Best NC Golf Courses

April 2014 — 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 seven of the Top 20, as indicated below:

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  • 1. Pinehurst No.2
  • 3. Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood)
  • 6. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
  • 9. Pinehurst No. 8
  • 11. Forest Creek Golf Club (South)
  • 12. Pinehurst No. 4
  • 19. Forest Creek Golf Club (North)

Rounding out the Top 100 listing were:

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  • 25. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
  • 26. National Golf Club
  • 32. Dormie Club
  • 40. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia)
  • 54. Pinehurst No. 7
  • 64. Mid South Club
  • 70. Tobacco Road Golf Club
  • 91. Legacy Golf Links
  • 93. Seven Lakes Country Club 
  • 100. Pinehurst No. 6

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. Forest Creek Golf Club (South)

This year the Golf Panel selected the Best Finishing Holes (nos. 16-18) in the state, then broke them out by region. In the Sandhills the following courses were deemed to have the Best Finishing Holes.

Best Finishing Holes, Sandhills:

  • 1. Pinehurst No. 2
  • 2. Pine Needles
  • 3. Pinehurst No. 8
  • 4. County Club of North Carolina (Dogwood)
  • 5. Forest Creek Golf Club (North)

Best Greens, Sandhills:

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

Best 19th Hole, Sandhills:

Mid Pines

  • 1. Pinehurst Nos. 1-5
  • 2. Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
  • 3. Forest Creek Golf Club
  • 4. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club
  • 5. Country Club of North Carolina 

The rankings, published in the April 2014 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.