyland Golf Club (formerly Hyland Hills Golf Club) offers the highest elevations, tall pines, sparkling blue water and immaculate conditions. Under new ownership, Hyland Golf Club features brand new greens, manicured conditions and a new outlook toward providing the best customer service and experience in the Sandhills. Designed by Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame Member Tom Jackson, Hyland Golf Club offers a Sandhills golf experience that takes you back to a time where every shot in your bag was tested. You are invited to enjoy golf as its inventors intended.
Offering a challenging 9-hole golf course where the art of shot making takes precedence over power. Great walking facility but carts are available. Seniors, ladies and juniors find Knollwood very attractive and not intimidating. Instruction is available for all caliber of golfer from our PGA staff.
Legacy Golf Links is proud to be one of only three courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area which has played host to a USGA National Championship. This Jack Nicklaus II design is a "must play" when visiting the Sandhills. Village of Pinehurst Area NGCOA Chapter Golf Course of the Year 2014.
Once an equestrian landmark, Little River has been transformed into a legendary championship golf course. From its 200 foot elevation changes, winding rivers and thick forests, to its unsurpassed course condition, Little River is a must play for everyone.
Third generation golf course architect Dan Maples, creator of the Award Winning Pit Golf Links, brings his talent back home to Southern Pines with Longleaf Golf & Country Club. Built on the site of one of the Village of Pinehurst's former horse training estates, Longleaf shines with Dan's love of tradition. Many of the original features -- the white fences, rail post and hedgerows -- have been carefully retained as a tribute to the original site. Located off historic Midland Road in Southern Pines, Longleaf Golf & Country Club has been called the 'most playable course in the Sandhills' by Ron Witten of Golf Digest.
The Mid Pines course remains exactly as Donald Ross numbered and routed the course in 1921. Impeccably manicured to modern standards, Mid Pines is a classic gem, a rarity among Ross’s masterpieces because it is exactly as he crafted it more than 88 years ago. Even so, Mid Pines has played host to many national competitions including the 2002 USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship. It has few forced carries, artificial or contrived holes. It's been said that Mid Pines was never conceived as a daunting task to the finest players competing under championship conditions...Mid Pines was intended simply as a fun course with adequate challenge for members and guests of a private club and resort.
The Mid South Club is one of the Carolinas' most attractive private residential golf communities. Five hundred forty five acres of longleaf pine forests, lakes and gently rolling hillsides provide a backdrop for a place of beauty and serenity. The Mid South Club Arnold Palmer signature golf course offers it's members a challenging yet enjoyable championship layout on which to test their skills. Mid South Club has 11 acres of bunkers. Don't forget your sand wedge for the 14th hole, which has plenty of sand traps and bunkers.
Midland Country Club is a friendly and challenging 9-hole golf course located minutes from the historic Village of Pinehurst east of the traffic circle on Midland Road. Beautifully conditioned plush Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens make Midland CC a wonderful golf experience. With multi-tee configurations, we cater to seniors, ladies and juniors as well as the experienced player. Walking is always encouraged but carts are available. Never crowded, always accessible, give us a call or just stop by for an enjoyable day of golf.
For three generations, Peggy Kirk Bell and her family have been welcoming guests to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. The classic Donald Ross course was completely restored in 2004 and has hosted the 1996, 2001 and 2007 U.S. Women's Open Championship. World-renowned instruction and practice facilities, all wrapped up with Southern hospitality.
Step back in time to a classic layout that's stood the test of time. Even though Dr. Leroy Culver built the first rudimentary nine holes and John Dunn Tucker added the next nine, it is clearly Donald Ross' touch that can be seen on this first golf course. Don't let the short 6,093-yard par 70 fool you - it's more of a course than it first appears. Wild drives or a sloppy short game can make for a long day. As with any course bearing Ross' name, it is ultimately very playable without losing its challenge - and a favorite for a great starting round.
Of the more than 400 courses Donald Ross designed, Pinehurst No. 2 was where he made his home, continuing to tweak and perfect the course throughout his life. After an extensive restoration by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, the course has returned to the way Ross originally intended.
Ben Crenshaw said it best in the 1970s, when No. 3 made an impression. "I just don't think people understand how good those holes are. They're filled with interest. They're shorter, but there's plenty of character to them."
Don't let the number fool you. We kept the old name, even the majority of Ross' original routing. But in 2000, Fazio officially opened No. 4 as a brand new course, his Tribute to Pinehurst. Site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur, it offers a championship challenge to those who dare, including over 140 pot bunkers that dot the landscape. It also offers some of the most picturesque scenes at Pinehurst, including the 13th and 14th water holes.
Pinehurst and the Maples family are indelibly intertwined, and more so with this Ellis Maples design. Opened in 1961, No. 5 holds true to a key Ross feature - Mother Nature as the best guide in golf architecture. The course has more water hazards to negotiate than any other course at Pinehurst. What you'll see is a lot of variety in the layout - uphill and downhill, left-to-right and right-to-left, long and short par fours. Overall, it is a very playable, enjoyable 18 holes that will not disappoint.
No. 6, reopened in 2005 as a championship course. Renovations by Tom Fazio have increased shot values, developed all new putting greens and rebunkered the entire course - making it a strong addition to the championship golf set at Pinehurst. You'll find the terrain different here - rolling hills make for a test from the tee box. The back nine is one the most difficult anywhere. One thing rings true - it continues to be a favorite for those who love Fazio designs.
Located a mile away from the Main Clubhouse, No. 7, newly renovated in 2003, is one of the boldest and most dramatic golf courses at Pinehurst. Located on some of the most rugged land around the Village of Pinehurst, the course lends a mountainous feel to a course that literally backs up to the more gentle movement of the world-famous No. 2. The Rees Jones-designed masterpiece uses landforms in equal parts to assist and challenge the golfer - down off many tees into the fairway, back up on a number of holes into the greens. Add the wetlands that dot the landscape-particularly on the short, par 4 7th hole - along with vast expanses of the sand, the "fingers" of bunkers on the 16th and the large, undulating greens, this course is sure to leave you visually stimulated on each and every shot. Course No. 7 will make you think and reason to the very end... so come prepared.
No. 8 opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst's centennial year. Fazio incorporated signature Ross features into the design of No. 8, including dips and swales around the greens, sloping greens and false fronts. The greens and tees are close together, making it a pleasure to walk. As the site of the PGA Club Pro Championship in 1997 and 1998, it is a proven championship course that daunts and delights all who play it. Located approximately 2 miles from the Main Clubhouse at the site of the former Gun Club, it is a celebration of a century of great golf.
As a group, these holes represent some of the finest par-3 holes you will ever play, using every iron in your bag to play them. The course traverses natural, rolling land that is tucked within the back nine of the Magnolia course. The Azalea plays to a nine-hole par 27, but two sets of tees enables you to get 18 different looks.
A special signature design by golf’s legendary world traveler, Gary Player, the Holly course is the perfect compliment to the Magnolia. The Holly features fewer bunkers, more water and smaller greens. Vast areas of longleaf pines were left untouched, and the course features numerous natural waste bunkers. The design utilizes the property’s many lakes, ponds and streams that wind through numerous wooded areas throughout the course. Multiple tees present a variety of challenges, but the course is definitely playable for golfers of all skill levels.
Originally designed by Gene Hamm, the 18-Hole, par 72 Magnolia Course opened to rave reviews in 1989, and within two months was ranked as one of the top 50 courses in the entire southeastern United States by Golf Week. The Magnolia has seen a complete multi-million dollar redesign, to include new greens complexes with Crenshaw Bent Grass, bunkers and cart paths. The result is a truly fantastic lay-out with emphasis on risk-reward golf.
Seven Lakes golf course presents a true Sandhills experience. The contoured fairways wind through longleaf pines and are bordered by a landscape of azaleas, magnolias and dogwoods.
Legendary golf course architect Donald Ross carved 18 of perhaps the most rewarding golf holes in the Sandhills region. A true shotmaker's golf course, Ross gives players options. At 6300 yards, Southern Pines does not measure up to today's length of courses, but it makes up for it through a variety of shots from the tee and even more challenges into the greens. The result continues to prove the course's notoriety as the most entertaining 18 holes of golf in the area. A throwback to days gone by, where bump and run shots were the norm and tee shots demanded precision over length. One trip around this Ross gem will leave you wanting more. This is how golf should be played.
No ordinary golf course receives the kind of acclaim and international praise that has been given to Talamore's 18-hole course since it’s opening in 1991. Talamore has been ranked in the forefront of outstanding courses in the Village of Pinehurst area, an area which has been known for its golfing traditions for more than a century.
In the golf rich state of North Carolina, Tobacco Road Golf Club is honored to be included in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine's Top 100 Greatest Public Courses in America. This landmark design from the late Mike Strantz incorporates sound golf design principles, strategic shot values and an old abandon sand quarry to create arguably his greatest work. As of July of 2013, Tobacco Road rose to another plateau reaching number 50 in the world according to Golf Architecture Magazine as voted by 240 architects in 28 countries. Tobacco Road welcomes you!
Over thirty years ago, Ellis Maples, inspired by a picturesque, rolling track of land in the Pinehurst NC area, carved out another challenge for golfers in the Sandhills. His work, the Whispering Woods Golf Club Course, stands as a credit to him and a pleasure for many. Dan Maples, son of Ellis and renowned golf course architect in his own right, described Whispering Woods this way: “It is a golf course designed with the average player in mind, but good players won’t find a pushover. The well groomed condition of the course enhances the design and complements the roll of the land. Golfers experience left to right, short shots, long shots, uphill and downhill holes. And the quick bent grass green will keep you honest.”
Woven carefully into the fabric of the Woodlake Resort and Country Club community is a golf course reputed to be one of the most challenging in the Southeast – the Woodlake-Maples course. Designed by the late Ellis Maples and Ed Seay, one of today’s foremost golf course designers and head of the Arnold Palmer Golf Architects, the spectacular Maples course offers a USGA rating of 73.4. As testimony to the excellent condition and championship layout, Woodlake Resort and Country Club has hosted the Carolinas’ PGA Match Play Tournament, the North Carolina State High School Championships, and numerous local professional and amateur golf championships.
Designed by “The King”, Arnold Palmer, this beauty has it all. The Palmer course is one of the most popular in the area and was designed around Arnie’s belief in fair and challenging golf for all levels of play.