Best NC Golf Courses

April 2016 — Out of nearly 600 golf courses throughout North Carolina, courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area earned 17 spots in the list of Top 100 Golf Courses in the state, as determined annually by the North Carolina Golf Panel. Once again, Pinehurst No. 2 tops the list — as has been the case since the panel was founded in 1995.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen region is home to four of the Top 10 golf courses in North Carolina, and eight of the Top 20, as indicated below:

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  • 1. Pinehurst No.2
  • 4. Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood)
  • 5. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
  • 9. Pinehurst No. 8
  • 11. Pinehurst No. 4
  • 17. Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal)
  • 19. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
  • 20. Forest Creek Golf Club (South)

Rounding out the Top 100 listing were:

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  • 24. Forest Creek Golf Club (North)
  • 34. Pinehurst No. 9
  • 39. Dormie Club
  • 43. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia)
  • 57. Mid South Club
  • 60. Pinehurst No. 7
  • 82. Tobacco Road Golf Club
  • 94. Talamore Resort
  • 97. Seven Lakes Golf Club

The Golf Panel also produced a Top 5 list for seven different regions within the state - Coastal, Western, Triad, Triangle, Charlotte, Eastern and Sandhills.

Best by Region, Sandhills:

Pine Needles

  • 1. Pinehurst No. 2
  • 2. Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood)
  • 3. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
  • 4. Pinehurst No. 8
  • 5. Pinehurst No. 4

This year the Golf Panel also ranked the Top 50 Courses You Can Play. Fifteen of the Top 50 are found in the Sandhills.

Top 50 Courses You Can Play:

  • 1. Pinehurst No. 2
  • 2. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
  • 3. Pinehurst No. 8
  • 4. Pinehurst No. 4
  • 5. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
  • 8. Pinehurst No. 9
  • 10. Dormie Club
  • 16. Mid South Club
  • 18. Pinehurst No. 7
  • 27. Tobacco Road Golf Club
  • 33. Talamore Resort
  • 35. Seven Lakes Golf Club
  • 37. Southern Pines Golf Club
  • 38. Legacy Golf Links
  • 41. Pinehurst No. 6

Top 20 Favorite Donald Ross Courses:

  • 1. Pinehurst No. 2
  • 3. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
  • 4. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
  • 11. Pinehurst No. 4
  • 16. Southern Pines Golf Club

Hidden Gems, Sandhills:

Mid South Club

  • 1. Southern Pines Golf Club
  • 2. Seven Lakes Golf Club
  • 3. Mid South Club
  • 4. Talamore Golf Club
  • 5.  Legacy Golf Links

The rankings, published in the April 2016 issue of BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA , are compiled based on votes cast by a panel of golf industry experts. For the complete list please visit the North Carolina Golf Panel.

Related Link: See Golf Packages available for Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Aberdeen Golf Courses.