Insider Golf Tips

From the latest golf tip videos from some of the area’s best pros, to some insider scoop on what’s happening at the area’s courses, check out the latest below as you plan your getaway to The Home of American Golf.

Golf Tips with Donna Andrews

Lead golf instructor at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Donna Andrews, loves sharing her knowledge of the game. Check out some of her latest tips to step up your game the next time you play in the area.

Golf Tip #1 – Chipping Set-up

Donna Andrews, lead instructor at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC demonstrates the correct chipping set-up.

Golf Tip #2 – Putting Tempo

In our continuing series of golf tips to promote the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Donna Andrews shows us a great drill to improve your putting tempo, so you can be a more effective putter on the green.

Golf Tip #3 – Connection

In golf, staying “connected” is a key to a solid golf swing, but what does that mean and how can you improve this specific skill? In our continuing series of golf tips to promote the 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, Donna Andrews, lead instructor at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC demonstrates a drill you can do on your own to get the feeling of what staying “connected” is all about. Try this drill and see if your game improves!

Golf Tip #4 – Putting Drill

Lead instructor at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Donna Andrews, provides a good putting tip with a useful training aid that anyone can use to become a more consistent putter. Andrews competed in the U.S. Senior Women’s Open championship that was played at Pine Needles in May 2019.

More Insider Scoop from the Home of American Golf

Great Golf Hangouts

Locals know where to find the best beer, thick steaks cooked just right, great conversation, and a good haunt to watch the game. Start with these two, then branch out on your own!

The Pine Crest Inn

Yea, it’s where some golfers hang their hat (it’s a 60 room inn with bar and restaurant included), but the place gets cranking most nights when the locals show up. Many will try their hand at the chipping game – off the floor into a cup size hole in an old piece of plywood in the empty fireplace – that will sure test your nerves.

Pinehurst Resort Club

Start with the “Walk of Fame”. You won’t believe the number of golf trophies and nostalgia packed into glass display cases in this hallway just steps away from the expansive retail shop. Jack, Tiger, Payne, and Michelle are all prominently featured based on accomplishments there. After all that inspiration, it’s time to step outside with your putter and try your luck at the iconic Thistle Du. Getting thirsty? Visit the newest eating establishment at the resort, The Deuce, which features a bar area that opens onto the veranda overlooking the 18th green of No. 2.

Take a closer look…

Every great golf destination has its hidden gems that most visitors just don’t know about. According to the North Carolina Golf Panel’s annual rating of the state’s golf courses, here are a few to choose from when formulating your game plan:

Southern Pines Golf Club

Designer: Donald Ross
Built in 1923, pre-GPS, this one was a bear to find, tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. “Old School” is very cool here. Nestled amon the longleaf pines, this comfortable and relatively short track (but plays longer with elevated greens) will test you, but leave you feeling good about your game.

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Seven Lakes Golf Club

Designer: Peter Tufts
The architect, who was the grandson of the founding family of Pinehurst, crafted a thoughtful layout in 1976 tucked away in a quaint golf community with a nice mixture of rolling terrain, picturesque water holes and plenty to ponder on its smallish greens.

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Mid South Club

Designer: Arnold Palmer
Upon Entering this gated community, you’re in for a real treat. A striking, but casual clubhouse greets you along with an ample practice facility. Palmer’s design team (many rate this as one of their top creations) went “big” at Mid South, as in fairways, lakes and greens. That means lots of room and for most, not a big number on your scorecard. Available via many area package plans, to boot.

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