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Legendary Pinehurst No. 2 Once Again Named Best Course in N.C. Photo courtesy of the USGA/John Mummert

PINEHURST, NC 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. Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines moved up three spots to fourth with the Dogwood course at The Country Club of North Carolina placing fifth. Pinehurst No. 8 rounded out the top 10. Overall, 17 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 the ‘Home of American Golf’ boasts a significant number of courses among the Top 100 in North Carolina,” said Phil Werz, president and CEO for the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “While (Pinehurst) No. 2 is on everyone’s bucket list to play, we are fortunate to have numerous quality and world-class golf courses that rival any golf destination on the planet. When you combine great golf with a growing craft beer scene, great local dining and shopping, and fun events year-round, our area is an amazing destination for not only golfers but for couples, meetings and groups.”

While Pinehurst No. 4 was ranked just inside the Top 20 (No. 19), the Gil Hanse redesign opened last September, so few panelists were able to visit it to include in this year’s rankings. However, that ranking is expected to rise sharply in 2020 with more panelists able to play and rank it, according to Kevin Brafford, executive director of the N.C. Golf Panel.

“In 2019, panelists will get the opportunity to see the wonderful work of Gil Hanse and the Pinehurst staff have created,” said Brafford. “I expect our 2020 rankings will certainly reflect the national acclaim the course is receiving.”

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. 8, Pinehurst No. 4, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and Pinehurst No. 9. Other golf clubs among the Top 50 include Mid South Club, Pinehurst No. 7, Talamore Golf Resort (New Course), Southern Pines Golf Club, Pinehurst No. 6, Legacy Golf Links, Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Tobacco Road and Seven Lakes Country Club.

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 will host the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, May 16-19. Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 will welcome competitors for the U.S. Amateur, August 12-18. 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 club over a 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 HomeofGolf.com. For the complete list of the Top 100 Courses for 2019, Top 50 Courses You Can Play and other rankings, visit NCGolfPanel.com.

Top 100 Courses for 2019 (second number is previous year’s ranking)

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