Pinehurst Golf Resort
Situated 70 miles southwest of Raleigh, the 5-star Pinehurst resort features 8 high quality courses and is considered one of the finest in the world. However, it is extremely expensive. Yardages quoted below are from the back tees.
No. 1 Course
Renowned golf course architect, Donald Ross, redeveloped the original 1898 Leroy Culver design, resulting in an outstanding, challenging par-70 layout. At only 6,128 yards, it is suitable for all golfers, but accuracy is critical.
No. 2 Course
Another Donald Ross design that has hosted more championship events than any other US course. The par-72, 7,335 yard layout was the scene of 1999 US Open glory for the now deceased Payne Stewart.
No. 3 Course
Although a mere 5,682 yards long, this par-70 course present some interesting challenges and is probably the best option for those starting out on the Pinehurst experience.
No. 4 Course
The initial 1919 Donald Ross design was extensively reworked by Tom Fazio in 2000, resulting in a par-72, 6,558 yard layout with no less than 140 bunkers and the 13th and 14th holes virtually surrounded by water. The course hosted the 2008 US Amateur Championship.
No. 5 Course
Created by Ellis Maples in 1961, this par-72, 6,848 yard course employs the design philosophy of Donald Ross, allowing the natural topography to influence the course creation. With many hazards and elevation changes, the course should prove enjoyable to golfers of all abilities.
No. 6 Course
Tom Fazio reworked his 1979 design, with the greens completely re-laid and hazards more shrewdly placed to produce a tough, par-72, 7,157 yard course that opened in 2005.
No. 7 Course
A Rees Jones design, opened in 1986, Pinehurst No. 7 encompasses some of the most rugged terrain in the area. The challenging par-72, 7,216 yard course requires resourceful use of every club in the bag.
No. 8 Course
Built to celebrate the 1996 Pinehurst centenary, the par-72, 7,092 yard, Tom Fazio-designed layout completes the impressive collection. Many greens have nearby swales and gullies, requiring precise pitching and chipping.
Wilmington Golf Course
On the North Carolina coast, in New Hanover County, this municipal course is at the opposite end of the price spectrum to Pinehurst. However, opened in 1926 and yet another Donald Ross design, it has received some excellent reviews. The par-71 Men`s course has 3 sets of tees ranging from 6,564 yards to 5,122 yards. Ladies are well catered for, with courses ranging from a par-71, 6267 yard layout to a far easier, par-72, 4,978 yard course. Rated by many as a "must play" course in the area, the links style layout will challenge golfers of all abilities. Accuracy is vital, with "postage stamp" greens. The "signature" hole is the 430-yard 18th, played directly towards the clubhouse, often into a headwind, while the 3rd hole has been included in Golf Digest`s "10 Best Holes in North Carolina." Given the amount of "traffic" on the course, reports suggest that it is excellently maintained, representing superb value for money. Rental clubs are available.
One of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina is the Asheville Municipal golf Course. It was designed by the Hall of Fame architect, Donald Ross. There are 18 holes. The Golf course first opened in 1927. Another top rated golf course in Asheville is the Golf course at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa.
Other notable golf courses in the NC mountains are located in Asheville, Brevard, Linville, Blowing Rock, Boone, Burnsville, Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire and Weaverville.
In the Piedmont, notable golf courses are located in Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Raleigh, Highpoint, Hickory, Asheboro, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Clemmens, Conover, Four Oaks, Greensboro, Mebane and Mooresville.
On the coast, notable golf courses are located in Sunset Beach, Bald Head Island, Calabash, Corolla, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Morehead City, New Bern, and Wilmington.