b'No. 1Talamore Golf Resort, Southern Pines1st hole, par 5, 623 yardsThe most memorable and perhaps most daunting opener in town is this gargantuan three-shotter from architect Rees Jones. Mature pines, wetlands that intrude into the fairway on the right, a stout bunker front-right of the green and a large green framed by mounds place a premium on accuracy, yet its massive length means you better be ready to smash away right from the opening bell. No. 2Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines 2nd hole, par 4, 481 yardsDonald Ross 1927 masterpiece has hosted three U.S. Womens Opens, won by Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Cristie Kerr, all of whom faced a demanding early-round test at the second. Its shot value recently restored by architect Kyle Franz, this sturdy par 4 calls for a drive to a plateau, followed by a well-gauged downhill approach to a green that slopes beguilingly away from the player.No. 3Southern Pines Country Club, Southern Pines 3rd hole, par 3, 198 yardsThis Donald Ross original bares its antlers at the third. From an elevated tee, its easy to see whats aheada healthy long iron to a well-bunkered green that slopes sharply from back to front. Its tough to chase a ball to a back pin, with a fear of airmailing the green giving pause. Yet a front hole is cut in the narrowest portion of the green. Find the middle of the putting surface and you still face a tough downhill putt. Simple in plan, stupendous in execution.No. 4Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club, Southern Pines 4th hole, par 4, 330 yards A unanimous selection by our panel, this mighty-mite bears the architectural footprint of Donald Ross in 1921, but not until Kyle Franz 2013 restoration did its star truly shine. The ideal layup drive to a left-to-right tilting fairway will hug the sandy hazard on the left, which affords a great angle and look into the green. A precise approach is a must, as the shallow, plateau target slopes away back-right, so any indifferent wedge will spin off the green. Its drivable, but miss in the wrong place and face 5 or worse.No. 5Pinehurst Resort (No. 2), Pinehurst5th hole, par 4/5, 481/576 yards As one of our panelists put it, one of the top five holes in the worldas a par-4. Now its an ordinary par-5. A par 4 for the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens and a par 5 for the 2014 U.S. Open, either way, its memorable. A right-to-left fairway tilt suggests keeping the drive up the right side, but too far right and the ball will be well above your feet for the long, de-manding second. The same vicious tilt at the throat of the green will repel all but the most skillfully judged approaches.No. 6Dormie Club, West End 4th hole, par 4, 434 yardsThe mid-length 2010 Coore-Crenshaw creation features an extra-wide, left-to-right tilting fairway that contains a speed slot down the left side. Find it with your crisply drawing drive and youll gain an extra 40 yards, a la Augusta Nationals par-4 10th, along with a preferred angle into the strategically bunkered green. The downhill approach is enhanced by a lake behind the green and by the presence of clever contours on and around the putting sur-face.No. 7Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines 3rd hole, par 3, 145 yardsLow-handicap ball-strikers might choose Pine Needles strong 218-yard 5th as the best par 3 on the property, but the most memorable is the petite downhill 3rd. One of Donald Rosss prettiest holes asks for a precise short-iron over a lake to a back-to-front sloping, boldly bunkered green thats backdropped by towering pines and bursts of colorful dogwoods and flowers.No. 8Pinehurst Resort (No. 9), Pinehurst10th hole, par 5, 514 yardsFormerly known as National, a private 1988 Jack Nicklaus design, this rugged, gorgeous layout was welcomed into the Pinehurst resort family several years back, opening up some unforgettable holes to outside play. Among them is this dogleg-right, risk/reward par 5 that tempts with a wide fairway and gettable green, but which also sports a scorecard-wrecking lake that bisects the fairway and menaces the green in front and to the right. No. 9Mid Pines Inn & Club, Southern Pines 18th hole, par 4, 411 yardsAre there stronger holes than the closer at this superbly restored Donald Ross design? Sure. Holes 3, 12, 16 and 17 come to mind. None however, will linger longer than our pick here. A controlled draw is the preferred tee shot to a fairway framed by tall pines, formal bunkers and sandy scrub. What follows is an approach to a back-to-front sloping green backdropped by the Georgian-style Mid Pines Inn, the grandest stage in Pinehurst.No. 10Pinehurst Resort (No. 1), Pinehurst 13th hole, par 4, 414 yardsFor the best glimpse of what golf looked like when it began here in the 19th century, check out the current 13th on No. 1, whose routing and fairway dates to the late 1890sjust prior to Rosss arrival in Pinehurst. Early on, it played as the 317-yard 12th, and for decades, ex-isted on the same terrain, with the same tee shot carry over Buchanans Branch. Following several course design tweaks, it plays today as the 13th. Favor the left-center of the fairway for the best look at the green.7 ::/homeofgolf @usahomeofgolf @homeofamericangolf'