The Home of American Golf® has long been recognized for its number and quality of golf courses. The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the 2017 review and ranking by the NC Golf Panel for the Top 50 Courses You Can Play (best public and semi-private courses) in North Carolina includes sixteen area courses in Moore County. That’s over 30 percent, and totaled more than the second and third locations combined (Brunswick County – 8, Triad Region – 7). The NC Golf Panel results are published annually in the April issue of BusinessNC magazine.

These chart toppers represent a variety of courses, difficulty, and architects. The Pinehurst Resort is well represented with the following rankings – Pinehurst No.2 (1), Pinehurst No.8 (3), Pinehurst No.4 (4), Pinehurst No.9 (7), Pinehurst No.7 (16), Pinehurst No.6 (41), and Pinehurst No.1 (44). In addition, Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (2), Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (5), Dormie Club (10), Mid South Club (15), Southern Pines Golf Club (30), Tobacco Road Golf Club (32), Talamore Resort (34), 7 Lakes Country Club (37), and Legacy Golf Links (40) wrap up the listings for the Home of American Golf®.

“For over 115 years golf has played a significant role in the local and state economy and has served as a key element of the North Carolina brand. We’re extremely proud of the high standards these courses strive for as demonstrated by their loyal customers and strong ranking by the NC Golf Panel”, states Caleb Miles, President and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB.

As the spring season begins, golfers can enjoy these and many other courses in the area for their traditional spring golf trips. Additional information and seasonal packages can also be found on Enjoy the energy of spring golf, great dining from casual to gourmet, local craft beers, and our events and festivals.

For more than 20 years, the NC Golf panel has ranked the state’s 100 best golf courses, plus regional standouts and favorites in other select categories. The group includes more than 150 pros, coaches, notable amateur players and business leaders.

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (April 12, 2017) – Ray Evernham’s freshly restored Brawner Hawk, a significant piece of racing history, that Mario Andretti drove to the 1965 USAC National Championship and Rookie of the Year honors will be staged at the 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance and judged in the Race Cars Class.

The Brawner Hawk was recently restored by one of the car’s original mechanics, Jim McGee, using 85 percent of its original parts, including one of the engines that was in rotation during Andretti’s stint with the car.

While Andretti was already a familiar name in the sprint car circuits, the Brawner Hawk helped launch the Andretti legend in the USAC Champ Car series. The Champ Car series went on to become the CART series in 1978 with Andretti still active as a dominant driver.

Starting with the Brawner Hawk in 1965, Andretti became one of the most successful drivers in the history of the sport. He is only one of two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportcar Championship and NASCAR.

Evernham is a former racing crew chief for Bill Davis Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, owner of his own team Evernham Motorsports from 2001–2007, and analyst for ESPN’s NASCAR coverage and, currently, host of AmeriCarna on Velocity. He is a three-time Winston Cup Series champion crew chief with driver Jeff Gordon.

Tickets to the fifth anniversary of the Pinehurst Concours on Saturday, May 6 at iconic Pinehurst Resort can be purchased at Award-winning country music singer Sara Evans will perform a live concert on the show field following the crowning of the Best of Show.