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Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 Once Again Named Best Course in N.C.

PINEHURST, NC (APRIL 1, 2020) – Pinehurst No. 2 has once again secured the top spot as the best golf course in the state as determined by the prestigious North Carolina Golf Panel. Pinehurst No. 4 (pictured above) moved up 10 ranking positions and into the Top 10 in the state to earn the ninth position. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines remains ranked fourth with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina holding onto its fifth position. Overall, 15 Pinehurst area golf courses are included among the Top 100 rankings.

The North Carolina Golf Panel was founded in 1995 and is recognized as the most authoritative statewide source of golf course rankings in a state that arguably has some of the nation’s best courses. The 135-member panel is composed of golf media, club professionals and general managers from many outstanding courses, accomplished amateur players and college golf coaches and others who play an active role in promoting golf in North Carolina.

“It’s no surprise to see that seven of the top 20 courses in the state are located in the Pinehurst area,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While our destination is one on every golfer’s bucket list, we have a great mix of courses from legendary and historic to affordable and fun to fit every price range. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, local dining with innovative chefs using products from farmers in Moore County, unique shopping options and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination for not only golfers, but for couples, meetings and groups.”

The move Pinehurst No. 4 made into the top 10 of the rankings is no surprise. The Gil Hanse redesign opened in September 2018, so more panelists were able to play it last year and fully consider it for the 2020 rankings. Another area course that saw large improvement in their ranking was Mid South Club which moved up eight spots and into the top 50 at #44. Also, The New Course at Talamore improved nine spots to #83.

The panel also ranked the Top 50 Courses You Can Play and the Pinehurst area once again dominated the list with 15 listed, or 30 percent of the clubs, including the top six – Pinehurst No. 2, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No.8, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pinehurst No. 9. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, The New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 6, Legacy Golf Links, Tobacco Road, Longleaf Golf and Family Club and Hyland Golf Club.

“We are so fortunate in the state of North Carolina to have an abundance of great golf courses from the mountains to the coast,” said Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel. “However, many of the courses in the Pinehurst area are legendary, globally-recognized and memorable. Those golf courses put our state on the golf bucket list map, not just for golfers in this country, but also from around the world.”

Pinehurst area golf courses are no strangers to the national and global stage as well when it comes to major championships. In 2019, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club hosted the U.S. Senior Women’s Open while Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 hosted the U.S. Amateur. In 2021, The Country Club of North Carolina will host the U.S. Junior Amateur. In 2022, the U.S. Women’s Open returns to Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. And the U.S. Open will be back at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2024, marking the fourth such major championship to be played at the historic club over the course of 25 years (1999, 2005, 2014 and 2024), the most to be played over the course of a quarter century than any other location in the country. All of those events are sanctioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

For more information about all golf courses in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area, visit For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2020, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit

Top 100 NC Courses for 2020:

  1. Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst
  2. Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville
  3. Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club, Cashiers
  4. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines
  5. The Country Club of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst
  6. Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte
  7. Elk River Club, Banner Elk
  8. Old North State, New London
  9. Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst
  10. Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte
  11. Sedgefield Country Club (Ross), Greensboro
  12. Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst
  13. Old Town Club, Winston-Salem
  14. Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington
  15. Wade Hampton Golf Club, Cashiers
  16. Eagle Point Golf Club, Wilmington
  17. The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst
  18. Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines
  19. Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham
  20. Raleigh Country Club, Raleigh
  21. Rock Barn Country Club (Jones), Conover
  22. Biltmore Forest Country Club, Asheville
  23. River Landing (River), Wallace
  24. McGregor Downs Country Club, Cary
  25. Governors Club, Chapel Hill
  26. Forest Creek Golf Club (South), Pinehurst
  27. Trump National Golf Club, Mooresville
  28. Prestonwood Country Club (Highlands), Cary
  29. Country Club of Landfall (Dye), Wilmington
  30. Treyburn Country Club, Durham
  31. Country Club of Landfall (Nicklaus), Wilmington
  32. Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst
  33. Forest Creek Golf Club (North), Pinehurst
  34. Linville Golf Club, Linville
  35. Forsyth Country Club, Winston-Salem
  36. High Point Country Club (Willow Creek), High Point
  37. The Hasentree Club, Wake Forest
  38. Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte
  39. Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill
  40. River Landing (Landing), Wallace
  41. Dormie Club, West End
  42. Greensboro Country Club (Farm), Greensboro
  43. Bald Head Island Club, Bald Head Island
  44. Mid South Club, Southern Pines
  45. Duke University Golf Club, Durham
  46. Gaston Country Club, Gastonia
  47. Country Club of Asheville, Asheville
  48. Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill
  49. Leopard’s Chase, Sunset Beach
  50. Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro
  51. The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro
  52. Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva
  53. Hope Valley Country Club, Durham
  54. Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst
  55. Grandover (East), Greensboro
  56. The Currituck Club, Duck
  57. Alamance Country Club, Burlington
  58. Pinehurst No. 7, Pinehurst
  59. Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh
  60. Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary
  61. Jefferson Landing, Jefferson
  62. The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis
  63. Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte
  64. Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center (Champions), Browns Summit
  65. Tiger’s Eye, Sunset Beach
  66. Hounds Ears Club, Blowing Rock
  67. River Run Country Club, Davidson
  68. Carmel Country Club (South), Charlotte
  69. Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro
  70. Croasdaile Country Club, Durham
  71. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington
  72. Cedarwood Country Club, Charlotte
  73. The Peninsula Club, Cornelius
  74. Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach
  75. Lake Toxaway Country Club, Lake Toxaway
  76. St. James Plantation (Reserve), Southport
  77. Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton
  78. Kilmarlic Golf Club, Powells Point
  79. Providence Country Club, Charlotte
  80. Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh
  81. Linville Ridge, Linville
  82. Tanglewood Park (Championship), Clemmons
  83. The New Course at Talamore, Southern Pines
  84. Grandover (West), Greensboro
  85. Wilson Country Club, Wilson
  86. Bermuda Run Country Club (East), Bermuda Run
  87. Cape Fear Country Club, Leland
  88. Brier Creek Country Club, Raleigh
  89. Benvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount
  90. Rocky River Golf Club, Concord
  91. Compass Point Golf Club, Leland
  92. Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane
  93. North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh
  94. Crow Creek Golf Club, Calabash
  95. Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte
  96. Brook Valley Country Club, Greenville
  97. Prestonwood Country Club (Fairways), Cary
  98. Blowing Rock Country Club, Blowing Rock
  99. Stoney Creek Golf Club, Whitsett
  100. Nags Head Golf Links, Nags Head

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2018, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $520 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.