AREA AWARDS & ACCOLADES

American Automobile Association

  • Four Diamond Award Lodgings (2019) – The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst Resort; The Holly Inn, Pinehurst Resort
  • Four Diamond Award Restaurants (2019) – 1895 Grille, Pinehurst Resort

 


 

Convention South

  • Reader’s Choice Award (2019) – Convention & Visitors Bureau. Voted by meeting planners who have done business with the CVB in the past year. This is the tenth time the CVB has been recognized with this award.
  • The South’s Surprising Recreational Havens For Groups (2014) – Pinehurst, NC.  ConventionSouth’s editorial team researched cities throughout the South and selected the short list of 12 cities based on several factors, including their unique and diverse recreational offerings, attractions, meeting venues and accommodations for groups.

 


 

Destination Marketing Association of NC – Destination Marketing Achievement Awards

  • Collateral Piece (2016) – Gold for Destination Weddings
  • Print Ad Campaign (2016) – Gold for Holidays in the Hollies
  • Website (2016) – Platinum for new dynamic www.homeofgolf.com
  • Public Relations (2016) – Platinum for IAGTO Familiarization Tours

 


 

Forbes Travel Guide

  • Forbes Four-Star Lodgings (2014) – The Carolina Hotel, Pinehurst Resort
  • Forbes Four-Star Spas (2014) – The Spa at Pinehurst, Pinehurst Resort
  • Restaurant: Editors’ Pick (2014) – 1895 Grille

 


 

Golf Advisor

 

 


 

Golf Course Architecture

  • Architects’ Choice Top 100 (2013) – #15 Pinehurst No.2, #50 Tobacco Road
  • Architects’ Choice Regional Top Tens – North America (2013) – #8 Pinehurst No.2

 


 

Golf Digest

  • America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2019/2020) – #6 Pinehurst No. 2, #52 Tobacco Road, #64 Pinehurst No. 8, #79 Pine Needles, #91 Mid Pines
  • America’s Best New Public Golf Courses (2019) #2 Pinehurst No. 4
  • Best In State Rankings – North Carolina (2019/2020) – #2 Pinehurst No. 2, #10 Forest Creek (North), #12 Dormie Club, #13 Tobacco Road, #18 Forest Creek (South), #17 CCNC (Dogwood), #19 Pinehurst No. 8, #21 Pine Needles, #23 Mid Pines
  • America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses (2017/2018) – #30 Pinehurst No. 2
  • The Best Teachers in North Carolina (2017/2018) – #2 Eric Alpenfels, Pinehurst Resort; #3 Kelly Mitchum, Pinehurst Resort; #9 Gus Ulrich, Pinewild Golf Academy
  • Editors’ Choice Best Golf Pubs (2016) – Mr. B’s Lounge, Pine Crest Inn, Pinehurst, NC
  • Editors’ Choice Best Golf Boutique Hotels (2016) – Pine Crest Inn, Pinehurst, NC
  • Most Fun Golf Courses – Top 50 Public (2012) – #22 Pine Needles, #41 Mid Pines
  • America’s 75 Toughest Golf Courses (2012) – #10 Pinehurst No. 2, T#67 Tobacco Road
  • 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America (2011) – #12 Pinehurst Resort
  • 50 Greatest Golf Destinations (2000) – The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area ranked #3 in the world, finishing closely behind the Monterey, California area and St. Andrews, Scotland.

 


 

Golf Digest’s “Places to Play” Ratings

  • Five Star – Pinehurst No. 2 has achieved this distinction since these ratings began in 1992 and is the only course in NC to be designated with the 5-star rating.
  • Four-1/2 Star – Little River, Mid Pines, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No. 6, Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst No. 8, Pine Needles, The Pit, Talamore, and Tobacco Road.

 


 

Golf Digest Women

  • America’s Top 50 Courses For Women (2013) – #1 Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, #26 Pinehurst No. 4
  • America’s 50 Best Women Teachers  (20012) – #5 Peggy Kirk Bell, Pine Needles

 


 

Golf Magazine

  • Top 100 Teachers in America (2019) – Eric Alpenfels, Pinehurst Resort
  • Golf Magazine names Pinehurst No. 4 the “Best New Course You Can Play” (2018)
  • Top 100 Courses in the U.S. (2017-18) – #10 Pinehurst No. 2
  • Top 100 Courses in the World (2017-18) – #18 Pinehurst No. 2
  • Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play (2017-18) – #3 Pinehurst No. 2, #53 Pine Needles, #57 Dormie Club, #61 Mid Pines, #88 Tobacco Road
  • Premier Golf Resorts (2012) – Platinum: Pinehurst Resort; Silver: Pine Needles

 


 

Golfweek

  • Best Courses You Can Play in the U.S. (2020) – #3 Pinehurst No. 2, #41 Pinehurst No. 4, #42 Mid Pines, #55 Pine Needles, #99 Tobacco Road
  • Best Courses You Can Play State-By-State (2020) – In North Carolina, the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area took nine of the fifteen spots. Pinehurst No. 2 ranks #1, followed by #2 Pinehurst No. 4, #3 Mid Pines,  #4 Pine Needles, #6 Tobacco Road , #7 Pinehurst No.8, #9 Pinehurst No. 7, #13 Mid South Club and #15 Southern Pines Golf Club
  • Best Classic Golf Courses (2020) – #15 Pinehurst No. 2, #112 Mid Pines, #143 Pine Needles
  • Best Modern Courses (2020) – #115 Pinehurst No. 4, #141 Dormie Club, #156 Forest Creek (North)
  • Best Resort Courses (2019) – #3 Pinehurst No. 2, #29 Mid Pines, #37 Pine Needles, #59 Tobacco Road,  #69 Pinehurst No. 8, #193 Pinehurst No. 7
  • Best Residential Courses (2019) – #49 Forest Creek (North), #78 Forest Creek (South), #176 Pinehurst No. 9

 


 

Golf World Reader’s Choice Awards

  • Top 50 Public Golf Courses (2010) – #4 Tobacco Road
  • Top 50 Resort Courses (2010) – #8 Pinehurst Resort, #30 Pine Needles
  • Top 50 Public Golf Courses (2009) – #5 Tobacco Road, #24 Legacy Golf Links
  • Top 50 Resort Courses (2009) – #5 Pinehurst Resort, #27 Pine Needles

 


 

International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO)

  • North America’s 2014 Golf Resort of the Year – Pinehurst Resort

 


 

Links Magazine

  • Links 100 Top 10 US Public Rankings (Winter 2013) – #3 Pinehurst No.2
  • Links 100 World Rankings (Winter 2013) – #31 Pinehurst No.2
  • Top 20 Best Golf Cities (2010) – #12 Pinehurst, NC

 


 

Money Magazine

  • 25 Best Places To Retire (2009) – #4 Pinehurst, NC

 


 

National Council for Home Safety and Security

  • The Safest Cities in North Carolina (2019) – #2 Pinehurst

 


 

NC State Fair Wine Competition

  • Best of Category – Best White (2016) – McNeill by Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram

 


 

NerdWallet.com

  • Best Places To Start A Business in North Carolina (2015) – #8 Aberdeen, #11 Southern Pines

 


 

Newsmax

  • 50 Best Small Towns in America (2016) – #25 Southern Pines

 


 

Niche.com

  • Best Places to Retire in America (2016) – #93 Pinehurst
  • Best Places to Retire in America, By State, NC (2016) – #1 Pinehurst, #2 Southern Pines

 


 

Safewise.com

  • The 20 Safest Cities in North Carolina (2018) – #3 Pinehurst

 


 

Site Selection Magazine

  • Top 100 Micropolitan Areas (2004) – Formerly known as the Top Small Town Award. #49 Southern Pines, NC. In all, North Carolina is home to 11 of the Top 100 Micropolitans.

 


 

SmartAsset.com

  • 2016 Best Places to Retire (NC) – #4 Pinehurst

 


 

Travel & Leisure Top 500

  • World’s Best Hotels (2015) – Pinehurst Resort

 


 

U.S. News & World Report Travel

  • Best Hotels in North Carolina (2017) – #14 The Carolina at Pinehurst Resort

 


 

Where to Retire

  • America ’s 100 Best Master-Planned Communities (2003) – Longleaf, Southern Pines